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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 #13

Level E Episode #13 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 06, 2011
Release Date: April 05, 2011

Level E
© Crunchyroll

The love it or hate show has arrived at its conclusion with an ending that's essentially like the series as a whole.

What They Say:
The message sent by Princess Luna... What is her true goal? What is Prince's shocking decision? Level E wraps up with a final episode that goes above the diagonal of anything you could predict! Baka will be Baka, after all.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The final episode of Level E plays a bit with politics as the Prince reveals exactly what it is that Luna is after and how it'll affect things back on his homeworld with a resistance front, the balance of power and other issues relating to the matter of state as there are fakes abound and a lack of desire on the Prince's part to actually marry. With the level of power that Dogura has on the galactic scale, having things go wonky with any particular marriage would shift things in a particularly bad way that would impact quite a few species. There's a brief moment before the halfway mark where we see just how many races are out in orbit of Earth keeping an eye on the Prince and making sure that he stays here.

As the episode rolls on, it slowly reveals a bit more about the overall plans of those that have kept the Prince there and the real reason behind what Luna is up to. It's actually all rather' bland. The episode has a lot of great visuals to it as it unveils the scope of the aliens involvement and we see something that's akin to a grand galactic event with so many varied species and their ships showing up around Earth, and I really liked the way it brought everything out in the open to the public, but it all felt like it ringed very hollow.

Like a lot of this series, the further in you get, the more absurd it gets, but often on a small scale. There are a number of moments like that here in the finale, and some amusing nods when we deal with cats, Craft and some of the other characters, but a lot of it feels like pointless exposition that's been saved in order to make it clear that there was some point to all of this as it ties in the reason that the Prince was really here, why he managed to escape so easily and so forth. There's a fair bit of information here, given in the Prince's sort of bland style, but it all juts washes over you. Something about how this episode plays out, especially in comparison to the last couple, just comes across weaker as it's trying to wrap things up and remembering that it actually wanted to do so instead of just having fun.

In Summary:
Level E is a series that really hooked me hard during the first three episodes and made me pause with the fourth. Once it got past that, it lost me pretty much for the remainder of it, though it started to have a bit more fun as this last storyline got underway and it avoided largely dealing with the sentai group of kids. But in the end, the show is just so chaotic and leaps from different things, which is all adapted from the short manga series from the 90's, that it lacks something compelling. It has its moments, it definitely won me over at different times for a number of reasons, but as a whole it's a show that is very, very frustrating because it had such potential and squandered it. It went from the dark horse show of the season to the one that crashed and burned the hardest, being quite the disappointment as a whole.

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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