Excel Saga

Season 1 Episode 1

The Koshi Rikdo Assassination Plot

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Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1999 on
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The secret ideological organization of ACROSS has but one goal in mind: world domination. To that end, ACROSS leader Ilpallazzo sends his overenthusiastic (if somewhat incompetent) agent Excel Excel to get the ball rolling by working towards the takeover of F City, F Prefecture. Excel's first mission is to rid the world of the evils of manga artists and animators, starting with series creator Koshi Rikdo. Will Excel be able to complete her mission and hold down a part-time job with a foreigner named Pedro without getting killed or causing chaos for all around her? It looks doubtful…moreless

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    Rob Mungle

    Rob Mungle

    Pedro

    Kelly Manison

    Kelly Manison

    The Great Will of the Macrocosm/Sexy Wife

    Kotono Mitsuishi

    Kotono Mitsuishi

    Excel Excel (Japanese version)

    Jessica Calvello

    Jessica Calvello

    Excel Excel (Episodes 1-13)

    Brett Weaver

    Brett Weaver

    Nabeshin

    Paul Sidello

    Paul Sidello

    Koshi Rikdo

    Jessica Calvello

    Jessica Calvello

    Good Excel; Bad Excel; Cop Excel

    Guest Star

    Victor Carsrud

    Victor Carsrud

    Ambulance Driver

    Guest Star

    James Marshall

    James Marshall

    Truck Driver

    Guest Star

    Kira Vincent-Davis

    Kira Vincent-Davis

    Additional Voices

    Recurring Role

    Mike Vance

    Mike Vance

    Additional Voices

    Recurring Role

    Illich Guardiola

    Illich Guardiola

    Additional Voices

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (8)

      • Koshi Rikdo mentioned that he couldn't play himself because he lived too far from the recording studio.

      • While recording the ending theme, which features Menchi bark-singing into a microphone, voice actress Satomi Koorogi actually performed the song while kneeling on the floor like a dog and with the microphone lowered to her level.

      • In the English manga, Ilpalazzo's name is spelled as "Il Palazzo".

      • In the Japanese version, for some reason, it's assumed that non-Asian foreigners like Pedro speak English (even if they're Spanish).

      • In the Japanese version, Pedro and all the other Hispanic characters on the show speak in heavily-accented Japanese. They are trying really hard to sound foreign.

      • The correct way to write "Rikdo" in romanization is "Rikudo". But since the "u" in "Rikudo" is underemphasized, the English dub decided to omit the "u" for the sake of pronouncing Rikdo's name right.

      • If you pay close attention during the scene where Excel skips across school, there is a person's leg shaking in the bushes in the background.

      • Through the length of the series, in the opening credits, when Excel and Hyatt sing the solo lines, both of their mouths are moving (except when Hyatt is coughing, of course)

    • QUOTES (10)

    • NOTES (9)

      • (Fake) Credit to: Ms. Calvello's Wardrobe by Straight Jackets "R" Us

      • Today's Experiment...... Failed

      • In the Japanese version, both Good Excel and Bad Excel have Kansai accents, which is a regional Japanese accent. It is similar to a southern accent in English. So, in the English dub, Good and Bad Excels have southern accents, except Good Excel had that accent for a short while.

      • Excel's neighbor Sumiyoshi (the one who writes instead of speaking) has a Kansai accent. In the manga, he has an Okayama accent (which in the English manga is translated as the Geordie dialect of England).

      • The show's three main characters - Excel, Hyatt (first seen next episode) and Ilpalazzo - are all named after real buildings in Fukuoka: the Hakata Tokyu Excel Hotel, the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, and the Il Palazzo Hotel.

      • Excel attended Inunabe High School. Inunabe is Japanese for "Dog Stew".

      • Authorization: In a written oath, Koshi Rikdo gives his permission for Excel Saga to be animated. He also agrees to take no action no matter what the animators do with his creation.

      • The name "Ilpalazzo" is Italian for "The Palace".

      • This episode's original Japanese title is "The Plan to Murder Koshi Rikudo".

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • Foreman: Just don't tell that Gomez.
        This could be an allusion to the fact that there will eventually be a person named Gomez who ruins Pedro's life later in the series.

      • Excel and Pedro: Guarandoo!
        The origin of "Guarandoo" is unclear, but it could possibly refer to the word in a singer's album title, but the word had no meaning. The singer, a man, wore a skinpy outfit, and people wondered if the hair on his stomach wasn't from... well, down there. So "Guarandoo" came to mean "thick body hair", which is now the common usage of the word. Nonetheless, what this has to with the way Excel and Pedro use it is anyone's guess.

      • Nabeshin: Lupin the 3rd
        Nabeshin's clothes closely resemble the outift that anime character Lupin the 3rd wears.

      • The Excel Saga anime introduces some new characters such as Nabeshin.
        The name is based on the director's actual asian name: Watanabe Shinichi, who also voices the character.
        It is undetermined whether Shinichi Watanabe has an afro haircut though.

      • Paramedic: I can't believe they killed the main character in the first scene.
        Excel's death bears a striking resemblance to a similar situation in "Magical Princess Minky Momo", in which main character Momo was also hit by a truck.

      • Excel: You watch your eyeline, Mister- stop it!
        According to a Japanese proverb, one can be paralysed by another's glare. This proverb comes quite literally true for Excel when she is tied up by Rikdo's eyeline.

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