I watched Level E first after some random guy posted in Twitter that this show offers a somehow insane yet different brand of comedy. And he was right! I just love how the suspense and serious atmosphere would build up dramatically, only to be used as a stepping stool for the unexpected hilarity to come. Though for the record, Gintama would still be the top dog in terms of crazy alien settings.
Plot: “Presently, there are hundreds of alien species coming and going, living their lives on Earth. Species that come in peace, aggressive, warlike species, species on the brink of extinction, all kinds of alien species from the level of international intrigue to individual crimes, to research, with a kaleidoscope of different goals. They coexist with us and maintain a precarious balance. And the only ones who don’t realize this…are us humans!” says the narrator at the beginning of each episode.
It all starts with the suspected protagonist, high school freshie Yukitaka Tsutsui, moving in from the city to the province of Yamagata since he was drafted to play for a baseball team there. Upon arriving at his apartment, he finds a blonde guy drinking coffee whilst reading a book. And wearing his clothes at that.
The blondie (who is actually Prince Baka of planet Dogura) abruptly tells him he’s an alien who lost his memories, and that his spaceship crash landed nearby. Pissed at how Baka can’t provide any proof that he’s an alien and why he completely looks human, Yukitaka tried to kick him out of his room numerous times, but wasn’t able to. A lot of comical stuff transpired between these scenes but I guess it’d be funnier if you just watched it. In the end, Yukitaka decides to let him stay for one day via Baka’s blackmailing.
One of the most uplifting scenes: Prince Baka was able to acquire a data pod collected by the government from the crash. It’s is supposed to reveal his ‘true self.’ Baka then nervously asks Yukitaka to view the pod together with him and see what he’s really like. A very hideous creature is displayed and both are disgusted at what they see. Baka says his name is Clive and that what they see is a creature that can mimic things. Continue with the screenshots:
After all that, he really meant owning that sort of pet defines his ‘true self’. LOL that really caught me off guard and I ended up bursting in laughter. XD Also, it’s no comical coincidence. This is Prince Baka in the works. He actually enjoys tormenting people by messing with them via his unmatched intelligence. And this goes not only in this scene, but for the whole arc, heck, the whole series itself! Okay, that’s as far as I’d go in spoiling the comedy. You take care of the rest :p
After watching episode three, I bet you’ll feel very screwed just like the other characters. Lol. At first, I thought Yukitaka would be the main character along with Baka, but he won’t be around until episode 8 and the last two. Other characters would then be introduced whom the Prince would be delightfully tormenting in various mind-boggling methods. How everything turns out, is the fun part. Be sure to watch the finale! It’ll be a twist in a twist in a twist special.
So yeah, time for some Level E!