Excel Saga, Volume 20
Story and Art by Rikdo Koshi
Guess who's back…back again…Excel's back…tell a friend! But of course, there are still two Excels…and still two bombs rigged to blow ILL headquarters sky-high! Even though her memory of her old self has returned, Excel's recollection of her time as "Teriha" remains unclear…yet contains clues she and Elgala will need as they target the impostor. Plus there's no welcome back for either of them--just the same pursuit and poverty. Fortunately, if there's one thing ACROSS agents know how to do, it's hustle for cash--with a gig as shrine maidens that's simply sacrilicious!

All Volumes in this Series

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 27

    The final volume is here! Excel, who had seemed back to her old self, is now a stranger once more after making contact with something—or someone—beyond the forbidden portal. Will she be the captive in the end of a tragedy that happened so long ago? There is but one power that can prevail over all the mysteries of human knowledge—namely,...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 26

    Is the Il Palazzo commanding ACROSS real or fake, and what does that mean, exactly? The original reunited team of Excel, Hyatt and Elgala stand before the throne of their lord—only for Excel to perform a blasphemous gesture of disloyalty, and for Il Palazzo to issue the most shocking order Excel could ever imagine! As Shiouji comes to realize the...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 25

    Kabapu has spoken of a gate...Il Palazzo has spoken of a door. And for some time now, finding this portal has been the secret job description of the City Environmental Security Administration—secret, of course, from them most of all! Now Kabapu has made the task plain, but not plain enough to keep them from being trapped in ACROSS’s base...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 24

    Excel cannot long survive in the artificial body of Isshiki; the tragedy is that she has no incentive to leave it, as she’s finally the faultless servant of Lord Il Palazzo she’s dreamed of being. By contrast, Iwata seems to have made a recovery under Matsuya’s care—but in coming back to his old self, he tells her secrets beyond...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 23

    They were always hassling Number Six about why he resigned, but when your boss is Dr. Kabapu, there should be no mystery that the younger and still human members of the City Environmental Security Administration have just given notice. But their mass walkout from the office is about to collide with the massive presence(s) coming in, known as Miwa Rengaya....

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 22

    Under the clear, unambiguous orders (you can never be too sure of that in Excel Saga) once more of Lord Il Palazzo, Excel sneaks into the very place that figures in her half-remembered visions: Shiouji's lab! Knocked out and captured once inside, Excel is interrogated by Matsuya, but she'll never talk! Never! Well, knowing her, maybe she'll talk a little....

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 21

    It's oo-er in the sewer as Excel and Elgala make their stealthy, stinky way beneath Fukuoka, determined to return to base at last! But when Excel fulfills her dream of reaching out to touch her Lord, it seems he's not quite there... but unfortunately, a certain sprightly robot is! And speaking of mechanical menaces, why should Iwata be allowed to create...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 20

    Guess who's back…back again…Excel's back…tell a friend! But of course, there are still two Excels…and still two bombs rigged to blow ILL headquarters sky-high! Even though her memory of her old self has returned, Excel's recollection of her time as "Teriha" remains unclear…yet contains clues she and Elgala will need as they target the impostor. Plus...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 19

    Usually Elgala knows too little...but now she knows too much! Sent out by her Lord to live as a fugitive on the streets of Fukuoka, the poor purple-haired girl is back to the kind of homeless lifestyle she used to whine about with Seniors Excel and Hyatt--but now, she's all alone...except for, awww, a small white doggy. Somewhere on those same streets is...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 18

    In Fukuoka, first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women--unless you're Il Palazzo, in which case you get the women first and proceed from there. As the struggle for the city takes its most blatant form yet, with a mayoral race between the long-haired chairman of ILL and the long-mustached head of the Department of Environmental...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 17

    It's a nonstop neurotic cabaret as Excel/Teriha is targeted for assassination and kidnapping--in that order! As Umi attempts to find her amnesiac friend safe employment in a maid café, two things are beginning to return: her memory and Dr. Kabapu's health. But just as "Teriha"'s past is coming back to her in strange bits and pieces, the Doctor is no...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 16

    Dr. Kabapu be ILLin', as the stunning success of Il Palazzo's eponymous electronics firm is turning him literally sick. But even while ILL's president--the stylish, corporate Excel--carries out her CEO's directives, kindhearted Umi discovers another version of her: a woman in a torn prison outfit with little memory of her past. Dressing the stranger from...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 15

    While Watanabe proposes marriage and desperately studies how to have "sex," nothing can come between him and Hyatt--nothing, that is, except the return of her lord and master, Il Palazzo. Meanwhile, Excel and Elgala are sent to a forsaken women's prison colony--yeah, chains, sadistic warden, the whole bit. But soon EXCEL SAGA leaves these cheap thrills...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 14

    Last volume, ACROSS tried and failed to capture a member of the City Environmental Security Agency. This time, Dr. Kabapu tries to capture a member of ACROSS--and succeeds! Vol. 14 of EXCEL SAGA not only proudly offers further plot development--never to be taken for granted, as in lesser manga--but shamelessly panders to base reader instincts with a...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 13

    Signs and wonders mark the escalation of the battle for Fukuoka! But can even giant visions in the sky awaken the jaded citizens to the struggle--or Dr. Kabapu's revelations convince his own staff that he's not more of a loony than they thought? And will the final sign be the appearance of the most feared individual in all of EXCEL SAGA, the University of...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 12

    Sitting on a park bench…no, it's not Aqualung, but Dr. Shiouji, whose view of the slides and swing sets is being blocked by a beautiful girl--tall, voluptuous, just turned eighteen…in other words, not his type. But who is the mysterious Miss Umi, and why is she trying to get the Doctor's attention, pandering to him and the readers alike by dressing in a...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 11

    Hard cash is the theme of the day, as the women of ACROSS discover the promise of domestic peace to be a gold brick--literally. Nor do public-spirited paupers like Watanabe receive all that many of your tax dollars, which could seal the tomb on his nearly-necrophilic affection for Hyatt. It seems that for someone so closely beckoned by the spirit world,...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 10

    Finding a ready (and willing!) audience at a small-town retail outlet, Excel preaches the word of ACROSS. She's a smash success (as a performance artist), until Iwata and gang arrive in robotic attire. Poor Excel...does she have what it takes to right the wrongs of society--or will the elegantly military El Gala take her glory away? In a crisis of faith,...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 9

    "Fukuoka 911!" Perhaps the stress of the hobo lifestyle has led Excel Saga's characters to crack and imagine themselves cast in a badly edited retrospective on Japanese cop shows. But back in The Real World--no, not the MTV version, but the one with all the poverty, squalor, and filth--life brings surprising new fortune to Hyatt, Excel, and Elgâla, as...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 8

    Good morning, angels of death! The elegant Elgala is here, to make three (human) members in the--what's the opposite of elite?--strike force serving ACROSS. But you know Lord Il Palazzo's name ain't Charlie, and this spiral-sideburned siren will fail to provide a moderating force between Excel and Hyatt. In fact her drilly tresses prove an auger of bad...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 7

    Just because Sumiyoshi has the sight, weight, and barely comprehensible speech patterns of a CS/EE major, doesn't mean that he is one. But then--just how much memory does he have stashed inside that room of his? Outside in the blue sky and sunshine, the chickens of the sea have come home to roost for Fukuoka's big Birdman-By-The-Beach contest, where...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 6

    Steak--it's what's for dinner, if Excel and Hyatt's latest sizzler of a job can last. They want beef, but intead end up having it, because that spunky schizoid Ropponmatsu II has moved in to brighten everyone's lives. And when the girls try to find some quiet outside, they run smack into Lolita Orphan Annie: little lost Hiyoko-chan, object of the...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 5

    "Doctor, Doctor, Doctor..." Yes, it's time to introduce our entire panel of M.D.s , Ph.D.s, and sex-offender parolees, as Dr Kabapu introduces his "Q," technical advisor Dr. Shiouji. Egotistical, narcissistic, demented--this is the mind behind the powerful, yet poorly-tested weapons Fukuoka's finest have been issued. But is there a dark side to this...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 4

    There could be no return address for Hyatt when she's taken hostage in a post-office holdup! But the threat of death means squat to someone who already dies several times in any given working day--and in any case seems largely unaware why she's been tied up and taken on an impromptu road trip. Excels' teeth-clenching rescue leads to a visit from--The...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 3

    There's always an election coming up, and the city of Fukuoka won't be spared either. But what petty party stooge is this so-called "candidate for mayor" who dares presume to take control of a town Lord Il Palazzo has already stamped "Property of ACROSS"? Excel and Hyatt go undercover by volunteering for the campaign, and discover that democracy...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 2

    Excel and Hyatt's nice, normal, next door neighbors Watanabe, Iwata, and Sumiyoshi are just a bunch of regular guys--who are about to start suffering from Excel Saga's chronic irregularity. The mysterious Dr. Kabapu and his devastating secretary Matsuya have recruited these jobless youth for the Environmental Security Administration--to be among the few...

  • Excel Saga, Vol. 1

    Earnest young girls Excel and Hyatt (both codenames) hold down minimum-wage jobs to support their true avocation: trying to conquer the city of Fukuoka for the secret organization ACROSS and its dreamy dictator, Il Palazzo--a man whose dignity is such that he could never acknowledge that ACROSS consists of himself, a leaky basement, two unpaid teenage...