Posted on 15 March 2011 with categories: Level E



So, this episode was something else. It had no Ouji whatsoever. In fact, none of the recurring characters aside from the color rangers even made an appearance. There also was hardly any comedy and it actually was really focused at telling a serious story here. It’s an excellent change of pace for just one episode, especially considering how next episode the hilarity is surely promising to return with the reappearance of Baseball Guy.

Now, something obviously was missing in this episode, but even so the story it told was quite good. It was a bit simple, but it fitted quite nicely within just twenty minutes, and it made good use of the Color Rangers in a setting completely different from an RPG parody (plus it actually fitted in some development for the spiked hair guy). It had very typical bad guys, but even they were just more than evil for the sake of being evil, and were quite successful at creating some tension.

Also, I’m surprised to see some actual karate used in the action scenes. You could actually see that that the two kids practice the basics a lot, and they really got the basics down. At the same time though, you could see that they didn’t have much experience in actual fighting against a partner: their movements were a tad too neat and slow; in a real fight while using karate, you’ll always see people sacrificing clean techniques in favour of being able to move fast enough to actually be able to hit your opponent. This time the kids were lucky that they were helped by their powered suits.

In any case, this episode was the weakest of Level E so far, and yet I still really liked it. This show has always had the problem that it was nearly impossible to live up to the absolutely fantastic first arc, but even considering how the subsequent arcs were a step back it still had plenty of stuff to like.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Sapphire says:

    I kept waiting for the mermaid to turn into Ouji, since they looked so alike ^^;

  2. thomas says:

    Uh yeah don’t think this would’ve gotten anywhere near this rating if any other show did the exact same episode.

    Boring premise, predictable execution. – for me.

  3. fool says:

    It was a cute episode…but yo the mermaid killed those guys DEAD and the kids just let her??? LOL

  4. senerikfred says:

    No comment on the neat visual touches? For shame!

  5. jelly says:

    The mermaid’s tail was weird.

  6. maskedguy says:

    I think the first arc feels best because it got element of surprise: Now that we know that Prince is a massive troll, we are just wondering how he will troll.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 04:47 AM)
    @Aidan: Sound words..fair enough I’ll give you that, I admit it despite preferring western and overall film storytelling as a medium .
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 03:21 AM)
    @Friend Fuck off, that’s not why I buy anime DVDs. Lol
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 03:20 AM)
    @K-Off You know, I don’t think SYD even gets rid of the censor smoke lol
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 03:15 AM)
    Oh god, this might have been my dumbest anime purchase yet. Why did I need this on Blu-ray?
    https://i.imgur.com/VH4XLuph.jpg
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 01:44 AM)
    Take Brothers, a tale of two sons for example. That game through it’s controls managed to make the player feel the same way as the character on screen. It’s difficult to explain without spoiling but it managed to provoke something deep with no text, dialogue, or visuals. No other medium, not Art, film or anime, can truly accomplish this.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 01:39 AM)
    @Yuumei, Art is usually used as pretentious term that the untalented use to make themselves seem smarter than they actually are.
    However if we are talking about whether Games and anime can provide thought provoking messages or experiences on the same level as film or art then I say yes. Definitely.
  • Yuumei
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 12:37 AM)
    What do you think about game and anime art? Is it art? For me, although I do work on such things, I consider them to be entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. They’re not meant to provoke any thought, they’re meant to entertain.
  • Yuumei
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 12:31 AM)
    Hello, I couldn’t help but noticing your conversation on the state of art. What do you think of the state of modern art and art criticism? There’s been some crazy pieces people are calling modern art, like the man from Vienna who urinated, defecated, and masturbated on stage while singing the Austrian anthem.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 07:26 PM)
    @Vincent Also, 4koma gives scanners a lot of work.
  • JaK
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 07:23 PM)
    because mos of them use one line gags and gags are a bit difficult to translate from Japanese

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