Level E anime review

It's been a year since this anime premiered in TV Tokyo, barely having 13 episodes. The OP song was the catchy 'Cold Finger Girl' by Chiaki Kuriyama.

One of the reasons the anime was so short is because the author Yoshihiro Togashi couldn't finish the manga, which marked a humorous change of pace from Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter. However, this 1995 manga ran up to 3 volumes (16 chapters).

The plot of the series is hysterical, with non-conventional storytelling at best. It would seem that it follows the format of being about nothing, but we are immersed in the world of the characters.

The premise is based on the fact that Earth has been populated by thousands of aliens from all over the galaxy, but it is a well kept secret from Earthlings, as it would cause massive panic and it would disrupt the intergalactic balance.

The story begings with Yukitaka Tsutsui, a college baseball player who freaks out after a blonde long haired guy just randomly moved into his appartment. The government is looking for him and after a persecution, he reveals his alien powers after being saved by Yukitaka.

Miho Edogawa is the next door girl and was also a witness, as her father is a researcher who works for the government in the research of alien species.

It turns out that the Prince escaped from his bodyguards so he could do whatever he wanted, thus we get to know Captain Kraft, easily the best character from the series, a loyal yet neurotic servant almost driven to the point of schizophrenia by the Prince's extremely convoluted jokes that set everyone off. All the hysteria and hilarious moments come from there.

Captain Kraft
Prince Baka has one of the highest IQ in the galaxy and he simply likes to torment those around him for the sake of it. This is reflected in each episode with incoherence after incoherence which makes the series to not be formulaic. I would say that it is closer to Gintama, but much more irreverent in the sense that it doesn't really establish a continuity or a routine.

Maybe that's also the reason the story wouldn't go much further, it's hard to maintain that pace and not make it tiring. But it's a damn great experimental effort.

I highly recommend this series for the laughs and if you're bored and want to watch something different and amusing.

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