Thursday, April 14, 2011

[Ended] Level E: WOW!!! BRILLIANT!!!

If you ask me now to pick one series from January to watch, I would not think twice before pointing you to Level E. (Note the keyword is "now", since Madoka Magica is stalled at the moment and we won't see the end of it until late this month). There is no other word than "brilliant" would I use to describe the entire series. From the beginning to the end, it is filled with very crafty fast flying curve-balls. It doesn't matter how hard you try to dodge them all, you are bound to be hit by a couple of them.

On the surface, the story may seemed chaotic and disjoint, but underneath, it is so highly intricately connected that all seemingly unrelated events start to feed on each other to form something much bigger (well, kind of, depending how you define "big"). On top of that, unlike many comedy series nowadays, who mostly rely on to low level fart jokes, stuff here made me rolling on the floor laughing are some of the most intelligent ones I've seen lately. Although some of them are a bit overly perverted, they at least don't resort to be funny by acting dumb. In my opinion, that's the best kind of comedy.

Final Scoreboard:

Drama: 97 (Brilliant!!)
Comedy: 96 (Intelligent)
Action: 92 (Fun)
Art/Animation: 91 (Very Good)
Sound/Music: 91 (Interesting)
Character: 92 (Great!)
Plot: 95 (Chaotic yet intricately organized)
Ending: 93 (Perfect)

Re-watch value: 70 - I think it'll still be funny

Overall: 95 - Best of the Season

Recommendation: Since Madoka Magica is finishing late, I don't even have to think twice before handing it

Anime of the Season for January 2011 Season


Unknown said...

u really should read the manga, it's definitely worthy the time

Anonymous said...

Ahem, aren't you forgetting about Madoka?

The Evil Cat said...

Ahem, did you not read the first two sentence of my post?

On top of that, to me, Madoka has more of a shock value than anything else because it's something out of norm. Level E on the other hand, is something in the normal realm that is so intricately crafted that you have no reason not to praise its brilliance.

For that, I'd probably still choose Level E over Madoka for anime of the season even if Madoka did finish in time.