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.

2.15: It's Been a Long, Long Time

You'll never know how many dreams I dreamed about you, or just how empty they all seemed without you

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 14 - Amuro Flies Again (アムロ再び), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on Garuda, Sudori, Audhumla, and Asshimar.

- Wikipedia, Ancient History Encyclopedia, and Encyclopedia Britannica pages for Garuda.

- One of the Garuda stories.

- Explanation of the Garuda Upanishad.

- List of things named for Garuda, including the Garud Commando Force, the Garuda Contingent, INS Garuda, and Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (aka "Garudas").

- Wikipedia page for Siduri, the divine alewife from the Gilgamesh myth. And this is the version of the Epic of Gilgamesh we consulted:

The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. by Andrew George, Penguin Books, UK (1999).

- Sudri on Wikipedia.

- Midgard in the Encyclopedia Britannica (mentions the four dwarves).

- Audhumla licking at Buri, from a 1700s manuscript.

- My Norse Digital Image Repository (for other images of figures mentioned in the story).

- Audhumla on Wikipedia.

- Useful book:

Facts on File, Inc., Norse Mythology A to Z, Infobase Publishing (2009).

- Online copy of the Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson's collection of Norse myths.

- Online copy of the Poetic Edda, a later-discovered but earlier-composed set of Norse myths that expands on what was in the Prose Edda.

- The Norse Creation myth as told by an expert on the old Norse language.

- The Thai company called Asimar, and the Dungeons & Dragons Aasimar.

- Definitions of あっ/Aa!, しまった/shimatta, and 閉まる/shimaru.

- Stock photo of one version of the ninja costume we talked about last season.

- Wikipedia page on sōhei (warrior monks), and photos of the zukin (hood, kerchief, head covering) that they sometimes wore.

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