Level E #01 — I AM SHOUTING NOW

January 10th, 2011

 

THAT IS THE SIGN THAT YOU SHOULD LAUGH.

Impressions:

Oh boy. A Jump show by Pierrot. That has all the appeal of a steel wool sponge bath administered by a 300 pound German nurse named Lothar.

If anything, this show reminds me of Arakawa, mostly because the two share that one joke of a non sequitur presented followed by the straight man screaming "What the hell!?" or "Shut up!" Level E’s spin on the formula is by having Yelly grab Prince by the shirt collar every time. And that’s it. I have now just spoiled all but maybe two of the jokes of Level E for you. Hooray for Jump comedy. It’s hilarious because it’s loud. Certainly not because of the visuals, unless you find CGI puppets to be the height of comedy. There actually were a couple good jokes here and there of the less shouty variety, but the comedy only lasts maybe 7-8 minutes and is not even close to the focus for the majority of the episode.

Direction and pacing is probably what hurt the episode the most. Direction is obvious. The show has no idea what it’s trying to be and jerkily oscillates in atmosphere and mood from scene to scene with no consistency or transitions whatsoever. As for pacing, it’s the usual Jump business. It takes Shouty almost five minutes just to make it to his apartment because he has to step off the train and tell the audience that he’s a baseball player, then talk to the cabbie about being a baseball player, then talk to his landlord about being a baseball player… so on. If their goal was to have as uninteresting a hook to the start of the episode as possible, then they succeeded magnificently. Unfortunately, the last 5 minutes or so is similarly dull as dishwater. Hell, it took nearly two and a half minutes between Prince saying "I am now going to show you my true form" and it ending on a cliffhanger of seeing his true form. And that came after confirmation, reconfirmation, and rerereconfirmation that he’s an alien.

Even if the comedy was all great, that’s still only a third of the episode with the rest being plodding and dull to the extreme. As much as Shinbo annoys me, at least Arakawa had silly character designs and focus on what it wanted to be to go with its shouting. This just has… consistency, direction, and pacing problems instead. Good lord. A poor man’s Arakawa… I never thought that day would come…

Preview:

Oh look, it’s that same joke again.

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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Chen says:

    I don’t think this is supposed to be a comedy, Aroduc…

    Aroduc says:

    I don’t think this was supposed to be anything, but comedy was the only thing it found any traction with.

  • Honoo says:

    One thing that was going on in my mind when I saw this post.

    “That blonde wavy haired dude seems to be an interesting MC, but he looks so gay.”

    Which is partly a no-no.

  • Mesousa says:

    LOUD NOISES!!!

  • The Phantom says:

    I dont know what this anime is about but I dont like the setup of man living alone with another man even if one of them is an alien or whatever, I will watch the next episode but at the most minimal sign that this is going the yaoi route and I drop this.

  • Anonymous says:

    A show so bad it caused Aroduc to compliment Arakawa. Now that’s something.

    chounokoe says:

    It’s something special that Aroduc hates anime?
    How long have I been out?!

  • Anonymous says:

    The manga wasn’t THAT bad

  • anon says:

    I wonder, have you even actually seen a good show ? Any show ? Ever ? A single one ? Just so you could know what they are like ?
    Either you didnt, or you have the worst taste in entertainment ever, since i dont remember you saying anything good about anything at all.

    Aex says:

    I can think of a few Aroduc has praised, Milky Holmes being the latest. Besides, this REALLY wasn’t the episode to bring this up on, since it really was just… I don’t even know.

    Aroduc says:

    He’d have to go back a whole two posts or forward one. Who has the time for that?

  • Taka says:

    I knew I could count on you to hate this show Arudoc. Everyone and their mother seems to be calling this the best opening of the season but I think your summation is quite accurate. I believe the show will probably get better but I think this was far from a strong opening episode. Merry had a strong opening episode, Zombie had a pretty strong opening episode, even Madoka had a pretty strong opening episode if you are in to that, this was just mediocre.