Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel♥Saga
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Koshi Ridko Assassination Plot
The secret ideological organisation of Across has but one goal in mind- world domination. To that end, Across leader Lord Ilpallazzo sends his overenthusiastic (if somewhat incompetent) agent Excel Excel to get the ball rolling by working towards the takeover of F City, F Prefecture. Excel's first mission is to rid the world of the evils of manga artists and animators, starting with series creator Koshi Rikdo. Will Excel be able to complete her mission and hold down a part-time without getting killed or causing chaos for all around her? It looks doubtfulâ€¦
The Woman From Mars
Across has a new rival in its quest for world domination- a Puchuu invasion force from the planet Mars. As the city suffers from a torrential deoluge of rain, only one woman remains energetic and foolish enough to brave the weather and save the world from the Martian invasion- Excel Excel. Armed with her emergency food supply Menchi, Excel may well be the only one able to withstand the Puchuu's greatest weapon- their overwhelming cutenessâ€¦
The Sacrificial Lamb of the Venomous Great Escape of Hell
Having been captured by guerrillas after accidentally ending up in a war zone, Excel finds herself trapped in the worst torture of all- being part of a B movie action flick! Meanwhile, Ilpallazzo sends Across' newest agent Hyatt to find the missing Excel, but given her tendency to drop dead every few minutes, the search could take longer than anticipatedâ€¦
When Ilpalazzo decides to amuse himself with a handheld dating game, little does he realise that his in-game choices are affecting Watanabe's real life attempts to spend time with his beautiful (if somewhat ill) new neighbour Hyatt! But as the game gets continually tougher and crazier, will Ilpalazzo and Watanabe be able to get a winning â€˜score', or will it all end in a catastrophic game over?
The Interesting Giant Tower
To find out just how corrupt F City's officials are, Excel and Hyatt are sent to infiltrate City Hall, where they soon find themselves embroiled in a sea of deceitful, underhanded and downright crazy goings-on! But with the help of some Resident Evil-style hints scrawled on the bathroom wall, the duo just might be able to unravel the events going on at City Hall, not to mention add their own brand of chaos to the mixâ€¦
The Cold is Winter! Snowed Under Episode
When Ilpalazzo sends Excel and Hyatt on a mission to gather more resources for Across, the duo find themselves journeying out to the mountains. However, whether it's panning for gold or hunting for meat, finding resources in the middle of a survival drama setting promises to be far from an easy task for our intrepid heroines! And elsewhere, Watanabe, Iwata and Sumiyoshi face trials of their own as they attend a bizarre training seminar and meet up with a new colleague- the beautiful and dangerous Misaki Matsuya.
Melody of the Underground Passage
When Kabapu sends Watanabe and his colleagues to investigate the sewers surrounding the Across base, Ilpalazzo dispatches Excel and Hyatt to deal with the intruders. However, even as the duo familiarise themselves with the Across security system, they discover a far more sinister breed of intruders lurking in the sewers- an army of Puchuus led by the nefarious Puchuu Queen! Will Excel and the others be able to stand against this overwhelming cute force of evil?
Increase Ratings Week
It's an all-girl fan service fest as Excel and Hyatt take off to the swimming pool, accompanied by local girl Cosette. But even as they laze in the sun and enjoy all the clichÃ©s of a summer episode, it appears that Cosette may have a deadlier mission in mind than simply taking a quick dip in the pool. Could such a cute little girl really be a sinister assassin? On a show like this, anything seems likelyâ€¦
When Ilpalazzo orders Excel and Hyatt to learn how to control the masses through their most popular sports, the duo end up working in the rather less than mainstream field of ten pin bowling! However, what looks to be nothing more than a quiet part time job in a bowling alley soon becomes far more dangerous when the alley is taken over by an evil terrorist group of middle-aged bowling fanatics! Now only woman stands in the way of these miscreants- the over-energetic yet under-competent Excel Excelâ€¦
Elegy to the Dogs
When the stress of life as an emergency food supply becomes too much for Menchi, she takes the first opportunity she can to escape from Excel's apartment and go in search of her former owner, a kindly old man. Life on the streets soon proves quite tough for the little dog, however, but fortunately help is at hand when she meets up with a disparate gang of dogs all conforming to well-known movie stereotypes. With her new friends by her side, Menchi continues her quest for the old man, but in typical fashion, danger and betrayal are lurking around every cornerâ€¦
Watching Excel Saga prompted me to make a comparison between it and Seto no Hanayome. They both rely on a mixture of absurdity, parody and taking plot points to the nonsensical extreme to draw laughs from the audience. The only real difference between the two is Seto no Hanayome spends it’s time going to complete extremes with tropes, such as the schoolground division, while Excel Saga spends more time reveling in its lack of a fourth wall. Actually there’s an even bigger difference between the two. Seto no Hanayome is funny. Excel Saga just isn’t. In fact, I’m at a bit of a loss to say quite why Seto is funny while Excel Saga isn’t. Yes, comedy that often uses randomness to draw laughs can vary hugely from person to person. But let’s leave Seto aside for now and focus on why Excel Saga isn’t funny. It’s hard to put my finger on as to why put a large part comes down to the characters.Excel is meant to be the character from which most of the punchlines come from. In that sense, a dubbed Excel would have worked better for comedic timing purposes but that wasn’t an option. Excel might as well been speaking in Klingon for all I knew, such was her incomprehensibility. Even if I understood Japanese I would have had to watch the thing subbed, and they were the most difficult subs to keep up with this side of a Shaft anime. There was also a lack of facial expressions. It’s not like they lacked the animation quality to do that. In fact, the artwork and animation in this series were of a very high standard (especially when you compare this series to GTO, which came out in the same year. God did GTO ever look awful). It’s just Excel rarely went beyond shouty loud face. Bloody Menchi had more variety of facial expressions than she did.The rest of the characters were pretty much a one-trait bunch, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. But those one-traits weren’t funny. Hyatt’s constant deaths were only funny in the last episode where they took it to the nonsensical and hugely bloody extremes. Illpalazzo didn’t do much beyond have theme music and a piece of rope. None of the office staff were remotely funny (what the hell was with the guy who only spoke with writing?) and the mustache Mr.Kabapu was done better by FLCL. Pedro’s story was all a bit of a anomaly in the series that sat there and took up time from the main story, kinda like Chibitalia except nowhere near as bad (for one, the non-chibitalia sections are actually funny). Oddly enough, the star of the show was Nabeshin, the director turned anime character. It’s as if he saw that there was a total lack of other funny characters in the show so he decided to stick himself in to liven things up a bit. His pulling of machine-guns out of his ‘fro was one of the few highlights from the first half of the series.One thing Excel Saga did have in it’s favour was that the girls were hot. I found myself wishing that they would have more fanservice orientated comedy. This feeling, I have noted before, is usually a sign that the show is failing in other areas when I’m looking towards sex appeal for entertainment (unless you happen to be a certain spin off from Full Metal Panic). Yeah, my mind kept wandering in Excel Saga as I looked for other things in the show to keep me entertained. I was so starved for comedy in what should have been a comedic series that I started finding laughs from parts that weren’t really meant to be for humour. I distinctly remember an episode where a few characters repeated the name ‘Mr.Kabapu’ a few times, something I inexplicably found to be the funniest thing of the series thus far and from then out found myself laughing whenver someone said his name. One thing that helped me continue was spacing the episodes with the occasional Gintama jaunt, which put Excel Saga to shame in every way bar having hot women (sorry Kagura but you stand no chance against Hyatt and Excel).Because I was desperately looking for something different in Excel Saga, I really enjoyed the last few episodes and the total change in tone. Then there was the last episode which, after 25 previous episodes of relatively unfunny episodes barring the occasional mentioning of Mr.Kabapu, was a joy to behold. Asides from delivering the fanservice I’d been secretly hoping for the entire show, it finally took the show to the nonsensical extremes that it had yet to do.
**E**xcel Saga is one of the truest examples of "love it or hate" it anime, due in part to it's nonsensical humor, thin plot and extreme parody. I will try to examine the anime very fully so that you can get the best possible look at whether it anime is for you. **S**tory: There are a couple of different plot lines in Excel Saga. All of them are either knife-edge thin or serve only to play into the hands of the different genre parodies every episode. They are: * \* The story of Excel, Hyatt and their leader Lord Ilpalazzo as they do missions to eventually take over the city. ^ * \* The story of Pedro, an increasingly melodramatic tale of an immigrant worker who dies and comes back as a ghost now invisible to his "sexy wife" and son. He has to win them back... ^ * \* The story of the Department of City Security, which consists of fake mustache wearing Kabapu (the "evil" leader); Toru, Norikuni and Daimaru - three average ronins who question the ridiculous training and military missions they are sent on and Misaki, the beautiful and intelligent woman who usually saves the mission. They are accompanied by Ropponmatsu 1 + 2, two androids, halfway through the series. ^ * \* Nabeshin, literally the director of the anime who often comes in to save the day in the most Gung-ho way possible and to comment on the anime production. Nabeshin has appeared in numerous anime since. ^ * \* Menchi the dog, the emergency food supply of Excel and Hyatt's household, who lives in constant fear and tries to escape at every opportunity. The plot lines intersect constantly and rely on lame puns, running gags, nonsensical actions and quintessential weirdness to derive humor. Each episode sees them turning a single genre or topic into a parody (Which includes US Animation studios). The series also breaks the fourth wall often, referring to itself and it's own production. If you enjoy over the top, nonsensical humor then you will love it otherwise, run away now! **A**nimation: Excel Saga's animation is above average, good at best. A lot of the humor comes from deforming the animation of a character into something ridiculous or having the production staff comment on the increase or decrease in quality of animation (and the general production) that week. **S**ound: Excel's Seiyuu in particular is brilliant, able to spout out dialogue at a rapid pace for very long periods. (Probably the best part of the anime for me, BTW, but often grating for some) The other seiyuus are all well capable as well. The OP is average, although it grows on you and the ED features Menchi, who sings (in dog) about his plight and is translated by a girl alongside. This joke gets old quickly, although there are jokes in the credits to look out for. The themes are stereotypical, which aids in the lame puns and parody of the genres each episode. There are also some great musical snippets, which I won't spoil. **C**haracter: Excel is undoubtedly the star of the show (as the name suggests) and she delivers. She is egocentric, arrogant and annoying - her rapid fire ramblings are the glue of the show. Nabeshin is a very cool OP character, which is made funny in that he is also the director of the anime. Hyatt compliments Excel's excessive energy well. Pedro's melodrama can be funny and un-funny at the same time, depending on the situation. Menchi is simply adorable and lovable at every turn. The Department of City Security's ensemble are the least interesting characters and are often bland. **E**njoyment The series peaks at the beginning and end, particularly the end (which is the episode that earns the series a NC-17 rating and is DVD only) which goes up to 11 and delves into hentai, excessive gore and absolutely ridiculous weirdness - it is a natural conclusion. :) The middle individual episodes of the anime are fairly bland and often humorless plot wise. This is an anime that is enjoyed for its theme of weirdness and individual jokes rather than its arc. I love this series, so for me personally, it's a 7. **A**merican release and Dub: Excel is the character that broke the mighty Jessica Calvello's voice, however her and her replacement Larissa Wolcott do an excellent job of delivering Excel's rabid annoyances. The rest of the dub's cast is good not great and the best way to watch the anime is probably in Japanese with subs. The ADV release (which is now relicenced by Funimation) contains extensive notes about some of the more complex and weird Japanese puns in the series. The IMPerfect Collection (Excel saying "I'm Perfect"), if you can get a hold of one (it's now out of production), contains loads of extra gags and will offer many additional rewards after you watch the fansub. **Overall:** You might love the running gags, rapid fire annoyances, self referential nature and un-rivalled weirdness of Excel or you might be put off but the dry plot and misfires of a number of gags. By the end of one episode, you will know whether this is one of the worst or best anime you have ever seen so give it a try if this review intrigues you.
For me, Excel Saga is the DEFINITION of over-the-top comedy anime. It's the one that has made me laugh the most - I even found myself laughing at jokes that I didn't understand/didn't know what they were supposed to be poking fun at. THAT'S how good of a show this is. *Excel Saga* follows Excel, a member of an organization known as ACROSS, whose goal is world domination - but first, ACROSS is focused on conquering the city they are stationed in. Excel serves Lord Il Palazzo, who is the head of ACROSS, who is dedicated to saving the population from corruption. As each episode is episodic (for the most part), I'll give a basic summary of what happens in each episode: Il Pallazo gives Excel (and, once she joins ACROSS, Hyatt) an objective; Excel sets out to accomplish said objective (which can range from something simple, like delivering a package to a certain location, to an extremely unusual task, like killing the creator of Excel Saga - seriously, that's Excel's first assignment); however, extremely chaotic (and hilarious) hijinks ensue, and Excel fails (normally because of said hijinks, but her own actions also get a fair amount of the blame). However, with the exception of the last episode (which was made so it wouldn't be aired on TV) each episode is unique because it's a parody of a different genre of anime (in fact, some of the later episodes are both a homage to and a parody of Fist of the North Star); basically, the more anime you've seen, the funnier you will find this; however, if you jump into this having seen very little anime, most of the humor will fly over your head; so I would not recommend this to new viewers of anime. The animation is by JC Staff, a studio which I have a favorable opinion of, and quality wise, it seems just like what I would expect from them at the time this was made. As for the music, it fits the whole "over the top" comedic vibe; my favorite piece was the opening, which basically gives you a small taste of what to come. The characters of Excel Saga are the biggest strength - I like so many characters, that I'll just describe the ones that stick out to me. My favorite character is obviously Excel; she is a ditz who seems fully aware of it (if I'm not mistaken, she admits she's a moron) - and that's the main reason I like her. Il Palazzo is the character who I see the most of myself, mainly because I feel that if I was in his shoes, I would do a lot of the actions he does. Hyatt is a character who routinely dies - but she comes back to life. The show's director even makes a cameo as Nabeshin. HOW IS THAT NOT AWESOME? I enjoyed this, and I can't see a reason not to give it a 5 out of 5 stars. FOR FANS OF/FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS: FLCL (equally as random) Ultimate Teacher (one of the few anime that came close to making me laugh as much as I did when I watched Excel Saga) Maritan Successor Nadesico (Another great parody anime) Is this a Zombie? (Similar over the top humor) Cromartie High School Gintama (Has similar amounts of referential humor)
What do you get when a love sick woman, a puppy used as an emergency food source, and a woman who doesn't know how to stay alive? EXCEL FUCKING SAGA
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