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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 #08

Level E Episode #08 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     February 28, 2011
Release Date: February 28, 2011

Level E
© Crunchyroll

It's time for a new arc, which isn't a bad thing after three episodes of less than interesting sentai material.

What They Say:
The Macbac race is all female. It is said that the race they choose as their "man" always dies out after a few generations. Their princess comes landing on Earth for observation... The battle between love and the survival of the human race begins!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Level E was really strong in its first arc as it dealt with the Prince and his shenanigans but it went off the rails for me with everything that followed. With this episode, it looks like things may be getting back on track as it deals with some of the cast from the start as the servants of the empire he's from have to deal with the arrival of the Macbac race and its princess Saki. It has a lot of issues as it's an all female race that only procreates through the queen but it also has the issue that any race that they choose a mating interest in tends to be destroyed rather easily within a short amount of time. The men in black are definitely concerned about this since they like Earth in general and are afraid of the kind of chaos that the Macbac could bring here.

The threat of the Queen and what she brings to a planet is certainly scary as the men in black talk about how she essentially has a whole host of viruses inside of her that end up wiping out the domestic species. So it becomes amusing as the guys start telling her and her two guards, which is basically three girls out for a good time, about all the bad things about the planet that go on there. Of course, they feel like they're just being told about only the bad things, but it's by and large a lot of the key things in reality anyway, especially for them to understand. The whole mating all the time and in any season may actually be a plus though since they need to find a partner for their queen. The two groups going back and forth is a lot of fun to watch since they're doing the best to point and counterpoint each other.

That the princess latches onto someone almost right away when they first leave the hotel they're put up in is priceless, especially since the guy just got spurned by a girl he really liked that told him she sees him as just a friend. The cover stories made up to protect the princess and her real identity, and lack of understanding the language, is comical and you can really feel the frustration and helplessness of the men in back as they deal with it. It's very reminiscent of the end of the third episode as they exposed the Prince's machinations. Princess Saki is pretty unaware of a lot of what's going on and what's being said around her, but she's definitely intrigued by the guy she comes across and goes to some amusing lengths to get him.

In Summary:
Level E feels like it's getting back on track here to the kind of show it was at the start and that's definitely appreciated. Of course, there's always the chance that the rug will be pulled out from underneath us at any point, but the intergalactic mating and romance here is a lot of fun to see unfold as is the way both sides try to play against each other with all the little revelations and the like. There's a significant threat at play in this episode with the fate of the world hanging in the balance but it's the comedy of it all that sells it. That it ends on a serious note here works in its favor and definitely encourages you to come back next week. Level E hasn't returned exactly to what it was, as the middle arc of episodes really hampered it in my view, but this is definitely putting it on the right track again.

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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