Monday, December 31, 2007

Understanding Your Future Masters: Excel Saga Overview Part 8

Table of Contents
Introduction & Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Excel Saga Wikipedia

Volume 16
Mission 1: Kabapu enacts plans to take down the Ill corp. He sets up his own electronics store to try and undercut Il Palazzo’s store. Kabapu also sets up his subordinates for job interviews to get placed in as spies but they sabotage his efforts by purposely failing the interviews. President Excel shows little concerned about the new store competition. Well, “Excel” as we find out the body Umi found at the end of volume 15 is Excel. How do we know she’s real? How about her tattered prison clothes from early last volume.Umi hides her in her room at Shiouji’s lab/home. Excel is suffering from amnesia and Umi has given her some of her cosplay clothes to wear for the time being. All the while Shiouji is desperately looking for the missing Ropponmatsu unit and Kabapu loses his bid to rebuild the reclaimed island(which, form my understanding, is somewhere near Kobe, Japan.)

Mission 2: Prof. Shiouji is suspicious of Umi after an incident in the last chapter where he, without his glasses, thought he may have seen someone else on the premises. He discovers there has been a visitor living in the lab/home for the past week. So he confronts her, accidentally walking into her room as she’s changing. Several hours earlier Kabapu watches as his empire slowly crumbles and decides he must find Shiouji Tenmangu, Prof. Shiouji’s father, to find the missing Ropponmatsu unit. Momochi brings his attention to a DVD where Shiouji Miwa teases that she’s found her missing husband. The real Excel is scared after drawing a picture of Il Palazzo and then seeing him on TV, throwing her into a state of confusion where she trashes Umi’s room and runs off. There’s a moment where’s she’s hiding under a familiar bridge as Hyatt and Egala pass by and reminisce(vol. 8, mission 7) on it. Umi, after searching for her, finds excel laid out on the steps of her aunt and cousins lab/home. Fast forward to present where Miwa, Prof., Umi and Excel are all present. Miwa decides to let Excel stay and gives the amnesiac Excel the new name of Teriha. All to the Professors disliking.

Mission 3: The City Environmental Security Agency has deep troubles. Kabapu has been exposed by the media as people question the loss of millions and attribute it to Kabapu’s mysterious dealings. Now him and his subordinates work out of a flimsy cabin with Momochi giving most the directions as they crew of Iwata, Watanabe, Sumiyoshi and Matsuya do mostly odd jobs around the city like simple clean up and maintenance. This leaves the crew mostly out of house and home with Sumiyoshi considering leaving but his friends wanting to at least stay for the time being out of loyalty.

Il Palazzo has bought Kabapu’s old building with plans on demolishing it. The news reaches Kabapu and makes him feel worse. Miwa talks her son into taking a teaching position to earn the household some money because Kabapau can no longer finance him.

Mission 4: The Environmental Security department repair their current HQ/shed and go out for a bite at an Okonomiya place where Mrs. Manager is currently filling in. President Excel announces to Hyatt and Egala she will no longer do press as Lord Il Palazzo will be making more public appearances and speeches.



Mission 5: Kabapu reminisces about the good times. Including how he meet a talented scientist named Shiouji Tenmangu and his fiancé Miwa. Also looking back on how Miwa changed in attitude after Tenmangu left and how Ropponmatsu was relatively unfinished.

Meanwhile! Teriha(you know, Excel…) joins Umi at a certain convention where Umi’s seniors dress her up to match Umi’s cosplay outfit.

KA-WA-II(x3)!!!

Teriha discards the outfit as it’s “not her colors.” Teriha helps Umi sell merchandise(doujinshi) at the festival. Teirha starts getting hit with some memories all related to that long blond hair man. Back to Kabapu who was wandering around and got hit by a bus. Poor guy.

Mission 6: It’s New Years Eve!!! Watanabe, Iwata, Sumiyoshi, and Matsuya visit a temple here Iwata accidentally breaks their temple bell. Did you forget his a cyborg now?

What would Buddha do?
Kill him! Torture him!
In a nonviolent fashion, of course!


The Across girls get trapped in an elevator when the city suffers a black out. “Excel” collapses and Egala notices how heavy Excel feels. Allt he while Umi and Teirha make their New Years wishes, Shiouji upset as he planned on testing his new machine. Soon excel pops up and gets the girls out of an elevator. The Department celebrate New Years together in the shed at the end all while Miwa watches from Kabapu’s old sci-fi HQ all the details from Excel and her girls to the department and it’s obvious she knows something’s up.

Volume 17 to be released 3/11/08. Wow... thats about 6 months after the last volume versus the little over 9 month wait for volume 16 I suffered. Volume 18 is out in Japan and unless volume 19 drops before volume 17 hits here I predict a long wait for volume 18 for us. Grrrrr.

Edit: Look up "excel saga manga volume 19" in Google search engine and you get the paragraph above on the second page.

Double Edit: Translated the website for Japan's Young King Ours magazine and figured out that volume 19 of Excel Saga(Excelling [heart] Sir Moth as it's listed) should be out Feb. 8th. Still, that demands that volume 18 probably won't be out until, at it's earliest, December. Damn...

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