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Gundam Ep. 8: This Gundam Podcast Flirts With Everybody
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This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 8, "The Winds of War," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: Canadian geography and the town of Saints-Anges, Tomino's influences, Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, The Grand Illusion, and what is furusato and why is it so important in Japanese culture?
The only source we have for Saints-Anges (St. Anges in the show), is Google maps and the deductions we walk you through in the podcast. Still, we're pretty sure its a reference to a real town. Even if they probably picked it by stabbing a finger at a map.
Click here for an overview of Akira Kurosawa's career, style and themes. To learn about Yasujiro Ozu, Senses of Cinema has a wonderful overview of his career and explanation of his style, and the Japan Times has a discussion of Ozu's current popularity in filmmaking circles.
You can read more about Jean Renoir's The Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) here.
This article gives a thorough explanation of the concept of furusato and its place in Japanese culture. If you'd like to listen to the song Furusato, the one all Japanese school-children learn, you can listen here.
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