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.

2.32: Saturday in the Park

Listen children all is not lost, all is not lost, oh no, no

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 31 - "Half Moon Love" (ハーフムーン・ラブ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the history of ice cream in Japan (part 1!), and the conclusion of Thom's research on the Young Officers Revolt of February 26, 1936.

- A book on the history of ice cream, with a few mentions of Japan:

Quinzio, Jeri. Of Sugar and Snow: a History of Ice Cream Making. University of California Press, 2010.

- English article on the history of dairy production and consumption in Japan:

Silverjay. “Short History of Cheese and Milk in JAPAN.” Chowhound, 3 Jan. 2011,

- Japanese-language pages on the introduction of ice cream to Japan and early industry developments (both from the Japan Ice Cream Association):

“‘あいすくりん’の誕生.” 日本アイスクリーム協会,


- A very detailed book about the Young Officers Revolt of 1936:

Ben-Ami Shillony, Revolt in Japan: The Young Officers and the February 26, 1936 Incident. Princeton UP (1973).

- The music used in the TNN was "Obliteration" from by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (

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