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!
It is the Age of the Great Detectives. Gentleman thieves seek to steal the world's treasures with the aid of their superpowers called "Toys", while the forces of justice use their own Toys to try and stop them. Trained by Opera Kobayashi, the young Sherlock Shellingford, Nero Yuzurizaki, Hercule Barton, and Cordelia Glauca are the top students at Holmes Academy and members of the famous detective team Milky Holmes. But when a run in with the nefarious gentleman thief Arsene robs them of their Toys, the group's charmed life comes quickly to an end, banished to a squalid attic in one of the academy's dorms. Unfazed, but still hungry and shamed, the girls fight to regain their powers, their old life of luxury, and their status as the world's most famous detectives.
Neither Excel Saga nor Tantei Opera Milky Holmes looks like it's going to have any adult themes in it- especially the latter, but both shows end up nudging the boundaries of what can be shown. Excel Saga sets up misleading situations, makes mature asides, and has some awkward sequences towards the end. Tantei Opera Milky Holmes has a frequently naked man with stiff nipples, ecstacy inducing attacks, and a blatant fanservice episode. If you want something that's almost ecchi, but not quite, try these on for size.
The battle between good and evil wages on in the town of Kawasaki! Sunred, a sarcastic, cranky hero often battles the forces of Florsheim, an evil organization out to achieve world domination! But for General Vamp and the rest of the Florsheim gang, attaining such a goal won’t be easy. Between helping Sunred move, deciding how to throw out a used frying pan, disputing over stolen ramen and recruiting new members, there’s never a quiet moment in Kawasaki!
Excel Saga and Tentai Senshi Sunred are absurdist parody series that focus on inept evil organizations trying to conquer a city. The plotline (or rather, lack thereof) is completely unpredictable and all the characters have unique personality quirks.
Tentai Senshi Sunred felt like those times in Excel Saga when Excel/Hyatt were gone and Lord Ilpalazzo was shown doing normal things like playing dating sims or learning guitar.
Excel Saga is quite a bit more spastic, whereas Tentai Senshi Sunred delighted in making mundane things ridiculous, but it was interesting to see such different takes on the same basic concept.
Former nursery song singer Sakura, former Japanese song singer Himawari, former folk singer Ayame and former rock singer Yuri collectively make up the group Mix Juice -- a group that proves even washed out idols can have a second chance! With no gigs in sight, their go-getter manager finally finds them a new job: test subjects for a mad scientist?! 13 year old Tsukumo Susumu is determined to land on the moon, and it's up to the musical babes to pilot each new "creation" on its maiden voyage. Will the girls survive long enough to perform the first ever concert in space?
Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!
(1) Both are hilarious and very random. (2) Both have afro-groove elements. (3) Both neglect the isolation and strictness of scenario-orientation and allow themselves to "communicate" with audience - authors don't pretend thier world being too realistic. Exploiting such freedom they have very agile scenarios spiced by agility of imagination with possibilities that are possible only in mental reality. That's why their architectures are less like static constructions with tough fundaments and risks of collapsing in some critical sections, but more are like rivers, having no problems with any obstacles - water will always find it's path and stay cool.