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.

The Lost Episode

Gundam Ep. 15: Zaku on Zaku Violence

Show Notes

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 15, "Cucuruz Doan's Island," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: the different Japanese terms for martial arts (and why Cucuruz uses kakutogi), who is Suzumura Kazuyuki?, the skinny Zaku, desertion in WWII, Anime Friend and the episode production team, and the nuances of the Japanese word nioi.

Special note: This is only episode 15 in Japanese releases. This episode has never been included in an English-language release.

- For an explanation of why the Japanese Ministry of Education used katogi rather than budo to describe martial arts in schools, check out this book: García, Raúl Sánchez. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts. Routledge, 2019.

- And for definitions of the various terms for martial arts: Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts, David A. Hall, Kodansha International; 1 edition (February 22, 2013)

- A discussion of the Japan Self-Defense Force's specific form close-quarter-combat (source in Japanese).

- Anime News Network profile of Suzumura Kazuyuki.

- Fan discussion of the "skinny Zaku" (source in Japanese).

- All about Anime Friend, former subsidiary of Tatsunoko Productions (source in Japanese).

- An overview of desertion during WWII and specifically in the Pacific War, news stories about a book that discusses the experiences of specific deserters from the US army.

- The article in which I found that horrific account of accidentally killing civilans.

- A paper discussing WWII in Papua New Guinea, and its effects on the indigenous population generally and on the relations between the indigenous population and the colonial administrative forces.

- More statistics on desertion, as well as the story of the group of Japanese soldier in Okinawa who deserted to surrender to the US Army, A book chapter detailing Japanese deserters' involvement in the Viet Minh, and a more recent news article touching on the wrongful executions of supposed Japanese army deserters.

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