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  • 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

Level E Episode #03

Level E Episode #03 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     January 24, 2011
Release Date: January 24, 2011

Level E
© Crunchyroll

With the death of the Disckonian alien, things are about to get really bad for Yukitaka here on Earth.

What They Say:
Craft and his friends have come to take back the mysterious man who lost his memories. However, they are cornered because of the incident that he caused... They are up against the worst possible race, the warmongering Disckonians. Their spaceship restrained, the apartment surrounded, Craft and the others have nowhere to run. Yukitaka is also caught up in the middle. In the time they have left, the only hope they have resides in the lost memories of the man. Will they really be able to escape this situation in one piece? The full truth revealed, they all stand frozen in their tracks, dumbfounded. But, knowing the truth, Yukitaka has something he must say... With a shocking conclusion, this is the finale of the 3-part prologue!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Level E has had an interesting first couple of episodes but is at that point where it really needs to settle on its path. Its execution of humor tied to solid character designs and animation got its foot in the door, but with it spending its time with a lead character that was effectively without any memories, we haven't been able to really get behind him. While Yukitaka is quickly identifiable with, and to good effect, it's the interplay between him and the now-realized Prince that makes it work so well. With him potentially starting to get back his memories, once he registers who he really is, the show could go either way.

Because of the death of the Disckonian which was done in a way that does not let him go honorably, the whole situation is getting close to blowing up in their faces. Particularly bad is that this could escalate into a real war but also that it's going to threaten the Earthlings that are now in the know, which in turn will cause a lot of problems for the Prince's protectors. What they need is for the Prince to regain more of his memories so they can accomplish their mission and deal with the Disckonians. Of course, what it's going to take to jog his memory is some sort of traumatic event, which makes it easy for one of them to kick him pretty severely to the head in hopes that it will work. Well, at least after he wakes up that is.

Level E goes through a rather amusing and creative approach to dealing with things when the truth about the Prince's plan is revealed. Revealed pretty much by doing a bullet listing of events for the first two episodes and highlighting key things, such as Yukitaka being labeled as the stooge and so forth. It covers a lot of material actually and does it with the right kind of wink and nod towards the view that you can grin along with it as it reveals the layers of who knew what and when and changes up how you feel about it. You almost expect the rug to be pulled out from underneath you with the way it's revealed, but it all works really well and the chase sequence at the end of it with the captain and the Prince is absolutely priceless in how it's portrayed. The humor here really is spot on.

In Summary:
Level E manages to be the most unpredictable show I'm watching these season over the first three episodes as I really have no clue at all what to expect next. The primary trio of characters all have really great moments here as the truth is revealed about the Prince and what's been going on. It goes outlandish but not so completely out of this world so as to not work on a basic level. Tie the humor and basic style of storytelling with some really strong production alues and good character designs and you get a show that's unlike most others out there. There's no telling where it can go and that's such a delicious quality that few shows really have anymore and it makes this one a very easy draw.

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.

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mudduck454 1/26/2011 10:18:33 AM

I personally almost passed on this one, the promo pic as well as the synopsis, did not get me to really want to watch this, but I usually give new shows 3 or so episodes to draw me in, and after the end of the 3rd episode, I was hooked, and I cannot wait to see what else will happen.


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