Level E Episode 7
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Series Premise: 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 an end any hope of a normal life.
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ep. tl;dr review: Part 3 of the Power Rangers crap. Sigh.
Episode Summary: The five Chromatic Rangers are now ready for their main “quest”, and visit the castle where they learn the King’s daughter has been kidnapped by the big, evil warlord. At first worried that the princess might be someone they care about, they learn it is actually…Prince Baka, who quickly learns that the game be controlled is getting out of his hands. As the boys go through the motions of the game, Prince Baka tries to confuse the evil warlord, who seems to have gained a form of sentience. Ultimately, the warlord convinces the boys to leave the game running (and not finish the quest) so he can continue existing, Prince Baka gets his come-uppance, and the boys return home.
My Impressions: I’ll keep this short.
This is the third (and hopefully final) part of the “Power Rangers” parody, where the Prince is trolling five elementary school boys into playing a real-life version of a role-playing game. I’ve made no bones about my dislike of the whole sentai team genre, so this was quite a chore to continue. I was hoping that this little diversion would be over, and we would return to the magic and fun that typified the first three episodes. But no…a quick look at the summaries of the remaining episodes looks like that ain’t going to happen. Rather than tough it out until the end of the series, I’m dropping Level E for now — I may return to shotgun the rest at a later date, though.
A shame, really, because this is the type of comedy I would like to see more of in the world of anime. I raved about the first couple of episodes, but as soon as it devolved into less interesting side arcs with different characters, it seems to have lost direction. I assume it will all tie together in the end (I would hope), but it sure is a messy and disjointed way to get there. Goodbye, Level E.
For more information:
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (May 7), Episode 2 (June 13), Episode 3 (July 14), Episode 4 (August 5), Episode 5 (August 20), Episode 6 (September 10).
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- Episodes available for free on Crunchyroll
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Perhaps not the funniest episode of the series, but this episode still is excellent in the way that it completely went against my expectations. Just about everything about it was unpredictable, and it turned the rules of your average RPG completely upside down, multiple times. ” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “It has the same feel with the third episode! Just like the third episode, they will give you this assumption that it will end in something climatic but no, they will instead do a twist that is not related to the events… and I love it!” – Orend’s Range
- “This storyline simply has too many elements that I dislike to it and even the wackiness of the Prince isn’t enough to help pull it all together. I love his style of humor and how he simply likes to screw with people, but this is a gag that went on two episodes too long already and really just needed to end. Depending on how things go in the next episode, Level E may not be a struggle to finish as it’s the kind of show that I feel like I could easily just shrug off at this point. Grade: C- ” – Mania.com
- “I think that the whole Color Ranger concept was funny and the the struggle to get the wristbands taken off. As well, the short integration of Craft was just even more funny. But some part of me feels like that the show doesn’t have the same feeling as Yukitaka’s arc. Nevertheless, the overall end results of the Color Ranger arc was quite satisfying.” – Metanorn
Coming up next from the Winter 2011 Season: Fractale Episode 8, Hourou Musuko Episode 8, Yumekui Merry Episode 8, Gosick Episode 8, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Episode 8