The Prince returns to Level E for a little fun and uncertainty as the truth about Mikihasa is revealed.
What They Say:
The man that the Macbac Queen, Princess Saki, has chosen as her mate is actually a woman! Saki leaves the Earth, disappointed ... The Earth is saved from the Macbac, who destroy the entire race of whichever man they choose as their mate. Or is it?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The return to a storyline that comes across as more fun and enjoyable in the previous episode was certainly a big positive after Level E felt like it was crashing and burning hard for me. The introduction of the Macbac race and its queen in the form of Princess Saki coming to Earth for a girls weekend out while also picking up a mate along the way allowed for some good wacky fun and cultural misunderstandings and the like. While the Prince has been pushed to the background, his men in black have stepped up their game considerably as they try to ensure that the Earth isn't destroyed because of what they're doing. With Saki having picked a mate though, they're racing against the clock to stop this impending doom.
Amusingly, it turns out that the guy she picked was actually a girl who is interested in other girls, hence explaining the scenario we saw at the hotel in the previous episode. That puts the kibosh on the whole thing which is exactly what the guys were hoping for, but it's just a stepping stone to what will happen next now that the Prince has stuck his face into the show again. Because ofhis meddling nature, he reveals the truth about Mikihisa in that even though she's a she, the layout of her mind is that of a male and makes things more accessible for Saki should she realize it. And, of course, she has realized it and is working through her plans on the really strange but intriguing ship that they came to the solar system in. There's something charming about the mother/daughter conversations that go on here as Saki talks to her about how she feels and what it all means.
The show does a nice job of showing some of the struggles Mikihisa had as a child and how Saki intends to turn her around so she can blossom into the person she wants to be. The episode goes into some unusual places at times, fairly standard for this series by this point, as Craft and his two associates spend their time observing Mikihisa for the Prince after she's returned to Earth by Saki and her friends after working on her. Like a lot of the show, Craft is just plain uncertain about what it is that the Prince has in mind and they can't grapple with how his mind works, so they tend to go with the flow. When they do get the basic ideas, it just makes them feel even worse and less likely to ask the next time. Though you know they'd have to ask just because to not know would be even more damaging for them.
This story for Level E was certainly welcome after what the show turned into after the first couple of episodes but it already felt too long even at just two episodes. The lack of the Prince in the first one definitely made it feel off but Craft and his guys made it work in their own way. With this episode, his participation in it adds a bit more uncertainty to events since you know he's likely playing a gag in some way or just manipulating things for the fun of it and that kind of takes some of the air out of the balloon since you know it could all be yanked out from under you at the last minute. It's a cute story overall and has some fun bits to it, but the whole piece just feels too long, something that Level E is definitely feeling in general.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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