Manga / Level E

"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."

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 Humans Are Special 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 existence 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 Yoshihiro Togashi, of YuYu Hakusho and Hunter Hunter fame. Prone to Art Shift, Genre Shift and Mood Whiplash, it can go from a wacky parody of Pretty Freeloader shows to a tragic Horror story without missing a beat, and it lacks a definite protagonist, having an Ensemble Cast whose most recurring character is a certain Prince from the planet Dogra.

An 13-episodes anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot aired in 2011.

Level E the manga has examples of...

Level E the anime has examples of...

  • All Just A Story: The fourth episode, which was just one of the Prince's attempts to convince humans that aliens exist.
  • Amusing Injuries: I mean, come on, people! Yukitaka punished Prince with a reverse roundhouse kick, Slo Mo and all!
    • Not to mention Captain Kraft doing the same thing only with a Repeat Cut and then throwing the prince in the air, kicking him multiple times while falling and ending with a piledriver.
    • And later Shimizu gives him a Megaton Punch followed by him and Momochi using the king as a hammer.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The OP presents the series as an actioner with a blonde alien bishie hunting uglier aliens.
  • Casting Gag: This is the second series where Daisuke Namikawa has played a prince while Takehito Koyasu has played his primary attendant. However, their roles in terms of character interaction are completely reversed.
  • Cliffhanger: Of the surprise reveal variety, complete with To Be Continued.
  • Conspicuous CG: All over the place, to the point where it's even used to animate hand puppets.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: 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!