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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st Edition edition (July 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156931988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569319888
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even if not, if you could use a good laugh, you might wanna check it out.
Arin G.
It tackles, in it's own strange way, an incredible range of topics, from work to orginized religion, and all of it is funny.
C. Mohr
Rikudo Koshi's art style is very detailed especially his full page artwork.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on March 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Excel Saga is a humor manga for those people who really don't like typical manga. This is a book for people angry at the world, and need to see characters so insanely dysfunctional (mind you, I didn't say stupid) that they can feel better about their own lives and jobs. It could be worse, after all? You could cough up gallons of blood at inopportune times (or have a partner that does). Your doctor (who might even be your cousin) could be a misogynistic amoral psychopath who would jump at the chance to use you for (in)human experiments. Your job could be as a civil servant who might be called upon to fight evil (and die) in a ridiculous costume at any moment. Your chief scientist might have a somewhat unhealthy (and creepy) preference in girls. Your roommate might speak(?) entirely in heavily accented subtitles. Your coworker might be the single biggest idiot that ever lived. And of course, you could be a dog, helpless to communicate your constant terror of being kept around for no other reason than as an emergency food supply. Your city might be threatened by a secret organization consisting of three people, and a wooden manakin.

It might sound like chaotically random nonsense, but the creator is a skilled one, handling the madness with a subtle style of humor and writing his characters as nuanced individuals rather than stereotypic archetypes. The most fun part of any gag he comes up with isn't the gag itself, but seeing how the characters react to it.

Excel Saga is a story about all these characters, and how the actions of one can manage to ripple outward and affect characters in the cast they've never even met. The actions of those characters affect others, and so on into infinity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Mohr on September 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Allright, if you have seen the Excel Saga anime, not much in this review will be new to you, but if you haven't...
The Excel Saga series is messed up to the point of (god I hate myself for saying this...) zany-ness. It tackles, in it's own strange way, an incredible range of topics, from work to orginized religion, and all of it is funny. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, it is without a doubt one of the more original mangas to hit the shelves and definitly one of the wittiest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 16, 2003
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Excel Saga: Volume 1 begins the original manga (Japanese graphic novel) series so popular, it has been adapted into the outrageous, high-action, bizarre yet exciting and hilarious parody anime "Excel Saga." Though the original storyline bears only a cursory resemblance to the different-genre-parodied-every-episode anime, the personalities of the main characters shine through. There is Excel the enthusiastically upbeat and fanatical albeit notably klutzy loyal fighting minion, Hyatt the genteel and soft-spoken yet frail and sickly to the point of coughing up blood loyal minion, Menshi the adorable stray dog that Excel has adopted as "emergency rations," and Lord Il Palazzo the dreamy and forward-thinking would-be male dictator who is far too proud to acknowledge that his secret organization bent on world conquest operates out of a basement with a chain-pull flush toilet, and consists of himself, two delusional young women and a fluffy dog. Massive property destruction, fistfights, hilarity, personal memories rewritten in one's own self-interest, and a side look at the travails of three eternally poor and date-less male neighbors result. A funny and action-filled read for manga and comedy fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Thomas on April 3, 2004
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First, let me tell you what you won't get with the Excel Saga mangas. You won't get puchus,you won't get Pedro and the Will, and you won't get Nabeshin. All those things were added by the director of the anime. What you will get is lots more blood from Hyatt(Hatchan),lots more yummy Menchi(who is now Mince),lots more sexual refrences, and lots more Excel. Where the anime is a sattire of other animes and Japanese media, these mangas are more of a sattire of the entire culture of Japan. The basic premise is the same, and you may find some(but not many)of the stories familliar.
If you havn't seen the anime, then I still highly suggest you read this. The plot is random and fun, the writing is extremely inteligent and funny(Bravo, Koshi!), and the art is amoung the best I've seen. But be warned that this is a very mature manga. That isn't to say it's overflowing with sex or anything, but there is a lot of blood, some language, and controversial themes. But that's likely to just encourage lots of people, especially fans of the anime, to look into it, which I suggest they do. Don't expect the anime on paper here, but don't expect to be dissapointed either!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Boon on December 1, 2004
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Well after watching the Excel Saga anime I just had to read the original manga and thankfully I was not let down one bit but before I get into the guide/review I would just like to point out that at times it will be spoiler heavy.

Right now that is out of the way lets get started by pointing out what you will not find in the Excel Saga manga.

1. No Nabeshine.
2. No Pedro.
3. No Pedro's family.
4. No Great Will.
5. No Puchus.

I may have missed one or two minor thing out but that is the main things missing that were in the anime but don't worry the manga is still a total riot and in my honest opinion much better then the anime.

The review (more of a guide really) is broken down into chapter (missions) discriptions and and a out of 5 star rating for each.

Mission 1: The Initiation Of A Legend.

The World is introduced to the super secret organisation ACROSS and it's plans are (sort of) revealed for their conquest of firstly the City of Fukuoka and eventually the World, only problem is that ACROSS consits of only charismatic leader Lord Il Palazzo and his feisty, loyal yet dim witted Exeuctive Officer, Staff Officer, Combatent and Latrine Orderly Excel (as well as a wooden dummy) and in Excel's first mission she must direct traffic while dealing with (imaginary) state conspiracys out to attack ACROSS and it's ideals.

Rating 5/5

Mission 2: Today And Tomorrow For Farewells.
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