Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
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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.

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Gundam Ep. 16: Sayla's [Spoiler]

Show Notes

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 16 (15 in the US), "Sayla's Agony," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: Song Dynasty ceramics, art looting in wartime, armies and salt, siblings on opposite sides of WWII, and Lop Nur, the probable inspiration for "Lop Lake" in this episode.

- Overview of Song ceramics, specifically aimed at collectors.

- About the planned Führer Museum in Linz, and the art storage facilities hidden in mines, Merkers and Altaussee.

- Outline of Japanese colonial rule in Korea and the "Three Alls" principle.

- The Kin no Yuri / Yamashita's gold conspiracy theory.

- About looted artifacts in Japanese museums and the art black-market in Japan.

- And an article and a book about looting!

B. Gaudenzi & A. Swenson, ‘Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century – Towards a Global Perspective’, Journal of Contemporary History, DOI: 10.1177/0022009417692409, final author manuscript. http://www.commartrecovery.org/docs/LootedArtandRestitutionintheTwentiethCentury%E2%80%93TowardsaGlobalPerspective.pdf

Liu, Zhuozhen, "The Case for Repatriating China's Cultural Objects," Springer, Feb. 25, 2016.

- Historical facts about salt, and an explanation of hyponatriemia/low blood sodium.

- List of times that siblings wound up on the opposite sides of wars, including many examples older than those we discuss in this episode.

- News articles from the LATimes and CNN about the Akune and Oka brothers.

- All about Lop Nur, the inspiration for this episode's salt-lake, "Lob Lake."

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