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. – My Anime List
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Excel Saga is a series that is just downright impossible to explain. It is pure insanity for twenty-six episodes. Sometimes it rolls right along, other times it bogs right down as the jokes start falling flat, but the show does not stop for even a moment. It probably could have done with being a thirteen episode series instead of twenty-six, but there’s plenty there to keep you interested for the long haul. Just don’t approach it with any idea of it making sense, and you should be fine. Recommended.
I found Excel Saga to be the funniest nutty anime that I have yet seen. Its sheer energy and pace, variety and irreverence obliterates any of its shortcomings, and results in an unparalleled experience. Following the acquired taste of Cromartie High School, it`s refreshing to just be beaten with a funny stick until you have to surrender, gasping for breath. But there is a niggling caveat to the show. It helps if you have a fair bit of experience with the anime medium under your belt. If you have seen several shows, and have a comfort level with the clichés and shorthand common with anime in general, then you will appreciate Excel Saga more. It`s just that if this is one of your first forays into the murky underworld of Japanese animation, then you`ll experience a sinking feeling, even with the Vid-notes. Normally I`d say leave it alone until you had seen more anime, but with Excel Saga now having been deleted, that`s no longer an option. This series is good enough, and zany enough to be appreciated regardless, and what I would do is buy the discs, and keep them to one side until you had watched a few more staples of the medium.
Excel Saga is a total laugh riot, and even though the end of almost every episode insists that “the experiment has failed”, it’s a solid watch for those with a taste for black comedy with a pinch of satire. It’s insane in every sense of the word, from the opening song (where the main characters sing in various locales, from Ginza, to the inside of a public men’s bathhouse, while one of them continually coughs up blood) to the ending song (a dog singing an enka ballad about how Excel wants to eat it while various condiments rain down at random intervals, complete with Japanese-language interpreter). This show is certainly not for everyone (after all, it is pretty sick humor), but if you’re game for a show so out-there, you can’t help but stare in disbelief, Excel Saga is for you.
All in all, if you have a warped sense of humour like I do, you will find Excel Saga an absolute hoot. I guarantee it.
Excel Saga is a fun show that is worth seeking out for those who think the premise of the show sounds intriguing: It’s an experimental anime comedy that lovingly pokes fun at the art form and all the wacky series and character that exist in the medium. This is a show for knowledgeable anime fans who are looking for something a bit different and with plenty of humor. It’s not going to appeal to everyone but for those who end up enjoying the show it’s a wild blast of total randomness. Highly Recommended.
Doesn’t just overdose on insane comedy, it defines the genre–those averse to hyperactive parody need not apply.
Excel Saga is a very enjoyable show that, despite its rather convoluted and off the wall storyline is extremely hilarious and can be very fun for those who have seen plenty of anime. New anime viewers should probably steer clear simply due to the randomness that can be off putting to those who aren’t familiar with many types of anime. On the other hand, there are so many references to other anime and their themes that viewers will constantly be seeing something new and laughing at the on-screen antics. Excel Saga is a show that follows almost no guidelines except its own and would be hard to pass up.
Excel Saga is not for everyone, however. Casual anime viewers (i. e., those who aren’t die-hard fanboys) won’t get many of the jokes, and many people have expressed dismay over Menchi, who is in a constant state of being THIS CLOSE to being eaten by the ever-hungry Excel. In fact, the closing theme (which is one of the funniest parts of the series), features Menchi singing a mournful ballad in dog speak (translated by a woman in the corner), begging Excel not to eat him even as she sprinkles spices on him.
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This show does have its high points but its also with its downsides. If you’re really into anime comedy, then this would be a good pickup, but even if you’re not into the comedy genre it still would not be bad to pickup and watch since there is the possibility of you seeing one of your favorite “classic” anime or genre get spoofed. You’ll see jokes coming from lolicon to androids, to poverty jokes, you’ll see a little of everything here. It’s definitely a different style of comedy and Nabeshin’s comedy style transfers very well to his other work, Nerima Daikon Brothers. This anime is not for most people but you’ll enjoy the ending
The problem with talking about Excel Saga in-depth is to do so is to spoil the jokes in the series and you really don’t want to be spoiled for Excel Saga because it will surprise you, it will surprise you a lot. So I’ll keep this here short because of that. What I will say is that it is a hell of a good time and something I do recommend most any anime at least tryout.
All in all, Excel Saga boasts some hilarious random humor that parallels its parody well. As I mentioned before, however, it polarizes itself in such a fashion that it becomes an anime you will either adore or despise. The content is much less an issue than the presentation; being able to tolerate Excel is probably the sole defining factor as to whether or not you’ll enjoy the series. If you can, this will probably become a classic in your anime collection; if you can’t, it will probably become a classic on your black list.
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So in short, Excel Saga is a bit of a mixed bag – when you can follow what’s actually going on it’s hilarious, but at the same time its quite easy to get lost in the utter randomness that makes it so special in the first place. One thing is for sure though, there is nothing out there quite like Excel Saga, and that however you end up feeling about the series it will certainly prove to be a memorable watch. It’s like a brightly coloured sugar-infused acid trip.