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.

2.2 - Back in Black

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Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 1 “The Black Gundam” (黒いガンダム), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on animation history and technology in the early 80s, and Neil Sedaka and Zeta - transcending copyright.

- Fantastic, global history of animation:

Bendazzi, Giannalberto. Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation. Indiana University Press, 2009.

- Wikipedia timeline of computer animation in film and TV, and history of computer animation in the 1970s and 80s.

- Wikipedia pages explaining the difference between computer-assisted animation and computer-generated animation, and the use of computers in traditional animation.

- Description and history of Antics 2d animation software.

- Explanation of vector graphics.

- Paper describing what it was like to program with punchcards.

- TV Tropes page on merchandise driven programs.

- 1950s TV ads for Hasbro's Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and Mattel's Burp Gun (cap gun).

- How Stuff Works page on the first TV cartoon made for a pre-existing toy - Hot Wheels (this show contributed to later regulation on these kinds of programs).

- Article about the regulation (and de-regulation) of children's TV programming, and an article from the NYTimes, 1988, about Reagan's veto of a congressional measure to re-introduce regulations.

- NHK paper (in English) on history and trends in children's TV programming in Japan and a few international markets.

- Copyright Research and Information Center (a Japanese organization)'s very readable English-language explanation of Japanese copyright.

- COPYRIGHT SYSTEM IN JAPAN, by Japan Copyright Office (JCO), Agency    for    Cultural    Affairs, Government of Japan - published by Copyright Research and Information Center.

- JASRAC's own explanation of its services.

- Explanation of the differences between JASRAC and US Performing Rights Organizations with regard to synchronization rights, written by a Japanese-born, US-based artist and music producer.


- Thom's law-school copyright textbook:

Robert A. Gorman and Jane C. Ginsburg, Copyright, 7th Ed., Foundation Press (2006).

- Wikipedia pages on copyright collectives, synchronization rights, and music licensing.

- Wikipedia page for Neil Sedaka, and Gundam fandom-wiki pages for the songs "Z - Toki wo Koete" (Z・刻をこえて / Zeta - Transcending Times), "Hoshi e Ai wo Komete" (水の星へ愛をこめて / From the Aqueous Star with Love), and "Hoshizora no Believe" (星空のBelieve / Believe in the Starry Sky).

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The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.

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