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Excel Saga

Alt titles: Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel Saga

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F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!

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Satoshi ISHINO Character Design
Shinichi WATANABE Director
Toshio MASUDA Music
Koushi RIKUDOU Original Manga Creator
Shigeru KITAYAMA Producer
Yuji MATSUKURA Producer

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Excel Saga Sheex 7.5/10 Jul 13, 2007
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Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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Frost

If crazy, nonsensical humour is your thing, don't miss out on FLCL. It uses the same sort of wacky jokes as Excel Saga, but on an even more bombastic level - it'll really make you go 'what the &%#! was that...?'.

ShinChiHanko
if you like the messed up, almost un-understandable comedy of Excel Saga, this anime is right up your ally.
Dreistul
Crazy insanity in somewhat less than pure form (it has a plot, unlike Excel)
TheBurningCrow
The incredibly random weirdness of Excel Saga could only be directly compared with that of FLCL, but even more high octane.
DrColossus
INSANE! This show is more insane then Excel Saga and it has great music. The style that this OVA exudes can't be beat. Gainax...
kamirura
Are you looking for something to kill your brain with? Or just need to be braindead for a moment? FLCL is the one for you. If you didn't die from braindamage of excel saga this one will truly make you a psyco ;) I have never seen such weird anime. Truly one of a kind.
NekoRocket
If you love a show that doesn't seem to make sense and yet still has a (somewhat) cohesive plot, look no further. Between the puns, parodies, and absolute madness, FLCL and Excel Saga give you plenty in the way of laughs and forehead smacking.
aldat
Is it too far off to recommend these together just because both of these are parodies? Hilarious parodies? With enjoyable amount of crazyness and unpredictability included? Oh, I guess it is...ah well...I'd still say that if you love the other you'll at least like the other too :P
RG
Insane and random.Two words that describe both FLCL and Excel Saga.Both are hilarious as hell.
freakzilla
Do you like your anime merry-go-round? Or covered with whip cream and chocolate sprinkles ready to go? What i'm trying to say.. Excel Saga and FLCL are 2 completely over the top extra crazy series. Seen one, than see both, you won't regret it.
Stmated
Comedy that makes no sense at all. Fast paced jokes is there to stay. Both is similar in the humor part even tho' FLCL has more adult jokes. The only thing I can find different is the number of repeated jokes (which imo happens sometimes in Excel), and the lenght of the series.
VuTang
More craziness and seeming nonsense from both series; FLCL has a more futuristic feel and Excel Saga's Excel resembles FLCL's Haruko.
Imsorrykun
Both have a crazy confusing plot design though excel saga is harder to make sence of hummor than the more adult oriented FLCL, both have a scattery plot sequence that makes these 2 series similar.
Zadillo
A similar sort of zany over the top style, you should enjoy the comedy and parodies in this.
lantis
Few things match the madness and excitement of Excel Saga. FLCL is one of those few things. Please, do not watch both shows back to back, if you value your sanity! Or is that more of an endorsement to do just that? Either way, the whacky madness abounds in both. Like one, you like the other one. Its my personal guarantee. What do you get if I'm wrong? Um... a tootsie roll?
FMDGandi
Excel Saga is really quite like FLCL, same way of telling the story and as funny and bizarre characters as FLCL. As FLCL told a story of universal matters, it is in Excel Saga too. If you liked FLCL, this is what you need ;)
kaz
Excel Saga is another anime that, at first glance, is nothing but a hodge-podge of sight gags, Japanese puns, and parodies of most things sacred. However, where FLCL and Excel Saga differ is that FLCL tells a very coherent story, and Excel Saga attempts to outdo itself with each consecutive episode in the lengths that it will go to to offend and incite laughter.
nax

Madness, chaos and strangeness! Both FLCL and Excel Saga are full of those things. If you liked one give the other a try, you might like it!

styln

Both FLCL and Excel Saga are super crazy, extremely random, and sometimes down right confusing. If you like over the top humor then both of these titles are what you are looking for.

Nocturnalgloria

Excel Saga and FLCL are similar in that they are both extremely random and fast-paced anime with a plot structure that is all over the place more often than not. Zany and wacky to the extreme, these are series that poke fun at virtually everything - with a special focus on pop culture and anime in particular. Both are parodies that mock themselves as well as several genres, FLCL mostly concerned with mecha and ES covering a gamut of genres from horror to romantic comedy. In both there is an endless quantity of references to other anime and manga, and the level of hyper insanity that makes FLCL a stunning visual fest is preserved in ES' energetic craziness.

lostinthespiral

Both series have female main characters that are sporatic and crazy and both series lack any kind of steady real plot (although there is maybe a bit more to it for FLCL). One of the main differences in Excel Saga is the references and jokes about other anime series. If you're new to anime like I was whenever I watched FLCL, it might be a little hard to get at first.

Halcyon

FLCL is Gainax's weirdest anime to date. Brain-twisting weirdness and supreme humor is what really classifies this series. If you liked Excel Saga in any way, you really should watch this one.

thedrummist

Both of these series are as random as each other! If you liked how random and confusing one of these series is, then the other will go donw nicely.. Most of Excel Saga can be watched in a random order apart from the last few episodes with the story, but be sure not to mix up the episodes of FLCL or it will definitely confuse the hell out of you! Also worth a note is that both of these series are highly rewatchable, and in some episodes this is necessary to understand what just happened.

chii

Both are extreamly weird, very hyperactive, and have lots of randomness at every turn. If you liked one you should like the other. Leave your brain turned off.

MugiwaraMarius

Both FLCL and Excel Saga are parody shows that have a lot of random humor. Both shows also have a pretty fast pace, although FLCL is the faster of the two. Both these shows share a similar sense of humor and parody many different styles of anime.

DuskFey

FLCL and Excel Saga have the honor of being two shows that I've watched completely and still don't understand. It could be the randomness or it could be the fact that the few existing plot points are bizarre themselves, so the story that grows around them has no chance of being normal. Both of these series nod at adult themes as well, and if you enjoyed but didn't understand one, you'll probably find yourself in the same boat again with the other.

galacticdude7

FLCL and Excel Saga are each crazy in their own right. Chances are that if you like one, you'll like the other.

InstantReplay

Both have an insane and crazy sense of humor (this is partly due to the fact that they both had the same writer, Yōji Enokido). Personally, I prefer FLCL.

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Puni Puni Poemy

Puni Puni Poemy

Puni Puni Poemi is a spin-off of Excel Saga, the classic lampoon of all that is anime. It takes the daughter of two Excel Saga characters and puts her through parodies of shoujo, shounen, ecchi, hentai, and everything in-between. This eccentric show is the "Scary Movie" of anime: younger viewers need not apply.

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Frost
Puni Puni Poemi picks up exactly where Excel Saga left off. Crazy, stunning humour from start to finish and then some. Like Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemi pokes fun at everything anime, including its parent series. If you enjoyed Excel Saga, it would be a great shame to miss out on this OVA.
MaximusThrax
Puni Puni is an Excel Saga spin off, featuring the ultra violent Excel Saga version of Sailor Moon. Those enjoying the insane craziness of Excel Saga and wanting to see more should definitely check out Puni Puni, and Puni Puni fans will certainly benefit from checking out Excel if they haven't already.
XMrNiceguyX
Two characters are about similar. Both series contain the same characters. ie: Puni Puni Poemi is a "sequel" to Excel Saga. Puni Puni Poemi is a faster paced than the Excel Saga and has some ecchi scenes, which you can't find as frequent in the Excel Saga as in Puni Puni Poemi.
freakzilla
Puni Puni Poemi and Excel Saga both go hand in hand. Two animes where randomness is the central theme. And to top it off add a (somewhat) hyper feel.
abunai
Since "Puni Puni Poemy" is a spin-off of "Excel Saga", and the two series share the same style, it's already pretty much a given that you'll like one if you like the other. I just thought I'd mention it, for anyone blind to the obvious...
Imsorrykun
these series are OBVIOUSLY similar. you will enjoy both equally.. i think they may be made by the same people... any way. both fallow the confussingly funny ranting/wtf comedy.
Nocturnalgloria

Because the same people are behind both Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemy, they share the same spirit of random over the top comedy. Anime conventions are targeted in both series, with ES parodying a gamut of genres while PPP focuses mainly on mocking fanservice. Anyone who enjoyed one of these series is bound to enjoy the other.

hurin

Puni Puni Poemy started its life as an inside joke of Exel Saga, an anime within an anime so to speak.

The two are very alike, so you can think of Puni Puni Poemy as an extra episode of Excel Saga that spoofs magical girl anime.

XxKawaiiAngelxX

Both Excel Saga and PPP are full of crazy randomness. They were also created by the same studio and producer. Also, some of the characters are played by the same people.

soupbadger

Puni Puni Poemy goes right along with Excel Saga. They have the same zany style (including parodies), similar music at times and occasional cameo appearances!

NemuHime

Both series are products of Shinichi Watanabe (aka "Nabeshin"--wata-NABE+SHIN-chi), they also both include characters that closely resemble their differently named counterparts, and they share voice actresses. Both are wacky and cross reference each other from time to time. Each one is a must see, and if you've seen one, see them both!

JefWithOneF

If you enjoy fast-paced comedy anime involving panties, explosions, death, and afros, then Excel Saga and PPP will be your right up your alley.

Menchi

Excel Saga and PPP are actually sisters, and you can see it clearly: they're both really wacko! They have equally as much of ecchi, hentai, epic tales and craziness, all spiced up with a storyline which is sometimes a bit hard to understand. Well, they are good entertainment, anyway.

himurakenshin

Same zany style with even an overlapping character or two. If you like the inane, twisted humor of one you'll find more in the other. The 2 episode Puni Puni Poemi is even more hyper and bizarre than the 26 episode Excel Saga, but you'll get a bit more continuity and a lot more viewing time out of the latter. Enjoy.

Lordzim

if you like Excel Sage you will love Puni Puni Poemy. this show has the same energy if not more than Excel Saga. the show is a little more risky than excel saga but director Shinichi Watanabe did a great job with Excel Saga and Did an even better job with Puni Puni Poemy

Halcyon

As a spiritual successor to Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy really is just more of the same craziness and strange, random humor that Excel Saga was all about. You'll probably even recognize a character or two!

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!

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Dreistul
Another comedy/parody of sorts... Really really fun also.
XMrNiceguyX
*Only based one the first two eps* IN both these series, things are happening which are not possible in real life and you might think the people who made tis were out of their mind ;) Both series have some seriously weird characters as well.
freakzilla
Both Excel Saga and Abenobashi are about strange things and turned them into a comedy world. Abenobashi does have more of a plot, but you can't get around the fact that both animes tend to be a little bizzare.
abunai
Although "Excel Saga" is less coherent than "Abenobashi", in terms of storyline, they both share the same undercurrent of madcap humour. Every episode (in both series) is built up around a particular gag, which is then mercilessly run into the ground.
Frost
While Abenobashi has a more dramatic edge to it in select episodes, it's undeniable that both series make use of the same kind of crazy humor. Both are parody animes, and if you enjoyed one of them, you're bound to enjoy the other as well.
VuTang
Both series offer 100% pure craziness distilled from the minds of Japanese animators. Both series are hilarious and are a good stress-relief if you need to laugh.
NemuHime

If you liked Excel Saga, you will like Abenobashi. It has the same crazy sense of humor, and fast paces scenarios, but Abenobashi tends to make a little more sense the first time through. There is a bit more fan service, and for those of you who aren't so "otaku" that they still have lives, turn on the "Ad-Vid" notes to help you sort out where the many, MANY, references are derived.

shockwave002

If you liked Abenobashi then you may also enjoy Excel Saga or vice versa. Both animes are commical parodies that poke fun at other popular anime genres.

AirCommodore

Excel Saga and Abenobashi are manic series that parody absolutely everything. Kind of a mixed bag, though, as sometimes this turns out really funny, and sometimes it turns out rather obnoxious. If you liked one you'd probably have a better chance of liking the other, though.

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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
  • OVA (4 eps x 25 min)
  • 2005

Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have arrived to do the only reasonable thing: assassinate him! Fortunately for Sakura, one of them, Dokuro-chan, takes a liking to him but her intentions to protect him prove downright lethal. When Sakura’s not dodging her spiked bat Excalibolg, he’s fighting for his life on river escapades. And when he’s not quick enough, Dokuro-chan’s catchy incantation brings him back to life! Bludgeoning and blood splatters aside, can Dokuro-chan save the one she loves without damaging the future?

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vivafruit

Overly violent, absolutely inexplicable, and occasionally perverse humor? Sign me up!

Not everyone is going to appreciate the borderline psychopathic humor of Excel Saga and Dokuro-chan, but those that do should enjoy both in equal measure.

freakzilla

Excel Saga and Dokuro-chan are both hyper and violent to the extent that they become hilarious in a strange kind of way.

Diadera

Excel Saga is just as crazy if not more than Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, and both have more or less the same wicked and bloody humour that makes them so great and fun to watch.

If you liked Dokuro-chans way of handling things you will surely like the way the boss in Excel Saga handle things ^^ Along with that the poor girl in the lead role is just as unlucky as Sakura in Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan.

Nocturnalgloria

Whacky comedy in which a hyper female lead brings constant chaos to each and every frame: the description fits Excel Saga as well as Bokusatsu Tenshi. Both are very colourful, loud productions in which characters die and are brought back to life, repeatedly, even. The humour in both relies on shoutouts to other anime and popular culture in general and they have the same feeling of plot-less over the top fun aimed at a more mature audience.

Niw

Fast-paced and spastic comedy with a where chaos is sure to ensue! The same way as Excel Saga, Dokuro-chan is driven by an obnoxious and strongly abusive female lead with less logic than a tea pot while, not sparing any joke, blood, human lives or viewer's last bits of sanity. If you're looking for something completely outrageous, go for the angel with a bat!

chii

Both anime are hyper and violent to the extent that they become totally funny. Both take on a lot of cliche's in anime as well. I highly suggest you check one out if you liked the other.

NekoKriszty

If you enjoy random humor and don't mind being weirded out for a few episodes until you get used to the style (though I know people who skipped that part altogether and loved both series from the first minute :D), then these anime are for you. By the end of it, it is really hard not to laugh your butt off, and when it's over, all that you can think about is "what is wrong with me, how could I like that kind off twistedness?"

The characters are also similar, e.g. both include eccentric main characters. Also, both ES and BTDc have a nice pace, unique drawing styles, and.

Whether you are disturbed by the crack or not, you will most likely enjoy it by the end. And that is why these series are, behind all the gore and just plain stupidity, actually masterpieces.

Di Gi Charat

Di Gi Charat
  • TV (16 eps x 5 min)
  • 1999

One day, Dejiko, Puchiko and the strange ball-shaped Gema-Gema crash land their UFO in the middle of Akihabara. Without a single yen to their name they have nowhere to go, but following an unexpected and generous offer from the manager of a nearby store, the trio begin working at the shop in exchange for renting the room upstairs. Alongside Dejiko’s self-confessed rival Rabi-en-Rose, as well as a mysterious bear that has mastered the ability to appear happy, sad, depressed and angry all at once, the insanity is only just beginning! From shooting window shoppers with Dejiko’s Laser Eye Beam and the appearance of a bizarre farting impostor, to a sudden attack on the city by Godzilla, life at Gamers is certainly livening up.

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sothis

Di Gi Charat is definitely hilarious. Over a dozen 3 minute episodes, which are complete chaos and confusion. Such craziness and randomness that will make you laugh out loud. Similar, in that aspect, to the randomness of Excel Saga.

TheBurningCrow
Both of these series are completely random and weird, so they definately fit together. The characters are ALL very dramatic. And of course both of these series are extremely hillarious.
freakzilla
Top recs, going from facial expressions to randommy hyperness, everything in Di GI Charat reminded me of Excel Saga. If you like your anime weird, random and hyper theses are two animes to your liking.
XMrNiceguyX
While watching DiGi Charat, I really got a feeling: "Hey, this looks quite a bit like excel saga". The reasons for this are the fast paced humor and the weird humor. As said in the description of DiGi Charat: "guest appearances including Godzilla, a mute bear, and a possessive clam spirit". While Excel Saga had nearly a story at all, DiGi Charat is worse. Even after thinking about it again, I can't figure out what the series was all about. I do not think everyone who liked Excel will like DiGi Charat, since there is less plot, more nuttyness and the jokes are intended for less mature audience.
Kari5

Looking for girls up to random, wacky, and violence run? These are your shows. They both are extremely random, and ignore common sense completely. Fans of one will enjoy the other.

DuskFey

One word: random. It's really impossible to predict where either of these shows is headed, but since you've watched one of them, you're probably ok with that. Excel Saga and Di Gi Charat (and its specials) both feature strong-willed protagonists who don't exactly possess vast intelligence or tactical abilities and rather soft-spoken companions who balance out their crazed leaders. Both series charge headlong into the bizarre, and neither one should be taken too seriously. Fans of one will probably enjoy the other as well.