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Excel Saga, Vol 1 [Paperback]

Rikdo Koshi
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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media (Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156931988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569319888
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.6 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excel Saga: v. 1 Series Description: Today the city, tomorrow the world! That's the plan of II Palazzo, the haughty, pretty-boy leader of ACROSS, a secret society based somewhere deep beneath the streets and sewers of Fukuoka, Japan. It's a good thing he's starting small, because ACROSS begins its bid for global domination with just two members, II Palazzo and Excel, the teenage girl smitten with him! After settin... Full description

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excel Saga. What can I say?
Well, this is no typical manga. The protagonist Excel is dim witted and surreal. Her dog is also her emergency rations. She works for an idealogical organisation called ACROSS, and the leader of this organisation will promote inanimate objects instead of her. Her new colleague drops dead at random. And that's just the start of a very twisted story...
If you're expecting a plotline that makes a lot of sense, try something like Chobits. If you're expecting giant robots, go get some Gundam. But if you're into something a little strange, a little experimental, and worryingly addictive, get excel saga. The Manga itself is well presented, in true right to left format, and there are some good special features (such as a catalogue of sound effects and explanations of some of the more surreal moments.) But it follows the same events as the recently released Anime (based on the Manga)
And for those who know a bit about the series already: Sumiyoshi has been gifted with a Geordie accent, which worryingly fits into this surreal, enjoyable manga romp.
Now to wait for book #2 without eating my emergency dog food supply...
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Laugh So Hard You'll Cry!! 24 Nov 2004
Excel Saga is so completely different to every other manga in existence-this makes it quite hard to review!
It's VERY funny, and it takes wierdness to all new heights.
Down below the city of Fukuoka lies the underground hideout of the secret organisation Across, and it's leader-Il Palazzo, a man whose dignity is such that he could never acknowledge that Across consists of himself, a leaky basement, two unpaid teenage interns, and a stray dog.
Enter Excel, the endearing yet painfully stupid female lead, her partner, Hyatt, who seems to have issues with staying alive more than 2 minutes at a time, and their emergency food supply (the stray dog) Menchi, who spends the entirety of the series desperatley trying to escape their rented apartment!
Comical mishaps ensue as these 2 brave girls try unsuccessfully to conquer the city for their beloved leader.
It's a hilarious read, and I'd recommend it to all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it 19 Feb 2009
I've just ordered volume five. It takes a while to get into the world of Excel Saga but it builds well and then by volume three I was regularly laughing out loud on the tube (where I tend to read manga) and getting strange looks. So if volume one doesn't blow you away, stick with it for a bit longer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad manga 6 Feb 2009
The Excel Saga anime was one of the maddest shows I have ever seen and if anything this manga is even weirder. The manga follows Excel and her fellow ACROSS members (both of them) as they try to take over the city and basically survive from day to day.

The Excel Saga manga is a greatly funny series that is even better than the anime. The art is a bit disappointing and hard to follow in places but the story is good in a very random way with some nice humour and `interesting' characters. Excel Saga isn't really you average manga but should be enjoyable if you give it a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better then the Anime. 1 Dec 2004
By M. Boon
Well so far I am up to volume 9 of the Excel Saga Manga and all I can really say is WOW.
First off there are characters missing such as The Great Will (though the name is mentioned once), Nabeshine, Pedro & Family and The Puchus but these were in My opinion the only weakness's of the Anime and without them other characters get the spotlight such as Dr. Iwata (cousin of the other Iwata) who is criminally only breifly seen in a few episodes of the Anime along with His long suffering nurse as well as new characters making later appearences.
The plot though pretty much the same as the Anime (secret organisastion ACROSS want to conquer the city of F which here is called Fukouka) is overall much more complex with some things still falling into place and though still funny as heck is slightly darker and serious and unlike the Anime is building at a much better pace (though I guess that was never the Anime's intention) and to what looks like a much more solid conclusion with some things only mentioned in the Anime (such as Il Palazzo and Kabapu's past) looking to get a much better explenation.
But My favorite thing about the Manga is how the difference between good guy and bad guy is so blurred and has actually left Me wondering just who the good guys really are or if there are even any good guys here other then those caught in between such as Iwata and company (who all now play a much bigger role here then in the Anime and there is a totally insane twist with Iwata later in the series that left Me speechless), sure at first it's easy to say that ACROSS are the villains but as time goes by the so called good guys are probably responsable for just as much or even more damage then ACROSS but I wont go any further into detail so as not to spoil things.
In closing I must say this is a great Manga series and is well worth the money.
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