By Leroy Douresseaux
April 21, 2013 - 10:20
|Excel Saga Volume 25 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.|
Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
There is a particular apartment building in the city of Fukuoba, in which exists a peculiar situation. Two groups of neighbors lead secret lives. The first group is Across, led by Lord Il Palazzo; his minions think they are trying to take over Fukuoba. The other group, the Department of City Security (DCC), is led by Dr. Kabapu (the Professor or the Mayor); his employees think that they are trying to defend the city. They are acting as if they are anime characters, but this is the manga known as Excel Saga.
In Excel Saga, Vol. 25, the two sides clash. Kabapu has spoken of a gate, while Il Palazzo has spoken of a door. It is time to find this gate, door, portal, or whatever, a task that is supposedly the secret job of the City Environmental Security Administration.
The Professor orders the infiltration of Across. Thus, Matsuya, Watanabe, Sumiyoshi, and Iwata find themselves in an underground passage, searching for a gate. They meet their rivals, the Seniors Elgala, Hyatt, and Excel. Then, Ishiki takes on Iwata. Then, it is Ishiki versus Nishiki. There are so many Ishikis and Nishikis and such… Is it enough to keep Kabapu’s people from being trapped underground and short of food?
THE LOWDOWN: I am almost there with the Excel Saga manga. With each volume I read, I start to like the series just a little bit more, but only a little. It’s mostly micro-steps, not even baby steps.
It was that way for me with Hayate the Combat Butler, also a spoof of anime (as well as of manga content and culture). I now look forward to Hayate. Will I ever look forward to Excel Saga? It depends on what creator Rikdo Koshi does. There are some crazy, but interesting plotlines developing.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of anime spoofs will like Excel Saga.
Rating: B- /10