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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 16 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 #10

Level E Episode #10 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     March 16, 2011
Release Date: March 15, 2011

The Color Rangers have to step up to the plate by stopping some intergalactic poaching of mermaids.

What They Say:
The boys deal with Shimizu, who isn't honest with himself when he learns that he's going to have to move to America. A female alien is treated as merchandise, sold to the highest bidder. When the boy and girl meet, the final battle of the Color Rangers begins!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Level E gets its next story going, which could see it through the end of the series with the Color Rangers involved, as a couple of different events take place. The one that gets a good bit of focus early on is that involving the Color Rangers as one of them is getting ready to move as his dad's been transferred and his mother doesn't want the family to be split apart, so there's no way he can just stay in the area. Boys will be boys and it's good to see some of the frustrations and tempers flare over it since they don't want to lose a good friend but there's something to be said about ending things angrily and walking away from each other. When Shimizu does walk away though, he comes across an attractive woman in the woods in a suit who is wounded badly and reveals to him that she's actually an alien.

Of course, when he finally does convince everyone about her, she's not there anymore and that sets them on the mission to try and find her. While they get their Color Ranger mentality going on again, the story running in parallel involves what's going on with the mysterious woman who was hunted down on her home planet with other friends by an invading force. We get some basic background on it all about how both the men and women are from the same planet but they're different species and the men are essentially poachers selling the women, mermaids at that, as merchandise and nothing more. There's a decent little bit of exposition about the whole scenario about halfway through the episode that covers the basics well enough and lets the Color Rangers get clued in to what's going on as well.

The action component of the show is fun as it goes for the water based monsters and the like, considering the women are mermaid style creatures, and the Color Rangers get to go for some decent moves and deals with them in a clean fashion. It does go in a surprisingly violent direction at one point though, which is kind of amusing as there's lots of outright killing and bloodshed in front of the kids, which adds a bit of a surreal nature to things. When it goes to more mellow and happy moments after that as she makes her way back to her real life, it's almost jarring to go from one scene to the next. The kids do enjoy watching her strip at least. And that's a big thing for some elementary school guys who are on the verge of moving to middle school.

In Summary:
Level E continues to be an unusual show in that you really have no idea what each new episode will bring. This one takes us back to the Color Ranger kids for a bit so there's some ambivalence there on my part since I'm not a fan of them. The story itself is alright as they deal with some intergalactic poachers with a connection to the merchandise they're trying to sell but it's the epitome of a standalone episode. Nothing really affects anything else, not that this series has any deeper meaning anyway, and it's all pretty self contained. There are good moments to be had here, though the bit when the mermaid confronts her hunters feels out of place, and there's an otherworldly feeling that much of the show gives off. I still shake my head over the Color Rangers kids costumes though, which is even harder to take in when you feel as sick as I do.

Features
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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