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Excel Saga Vol 5 [DVD]

Takehito Koyasu , Kotono Mitsuishi , Akihiko Nishiyama , Hiroshi Kurimoto    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Takehito Koyasu, Kotono Mitsuishi, Jason Douglas, Omi Minami, Monica Rial
  • Directors: Akihiko Nishiyama, Hiroshi Kurimoto, Jun Fukuda, Ken Andō, Masahiko Murata
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4O2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,719 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Kabapu's team dons the uniforms of Daitenzin and set off to protect the city from evil. Menchi escapes Excel once more and voyages around the world. Excel and Hyatt help Key, a messenger from ACROSS, rediscover his muse. Plus 'Pedro: The Movie'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another four mad episodes 11 Jun 2007
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This is the penultimate volume of the exquisitely bonkers Excel Saga and the madness doesn't let up for a moment. This volume sees the Department of City Security form the Daitenzin a Power Rangers like superhero team dedicated to fighting evil, unfortunatley there is no big evel for them to fight so they end up using their powers on litter bugs and random citizens. The volume also includes a second Menchi orientated episode with the Emergancy Rations/Dog joining a wealthy hieress on a dangerous round the worldd voyage. Another episode sees a charismatic messanger from ACROSS HQ arrive to dilive a message but is unable too untill his muse finds him. Finaly there is also another clip show, this one dedicated to the ghostly Pedro and recaps his adventures in the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 7 April 2007
By Maxi-D
excel saga is an amazing programme and is crazed madness in its purest form. in this volume the 5th in a 6 volume set there is no hold up in the plot or story with randomness still leading in top form. there are 4 episodes on this DVD each one unique in its own favourite episode is the Pedro run though which lists the events of Pedro the ghost with occasional narration by excel and Hyatt. also possibly the greatest thing about excel saga is the background shots because there is so many little bits of humour in items in the back ground that you would have to watch repeated times to find everything. all in all if you are looking for humour in its finest look no further!.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The insanity Continues... 23 Jan 2004
These episodes are not as funny as the previous, but still have their own unique charm. Episode 18 is a brillient take off of power rangers. I thought Episode 20 with the Pedro recap was hilarious, especially near the end where the episode numbers kept popping up. The last episode is just do dirty, yet so hilarious with it's connotations and all. I'll recommend you to but this, because if you're buying it, you'll have the first 4 and it would be a pity to stop now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any other anime out there! 19 Jun 2003
By Miles Bairey - Published on
I first saw this show on a preview on another anime DVD my friend bought. Right away we both knew that Excel Saga was something special. Just watching the preview made us laugh. While browsing through a store just about a week ago I found Excel Saga volume 5 just sitting there so I decided to pick it up and check it out. I was expecting a lot of humor, but this thing just blew me away. I jumped right into it without even watching the previous volumes. That's because theres absolutly no story line to follow? Sound strange? Well that's exactly what Excel Saga aims to do. The only story line that is there they explain throughout the DVD.
Every episode usually begins with the Writers trying to come up with new ideas for the show, which usually results in them double crossing the author of the original manga, Koshi Rikdo. This was the first interesting thin I noticed in the show. The writers and author actually put themselves in the show, which results in great humor, especially whenever the afro-bearing Nabeshine appears on screen.
The two main characters, Excel, a hyperactive young lady who seems to be in love with their groups leader, and Hatchan,a "Kenny" from South Park type of character who always appears to die for no reason, even though she is a beautiful girl. They both work for the group ACROSS under the almighty Illpallazzo, another extremely funny character, whose ultimate goal is to take over the city for some reason.
Another character that I fell in love with is Pedro who dies in a fire and turns into a ghost, which leads him into a story that makes no sense at all, and every time he screams "No!" it brings a smile to my face.
Another interesting thing is that the characters actually know they are just playing roles in this so called wretched story. It's always humorous to hear the characters refer to the writers as idiots, or some other form of the word.
The DVD contains fours episodes of non-stop humor. The first episode, episode 18 out of 26, is a huge spoof of The Power Rangers, and they do a great job of it. I don't remember the Power Rangers going around and blowing up people with guns though.
Episode 19 is the only snag in this wonderful DVD. It just doesn't have as much humor as the rest do, mainly because the whole episode follows the "soon-to-be-food" dog Menchi, as he travels around the world with a girl for some reason. The show is just way to serious here, and there's not enough of Excel and Hatchan here.
Episode 20 begins with the writers not having any idea of what to do with this episode. The soon decide that instead of worrying about it they'll just make another flash back episode dedicated to Pedro, and forge Rikdo's signature on the paper. Excel and Hatchan host the show in a "PUke Bar" with the bartender popping in the tapes into the VCR, as Excel make a rather interesting host, while Hatchan sits at her side, spitting blood out of her mouth.
The entire episode takes a look back at the episodes before with Pedro, which was good because I really didn't understand his story, that is until I realized his story didn't make sense anyway. I never know a flash back episode could be so good.
The real treat of this episode is at the end when the bar tender reveals he has the continuation of Pedro the Movie, which ultimatly adds on the insanity.
Finally is Episode 21 which is the best, as Illpallazzo reveals that ACROSS HQ is making changes via a messenger. The messenger, Key, shows up hours late, and begins hitting on Excel, which is when we get a very humorous look inside the mind of Illpallazzo.
Key trys to relay the message via a rock song, which again leads to a lot of humor, as Key says he cannot sing under the unsatisfactory conditions. Basically the whole episode is about Excel and Hatchan taking Key around with them, waiting until he can sing again.
The English voice over are superb, and couldn't be any better. Especially Excel, whose hyperactive way of speaking can be hard to understand at times. The original Japanese voice overs are all here, along with the english subtitles. Plus a cool little feature where every now and then a Menchi bubble appears to explain a joke, or a fact with you. Use this when listening to the Japanese voices to understand what's going on since the Japanese use a lot of puns and such as humor.
The thing I really love about Excel Saga is that you fall in love with every character you see. Unlike some other anime I've seen, every character has his or her own personality, and you love them for that. The each have a different style of making you laugh. Plus they don't all get along so it makes things fun.
All in all I love this DVD, it's a must have for any anime fan, or anyone who just wants a bunch of good laughs. You'll watch this thing many times and laugh every time you do. It would be a horrible idea to live with out this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Today's experiment ... success! 26 Feb 2003
By Flav Josephus - Published on
With volume 5, Excel is back on track. Volume 4 was a bit disappointing, and the constant references to pedophilia were more creepy than funny. But, with "Secrets & Lies", the Excel Saga is back with the whacked-out parodies and incredibly unconventional humor. Here are a few great moments:
* A Power Rangers parody that is actually funny! Watanabe and the gang (looks like the Ropponmatsus are regulars now) fight for justice! Except that there's really no crime in F-City, so they start taking down non-crimes (loaning money, extramarital affairs, poking for change at the pop machine....)
* Pedro and Gomez face-off! That should be enough to get you to pick up this DVD ... but they also end up doing a great Dragonball Z parody.
* A sequel to Menchi's adventure, including a few surprise returning characters. Can he and his new friend make it around the world in 80 ... hours? Steel! Chow mein! The Alps Corporation! Remember, this episode working for you!
* A rock star parody and a yaoi parody rolled into one! And some suggestive yet hilarious shadowplay as Key (the rock star) moves his hands down the shaft of his guitar.
* Less super-deformed humor: the animation is back to the more realistic style from earlier episodes.
* Pedro and Menchi get their turns narrating the "Upcoming episode" sequence. And ... Excel actually does the sequence talking at normal speed!
If you thought that Excel Saga was in a decline with volume 4, you'll be pleased to see that Vol. 5 reverses the trend. Excel has not run out of far-out humor, and it's still the all-time funniest anime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! 20 Nov 2003
By Grayson Such - Published on
this volume of excel saga is just halarious! especially pedro and the spoof of rock anime and the spoof od power rangers. I loved it i laughed several times throughout the dvd. A must buy! its Very funny!
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better downhill... 9 Mar 2003
By Gabriel - Published on
I'd have to say I was happy to finally get this when I collected the other 4 volumes. It has four episodes, but I find two out of it which I like. There was the episode about Daitenzin, and the civil servants were involuntarily dressed in latex bubblegum crisis looking uniforms. It was hilarious to watch them beat [up] people committing everyday no-no's. Sumiyoshi in the uniform was disturbing.
The next episode was part two of Menchi's great adventure. She meets a rich girl and travels the world. It's shocking to find the appearence of a character back in the picture trying to cause them havoc. Then the movie showing Pedro's bad luck all over again has the good stuff at the end. The Dragon Ball parody was funny, but I really thought the episode was annoying and why the produces wasted time on it. My favorite was the rock anime episode. Key is a sexy rocker and has to deliver a message to Ilpalazzo from AcROSS HQ. Though, he can't sing in the conditon till later in the end. There is yaoi in Excel's fantasy. Warning is when Key is behind the curtain and playing with his guitar. Excel's wild imagination cracked my sister and mother up.
I'm disapointed how little and tiring it was to watch it. Go to the EXTRAS and read the article on the disappearance of a dead girl, aka Hyatt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excel is still the best! 5 Mar 2003
By Superpiccolo182 - Published on
I'll keep this short and sweet... I loved this volume of Excel Saga, just as I loved all of the others! Volume four was a little below par, but oh well, this isn't volume four, this is volume five and Excel and her Saga are back with all the wackiness still in tact! Buy this now or may Puchuus eat your souls!
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