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A list of characters from Rikdo Koshi's comedy/gag series Excel♥Saga. This page covers both the anime and manga versions, with characters and tropes noted accordingly.
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Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Jessica Calvello (EN, episodes 1-13), Larissa Wolcott (EN, episodes 14-26)
The title character, whose single-minded devotion to the ideals of ACROSS and Il Palazzo drive the plot.Excel is in love with Il Palazzo to an obssesive degree, and gladly carries out any assignments he gives her. Unfortunately for Il Palazzo, Excel's love does not supercede her stupidity or hyperactivity. Excel will fail at any mission given to her, usually doing a lot of collateral damage. Same goes for all part time jobs Excel is hired for. Any success Excel has will be accidental.Acts as The Leader to the rest of the ACROSS minions, despite being the least level-headed in the group, due to sheer enthusiasm.While the anime implies Excel joined ACROSS after completing high school, in the manga Excel has an important past she is not aware of. A few characters that Excel has not met know her, and ACROSS and Kabapu's technology reacts unusually around her. Excel herself never divulges anything about her past.
Voiced by: Omi Minami (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
The second member to join ACROSS.Hyatt has a tendency to die a lot, only to revive a few minutes later. In the anime she revives on her own, in the manga Excel has to work a bit to wake her up, though it is unknown if such work is necessary.While she also believes in the glory of ACROSS, Hyatt does not follow it with the same zeal as Excel, letting Excel formulate plans which she will happily go along with. Hyatt is a lot more polite to others, in contrast to Excel.Their neighbor Watanabe is in love with Hyatt, but only knows her as "Ms. Ayasugi". Hyatt is unaware of his infatuation.Hyatt's backstory differs between the anime and the manga. In the manga Hyatt just walked into ACROSS and signed up; in the anime Hyatt is a moon princess with an unexplained connection to Nabeshin and Dr. Kabapu, that was captured by the Puchus but inadvertently escaped when Excel destroyed their spaceship.
The third member of ACROSS, only seen in the manga. Elgala was hired in volume 8 and proved to be just as bad at her job as her seniors. While she is just as devoted to Il Palazzo as Excel and Hyatt, Elgala at least questions how Excel leads their missions, but is usually forced to go along with them. Elgala is very vain and materialistic, which constantly puts her at odds with Excel's extreme penny pinching.
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)
The glorious and charismatic leader of ACROSS. Il Palazzo dreams of total global conquest, but has first set his sights on taking over Fukuoka, Japan, and building from there. Usually Il Palazzo gives out missions to Excel and Hyatt while he sits in his throne room pursuing other hobbies.Il Palazzo shows some concern for Hyatt (though not enough to not send her out on mission), and indifference to Elgala. With Excel Il Palazzo is mildly annoyed to hostile, depending on how fed up he is with her failures.In the manga Il Palazzo steps up ACROSS' plans for conquest by starting ILL Electronics and flooding the market with cheap but effective electronic devices, gaining him a lot of positive public opinion.Has some connection with Dr. Kabapu that is hinted at the anime but explained in the manga.
Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)
Excel's emergency food supply. Menchi (or Mince in the manga) is a dog of some breed that was picked by Excel while was she was looking for something to eat. Excel relented, and now keeps Menchi around as a backup. Menchi spends most of the time either trying to escape from their apartment or being frightened by Excel and Hyatt, though she gets along a bit better with Elgala.
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP), Jay Hickman (EN)
The first neighbor introduced and the only one who actually lives next door to Excel and Hyatt.Watanabe is characterized by three things: his desire to live a normal, financially stable life among the increasing chaos that surrounds him, his infatuation with his neighbor Ms. Ayasugi (Hyatt, but he does not know her real name), and his dislike of his friends Iwata and Sumiyoshi. He went to work for Kabapu in the hopes of getting a civil servant job, not realizing that it would put him in direct opposition of the group Hyatt works for.
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP), Mark Laskowski (EN)
Watanabe's "friend". Iwata is dumb as a brick and barrels into everything with enthusiasm and not a lot of forethought. Iwata is either oblivious or does not care that Watanabe hates him, and hangs out in his apartment regardless. He joined the Department of City Security because Watanabe did. As a member of Daitenzin Iwata is usually the first to run into a mission and mess everything up.In the manga Iwata dies (abruptly and without warning from colon cancer) and has his mind put into an android body by Dr. Shioji. Being an android makes Iwata a lot less concerned with his safety and he often is destroyed, to Dr. Shioji's annoyance, since he is the one who has to rebuild Iwata. His robot body gives him lots of nifty gadgets like a built-in radio and night vision. He can also transfer his consciousness to Ropponmatsu II, though he never does intentionally.He will hit on any attractive lady in the area (except, oddly enough, the girls of ACROSS), but usually focuses his attention on Matsuya, whom he knew in college.
Watanabe's other friend and neighbor. Sumiyoshi is smart enough to not go running head first into trouble like Iwata, but not smart enough to avoid trouble altogether and quit working for Kabapu.Sumiyoshi is from a different part of Japan, and as such speaks with an accent, which in the anime is rendered as subtitles, and in the manga is written in a different font and with an accent. His father and younger sister speak with the same accent.Has a strange frienship with Dr. Shiouji, and is the only one that gets along with Ropponmatsu II.
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)
Arguably the most normal and reasonable person in the cast, Ms. Matsuya began to work for Kabapu around the same time as the others.Initially she recognized the absurdity of her job, but did not complain. Instead she usually prepared for each mission assigned by Kabapu so that she either finished a mission unscathed or without having to do as much work as others.When Il Palazzo and Kabapu's war intensified Matsuya tried to stay out of it or escape, but could not. Realizing how dangerous her life had become, Matsuya starts collaborating with Dr. Shiouji to figure out what is going on with Il Palazzo and Kabapu while doing whatever she can to make sure she and her team get involved as little as possible.She does not appreciate Iwata constantly hitting on her, but has gotten used to it, and devotes considerable effort to coming up with ways to rebuke him.
Department of City Security
Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), Mike Kleinhenz (EN)
A shadowy government figure, Kabapu is very protective of Fukuoka, but goes about protecting it through bribes, blackmail, and assassinations. He hired Watanabe, Iwata, Sumiyoshi, and Matsuya as a problem solvers / Super Sentai group known as the Department of City Security, or Daitenzin.He shares a history with Il Palazzo that is only hinted at, and for a long time in both the anime and the manga was only vaguely aware of his presence. When he finally realizes that Il Palazzo is the leader of ACROSS Kabapu starts using more extreme methods of eliminating ACROSS, which puts him in financial trouble.
Voiced by: Yumiko Nakanishi (JP), Emily Carter-Essex (EN)
Kabapu's secretary. Little is known about Ms. Momochi, including her past, first name, or eye color. The only things known for certain are that she has worked for Kabapu since before the series started, and she is the one that's probably keeping Kabapu's schemes from totally backfiring.
Dr. Gojo Shiouji
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Spike Spencer (EN)
A brilliant roboticist hired by Kabapu to build an android for the Department of City Security. Dr. Shiouji builds Ropponmatsu I, based on Kabapu's designs. When Ropponmatsu I fails to disarm a bomb Shiouji builds a new robot, Ropponmatsu II, based on his own preferences.The manga goes into Dr. Shiouji's backstory more. Shiouji's father Tenmangu worked on robots with Kabapu too, before he disappeared, and a lot of Shiouji's work is based on his father's research. Shiouji wants to know what happened to his father which is why he works with Kabapu, though he is not interested in Kabapu's goal. He also collaborates with Matsuya to figure what is really going on with Il Palazzo and Kabapu.Dr. Shiouji's laboratory is staffed by a collection of little girls, and he usually relaxes in a park and watches little girls play on the playground.
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Kelli Cousins (EN)
The first robot Dr. Shiouji built for Kabapu. Ropponmatsu I was built as a Do-Anything Robot, with skills like Super Strength, fighting abilities, and Bomb Disposal. She's very bad with the last one. Depending on the continuity, she was either rebuilt alongside Ropponmatsu II, or because they share the same power source, Ropponmatsu I can only be activated when Ropponmatsu II is deactivated.In the manga, Il Palazzo kidnaps her and dresses her up to look like Excel. From there she switches owners and roles several times.
Ropponmatsu II (Nishiki)
Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Kira Vincent-Davis (EN)
Ropponmatsu I's replacement after she was blown up. Dr. Shiouji built her more to his liking, so instead of a tough full grown woman, Ropponmatsu II looks and acts like a ten year old girl. She has hyperactive personality that elicits annoyance from her co-workers particularly Iwata, though she gets along with Sumiyoshi. Ropponmatsu II can either work with Ropponmatsu I, or cannot because they have a single power source that they have to share, depending on the continuity.In the manga, Dr. Shiouji builds a new Ropponmatsu II with a new power source after Il Palazzo kidnaps Ropponmatsu I and the power core and calls her Nishiki.
Dr. Shiouji's friendly cousin and lab assistant. Umi is love with her cousin, but her almost dangerous levels of stupidity constantly lead her to destroy his lab equipment, earning his ire. The fact that she is fully grown and busty does not help her.Umi took in Excel when she was suffering from amnesia. They quickly became best friends as Umi tried to help "Teriha" remember where she was from.Only appears in the manga.
Dr. Tenmangu ShioujiDr. Shiouji's even more brilliant father, who worked with Dr. Kabapu to unlock to the secrets of the Solarian technology that apparently operates the Ropponmatsu's and Il Palazzo's place. He apparently came really close, but disappeared before he could reveal anything, leaving Kabapu high and dry.Only appears in the manga.
Miwa Rengaya / Ropponmatsu III (Sanshiki)
Dr. Shiouji's mother, who is much more intelligent than her son. She showed up out of nowhere and moved into Shiouji's lab, then frustrated Shiouji's attempts to find out more about Kabapu and his father and started working with Kabapu. The "affection" she hoists upon her son is the reason he's a Lolicon.Only appears in the manga.
Dr. Sekifumi Iwata
A parody of Dr. Black Jack. Dr. Iwata is a brilliant but irresponsible doctor whose father owns the hospital. He is kept in check by his assistant. He is Iwata's cousin, whom he hates for giving him a giant X-shaped scar across his face with a pair of scalpels when they were four.Since Dr. Iwata works at the local hospital, he has had first hand experience with Hyatt's ability to die and resurrect.
Dr. Iwata's Beleaguered Assistant, who was put in charge of keeping an eye on Dr. Iwata by the hospital's administrator. Usually has to restrain or bludgeon Dr. Iwata so he will not do anything criminal or lecherous.Like Dr. Iwata, Fukuya has seen Hyatt's ability to die and revive.
The Great Will of the Macrocosm
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Kelly Manison (EN)
The Reset Button given form. At first she was simply a gag, a way to bring characters who were killed back to life. Then she got embroiled in the C-Plot when she slept with Pedro, earning him the ire of "That Man". She is actually the other half of Pedro's Sexy Wife, and is kidnapped by "That Man" as part of his global domination plan.
Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako (JP), Rob Mungle (EN)
An immigrant worker who worked with Excel on a construction job. His story is the C-plot of the show. He was killed in a fire (caused by Excel) and spends most of the series as a ghost trying to get back to his Sexy Wife and his son Sandora.
Pedro's Sexy Wife
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (JP), Kelly Manison (EN)
A housewife. She sits around all day while her husband works overseas. She quickly moved on when she found out Pedro had died and married Gomez, who mistreats her and spends all her money. She is actually the other half of The Great Will of the Macrocosm.
Voiced by: Shinichi Watanabe (JP), Brett Weaver (EN)
The Badass director of the Excel♥Saga anime and alter ego of Shinichi Watanabe. He is usually seen doing some cool spy thing in the background, hanging out with the show writers, or arguing with Koshi Rikdo over the direction of the series.
Voiced by: ? (JP), Mike MacRae (EN)
A Yakuza thug who gets angry with Pedro after he sleeps with The Great Will of the Macrocosm and throws him into the ocean. Is actually the real leader of ACROSS and Il Palazzo's boss. He kidnaps The Great Will and uses the destruction of F City as part of a plan to take over the planet.
The Puchus are an alien race of unknown origin, and are rarely seen in the daylight. They resemble plush toys, and look huggably cute... at first glance.