Ranked #1309

Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel♥Saga

Alternative Titles

English: Excel Saga
Japanese: へっぽこ実験アニメーション エクセル♥サーガ


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1999 to Mar 31, 2000
Premiered: Fall 1999
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:45 (JST)
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.581 (scored by 30,122 users)
Ranked: #13092
Popularity: #720
Members: 62,388
Favorites: 713
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Hyperactive Excel does anything and everything to try to please her lord, Il Palazzo, who wants to take over the planet. Excel's misadventures takes her and her partner, the ever-dying Hyatt, all over the world, meeting several strange people as they go. Everything is bizarre and goofy, as any kind of anime or entertainment genre gets mocked and spoofed.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Koorogi, Satomi
Koorogi, Satomi
Il Palazzo
Il Palazzo
Koyasu, Takehito
Koyasu, Takehito
Minami, Omi
Minami, Omi


Greenfield, Matt
Greenfield, Matt
Producer, Script, ADR Director
Kitayama, Shigeru
Kitayama, Shigeru
Watanabe, Shinichi
Watanabe, Shinichi
Murata, Masahiko
Murata, Masahiko
Episode Director

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Opening Theme

"Ai (Chuuseishin)" by Excel Girls

Ending Theme

#1: "Menchi Aishou no Bolero" by Excel Girls (eps 1-25)
#2: "Menchi Aishou no Bolero (Gyakuna)" by Excel Girls (ep 26)

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Aug 25, 2007
Excel Saga is a pure slapstick anime made to do nothing but try to produce a comedy satire of EVERY anime genre made. It actually does a pretty good job making fun of them all. The entire fact that they're just spoofing anime creates a very weak story line. But they do manage to keep a story to keep it all together, albeit full of holes and non seriousness.

The story mainly follows 2 main characters as they're "trying to take over the world" for a company called ACROSS, i forgot what the acronym stood for. The two girls, Excel and Hyatt, all work under read more
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Jun 9, 2008
This show is one of the definitions of random. I will say right now, if you demand structure or linear plot lines, turn back now.

Excel Saga actually not only tells the story of Excel and her escapades, but it is actually three different story lines going at once.

We have the tale of Excel, Pedro, and The Neighbors that work for the city.
With that said, the story is not easily reviewable but here goes.

Well to tell the truth, there really is no story (aside from trying to take over the city) until the last few episodes when random twists of fate bring all three story read more
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Oct 13, 2014

Do you want an anime even more random and completely nihilistic than FLCL, or even Haruhi Suzumiya? Try Excel Saga! It is 15 years old and still probably the crown champion of random insanity. The last episode was so off the rails it couldn't even be aired on TV!

Story and characters: 6/10

The "plot" or lack thereof consists of an inept terrorist organization called ACROSS attempting to take over a single Japanese city and eventually the world! The organization ACROSS is led by the maniacal Il Palazzo (note the manga came out in 1995, the year after FF6 and its villian named Kefka Palazzo) who casually read more
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Oct 13, 2007
Title: Excel Saga

Manga/Anime: Excel Saga was originally an manga created by Rikdo Koshi. It began running in Young King OURS in the April 1997 issue, and is still running at this point in time, at. Viz has licensed it Stateside, and the sixteenth volume (and the latest volume to be compiled over in Japan) was released on September 11th, 2007.

The anime version was produced by JC Staff (best known for Revolutionary Girl Utena and Honey and Clover), and directed by Shinichi Watanabe (well-known for Nerima Daikon Brothers and Tenchi Muyo! GXP). It ran on TV from October 7th, 1999 to March 30th, read more
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Whacky comedy in which a hyper female lead brings constant chaos to each and every frame: the description fits Excel Saga as well as Bokusatsu Tenshi. Both are very colourful, loud productions in which characters die and are brought back to life, repeatedly, even. The humour in both relies on shoutouts to other anime and popular culture in general and they have the same feeling of plot-less over the top fun aimed at a more mature audience.

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