Men Love Their Cockpits – A 20 Question Review of Space Battleship Tiramisu

Men Love Their Cockpits – A 20 Question Review of Space Battleship Tiramisu

What’s the show? Space Battleship Tiramisu (2018).

And what’s it about? I don’t know if you know this about me but I’m a bit of a clean freak. But only about some things, and only once I’ve noticed that they’re untidy… but once I do notice you bet I’m going to obsess about it until I’m able to clean it or put it back the way it’s supposed to be!

Uh… okay, what’s that got to do with this show? Everything! Space Battleship Tiramisu is about one man’s unending efforts to keep his cockpit clean—it’s his sanctuary, his home—and if anything gets in the way of his ~ideal~ he loses his damn mind!

Right. And who is this obsessive man? Subaru Ichinose, a top mech pilot who on more than one occasion strips down to his birthday suit in pursuit of zen in his cockpit.

Don’t piss him off!

Wait, why is he naked?! I think the more important question is, why aren’t we all naked…

No but seriously. Well in the first episode it’s because his shirt was on inside out and back-to-front and it was causing him such distress that he ripped the clothes from his body so as not to feel like he was suffocating!

Okay then… sounds like Subaru has some issues…I wouldn’t go that far, I find his unique brand of obsessiveness and reactionary behaviour kind of relatable. Like in the final episode of the first season where he’s applying a clear protective cover to his brand new helmet and is trying his hardest to get it on the curved surface perfectly only to lose his shit when he gets distracted and ends up with three air bubbles under the protective coating! I feel his pain!

Wait, isn’t this a series about mech’s in space? It’s a series with mech’s set in space but no this show’s just about Subaru dealing with everyday struggles—some relatable, some completely and utterly ludicrous like when he starts having a conversation with a rogue pubic-hair that’s floating ‘round his cockpit.

And what language did you expect it to speak? Pubeish?

That sounds… kinda stupid. Some of it is, yeah. And some of it’s pretty clever, it’s pretty much a lucky dip of what kind of comedy you’re going to get on any given episode—but since the episodes are only ten minutes each it never feels like you’re wasting your time by watching a ‘lesser’ episode.

And are there many “lesser” episodes? I’d say it’s about 70/30 in favour of ‘good and funny’ episodes, though even the least of the lesser ones still manage a chuckle or two.

Is there any plot to speak of? Not so much as plot as there is character development, either to do with his estranged brother who shows up round the midway point—and who turns out is just as ‘obsessive’ about things as Subaru. Also I know this’ll be controversial because a few fellow reviewers were annoyed by this but I loved the fact that the show ~almost~ had a semblance of a serious plot going on in the middle episodes only for it to be thrown away for the sake of a bunch of silly jokes. I wouldn’t expect anything less from this show!

The eyepatch is just for looks.

And what about the other characters? There’s the other inhabitants of the Tiramisu like the brash and appropriately named ‘Vulgar’, the buxom beauty ‘Ligier’, matronly and interfering ‘Shigeruko’ and of course the evil robot who tries to frame Subaru for stealing it’s wallet only for Subaru to switch the robot’s settings from ‘evil’ to ‘motorbike’ and then mount its head in his cockpit to act as a sort of GPS navigation system.

…What? You heard me…

Not to disparage this clearly perfectly sane anime, but it does kind of seem like its approach to comedy is a bit “throw everything at it and see what sticks.”Absolutely—and while that’s invariably going to turn off a lot of people I was fine with it. Though I’m not going to pretend like it’s some sort of comedic masterpiece, there’s a few key things they could have tweaked to make it better.

Oh yeah, mister smarty writer guy? Like what? In my opinion the best episodes were the first episode and the thirteenth episode (season finale). They were much more focused on the minutiae of everyday life and the stress that can be caused by seemingly insignificant things going wrong—and the comedy that results for the viewer. If they’d focused solely on that style of comedy we could have had the anime equivalent of Seinfeld in space!

There’s always a line when you’re busting for the toilet!

‘A show about nothing—in space’? Pretty much!

But now? Nada. (editors note: that’s a deep cut Seinfeld reference right there!)

Wait a minute… you don’t have an editor! Shhh~

So is there anything else you wanted to talk about regarding this show? For a short anime it sure does have a great OP and ED song! Both were under a minute so they were ineligible for my Top 10 list’s for the season but they both were worthy of a sport, very catchy songs and both of them sung by the voice actor for Subaru! “BREAK THROUGH!”

Surprisingly not a scene from a yaoi anime.

Right, so final score and recommendation for Space Battleship Tiramisu? The best thing to do when approaching this show is don’t expect anything because week-to-week the comedy can be so varied both in quality and quantity—that aside the short run-time at least makes it so that even the weakest episode passes before you have the time to dwell on it too much. Subaru makes for an endearing, charismatic and appropriately bonkers lead character and not only does the season end on a interesting cliff-hanger, a second season is scheduled for Fall 2018 so the wait won’t even be that long! By no means perfect, but still perfectly good fun; 75 out of 100.

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Space Battleship Tiramisu Episode 1 & 2 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Space Battleship Tiramisu Episode 1 & 2.

What’s the show? Space Battleship Tiramisu, Episode 1 & 2.

Mmm, sounds tasty. Bahahaha…

What? Well I mean this show is tasty, depending on what you’re into that is…

Oh no… what did I just walk into? Our protagonist spends a lot of episode 1 in the ~nude~ it’s quite the spectacle!

Why am I getting Darling in the FranXX flashbacks?

I’m definitely not into that. Oh come on, don’t be such a wet blanket. It’s fun!

Is it then? Well I mean yeah, it’s a comedy, but the nudity, well… let me put it this way, if you’re into men—that is to say handsome naked ones—you’ll enjoy this show for that, and if you’re not, well I think it’s handled in a way that makes it funny. Which is basically my way of saying, even if you’re not into naked dudes you should watch this show.

Subaru just can’t catch a break!

Uh-huh… So what’s it actually about? Subaru is a top mech pilot, who loves his cockpit. It’s his sanctuary from everything about the rest of the world (or rather the space station he lives on) that riles him up and rubs him the wrong way, from obnoxious fellow pilots and their critical opinions on his eating habits to the matronly mechanic interfering with the ‘aesthetic’ of his precious cockpit.

I’m still not really sure what this show is about… It’s like a character comedy, and at 7 minutes per episode it never overstays its welcome, at least not yet anyway.


Oh so that’s why you waited to the second episode to review the show? Indeed, I can only write about what their is sufficient material to write about. Hence why other short anime of this season will be compiled like this, except the 3 and 4 minute one’s will probably have to wait a couple more eps before I cover them in blog form, but rest assured they will be covered!

Dude, nobody cares. I know, I like to write like I’m talking to an audience of thousands! Rather than the reality—an audience of tens.

He’s that kind of guy.

Nobody likes a sad sack… Fine, I’ll be in my cockpit.

Man, that’s a funny word. And this show knows it! In fact there’s something strangely knowing about this show, like it’s acutely aware of how amusing it is, it’s got an ego which is strangely magnetic and also a little off-putting. Like the first episode is undoubtedly funny but the second episode is less so, but it’s still so confident in the fact that it is a comedy that it keeps it so inherently watchable.

Cabbage is the enemy!

Fair enough, so does this short comedy come recommended? Yeah, I mean if you’re into this kind of thing, which you’ll probably figure out very quickly. It’s by no means perfect, or even excellent, it’s just consistently good with flashes of brilliance but at the reduced running time and thanks to its unpredictability, I’ll be looking forward to each instalment.