Level E – 03
With this episode Level E becomes my favourite show of the season – Madoka Magica, Wandering Son & Fractale just haven’t grabbed me as much as Level E yet. This episode – I laughed so hard there were actually tears, as far as introductory arcs go, Level E is up there with the best!
So everything to date has been an elaborate troll cooked up in the twisted mind of Prince Baka to test his bodyguards’ loyalty – oh how I laughed my arse off. You can actually hear Craft’s sanity snapping in two, Sade’s facade of calmness shatter & Colin just crumble – all that stress for nothing! Oh you are such a bastard Blondie!
This episode is such a troll, but just like with Katanagatari ep4, I really don’t begrudge it. I was deeply amused by just how throughly Level E managed to destroy all my elaborate thoughts about intergalactic wars & conspiracy theories, when in actuality everything was just the product of one bored Prince, his genius level intellect and bastard like personality. Although we were right about that parrot in episode one – it was indeed a surveillance device, but Blondie had it replaced with a kitty cat when Yukitaka pointed out that parrots weren’t native to the area. I’m quite amazed by the length’s Blondie goes to fuck with people, going so far as to secure the co-operation of an entire alien community and the human scientists, just to make his test as believable as possible.
Poor Craft, seems he has very good reason for hating his Prince, since said Prince seems to delight in using his intellect for pulling elaborate pranks, rather than helping out the kingdom & smoothing over intergalactic political issues. I loved how he couldn’t hide his pure delight at being able to kick the living shite out of Blondie (all in the name of knocking his memory back into him), and then when the Prince’s plot came to light how he just laughed hysterically before attempting to kill the infuriating man – Takehito Koyasu was on top form!
Up until the reveal that everything was just one big lie, this episode was really quite tense – the trio of bodyguards are all completely freaking out about the possibility of the Disckonians declaring war on Dogura, and Miho & Yukitaka are also at their wit’s end about being involved with these warring aliens (and possibly being used as shields). I liked the creepy red blank-eyed stares of Disckonians as they moved in on Yukitaka’s apartment (all very child of Saika-esque); it made the moment when the truth came out all the more hilarious, as Craft just flicks on the lights and the tense mood just evaporates and the Disckonians are all smiles & chit-chat!
So the mystery of why Earth is the only planet that mortal enemies like the Disckonians & Ellesians can co-exist on is solved – they’re both massive baseball fans and Earth is the only planet that has the sport……yeah. And the reason why Prince Baka chose to invade Yukitaka’s apartment? Well in order to secure the co-operation of the Disckonians, Blondie promised to give them inside information on Yukitaka – these aliens really do love their baseball! Seems like Yukitaka felt the pressure to live up to his alien fan club’s expectations too, as he’s tanned & bruised from training so hard after the three-month time skip….although his & Miho’s lives look set to be upset once more as Prince Baka arrives back on the scene to oversee Earth in a offical capacity this time!
Next episode looks completely different – no sign of Yukitaka, Blondie or Miho. Rather we have tense looking school kids, a stoned hippy & a stressed looking scientist. Is Level E going to unrelated mini-arcs rather than a continuous plot? I’ll definitely miss the arrogant Prince, his lackey’s, Miho & Yukitaka if that’s the case, however I’m confident this series can deliver – the writing is just sublime.