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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Excel Saga (Vol. 2)
Excel Saga (Vol. 2)
ADV Films // Unrated // August 27, 2002
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Review by Loren Halek | posted October 3, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

Excel Saga was one of the most anticipated anime series coming out this year. A series based solely on making fun of other anime genres and series, I have heard nothing but "I cannot wait for Excel Saga" from many people I talk to. I neglected to pick up the first disc as of yet, so I am dropping myself into a situation I am not at all familiar with, so bear with me on this review please. I do plan on getting the first disc at some point.

The comedy is certainly in abundance in the 4 episodes presented in this release. The main characters for this show are Excel and Hyatt. Each episode rips on different anime genre and/or series in and of themselves. I really liked the last two episodes the most.

The third episode has all the male characters taken out and given parts only in talking off-camera and a few full shots here and there. This episode deals with the women. Add into this that it is a hot day and we then have women at a pool in scant clothing. Taking a rip at fanservice anime, this is purely a ratings ploy that the title of the episode alludes to.

The last episode revolves around Excel and Hyatt working at a bowling alley. They are trying to understand bowling and how it draws in the young people that it does. They are ripping on sports anime like Princess Nine here, but they also rip on the shows that cover sports. Even though they are working at the alley, Excel and Hyatt take the backseat in this episode.

Overall this was a pretty good show to watch. I am going to go out and get the first disc so I can understand all that is going on. This is a very funny comedy series, especially if you are semi-knowledgeable with anime genre and series.


The DVD

Video: Being a pretty new television series, the video is excellent. Since this is a television show it is shown in regular screen format.

Sound: Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and in English and Japanese. All of the action comes from the front soundstage and I did not hear any discernable noise from the rear speakers. Both tracks sound very good.

Menus: Laid out to look like Ilpalazzo's version of the Windows operating system. Each item you click opens up another window. Easy to navigate and littered with small animation pieces from the show.

Extras:

Vidnotes: You can play these throughout the 4 episodes. They give you additional information on origins of the jokes and the show in general.

TV Spots: Commercials that played before its showing in Japan

Ads for CD Single and Soundtrack: Advertisements done for the CD Single and Soundtrack for the show. Some of these are very bizarre.

Production Sketches: Basic sketches revolving around the show.

Final Thoughts: Excel Saga is not a bad show, although I have a feeling I would be liking it more if I had seen the first disc. I would Highly Recommend this show because I think it has a lot of promise and it seems like all the people that praised it were right.
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