Ya know, I’m not gonna try to explain this show. I don’t think there’s any way it can be explained without breaking the limits of space time and causing all of reality to be folded into a mobius strip from which there is no escape.
What I am going to do is tell you a little about how this show came to be. It won’t help you understand the series, because the series has no actual plot. It’s just a grouping of episodes with a few similar themes that frequently changes genres for no real reason. It’s funny as hell.
Okay, so Excel Saga began as a manga, the way most anime do. It was the brain child of Rikdo Koshi, who appears as a character in the anime for reasons, and follows the adventures of the dim witted Excel as she attempts to help the leader of the secret organization Across, Il Palazzo, take over the world. Beyond claiming that it is because the world is corrupt, I’ve no idea why Il Palazzo wants to take over the world, but he’s a sensible global dominator, and figures it best to start by taking over a single city, which he frequently fails to do, because his only subordinate is an idiot.
When J.C. Staff got the chance to create the anime, they hired Shinichi Watanabe, a dude known for his rather outsized personality. Watanabe gained a great deal of prominace when he worked as the chief director for Lupin III: Da Capo of Love, and soon after, began dressing like Lupin. He is well known for his massive afro and loud suits, which he claims helps him stand out and get attention, but really, I think he’s just a goofy cool dude who is totally okay with himself.
When Watanabe was brought on to direct the anime of Excel Saga, creator Koshi gave him free reign to do whatever he wanted, so long as he created a new timeline, and more or less followed the story of the manga, which Watanabe manages to do, while still having no actual plot. Besides inserting Koshi as himself into the anime, Watanabe also inserts himself as the character Nabeshin, and we’re only scratching the surface of how weird this show gets.
Seriously, it treats the fourth wall like a piece of tissue paper. The entire genre of the series changes from episode to episode, with on entire episode being a recreation of 80’s era American adaptations of anime. Excel Saga is flat out weird.
At it’s best, it’s like watching Monty Python. At it’s worst, it’s just strange.
The main reason I’ve selected it as an OP I want to feature, however, is because Watanabe wrote the opening song himself. Like she show, it’s weird as hell.
Most of it features Excel and her sidekick, the perpetually dying alien Princess Hyatt, actually singing the opening music in a variety of strange locations, hinting at the disjointed nature of the show. It also has the cast running a lot, which is kind of a jab at the many opening and ending credits out there that have characters running for no obvious reason. Since Excel Saga, as an anime, frequently pokes fun at anime in general, this should kind of be expected.
The big thing here is that, as an OP, Excel Saga does set the stage for the show you about to watch. It is irreverent, funny, weird, and at times, purposefully offensive. Most of all, it does successfully summarize the entire show in a minute and a half.
I still have no idea what the hell was going on with Pedro, though. Dude got it on with the will of the cosmos.