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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.

2.27: There Was A Ship

Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 26 - The Ghost of Zeon (ジオンの亡霊), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on bridges and the captains who die on them, a hard to translate phrase, and why Jamaican reminds Thom of Rudyard Kipling.

- Background on the bridge (nautical), all or nothing armoring, and conning towers..

- Labeled diagram showing parts of a WWII-era battleship.

- Book recounting the final battles of the Japanese battleship Musashi, including descriptions of her bridge and what happened to the officers on the bridge when it came under fire:

Gregory G. Fletcher. Intrepid Aviators: The American Flyers Who Sank Japan's Greatest Battleship, Penguin (2012).

- US Navy history page on the USS Atlanta, including the fate of Admiral Scott (killed on her bridge by friendly fire).

- Book covering the development of the "bridge":

Richard Woodman. The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Bloomsbury (2012).

- Background on the Japanese "pagoda masts."

- Book with a description of the bridge and the conning tower on an Iowa-class battleship:

Carl LaVo. Pushing the Limits: The Remarkable Life and Times of Vice Admiral Allen Rockwell McCann, USN. Naval Institute Press (2013).

- Book with a chapter laying out how bridge design might be re-imagined in the future:

Jan Noyes, Matthew Bransby. People in Control: Human Factors in Control Room Design. IET (2001).

- List of the US generals and flag officers killed during WW2.

- definition for しにぞこない (shinizokonai) - the phrase Yazan uses to describe the derelict Gwazine.

- Background on Rudyard Kipling.

- One of many critical responses to Kipling's "White Man's Burden":

H.T. Johnson, “The Black Man’s Burden,” available at

- copy of Mark Twain's "To the Person Sitting in Darkness."

- The Great War YouTube channel episode on the Battle of Loos, where John Kipling died.

- Text of the poem Tin Fish.

- Music for the TVN shopping channel:

reNovation by airtone (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

- "On hold" music from the talkback:

Elevator Music, Part 1 by Jay_You (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

- Music during Tin Fish:

Trance is... (Ambient Cinematic Trance) by Whitewolf (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: cyba

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