Themes: absurdity, dark comedy, parody
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: Hyperactive Excel does anything and everything to try to please her lord, Ilpalazzo, 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.
Number of episodes: 26
Vintage: 1999-10-07 to 2000-03-30[/quote]
Excel Saga DVD Complete Collection (Hyb) (Thinpak)
Press and Reviews:
[quote]It may not be everyone’s cup of sake’, but Excel Saga is an impressively insane accomplishment that has finally been given a worthy American release. Featuring an engaging cast of oddball characters in an anything-goes action/adventure/comedy/sci-fi/romance/tragedy/horror tale, Excel Saga will be treasured by anime fans who also appreciate Monty Python, National Lampoon, and Tex Avery. Much like their works, Excel Saga is the sort of thing you will be showing to your friends repeatedly at get-togethers for years to come.
- simply put, Funniest Anime Ever, with a perfect English Dub
- numerous anime in-jokes will alienate non-fans
ANN Excel Saga Review[/quote]
[quote]This is the most sick and twisted anime series I’ve ever seen. Ever since the show was originally broadcast in Japan, American fans claimed it was “the show that couldn’t be dubbed.” Matt Greenfield proved them wrong. The English dub thoroughly captures the insanity of the original show. Greenfield went to great effort to get the show done right, and it shows. His script manages to hit all the right notes and still give us the show largely unscathed. He went to extra effort to try to keep as many of the jokes as he could, and in the few instances when the joke was changed, it was done for a purpose.
For instance, in the episode “Animation USA”, Excel appears in a scene dressed as Sailor Moon, a role Kotono Mitsuishi has before playing Excel. When someone points out how she’s dressed. Kotono complains that it was a good gig, but it’s over now. In the English dub, Larissa complains she wanted the role, but it was dubbed in Canada. Yes, it’s a change, but it’s a change that makes sense and works while keeping the spirit of the original joke. Some of the more memorable performances are Monica Rial’s sweet, sickly Hyatt is, Jason Douglas’s manly Il Palazzo, Paul Sidello’s energetic Koshi Rikdo and Mike Kleinhenz’s over the top Kabapu, but they are far from the only noteworthy performances from this large cast. The show itself is a scream, a chance for Shinichi Watanabe to pull out all the stops and use every gag he can think of to create a strange and wonderful comic masterpiece. While this is a line that’s very overused, Excel Saga is truly a title that belongs in every anime fans library. There is so much packed into every episode, it will take repeated viewings to get even half of it.
Mania.com Excel Saga Review[/quote]
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