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Gundam Eps. 29 & 30: We've Got Fun and GMs
This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 29 and 30 (28 and 29 in the US), "Tragedy in Jaburo" and "A Wish for War Orphans," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: orphans, orphanages, and childcare in Japan, the history of robots in Western cinema, Operation Gunnerside, visual inspiration and references, and the St. Nazaire raid.
- Our sources on life in Japan's orphanages:
Japan Info. (Jun 17, 2016). What Challenges Do Children in Japan’s Orphanages Face? (Culture, Society) No author credits. Retrieved from http://jpninfo.com/53458
Quora (Answers) (Oct 23, 2015). What is it like to be raised in a Japanese orphanage? Karen Ma. Retrieved from https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-raised-in-a-Japanese-orphanage
The Japan Times News (May 1, 2014). Japan’s orphans neglected: HRW by Tomoshiro Osaki. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/05/01/national/japans-orphans-neglected-hrw/
- About adult adoption in Japan.
- Ron briefly mentioned the Tekketsu Kinotai, young boys who were conscripted into the Japanese army to defend Okinawa. We talked about this in episode 1.2, when we discussed the battle of Okinawa, and there's more info here:
A War to be won (Apr 2, 2016). Okinawan boys of the Tekketsu Kinnotai, Japan’s last ditch weapon (WWII History Articles) Posted by Admin. Retrieved from http://ww2awartobewon.com/wwii-articles/okinawan-boys-tekketsu-kinnotai/
- For the history of daycare/childcare in Japan, we consulted this article:
CHUNG, BYUNG-HO. “LABOR-MARKET DEMAND FOR WORKING MOTHERS AND THE EVOLUTION OF DAY CARE SYSTEM IN JAPAN.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family, vol. 18, no. 2, 1988, pp. 233–247. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/23029742.
- Sources on film history, and specifically on robots in cinema:
Sarris, Andrew. The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968 1st ed. New York: Dutton, 1968
Dirks, Tim. Robots in Film: A complete Illustrated History of Robots in the Movies Early to 1939 Sourced from: https://www.filmsite.org/robotsinfilm1.html
- An interview with Neal Bascomb, author of The Winter Fortress, a book that "sets this daring sabotage mission in the context of the high-stakes race between the Germans and the Allies to create a nuclear weapon."
- The New York Times obituary for Joachim Ronneberg, the leader of the Gunnerside raid.
- The evolution of diving suits (relevant for appearances of amphibious mobile suits).
- Alien 'Zarab,' possible inspiration for the Z'Gok.
- Charles H. Townes, inventor of the maser.
- Wiki article on Sasers.
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