Level E 13 – Making Chump Meat Out of the Maestro (END)
Holy crap, I think I’m in love!
So, even though I think I enjoyed the final run of episodes more than some other people, I think we can for the most part agree that the second half of Level E isn’t quite as good as the first half — it lost a bit of steam, and the comedy didn’t have quite the same bite to it. But I’d say this final episode is a worthy conclusion that captures the same sense of unpredictable fun that made Level E so good from the start.
Also, this episode totally made me feel like Kraft while watching it. I sat on my bed, nodding my head, thinking to myself, “Yeah, I totally saw through the deception; I know Baka is going to handle this,” and then the extra layers of deception revealed themselves, and I was metaphorically punched out by a Disckonian. It’s the sort of thing one should see coming at this point in Level E (especially since deceptive storytelling is the show’s MO), but I fell for the obvious bait and let that cloud my mind to the point where the trap slipped by and sprung itself on me at the optimal moment. Always love when a story is able to do that, especially since I think smart audiences are constantly on their guard these days.
But, yes, I was cheering during the moment when Baka slipped on the other ring and vowed to marry the thief because being both a king and a revolutionary would be awesome. I thought for a moment that Baka would slip the ring on his “brother’s” finger to avoid the responsibility of being a king, but I suppose the allure of such a rogueish title was just too much for Baka to turn down. And then . . . the extra twist, and suddenly Princess
Shokotan Luna becomes a million times more awesome. It makes sense, too: Baka spurred her on in becoming more well read and in better grasping math and science, so why too wouldn’t she work to outdo him in the ways of the trickster, as well?
Baka found himself a total keeper . . .
By the way, once again, I love how every little detail introduced in each episode makes me obsess over it and wonder how it will fit into the plot. Like, the grasshopper, I totally thought that was another bug (as in a listening device or camera or whatever) that Kraft and Sade were overlooking, but no, they use its secretions to break out of their handcuffs. (I love Sade’s bullshit line about nobody researching that “secretions from insects on Earth can erode metal” lol.) I bet that’s the last thing that poor grasshopper thought he or she would be doing that day.
Speaking of details being Just As Planned, I thought the coda showing Princess Luna setting up the cat for Baka to use as a camera was kind of sweet (and sort of creepy in a stalkerish sort of way). Even Baka’s precious feline camera was used against him from the beginning. That was like a checkmate right from the start, wasn’ t it? Baka never saw it coming. I think this is what happens when guys forget anniversaries and such.
This look on Yukitaka’s face made me laugh so much . . .
So, yeah, a good finale for a good comedy. Even if it lost steam near the end, Level E made me laugh consistently, which is much more than I can say for a lot of anime comedies. And I like that the show goes out of its to come up with interesting stories and plot devices, even if they don’t always work. I’d much rather see a good science-fiction comedy than Slice of Life School Comedy Anime No. 9001.
Also, I promised Chronolynx a shot of a shirtless Mohan, so here you are, buddy! Enjoy!