Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
Watching All 40 Years of Gundam, One Episode at a Time

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Gundam Ep. 14: Wappa Rises!

Show Notes

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 14, "Time, Be Still," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: the Neo-Confucian concept of gekokujō and it's importance in prewar and wartime Japan, Audie Murphy, the "Memphis Belle" B-17 bomber, Japanese fighter aces, anti-tank explosives, and the Piasecki "AirGeep" hover-bike.

- An explanation of Gekokujō, focusing on its importance in Japanese history.

- The life and military career of Audie Murphy.

- The "Memphis Belle" B-17 Bomber and it's history and preservation. And a one-sheet about the "Hell's Angels" B-17, that beat the "Belle" to the 25-mission benchmark.

- Saburo Sakai and Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, famous Japanese fighter aces.

- Detailed explanation of tanks used in the Pacific War. Two articles about the haftholladung German anti-tank explosive, explanation and photos of the Type-99 Japanese anti-tank explosive, and an army intelligence bulletin from 1945, detailing late-stage anti-tank tactics in the Pacific War.

- Piasecki's own page on the AirGeep, an overview of the AirGeep development program, and some additional details on the tech.

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The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.

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A Gundam podcast for new fans, old fans, and not yet fans. One Gundam first-timer and one long-time Gundam fan watch, analyze, and review all 40-years of the iconic sci-fi anime mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam in the order it was made. We research its influences, examine its themes, and discuss how each piece of the Gundam canon fits within the changing context in Japan and the world, from 1979 to today.