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Characters That Made My Year – Prince Baka Ki El Dogra (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Seven)

December 20, 2011

And so we start into the latter half of these Twelve Days of posts.  Today we have a character that because a fast favourite just for being a complete bastard of a troll – show some appreciation for Prince Baka Ki El Dogra from Level E!

Level E was a very clever, well written show.  It knew just how to lull the audience into a false sense of security, before ripping the rug out from beneath us mercilessly (and doing so repeatedly).  When the show started I didn’t know what it was aiming for, so I had lots of elaborate theories spinning about in my head before it was revealed that Prince Baka was just a humongous arsehole who delighted in torturing his underlings for shits & giggles…….and it was glorious to watch.  I have a well known weakness for characters that aren’t exactly the best people in the world – I really like characters that are closer to being complete bastards because they are just much more interesting to watch than some goody-goody hero protagonist!  Prince Baka is exactly the kind of character I love – utterly unrepentant about causing people mental trauma for his own amusement.  Its actually impressive just how far the fella will go to troll his underlings – Prince Baka does not do things half-assed.

The episode that best demonstrates Prince Baka’s character is the grand reveal in episode three of Level E – its one of the best episodes of the whole year for me simply because I did not see the twist coming at all & was reduced to hysterical laughter.  There is a big swing in atmosphere as before the reveal that everything to date has been one huge elaborate lie, the show was very tense as we all thought an intergalactic war was brewing.  When it comes out that everything was the product of Prince Baka being bored and deciding to fuck about with his staff (and some poor unsuspecting humans caught in the crossfire), it was so anticlimatic, yet inspired that I was reduced to tears of laughter.  Prince Baka is utterly unrepentant about all that he’s put people through, and it just cemented him as one of my favourite characters of the year instantly.

All hail the Troll!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2011 12:43 pm

    TROLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

    Prince Baka is definitely one of the greatest characters of all time😄 I love how he just constantly trolls everyone, like you said without being half-assed. NO MERCY EVEN TO LITTLE KIDS! Until the final reveal…. ehehehehehe

    • December 20, 2011 9:50 pm

      Oh the finale when the Troll was trolled was fecking awesome! Really loved Level E – great show

  2. December 20, 2011 1:34 pm

    I know what you mean, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything as anticlimactic and yet somehow still hilarious as the third episode. Shame the episodes following that were just anticlimactic, without the hilarity (in my opinion).😦

    • December 20, 2011 9:51 pm

      The initial three episode arc was the best in the show – the other arc’s were good, but not as much fun. However I loved the ending, didn’t see it coming!

  3. December 20, 2011 4:08 pm

    Prince Baka really is the best. The best part is that even when you KNOW he is going to pull the rug out from under you, he’s still able to do it. It’s amazing.

    • December 20, 2011 9:52 pm

      This exactly! After ep3 we were all waiting for the moment when things were shown to not as they seemed, but it always managed to catch us off guard anyway!

  4. krizzlybear permalink
    December 20, 2011 6:54 pm

    He is a fine man. I fell behind with the show after the baka rangers “arc,” but yes, this man is a glorious bastard. I wonder why he wasn’t in the ISML bishie tournament.

    • December 20, 2011 9:53 pm

      Another shamefull oversight by the ISML people – guess Level E is just too obscure. NEEDS MORE LOVE!

  5. December 20, 2011 8:00 pm

    Oh man, this show came at just the right time for me. You could really tell the source material was over 16 years old, as there wasn’t a shred of current stylistic approaches, moe stereotypes etc. The very fact it felt dated was what made the show so refreshing. Also, an intelligent, endearing cast; oh how I’ve missed you! Baka, Yukitaka, Miho and Kraft are all worthy contenders for character of the year. Glorious stuff! Keep trolling you mad genius!

    • December 20, 2011 9:56 pm

      I also found the somewhat dated approach very refreshing – it was reliant on the excellent writing and fantastic characters to provide the humour rather than flashy animation or quirky character designs – really well put together show, everything just clicked!

  6. December 20, 2011 11:41 pm

    Level E, possibly tied with Wandering Son, was the best show of the Winter Season! And this is surely to do with the characters, as well as the frighteningly clever script. All trolls take note – that’s the way you do it, and with such style!😉

    • December 22, 2011 9:15 pm

      Definitely one of the highlights of Winter 2011 – such brilliant trolling!

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