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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.

2.51: All Together Now

Slip inside the eye of your mind; all the things that you've seen slowly fade away. Her soul slides away... but don't look back in anger

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 50 - "Riders in the Skies" (宇宙を駆ける), discuss our impressions, and provide commentary and research on Scirocco's name and the "The-O" mobile suit.

- Japanese Wikipedia page for Paptimus Scirocco.

- Wikipedia page for the Sirocco wind (aka scirocco, jugo, siroc, xaloc, sciroccu, Σορόκος, siroco, xlokk, shirok, siròc, eisseròc, ghibli, khamsin, شْلُوقْ or شْهِيلِي).

- Forbes interview in which Tomino discusses working with Takahata and Miyazaki in the 1970s:

Ollie Barder, Yoshiyuki Tomino On 'Gundam', Newtypes And The Perilous Future Facing Humanity,, available at

- From Anime News Network's encyclopedia, a comparison of the projects where Tomino, Miyazaki, and Takahata overlapped. Looking at the pages for individual projects you can see that they sometimes collaborated directly on individual episodes.

- page showing the Japanese pronunciation of "baptism."

- Japanese Wikipedia page for "The-O."

- Forbes interview with Kobayashi Makoto (The-O's designer):

Ollie Barder, Makoto Kobayashi On Mecha Design And The Importance Of Red And Blue Paint,, June 25, 2016. Available at:

- Wiktionary entry for "θεός", also known as "theos," and for "theos" in Latin.

- A blog entry from a collector of religious headwear with images and information about the "eboshi" hats.

- Images showing a court noble's costume, including taller "tate eboshi" hat that resembles the shape of The-O's headgear.

- For a brief discussion of a modern Shinto priest's ceremonial garb, including the eboshi:

John Renard, The Handy Religion Answer Book, Visible Ink Press (2012).

- Pictures of modern shinto ceremonial garb including tall eboshi.

- A detailed English page about the different types of eboshi, with pictures, by Joshua L. Badgley.

- Modern depiction of what a naga eboshi kabuto (armored helmet in the style of a very tall eboshi) might have looked like. And one from a gachapon collection of legendary armors.

- Book detailing both the types of kabuto eboshi as well as the methods of their construction:

Trevor Absolon, The Watanabe Art Musuem Samurai Armour Collection Volume I ~ Kabuto & Mengu (2011).

- Pictures of a historical eboshi kabuto, possibly from the Edo period.

- For Blavatsky's assertion that "theos" and a perfect circle were synonymous in the minds of "the ancients":

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine: Anthropogenesis, Theosophical Publishing Society (1902).

- English translation of Borges' "Pascal's Sphere": originally from Jorge Luis Borges, Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952, Souvenir (1973) (trans. Ruth L. C. Simms).

- Japanese edition of Other Inquisitions/Otras inquisiciones.

- The poem in the TNN is "Pax Saturni" by Ezra Pound.

- Nina references Percy Shelley's "Ozymandias" in the memorial for Scirocco.

- Music used in this episode includes:

Come Play with Me by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

Hitman by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

Gregorian Chant by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

Grammophone Taps by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

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