This nutty comedy adventure careens out of control, spoofing everything from anime conventions to American blockbusters. This second collection offers parodies of E.T., Alien, and Titanic, as well as the clichés of sports ... more »and horror anime. The horror sequence--announced by animated manga artist Koshi Rikado--features titles drawn in blood and blizzards of flower petals. The horribly cute little Puchuus, who beat the dust out of futons, bear a more than passing resemblance to Pikachu in Pokémon; during a "fan service" beach scene, Misaki asks, "Why are there only women here?" The perpetually hysterical Excel and her assistant Hyatt/Hatchan get help from the pink-haired moppet Cossette Sara, who recalls Chibiusa in Sailor Moon, but the trio of Watanabe, Sumiyoshi, and Iwata must struggle to succeed as civil servants--and to get a modicum of screen time. Rated 17 Up: Violence, profanity; risqué and gross-out humor. --Charles Solomon« less
"I have become very fond of Hyatt after watching the second and third DVD in a row earlier today, but I digress. The Excel Saga gets even more bizarre in this second DVD. There is lots of unnecessary death (mostly Hyatt, who picks some wierd ways to die, like freezing in ice standing up) but it's even funnier than before. I said it before and I'll say it again: Hyatt has one of the best English voices I've ever heard in an anime series EVER. Her voice matches her character perfectly.Anyway, the parodies get more frequent, and some of them are easily recognizable to Americans like me (such as the Puchuu Queen, which looks like the alien from the Alien movies) and others are fairly obscure.If you liked the first volume of the series, you'll love volume two!"
madnessmark | Maple Grove, MN | 08/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While the first five episodes of the series were great, these episodes still retain that comedic greatness you'd come to except from the series and doesn't dissapoint.Episode 6: Watanabe and his friends meet Masaki, a sexy new agent that aids them in their civil service duty. Meanwhile, Excel and Hyatt go on a search for resources.
Parodies: Yamato ship, Mobile Suit Gundam Movie 2.Episode 7: Excel and Hyatt trap the civil servents in their sewers and try to kill them while at the same time discovering a monster.
Parodies: Aliens, Cyborg 009, Japanese horror films.Episode 8: The shows turns into an all-girl show with none of the men showing their faces except Pedro. Plus, Beauty Theater shorts.
Parodies: Maze, ET, Mobile Suit Gundam Movie 3, Titanic, Journey to the East.Episode 9: Excel and Hyatt explore the exploits of bowling and how dangerous it is.
Parodies: Japanese Bowling Shows (one comes on an hour before Excel Saga's timeslot), Karate Kid, Lupin 3, The Matrix, Excel Saga singers.The extras include more great production sketches, Japanese TV spots, CD single spots, CD soundtrack spots and ADVidnotes. Plus, there are lots of not-really-hidden easter eggs on the menus, but they don't really access anything really cool.Overall, I am still impressed at the way this show can still execute this kind of comedy even after five episodes. A must have for any anime fan."
Insane and inane
Joe | USA | 08/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excel Saga is for people who like comedy anime that is inane and insane: sometimes it tries to be absurd just to show how some things are so crazy. If you can't understand silly and satyr you'll never get it. It's a show to watch for pure fun when you are relaxed with nothing to do. Entertainment, not education.The overall theme of Across trying to dominate the world is just as senseless as all the other Evil Organizations trying to dominate the world. What would you do if you dominated the world when in the first volume your leader is so bored he spends his time shopping mail-order? Only a real bunch of loonies would want to dominate the world, ipso facto, that's why Across is trying to.Instead, as one of the top members of Across (and one of only three members - well, maybe four depending on how reserve food supply counts), Excel just has fun. A blithering, hyper-enegtic idiot, she gets a "vacation" and all the guys are excluded from the scenes; nothing but honeys in bikini's at a pool and a young girl who's an assassin. A tear jerker as such. Excel gets to pig-out.Mining for gold in the snow capped hills, she is sent out to secure food and shoots poor Menchi, but since Menchi is her reserve food supply asks Will of the Cosmos to put her through the spin cycle and bring her back. A hard jab at the mornonic obsession with hunger some anime has in it.The good guys get together in skin-tight suits (and one slavers over his dolly-girl infatuation), trying to infiltrate the Across Sewers. Excel and Hyat stab at them with traps and finally it all washes out. The Puchu aliens show more of their less than cutsey side.In search of a sport to gain control of the youth with, Excel setlles on bowling (never mind that the place is empty because it's boring). In comes a Terrorist Bowling League to bring bowling back to it's heyday as a prime sport and Excel does battle in the wild, crazy way heros do battle in anime. She even gets a sensai who coaches her in the girls bathroom for a whopping long time.If you want a deep, plot-heavy show, go elsewhere. If you want something light, comical and flittery, with a hard edge of being nothing but slapstick, Excel is for you. As the DVD cover says, "Their Motto is DO or DIE (Well, at least they have the dying part covered.)" You'll find yourself rooting for the loosers."
Another great volume
TrezKu13 | Norfolk, VA | 11/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excel Saga Volume 2 continues where Volume 1 left off...absolutely no where. It develops the civil service storyline with Watanabe and the gang, as well as adding to poor Pedro who longs for his "sexy wife and son," but otherwise it continues its routine and hilarious humor and flat-out strange plotlines.The classic episode for me, and the best reason I could find to keep going on with the series, was the third episode on this DVD involving bowling. Ilpallazo sends Excel and Hyatt to work at a bowling alley to see why the "ignorant masses" are so fond of sports. While a low budget bowling show is showcasting two pop idols (who, in the original Japanese, are played by the singers who do the opening theme) an ideological organization of bowling fanatics comes in and takes over. Basically, imagine Al Qaeda, except with a fetish for bowling. What follows in the English dub is a series of "ball" and "stick" or otherwise just bowling oriented gags and jokes. Please, don't think I'm immature, but I can't help but smile when the leader of "Stick and Balls" turns to Excel and Hyatt and declares: "Hey! You main characters come over here and grab my balls!"All right, I digressed there, but just letting y'all know why I liked this volume and why I went on to buy Volume 3. Hell...I just love this series."
Insane Fun=Excel Saga (In Japanese)
TrezKu13 | 09/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"(Not literally, of course). This next installment of the crazy and utterly innane Excel Saga has arrived and I must admit...I nearly fell out of another chair when I saw these episodes of Excel Saga. Of course, as we would come to expect, Nabeshin makes an appearance in every episode, yet the jobless Ronins are fighting for screen time. This causes them to beat the snot out of an already dead Pedro...and still miss their few minutes of fame in the last episode. Not to metion, all of the crazy new parodies in these episodes. Sports and horror anime will no longer have the same look after this. All I have to say is that bowling never looked so fun...and incredibly ridiculous at the same time. Watch Excel Saga hardcore otaku, its a blast!"