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.

2.39: Aid and Comfort to the Enemy

If ever again; a greeting I send to you; short and sweet to the soul I intend

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 38 - "Reccoa's Shadow" (レコアの気配), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Dijeh mobile suit, and giraffes.

- Articles about sail-backed creatures like the Spinosaurus:

Joseph Castro for, Spinosaurus: The Largest Carnivorous Dinosaur. March 18, 2016. Available at, Tall spines and sailed backs: A survey of sailbacks across time. Jun 21, 2014. Available at

The Philippine sailfin lizard:

- Japanese Wikipedia article for the Rick Dias (includes the Dijeh as a subtype).

- Article about the djed legend:

Joshua J. Mark for, Djed. March 3, 2016. Available at

- Wikipedia and Britannica pages on the qilin/kirin.

- More articles about the mythical Kirin (the page from the Tokyo National Museum also addresses the giraffe connection in Japanese art):

Meyer, Matthew. “” Kirin |, 2020,

Bernard, Chelsea. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Japan Edition.” Tofugu, Tofugu, 30 Apr. 2014,

“Mythical Creatures: The Qilin.” Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo National Museum, 2012,

- Giraffes in China:

Eschner, Kat. “The Peculiar Story of Giraffes in 1400s China.”, Smithsonian Institution, 21 June 2017,

Laufer, Berthold. “The Giraffe in History and Art.” Anthropology Leaflet, no. 27, 1928, pp. 1–100. JSTOR, Accessed 25 Mar. 2020.

- About the fact that giraffes hum at night:

Allison Eck for, Giraffes Hum to Each Other Throughout the Night, And Zookeepers Never Noticed. September 18, 2015. Available at

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