Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
A Companion Podcast for All 40 Years of Gundam
Gundam podcast for new fans, old fans, and not yet fans. Nina (a Gundam first-timer) and Thom (a lifelong Gundam fan) analyze, review, and research 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. Part history podcast, part discussion podcast, all Gundam podcast.

Battle in the Age of Mobile Suits

Gundam Ep. 26: In the Navy You Can Put Your Mind At Ease

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 26 (25 in the US), "Char Returns," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: war balloons, top secret information, the battle of Sekigahara, naval mines, and possible aesthetic influences for mobile suit design.

- Overview of the history of military ballooning, and of incendiary balloons specifically.

- More detailed information about the Civil War-era Balloon Corps.

- Explanation and photo of barrage balloons.

- Overview of Japan's Fu-Go balloon program, and the news story detailing the 2014 discovery of an unexploded incendiary from a Fu-Go. CORRECTION: I stated that I thought this happened in Oregon. It actually happened in British Columbia, Canada.

- Great explanation of how images can be sent via radio waves.

- Wikpedia page on classified information (levels, differences between different countries, etc.), and an article which discusses what happens when people reveal classified information.

- The US National Archive FAQ on identifying and handling classified records.

- Two overviews of the Battle of Sekigahara (the second includes lots of images of art depicting the battle).

- Wikipedia pages on Kikkawa and Kobayakawa.

- Detailed information on naval mines, including their history, types, and the technology and mechanisms involved, from the Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association, NavWeaps (Naval Weapons, Naval Technology and Naval Reunions website), and the Worldwide Independent Inventors Assoication (archive).

- Pictures of E. Honda's "Sumo Torpedo" headbutt attack and a real one, another sumo photo, and a photo of the 'Spear' attack in pro wrestling.

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