The anime's superb, but...
B. Lotfinia | Philadelphia, PA | 07/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Suffice to say that *Excel Saga* is one of the funniest anime series I've seen. Even though I don't get half of the obscure references, and I don't get any of Excel-kun's puns (I don't speak Japanese), this series is a laugh riot. The fact that you can get such a great spoof anime in an attractive boxed set makes this a steal even for what Amazon is currently asking.
However, it's ADV's presentation that's on trial here: It's okay. The subtitles are a bit stiff. If you like the English dub, the voice for Excel changes halfway through the series: the first voice is awful - like a yipping dog's. The second is better, but neither is quite up to the *real* voice of Excel. And don't get me started on the dubbed Ilpalazzo! If you want to get a deeper understanding of the references made throughout the series, use the ADV notes feature: they're quite good, but so numerous that they often take up the entire screen.
The single most annoying feature of the first three or four disks is the layout of the DVD menus: they're complicated, unorthodox unintuitive and at times damned annoying.
All in all, though, ADV did a decent job with this set. It's definitely worth the money."
Great Anime--Great Price
Lucas P. | Florida | 07/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so mad Excel Saga only recently became a box-set!! I had to buy all the DVDS separately, making a HUGE dent in my wallet. The anime Excel Saga is absolutely hilarious and nonsensical! So if you're only into more mature and serious animes, you definately should NOT get this!!
About the anime, when you first watch it, don't worry if you're confused or don't understand what Excel or some of the characters are saying, your ears will get adjusted to the way they talk. Oh, and here's a little note about why Excel says the crazy things she says: The original Japanese version had Excel rhyme whatever she said, but when translated, the rhyming was lost and only the nonsensical part was left. I recommend that, when you finish watching a DVD, you should watch it again with the VID notes on in order to comprehend all the jokes. Also, you may want to watch the anime with subtitles on, you'll catch things you could not hear fast enough before.
This is a great price for a great anime---only $78 for 6 DVDS... I wish I never bought the Excel Saga DVDs and purchased the box set instead!"
1 small step away from perfection
Ricardo Costa | Lisboa, Portugal | 11/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hail Il Palazzo!
The first time I had the pleasure of watching Excel Saga, I was completely blown away by HOW FUNNY this series was!
To say the truth, it has to be one of the funniest things out there, which is quite surprising, as I'm sure Koshi Rikdo (the author) was not expecting this kind of success from such an extreme parody as Excel Saga.
The characters are amazing, and you will instantly detect similarities to some familiar faces in other series, like Love Hina , Fist of the North Star and Dragon Ball Z. The contributions of the amazing Mitsuishi Kotono (oh Misato...) and Minami Omi, as Excel and Hyatt respectively, greatly add to this, even though I believe Excel was "pushing it a bit too far" at some points, and quite frankly I felt like putting a bullet through my/her head! But well, that's what Excel Saga is all about, taking it a step TOO far.
SO far that even the directors have managed to insert themselves into the series, just take a look at some of the characters like Nabeshin, who is ACTUALLY: Wata[nabe Shin]ichi! (Who, by the way, looks EXACTLY like Nabeshin!)
The only thing I have left to say is: If you're looking for a good laugh and enjoy extreme comedy/parody Anime, you're in for the ride of your life! Excel Saga is guaranteed fun for most of the series' 26 episodes and if you can bare with Excel's constant and irritating babbling without shooting yourself, you will CERTAINLY laugh like never before!"
Excel Saga is excellent
M. Diamon | Burke, Virginia United States | 06/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excel Saga is a crazy, random anime based on the managa written by Koshi Rikudo. It includes numerous anime parodies, and cultural references. And makes fun of everything, even itself. There's a different genre to every episode (Sports, sci-fi, poorly translated action movie, etc.). There are also hilarious characters that make great contrubutions to the show's comedy, such as Ilpallazo: a dictator who often does things that are out of character. Wantanabe, Iwata, and Tsumiyoshi: three roomates that are always fighting. And of course, Excel: the idiot who can't seem to do anything right. (If you like this, also consider Azumanga Daioh)"