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Throwback Thursday: Excel Saga
The term “Throwback Thursday” is pretty common these days, (though it kind of negates the need for a Flashback Friday. Gonna need to find something to replace that one.) Everyone loves to go through their old photos and relive and show-off a snapshot of their past, and with that in mind, I thought it’d be fun to bring the spirit of Throwback Thursday to Anime Kiosk. So today, I’m reaching into the Wayback Machine to introduce you all to one of my old favorites. I’m talking about the series, “Excel Saga.” The anime debuted in 1999 and ended in 2000, and was based off a manga series that ran up until just a few years ago.
Explaining “Excel Saga” is difficult to say the least. Think “Space Dandy,” but taking place on Earth in terms of what to expect. The series follows Excel Excel, agent of ACROSS—an organization bent on global domination, (but not wanting to do too much too soon, chooses a city for their first conquest.) Excel openly proclaim undying loyalty and love to ACROSS leader Lord Llpalazzo, a man who generally seems to care little for the well-being of Excel herself.
Joining Excel later in the series is a humanoid alien named Hyatt, whom Llpalazzo openly favors and promotes over the senior officer Excel, though Hyatt clearly views Excel as her superior. The two also have in their possession a dog named Menchi, stated several times to serve as emergency rations. (Don’t worry PETA. No animals were harmed during the making of this series. Just humans.)
“Excel Saga” is, for lack of a better word, insane. If there were ever a series that didn’t take itself seriously, it was this one. The show regularly kills and revives characters, breaks the fourth wall, and can be considered quite dark with its humor at times. From assassination of the series creator, to aliens from out of nowhere, if it’s absurd, more than likely it will happen and if you’re a fan of slapstick to an extreme than “Excel Saga” is one you’ll enjoy for sure. In fact episode 26 was formatted with so much questionable content (and made a minute too long,) that it couldn’t be aired in Japan.
If you’re one for continuity though, and like your humor in small doses then you may want to steer clear of “Excel Saga.” Needless to say that no series is perfect. “Excel Saga” can be somewhat confusing—especially the dialogue of Excel given her penchant for speaking extremely fast, and as stated, if you’re looking for something deep that you can sit down and discuss later this isn’t for you.
Still, I think everyone should at least give one episode a try. You never know what you like until you try it. Except in the case of food. (You don’t need to taste everything to know you don’t like it, Mom!) This is one of those series you need to experience for yourself to really get a feel for.