Level E Episode 4
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! Shows from the Winter 2011 Season that received a “thumbs-up” review after the first, second and third episodes now advance to the fourth round. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
About the series: Level E is a twelve-episode weekly television series that aired between January and April 2011, based on a 1995 manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi (creator of YuYu Hakusho). Unknown to Earthlings, there have been a steady stream of visitors from other planets moving among us in secret. When on such alien crash-lands and loses his memories, he decides to move in with high-schooler Tsutsui, bringing to and end any hope of a normal life. For more information: Wikipedia Entry.
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ep. tl;dr review: Alien secretly eating women revealed; Bah, filler episode, and crappy filler at that.
Episode Summary: Four chummy high school boys oversee another student consuming a girl’s body, and argue over what to do about it. Then one of the boys disappears…so they decide to try and seek out help from an underground contact, who offers to help them for an exorbitant fee. Then a second boy disappears, so the remaining two pay up in fear…only to be end up locked in a safehouse with their missing buddies. There, they learn about an alien race that must consume women to procreate. Zoom out to discover that the entire episode has been nothing more than a story told by Prince Baka as a way to help introduce humanity to the idea that aliens are living among us.
My Impressions: Bleah. This seems like nothing more than an inconsequential filler episode. And not only that, but a really low-grade filler episode at that. It was pretty clear this was outside the norm from the animation style, which was more “sketchy” as if it was closer to an animated series of illustrations rather than fluid “anime” we’ve come to expect. Aside from Prince Baka showing up in the final two minutes to let the viewer know he’s been trolled for the past twenty minutes, it has no direct connection to the show itself (other than being in the same setting). Oh, I suppose these woman-eating aliens may return as some sort of antagonist in the future, but if that ends up being the case, did they have to waste an entire episode introducing them in this manner?
While I did enjoy the first three episodes of Level E, and the series was a surprise hit right out of the gate, this was one big disappointment of an episode. Time will tell, but I suspect this may end up being a throw-away episode, best skipped than watched.
For more information:
- My review of the third episode on July 14th: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/685981.html
- My review of the second episode on June 13th: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/664566.html
- My review of the the first episode on May 7th: http://matthigh.livejournal.com/646567.html
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, and AniDB
- Watch the insanity on Crunchyroll for free: http://www.crunchyroll.com/level-e
A Sampling of the Blogosphere:
- “I’m honestly mixed on this episode; while I can appreciate the funniness of Prince Baka’s huge troll moment here, it also kind of bugs me how the main story may already be potentially over. There certainly haven’t been hints at any other major conflicts, which would mean Level E could turn out to be a bunch of disconnected arcs with random new characters, which can get stale rather fast. Grade: 3.7/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “In hindsight I should have suspected that this was either a fabrication or some sort of flashback as the grainy artstyle evoked that kind of feeling. However I was really impressed by the direction and atmosphere – the drama was pretty spot on too.” – Caraniel’s Ramblings
- “There’s a few twists and turns along the way but the story is largely one that feels very obviously out of place in comparison to the three episodes prior. The alien aspect certainly comes through but it’s such a distinctly different work with its look and feel, while still keeping certain elements here, that it’s hard to pin down what you’re supposed to take away from this. Grade: C-.” – Mania.com
- “Overall, the art, the darkness of the story and the good balance between comedy and drama in this episode makes this episode stand out from the rest of the other episodes and you can watch this episode even with no background knowledge about the first three episodes of the show. ” – Orend’s Range
WINTER 2011 SEASON ROUND FOUR RESULTS!
Fourth Episodes from the Winter 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-up: Fractale, Hourou Musuko, Yumekui Merry, Gosick (all continuing to the next round)
Fourth Episodes from the Winter 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-down: Is This A Zombie? (dropped), Level E (continuing to the next round)
Coming up next: Mazinkaiser SKL Episode 3, Broken Blade Episode 4, Ore no Imouto Episode 13, Shiki Episode 21.5