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Level E – 02

January 18, 2011

Level E is much too amusing to pass up blogging, this second episode was every bit as amusing as the first – the script and acting is just brilliant!  Anyway this weeks episode has a bunch of aliens join the hunt for our amnesiac blond, intergalactic politics, a maid cafe and male posturing – great stuff all round.

I had to laugh at the revelation that the weird blobby alien (called Clive) Blondie showed Yukitaka last week, wasn’t actually his ‘true form’ but rather his pet!  It’s really amusing how Blondie leads Yukitaka on a merry dance before pulling the rug out from under the poor unfortunate fella, the banter between these two is priceless.  Blondie is a complete arsehole, but he’s really charming at the same time – he acts completely oblivious for much of the time, but knows exactly what to say to wind Yukitaka up – its like he enjoys getting a reaction from the fella.  Yukitaka for his part is very easily baited (but then again Blondie is the only alien he’s ever met, how’s he to know whats true & whats a complete lie!?) and consistently rises to Blondie’s challenges.  The dynamic is pure odd couple, but its written in such a way that the jokes feel fresh.

Miho proves tobe much more interesting than her introduction as the typical girl-next-door character in episode one suggested.  She’s extremely observant (to the point of paranoia) and quickly elbows her way into Yukitaka’s business to try to help keep Blondie out of the authorities clutches, mainly because she doesn’t approve of her father’s strong handed methods.  Yukitaka is damn lucky to have such a smart girl living next door to him, since he’s clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed.  But then again its hard to try to keep an alien safe, when said alien insists on jumping out windows to go shopping and laze around maid cafes!

This week also gave us a whole host of new aliens as Blondie picks a fight with the wrong race, and causes his underlings yet more grief.  Blondie turns out to be the Prince of a race called Dogurian’s – I loved how his trio of underlings were wearing alien suits while looking perfectly human underneath, also that squid spaceship thing was awesome!  Blondie’s main underling seems to be of the highly strung sort, although if you had to deal with a Prince with Blondie’s contrary personality you’d be high-strung too.  The underlings just want to take their wayward Prince off to an intergalactic conference, because if the Dogurians don’t attend there may be a war, however Blondie isn’t too fussed on that idea since he’s currently suffering from amnesia (although he’s quite happy to be play up the Prince aspect “surprised, peons!?”).

We’re told that there are two other races living on earth at the moment, the Ellerains, and the Disckonians (whose territory Blondie crash landed in).  Apparently Earth is the only place in the universe where the Ellerains & Disckonians can co-exist since the Disckonians are a touch on the irritable side (ie: they’re a race you do not want to mess with).   So guess who Blondie ends up pissing off? Yeap, the Disckonians, since Blondie beat the crap out of one of their people & stuck the body in a trash can when he thought he had killed him!  It’s not like they can even hide this fact, since the Disckonians are spying on Yukitaka and Blondie through the kitty-cat Blondie picked up last week – hell yeah cat-cam!  So we’re only two episode in and already have a potential intergalactic war! 😆

I’m really enjoying Level E, it very much reminds me of Men in Black – its got that same sense of fun & absurdity going on.  This week also managed to blend the drama & comedy together much better than last week – the writing was very solid.  Looking forward to next week when it seems like the Disckonians are making a move.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. adaywithoutme permalink
    January 19, 2011 4:38 am

    I’m so bummed that I won’t get to watch this until to-morrow or Thursday =(

    • January 19, 2011 10:17 pm

      Aww~ It’s great fun though, worth waiting for.

    • January 20, 2011 3:06 pm

      Instead of feeling bummed, I would feel psyed waiting it to happening, imagining all sorts of weird things to happen in the show.

  2. January 19, 2011 4:54 am

    I was loving the episode sooo much!!! Esp the reaction of the captain! It is like, “see? I told you he would always go ABOVE the diagonal”. So he expected a higher diagonal, but true to his words, the prince went EVEN higher the expected higher diagonal. Hahahahaa, and to disbelief yukitaka’s words! He ended up apologising! But that shows what kind of a man he is – Quite the opposite of what the prince he is to guard is like. ONe thing I am waiting to understand – why wud there be a war if the prince do not attend the intergalaxy event?

    • January 19, 2011 10:19 pm

      Seems that Blondie’s planet are some kind of peacemaker/mediator/buffer sort of planet & if they don’t show up it will be taken as some sort of snub to the other delegates.

  3. January 19, 2011 6:17 pm

    Oh man, when it’s revealed that the prince “killed” the mugger dude, I laughed SO hard. Absolutely hilarious. Definitely loving where things are going in this series.

    • January 19, 2011 10:20 pm

      That scene was priceless! I just laughed my arse off at Blondie’s complete indifference to the fact he’s just ‘murdered’ someone “I thought you said I did a good thing!?” 😆

  4. January 20, 2011 6:34 pm

    I liked this ep 😀 that dead body XD also the character interaction/arguing :p

  5. adaywithoutme permalink
    January 20, 2011 11:06 pm

    Finally got to watch! I slashed Kraft and Sade XD

  6. ariannasterling permalink
    January 22, 2011 12:10 am

    I actually wasn’t nearly as amused by the second episode as I was by the first, though it was still a great episode. I think for me it’s just that the puppets won me over completely and I don’t know if they can be surpassed.

  7. January 25, 2011 8:11 pm

    Now these two opening eps were a very pleasant surprise! I’m also loving the jokes, the pace and the characters – what more could you want from an Xfiles-esque (but with more laughs) comedy? And that seiyuu with that distinctive deep voice (can’t be bothered to look his name up, also Sister in Arakawa and Hanamori in Kuragehime, I think!) is great as Blondie’s retainer…poor man’s gonna defo earn his pay methinks…

    • January 25, 2011 8:56 pm

      It really does have that 90s X-Files era kind of feel to it.

      And you’re perfectly correct, its the very distinctive Takehito Koyasu voicing Kraft the poor high-strung lackey XD

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