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.

1.36 - Implications

Where was Gundam going in 1980?

Show Notes

This week we discuss implications for the future of Gundam, special guest Edward Bauer reviews the original voice-work and the dub, listener Renato Ramonda helps us understand why Italy was the first foreign country to air Gundam, and flyinggrizzly digs deep on the art that inspired the Zaku.

Special thanks to this week's guest voices:

Edward Bauer: Actor, voice actor, and friend of the podcast. Web:, Twitter: @not_eddiebauer

flyinggrizzly (Sean DMR): Tabletop game person, Gundam fan, and friend of the podcast. Web:, Twitter: @flyinggrizzly

- flying grizzly's full paper: "The Zaku's Design Origins." I won't re-list it here, but the article has an extensive bibliography that you should check out!

- Relevant Wikipedia pages on o-yoroi (the early Japanese armor) and Thorvald Eiriksson (whom Thom mentions briefly, as an example of the deadliness of an arrow strike to the armpit).

- Fantastic overview of the tate and te-date shields over time, with illustrations and sources.

- Images of various designs of sode armor, including some o-sode plates.

- Book covering the design and function of the o-yoroi armor:

William E. Deal, Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan, Oxford UP, 2007

- Images demonstrating how a set of o-yoroi armor looked on a soldier.

- Brief overview of the evolution of Japanese arms and armor from 300CE to the 1500s.

- A brief overview from the BBC of how medieval-era Japanese warfare functioned.

- A list of a few anime set in Italy.

- The one article in English I found about anime in Italy:

Pellitteri, M. (2014), ‘The Italian anime boom: The outstanding success of Japanese animation in Italy, 1978-1984’, Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 2: 3, pp. 363–381, doi: 10.1386/jicms.2.3.363_1

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