Uchuu Senkan Tiramisù is yet another manifestation of the Spring Season’s missed potential. In this mech-centric comedy, we follow ace pilot Subaru, who seeks solace from the stresses of interstellar war in the only place he can really call home—his cockpit.
Tiramisù begins as a rather aimless compilation of comedic skits that range from pretty damn hilarious to mildly chuckle-inducing; it ends pretty much the same way. The disappointing part is that somewhere in the middle, director Hiroshi Ikehata (FLCL Progressive, Robot Girls Z) and series composer/writer Yuu Satou (Inferno Cop, Hacka Doll the Animation) toyed around with introducing something reminiscent of an actual plot. It was a pleasant surprise. The problem with surpassing expectations, though, is that in doing so you often raise them. I was genuinely interested to see what the show had to offer following the mid-season story developments. Unfortunately, the crew over at Gonzo (Hellsing, Full Metal Panic! Welcome to the NHK) never quite figured out what to do with it.
Music/Sound Design: 7
Uchuu Senkan Tiramisù isn’t bad as is, provided you like the crude, dumb type of humor. The art and sound are passable given the look and feel Ikehata and company were going for, and the series has some genuinely suspenseful moments, but—for better or more likely worse—never lets itself get too serious. At only 8 minutes per episode, it’s not really a waste of time, either. Still, I just can’t shake the feeling that it could have been so much more.
A second season is slated to air this Fall.
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