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->''"Currently, hundred of different alien species come and go, living their lives on the Earth. Species that come in peace, aggressive warlike species... Aliens with all kinds of personalities live among us, maintaining a precarious balance."''
-->--'''OpeningNarration'''

Contrary to the belief of its native inhabitants, Mankind isn't the only sentient species living on Earth. Actually, individuals of about five hundred alien species call Earth home for reasons as diverse as their biological peculiarities. The Diskun and Erald, for example, come to Earth because HumansAreSpecial to them; others are refugees, like the cursed inhabitants of the dead planet Conwell; some come looking for love, like the future Mucbak Queen; and not everyone has a choice on the matter, like one of the last mermaids of Horn. Their existance is a secret to the average human citizen; however, with so many aliens around, it's inevitable some humans eventually get tangled in their bizarre stories. These humans are said to have entered the ''Level E''.

''Level E'' is one of the least known works of YoshihiroTogashi, of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' and ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' fame. Prone to ArtShift, GenreShift and MoodWhiplash, it can go from a wacky parody of PrettyFreeloader shows to a tragic Horror story without missing a beat, and it lacks a definite protagonist, having an EnsembleCast whose most recurring character is a [[MagnificentBastard certain Prince]] from the planet Dogra.

An 13-episodes {{Anime}} adaptation by Creator/StudioPierrot aired in 2011.

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!! ''Level E'' the manga has examples of...

* AffablyEvil -> FauxAffablyEvil: The Prince, though he's not completely evil, just a jerk.
* AffectionateParody: The RPG is one of ''DragonQuest''. Which makes it pretty funny when you realize [[AkiraToriyama who does character designs on that series]]...
* AIIsACrapshoot: Sometimes the Prince is just ''[[BatmanGambit too]]'' [[BatmanGambit smart]].
* AlienAmongUs
* AliensAreBastards: Some species are said to have exterminated others for [[HairTriggerTemper the pettiest]] [[GreenEyedMonster of reasons]]. And individuals don't fare better, acting as ruthless, greedy and fanatical as the worst of humans.
** And then there is the [[{{Jerkass}} Prince]].
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Actually, what they don't speak is Japanese. Not even their {{universal translator}}s come with it.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Calvary, ''planet-sized''.
* ArrangedMarriage: Meet Princess Luna.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: The first arc was all orchestrated by the [[MagnificentBastard Prince]]]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: Tachibana-sensei]] feels pretty comfortable in her new job.
* BeePeople: The Mucbaks -- an insectoid OneGenderRace, but lacking a HiveMind.
* BerserkButton: For Kraft, everything [[TheGadfly The Prince]] does.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The mermaid story.]]
* BizarreAlienReproduction: His mother died long before he was born.
* BlackWidow: [[spoiler: Both InterspeciesRomance stories feature a version of this]]
* BlatantLies: Captain Kraft didn't want to harm the prince. [[SarcasmMode Sure, not one bit]].
* ButNowIMustGo: She belongs to the sea, even if it is an alien sea to her.
* TheCaligula: The Prince.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CastOfSnowflakes
* CloseCallHaircut
* CreepyChild: Aliens come in all sizes and ages.
* CuteMonsterGirl: [[spoiler: Tachibana-sensei]]
* CuteSportsClubManager: Fujii.
* DarwinistDesire: The Mucbak find mates from other species by looking for those who are fittest in the belief it'll result in stronger children.
* DecoyProtagonist: If this were a typical PrettyFreeloader series, Yukitaka would have been the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent protagonist.
* {{Delinquent}}: Yukitaka is often mistaken for one, though his argument with Kraft proves he just may have been one.
* DepopulationBomb: By SyntheticPlague. [[spoiler: What the Mucbak drop onto the species from which they take mates. Just for ''jealousy''.]]
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Kyoko doesn't realize what that cute foreign girl is and what dire consequences dating her might have for mankind.
* DistantFinale
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: A local street gang tries to pick up a woman. The Dogran Prince [[TheDulcineaEffect goes Dulcinea]], [[TakingTheBullet taking kicks long enough for the woman to escape]], but the gang goes too far, [[NowItsMyTurn so he took one of them by the head and proceeds to smash it onto the ground]], fatally wounding him. [[spoiler:[[PlayingPossum Not]]. Unfortunately, these guys are {{Hair Trigger Temper}}ed, HotBlooded [[HumanAliens Diskunians]] in human disguise]].
** As told by [[UnreliableNarrator the Prince]]...
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The Conwellian story]]. [[spoiler: Nope, the show was trolling you]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: The Prince, he is as good-looking as he is annoying.
* DyingRace: The Conwellians
* EasternRPG: The asssociated tropes are [[InvokedTrope invoked]] and PlayedForLaughs by the Prince in one of the stories.
* EasyAmnesia
* [[BlondGuysAreEvil Evil Blonde]] [[EvilPrince Prince]]: Not neccessarily evil but he is still a full-on {{Jerkass}}.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Prince of Dogra, real name Baka Ki El Dogra. Really.
** Averted in the anime's dub, as several characters call him Prince Baka.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Everything is Worse with Princes from Dogra]]
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: The guy he helped out [[spoiler:turned out to be part of his [[BatmanGambit plan]].]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Luna Mi Mad of Magra and Saki of Mucbak.
* FanBoy: The Diskunians are big fans of baseball.
* FiveManBand: ColorCodedCharacters, as classic {{sentai}} teams tend to be.
** TheHero: Shimizu (Blue)
** TheLancer: [[{{Nerd}} Akagawa]] (Red)
** TheBigGuy: Yokota (Yellow)
** TheChick: [[KidAnova Momochi]] (White)
** TheSmartGuy: [[TheQuietOne Mayuzumi]] (Black)
* TheGamePlaysYou
* GeneticEngineering: With LegoGenetics.
* GenreBusting: The mermaid story is at heart an SF FilmNoir FairyTale.
* GirlNextDoor: Miho.
* GovernmentConspiracy
* HairAntennae: Kraft and Princess Luna (Luna's looks like a spider).
* HappyEnding: [[spoiler: It took breaking about a hundred galactic laws, but in the end Earth is safe and Kyoko finally has a body to match his mind.]]
* HealingFactor
* HeroicComedicSociopath: The Prince ''does'' try to help the Earth... while having fun (from his point of view).
* HonorBeforeReason: Kyoko won't date lesbians; he wants girls to love him as if he were a guy, hoping to eventually find someone who feels IfItsYouItsOkay for him.
* HorrorHunger: The "invisible stomach".
* HotBlooded: Hotheads Yukitaka and Captain Kraft. The former gets hypertension from the Prince's wacky antics. The latter, well... he's just irritable.
** The Diskunian race, of the HairTriggerTemper kind. Hinted to be bloodthirsty, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revengeful beings]]. Picking a fight with them is more or less like asking for a full-scale interracial war. [[spoiler: [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength The Prince accidentally]] [[NotQuiteDead kills one of them... NOT!!]]]]
* HumanAliens: Dograns, except for being MadeOfIron and having AlienBlood.
* HumansAreSpecial: For the Diskunians and Eralds, humans are off limits. [[spoiler: Who knows which human might be a potential ''baseball'' star or parent to one?]] The Mucbaks think humans have great genetic potential.
* IAmAHumanitarian
* InterspeciesRomance: Two of the stories are about this. [[spoiler: Things get [[BlackWidow really messy]] because of the BizarreAlienReproduction involved.]]
* ItAmusedMe: The Prince is apparently unable to do anything without twisting it into some convoluted prank.
* [[spoiler: KansasCityShuffle]]
* KidHero: Both lampshaded ''and'' subverted in one of the stories. [[spoiler: The kids who the Prince dragged into one of his crazy anti-boredom schemes completely called him out on actually picking kids to fight monsters. They eventually go along with it kicking and screaming, sometimes literally.]]
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: [[spoiler: ''Baseball'']] is SeriousBusiness for Diskun and Eralds.
* LastOfHisKind
* LaughingMad: Captain Kraft when Prince Baka pressed his button WAY TOO MANY times at once.
* LivingLieDetector: It comes handy if your species evolved in a planet where your predators look just like you.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: The Prince.
* LoveAtFirstSight
* {{Malaproper}}: Captain Iwata's [[{{Poltergeist}} "pornguys"]] phenomenon.
* TheMasquerade
* MassiveMultiplayerScam
* MonsterSobStory: [[spoiler: The Conwellians history is a dire tale.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Constantly. This show can and does transition from dramatic to tense to comedic in the span of about 60 seconds, all with the same characters.
* [[MarsNeedsWomen Mucbak Needs]] [[GenderFlip Men]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: Good ''golly'', Prince! Don't show up in front of us like that!
* OlderThanTheyLook: The kids are in 5th grade (11-12 years old) and Yokota already has a tween PermaStubble, but Shimizu and Mayuzumi look younger than their grade suggests.
* [[OhCrap Oh, Crap!]]: ...is not enough to describe the look on Kraft's face, when [[spoiler:he thought that]] his Prince [[spoiler: [[FakingTheDead killed a Diskunian]]]].
* OrganicTechnology: Dograns and Mucbaks.
* [[spoiler: OutGambitted: The Prince eventually finds someone even sneakier than him. And is absolutely ''thrilled'' by the fact.]]
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Alien mermaids with two tails and a deadly reflex.
* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:The dead Diskunian isn't really dead after all.]]
* {{Poltergeist}}
* PlagueMaster: [[spoiler: All Mucbak royalty.]]
* PrettyFreeloader: Thats what Yukitaka finds as he enters the living room of the flat he has just moved to. HilarityEnsues.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Diskun and Eralds. The Diskun have exterminated species for insulting a single member of its race.
* PsychicPowers: One of the team is a RealityWarper. But which one?
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:Tachibana-sensei]] is one of these.
* ScheherezadeGambit: The [[strike:Prince]]Princess uses a variant to delay [[strike:his]]her wedding night. Long story.
* {{Seinen}}: Despite having been published in ''Weekly Shonen Jump'', this series is {{Seinen}} to the core.
* {{Sentai}}: The Prince just throws them in his JRPG.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial''.
** "Clive from the planet Jacqueline Ess" is a reference to the ''[[Creator/CliveBarker Books of Blood]]''. Come to think of it, the whole series might have been inspired by that famous horror anthology, given the episodic structure, some of the themes explored, the black humour and occasional forays into the weird and macabre.
** [[DetectiveConan Professor Edogawa from Konan Laboratory?]].
** [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Yukitaka]] [[{{Paprika}} Tsu]][[TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime tsui]] is one of the protagonists.
** The last episode of the anime has one to ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** The dub throws in its share of references too -- on separate occasions Baka imitates [[Franchise/StarTrek Capt. Kirk]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]].
* SourSupporter: [[spoiler: Kraft]], who has been a bodyguard for the Prince for ten years, hates his guts intensely but keeps protecting him solely out of loyalty to the King and Queen of Dogra.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Diskun/Disc(k)on, Mucbak/Makubaku/Macbac, Dogran/Doguran.
* StalkerWithATestTube
* StandardHeroReward
* SternTeacher: Tachibana-sensei.
* StoryWithinAStory: [[spoiler: One of the stories turns out to be just a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory manga written by the Prince.]]
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler: The mermaid agreed to become an assassin so her sisters were spared.]]
* TheyLookLikeUsNow
* TouchedByAVorlon: The grade school FiveManBand.
* {{Transsexual}}: Kyoko is biologically female, but has identified as male since he was at least 4 years old.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: What do you know, humans aren't the only sentient beings native to Earth. Good news for a certain {{Woobie}} mermaid.]]
** Regarding the Conwell story: [[spoiler: Apparently, the entire arc was just Prince Baka pitching a story to an executive which gets rejected for being too dark. Even though the Prince suggests that the Conwell aliens exist, it's hard to know if he's telling the truth knowing his usual habits]].
* [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Unlucky Childhood Friend]]: [[spoiler: Princess Luna.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: Take ''anything'' the Prince says with a grain of salt.
* TheUnreveal: After discovering that he had a minor [[MacGuffin McGuffin]] all along, the Prince proceeded to [[TheReveal use the McGuffin to reveal the suspenseful truth about him]] to Yukitaka. [[spoiler: Yes it was about him... having a weird pet, that is.]] [[ManipulativeBastard He claims]] [[RefugeInAudacity to have never said that the truth was all about him, though]], much to Yukitaka's dismay.
* UnusualEuphemism: In some translations, Miho is a *+0x* who probably likes to *+0x+*. In others the translator uses SymbolSwearing for same effect.
* VillainousCrossdresser: The Prince looks good as a Princess, of course.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: The Prince's pet.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Captain Iwata has a hard time keeping his shirt on.
* WatchOutForThatTree
* WelcomeToCorneria: During the RPG arc, one of the [=NPCs=] would keep saying "Welcome to Hamajiri enjoy your stay."
* WhatMeasureIsAHumanoid
* WithThisRing: Even Dogran wedding rings are beyond Earth's technological level.
* WrongGeneticSex: Kyoko.

!! ''Level E'' the anime has examples of...

* [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream All Just A Story]]: The fourth episode, which was just one of the Prince's attempts to convince humans that aliens exist.]]
* AmusingInjuries: I mean, ''come on'', people! Yukitaka punished Prince with a ''reverse roundhouse kick'', SloMo and all!
** Not to mention Captain Kraft doing the same thing only with a RepeatCut and then throwing the prince in the air, kicking him multiple times while falling and ending with [[WrestlerInAllOfUs a piledriver]].
** And later Shimizu gives him a MegatonPunch followed by him and Momochi using the king as [[ImprovisedWeapon a hammer]].
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The OP presents the series as an actioner with a blonde alien bishie hunting uglier aliens.
* CastingGag: This is the [[HanasakeruSeishounen second series]] where Creator/DaisukeNamikawa has played a prince while TakehitoKoyasu has played his primary attendant. However, their roles in terms of character interaction are completely reversed.
* CliffHanger: Of the surprise reveal variety, complete with ToBeContinued.
* ConspicuousCG: All over the place, to the point where it's even used to animate ''hand puppets.''
* EarlyBirdCameo: Yukitaka's baseball team captain, Iwata, and Yokota and Shimizu are seen briefly in the first episode.
** The video game Yukitaka plays in an early episode features the Color Rangers.
* Earworm: Lampshaded with the Color Rangers theme song in episode 6.
->'''Akagawa:''' The song's gonna be stuck in my head for days!
* {{Fanservice}}: The animated [[spoiler: Tachibana-sensei]] gets NonMammalMammaries and a ShowerScene.
* [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual Glasses Do Something Unusual]]: Kraft's subordinate, Sado, can [[StatOVision Stat-O-Vise]] a dead human body. [[spoiler: [[OhCrap Which turns out to be a Diskunian.]]]]
* HeyItsThatVoice
** Prince Baka: Creator/DaisukeNamikawa and Creator/VicMignogna
** Yukitaka: YoshimasaHosoya and MicahSolusod
** Captain Kraft: TakehitoKoyasu
** Miho: Creator/SatomiAkesaka
** TheNarrator: Creator/FumihikoTachiki
** Renzo: MasayaTakatsuka and Creator/ChristopherSabat
** Akagawa: LeahClark
** Momochi: Creator/CaitlinGlass
** Kyoko: YuuKobayashi
** Mohan: Creator/SatoshiHino and Creator/EricVale
** Luna: Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard
** Creator/ChiakiKuriyama (Go Go Yubari from ''KillBill'') sings the OP.
* HyperspaceWardrobe: Where does the Prince keep those {{Cosplay}} outfits?
* PragmaticAdaptation: The animated version adds {{fanservice}} and action sequences to some arcs and removes some scenes from other in order to make them fit into the tv episodes.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Prince is a regular offender (this may be due more to ActorAllusion than anything, though).
--> "Boink!" "Kapow!"
* TheStinger: After the end credits of the final episode, it is revealed that [[spoiler: the cat was a spy all along]].
* ThrowItIn: Vic Mignogna was told by the director to use whatever voice he wanted with Prince Baka. No word on what they told Daisuke Namikawa.
* [[spoiler: TheUnmasquedWorld: At the end of the anime, Baka was outwitted and married the princess of Magra, removing under observation status from Earth -- and revealing the entire alien armada to the entire planet.]]
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