Posted by psgels on 28 February 2011 with categories: Level E



Aah, finally! Finally we have an actually good parody of the romantic comedy. Even without the awesome twist at the end, I just loved what this episode did and how it poked fun at the genre and how it made everything look ridiculous with its ever-sharp wit. There also was a lot of building up in this episode, but in the end, it was totally worth it. This is really what an awesome comedy should be: don’t just show a bunch of random jokes, but have everything build up for each other and create a whole picture that’s larger than the sum of its parts.

The interesting thing is how this was written more than a decade ago, and the things it parodies still are incredibly overused, and it just showed how timeless this episode was. I also love how there finally is a series that acknowledges that love at first sight is pretty implausible, and how it takes this to the absurd by putting the fate of the world hanging on it. The inclusion of Kraft only made this better: his energy and sarcasm were awesome to watch during the building-up parts.

Not to mention the awesome excuse that the creators found in order to leave Ouji uninvolved in this episode. The different combinations of characters for each arc are really dynamic here and instead of overexposing the same characters, the creators really try to give all kinds of characters their own time to shine, going both for the main characters as the new ones that it introduces. And again, the characters in this arc are fairly simple, and make writing good characters look so easy.

The revelation that the lead guy was basically a lesbian was the highlight of this episode. It gave a completely different meaning to the episode, plus it also left a very interesting cliff-hanger for the next episode, which just has to be different from the previous. But then again, this series has shown before that it loves to toy with expectations.

Also, this all took place at a Ski Resort. Take that, hot spring beach school festival pool episodes!
Rating: *** (Awesome)

12 Responses

  1. Kiarae says:

    Your final comment makes me laugh!

    I’ve been looking forward to this one BECAUSE of how Kraft is involved. There was a lot added to the original, and I loved it all. That it WAS put in a ski resort was one of the best additions – it provided more of a setting and a reason for why the heck Kraft and crew had the aliens in such a place. And yes, it was much better than a beach!

  2. scotto says:

    Great review as always! As a fan of the manga I really enjoyed the original additions to this episode. The only thing that made me cringe was the random insertion of a cross-dressing Craft to explain the demise of future males’ infertility. That’s just stupid..

  3. scotto says:

    Argh. That should be “fertility”.

  4. Frost says:

    This is the best comedy EVER! I wish it would go on for another season

    The part where they talk in the lobby had me tearing up… “Captain! That is so incredibly cliche! But… All is good”

    Kraft alone makes the ep actually… No words really, 10/10 so far

  5. K.K. says:

    I kind of felt this was one of the weaker arcs in the manga (I’m a big Color Rangers fan…) but since I know what was going on, I spent the whole episode laughing for some reason. Kraft really makes episodes better, since he’s so over the top cynical.

    It really is sad that the show/manga was so short though. The mangaka’s other works (Hunter x Hunter and Yu Yu Hakusho) are really more stereotypical shounen fare (and because of his illness, I doubt HxH will ever finish). Not that it’s bad – at least Level E ends before it can jump the shark.

  6. gandalf8 says:

    This episode was just okay to me. When Sade showed Kraft something about the princesses love interest, I immediately thought that either the guy was:
    1) an alien or
    2) a girl

    I notice that I have this annoying habit when I watch Level E. As I know that this show just likes to troll its viewers, whenever there is some sort of twist, I subconsciously start to think what sort of twist it would be, and the twist just lost its impact when it is revealed.
    Just with how I guessed about the lesbian this episode, I also back in episode 5 immediately called that Tachibana sensei wasn’t a scary alien assassin like Prince described to the kids. I’m not saying it’s the shows fault, but it does somewhat spoil my enjoyment of it a bit.

  7. Hui says:

    Kyoko is a transguy and definately NOT a lesbian.

  8. CY says:

    I think Mikihasa is the reason WHY it has to be a ski resort. Cos it’s so cold, you have to go around fully clothed in bulky clothing thus making it very difficult to tell gender apart.

    But ya… I still think that the end of first arc is still the best…

  9. signorRossi says:

    Kraft rules! His explanation what Christmas Eve is to the Japanese… LOL

  10. animedyum says:

    “He” is not a lesbian at all. Remember at the bus what the girl next to him said to her parents: I am going with a girlfriend. She just signed his name as a girl to the hotel. Talk about clever jokes…

  11. Watcherzero says:

    Problem for me was the ‘blokes’ voice, you could tell it was a girl from the start on the coach.

    Very good episode too, if not for the princess reminding me of the girl from Death Note.

  12. sadakups says:

    “Also, this all took place at a Ski Resort. Take that, hot spring beach school festival pool episodes!”

    I don’t think you need to mention this. Level E isn’t a high school/moe anime.

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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