Get on your gi and tie up that obi, because this week is chockabock full of more shonen manga than your fists could ever hope to keep up with. Whether you’re out for the spirit battles of Kekkaishi, made popular by its run on the late-night Adult Swim block, or or the sci-fi craziness of Ultimo, Stan Lee’s foray into the manga scene, there is plenty of new, action-packed, ridiculous fun for you to get your hands dirty with.
I mean, how could you find much more insanity than that of Excel Saga. Maybe some of you young, whippersnapper otaku won’t remember the silliness that infected the world of 90’s anime by way of Excel Saga, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on the bandwagon (some ten years later). Granted, a lot of the jokes and spoofs are contingent upon knowledge of the popular anime and manga of the day, but that doesn’t meant that there isn’t a lot of stuff that still rings true now, and it still doesn’t make it any less over the top and vaguely offensive. Even the basic premise of the series is a funny take on a familiar anime trope: Lord Il Palazzo is out to take over the world, starting with the city of Fukuoka, but he’s got a rather slow start; his super secret organization, Across, only has one member, and it’s none other than Excel, the clumsy, overzealous and besotted girl who’ll do anything for Il Palazzo because she loves him. But between a partner who’s got pretty much every disease known to mankind, a revolving door of bizarre side characters, and then constantly trying to brutally murder an innocent alien cat called Menchi, you can pretty much rest assured that Il Palazzo’s plan has a long way to go before it comes to fruition! Continue reading