Level E Episode #07 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, February 21, 2011
Release Date: Monday, February 21, 2011

The Color Rangerss storyline continues! Sadly.

What They Say:
Shimizu and the others were warped to the planet Calvary thanks to the prince. And they found themselves in a garden of monsters that the prince had created. To return to the Earth, they must defeat the ruler of the monsters, the Demon Lord. They raised their levels and set forth full of confidence, but waiting for them right at the beginning of the story is a monster with the strength of a final boss... "Can we really survive and get home?" With their hopes dashed, Shimizu and the others unexpectedly reunite with the prince. What is the ending for them in this ultimate life-or-death predicament?! The hot-blooded adventures of the Color Rangers draws to a close! Run! Color Rangers! Fight! Color Rangers!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Level E continues to be the most unpredictable show of the season with what it does each week, but that doesn't exactly make it a good show. The series opened strong with a three episode arc that got a lot of people interested but it likely lost a lot of people over subsequent episodes and has me going from an eagerly awaited episode to one that I almost wait for with some amount of dread. The current arc has been a difficult one since it focuses on sentai teams that I don't much care for but it's had its moments as the Prince has screwed with them over and over as they try to get beyond it. The start of this episode actually was cute, if in the been there done that concept, with the kids walking around as if they were in a classic 8-bit game.

And it adds a bit more to the fun when we get to see the Prince doing the crossdressing role by playing a princess for a bit, but largely it just goes from one gag to the next as it puts them seemingly on the same side for awhile. Later on, it goes more for the action side of things as they face off against a large army of demons that want them. One led by a pint-sized version of the Prince, which may be more useful than the prince they have since he wants to use Red as a shield against the demons. The show tries to go for the humor and epic feeling in a way with how it builds up things here, and it goes on for quite awhile, but it all lacks a really strong feeling of coming together right. It's not so much that it's a jumble, but it just lacks a coherent and cohesive storyline that keeps your interest. Few shows seemingly crash and burn as hard as this but Level E is going from a strong pleasure to a hard struggle each week in watching it.

In Summary:
Level E plays up the strange situational comedy style fairly well at times and there are plenty of gags that work here and make you laugh. But as a whole, it really fails to come together and left me fairly well bored as it progressed. 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.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: C-
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Level E