Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
A Companion Podcast for All 40 Years of Gundam
MSB is a weekly 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.

2.49: Tabula Rasa

If you live long enough, you start to see the same trauma in different girls.

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 48 - "The Mirror of Rosamia" (ロザミアの中で), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on voice actor Gouri Daisuke (郷里 大輔), the voice actor for Bask Om. We also say goodbye to Rosamia Badam.


- Wikipedia pages for Gouri Daisuke/郷里大輔, born Nagahori Yoshio/長堀芳夫 (English, and Japanese).

- Gouri Daisuke's IMDB page.

- CNN retrospective on the firebombing of Tokyo, "Operation Meetinghouse":

Brad Lendon and Emiko Jozaku, History's deadliest air raid happened in Tokyo during World War II and you've probably never heard of it, for March 8, 2020.

- Kinnikuman Wiki page for Gouri's first breakthrough role as Robin Mask.

- Archived copy of Yahoo Japan news story about Gouri's death.

- Wikipedia pages for Inoue Kazuhiko/井上和彦 in English and Japanese.

- Inoue Kazuhiko's personal blog post reflecting on Gouri's death and their friendship.

- In the memorial for Rosamia, Nina read excerpts from The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton. The novel is public domain, and you can read or download it at Project Gutenberg.

- The song playing during parts of the memorial is Claude Debussy's Première Arabesque, performed by Patrizia Prati. Access the song and the license here.


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