Space Battleship TIRAMISU Zwei – Anime Preview
Synopsis: In the distant future mankind has expanded out across space, but that has only lead to a divide between those who live across the cosmos, and those who remain on Earth. With war raging and threatening Earth itself, the denizens of the planet construct a most power space battleship: The Tiramisu. Aboard is mankind’s one ace pilot, Subaru Ichinose, who is– perhaps more quirky than anyone could’ve imagined. Now, this slightly insane individual is man’s best hope for victory.
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Space Battleship Tiramisu was a highlight short of the Spring season, in a year where there’s been decidedly less short-form anime offerings. The series boasted crazy characters, absurd comedy, and a wealth of gags peppering it’s short run-time. The series gradually shifted to a more narrative focused structure, building our hero, Subaru Ichinose, into a conflict with his brother and the enemies’ of Earth. Season 2 picks up right from where Season 1 left off and seems poised to continue that vein.
Season 2 still contains the absurd comedy, the lampooning of other Mech series and the same quirky lead we came to love. The animation is exactly as you remember it: hardly memorable and often janky. Like Season 1’s eventual turn towards a more narrative driven direction Season 2 continues to focus on moving Subaru through a connecting narrative, evolving the story and moving away from the 1st season’s more one off tale nature. I don’t know that this is the best approach, as the one-off format from before allowed a greater variety of gags without having to form a cohesive story. But Episode 1 of Season 2 (or Zwei as its called) still feels as fun and bizarre as season 1 and worth a return to for any fans who were left wanting more.