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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 #12

Level E Episode #12 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     March 29, 2011
Release Date: March 29, 2011

Level E
© Crunchyroll

When the Prince's brother comes calling, with Prince's betrothed in tow, nothing good can come of it.

What They Say:
Prince Baka's younger brother and betrothed princess come to the Earth. Their goal is to perform the marriage ceremony and confirm the prince's place as heir to the throne. The prince doesn't want to become King, so he hides himself in Yukitaka's place... However...

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Level E draws closer to the end with its penultimate episode and decides to spend its time bringing in something new to mess with everything. That something new is the arrival of the Prince's brother and betrothed from the planet Dogura where they've come to take him back home so he can perform the proper ceremonies, take on his bride and get down to the business of being who he's supposed to be. Knowing the Prince as we do, he's skirting all of this as best as he can since he just wants to screw with peoples heads and play pranks, but his brother isn't going to let him get away with it in the slightest.

What works nicely for this episode, at least a little bit, is that it has the Prince going back to the beginning again where he hooks up with Yukitaka for a place to hide and uses him and Craft in order to go on the lam for a bit with a road trip through some very surprising product placement. With Prince on the move, the show takes a bit of quiet time to let his brother and betrothed take center stage as they hang out in the apartment as Prince figures out where it is that the alien ships have been placed and to come up with some counter measures to deal with the problem. IT is amusing watching how Craft and the others are careful around him, more so than ever now, since there's a chance it'll all go badly and he'll be King before they know it, which will make their lives even more hellish.

There's a lot to like with Prince Mohan and Princess Luna as they settle in for the duration as they come across as pretty naturalized people there, though they do have the royal air about them as they basically do and take whatever they need. The threat of them causing problems in the world is certainly there, as is having Prince himself do something like that so as to make a play for his own escape, but it's definitely nice just to see something relaxed for discussions, such as when Luna talks about the past and history of Dogura and her own role in everything since it's all events that have been predetermined for her. Having Yukitaka take her side isn't a surprise, but you can't help but wonder if they're so like the Prince that they're just as much a prankster as he is and are manipulating the situation as well.

In Summary:
Level E spends a lot of its time working through getting us to know Mohan and Luna once they set down on Earth and there are some amusing moments to it all as we see the Mohan is pretty much just like his brother in most ways. A little fleshing out of Dogura and its customs are welcome since they're the basis of things here as they're trying to get the Prince to fulfill his duties and get himself properly married like he's supposed to. It's fun being back in the main city we started out in and seeing Yukitaka and the apartment again, and his reaction when the Prince shows up at his door since it's so accurate to how most people would react. That said, the show is just kind of there for me at this point where it does stuff, has some mildly amusing moments, but as a whole has completely fallen apart with what it's done. I like a number of the characters and the general concept, but it's execution (and adaptation of the original source material) just left me cold so often during the middle that it's hard to get enthused here at the end.

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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