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.

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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 23 - Moon Attack (ムーン・アタック), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research Japanese youth and religion, home shrines and altars in Japan, and a Gundam names round-up that include Buran Blutarch (ブラン・ブルターク), Mouar Pharoah (マウアー・ファラオ), and Siddeley. Plus, the birds laugh at us (a research dead-end!).

- From my attempts to figure out "the birds will laugh at me" - a study of Chinese pottery from a specific kiln, includes examples of pottery with poetry painted on and the “I fear flowers and birds will laugh at me” line.

- Anime News Network page for Andersen Monogatari, a 1968 Japanese animated film based on the life and stories of Hans Christian Andersen.

- Info page and link to watch Ahiru no ko, or The Ugly Duckling, a silent animated short from Japan, released in 1932. This website is amazing, and has lots of early Japanese animated works viewable in their entirety.

- Published study about Japanese young adults and their perception of religion:

Japanese Youth Confronts Religion, Fernando M. Basabe. 1967.

- Wikipedia articles for kamidana and butsudan, as well an article from about them, and one from about butsudan specifically. The Tofugu article has some great historical information on how the practice of keeping a butsudan may have developed.

- Book about ceremony in Japanese home-life, including butsudan, kamidama, and the practices around them:

Jeremy, Michael, et al. Ceremony and Symbolism in the Japanese Home. University of Hawaii Press, 1989.

- Paper about perceptions and use of butsudan in the Japanese diaspora community in the United States, especially among nisei, sansei, and further removed generations:

Iwamura, Jane Naomi. “Altared States: Exploring the Legacy of Japanese American Butsudan Practice.” Pacific World, no. 5, ser. 3, 2003, pp. 275–292. 3.

- Wired article and creator webpage for a design project to create smaller and simpler butsudan, reflecting modern and minimalist design.

- On Buran Blutarch (ブラン・ブルターク), Wikipedia pages for the Buran program, the Buran spacecraft, and the Energia (the rocket booster used with the Buran spacecraft).

- NY Times Article about the Soviet Buran program's test flights immediately prior to Zeta's creation:


- NBC Article about the KGB stealing shuttle program documents for the Buran program:

"How the Soviets stole a space shuttle" by Robert Windrem, Nov. 4, 1997.

- Brief Roscosmos video about the Buran, in Russian but includes video of the craft launching and its fully automated landing.

- CNN Article about the Buran being left to rot in Kazakhstan:

"Two abandoned Soviet space shuttles left in Kazakh steppe" by Jacopo Prisco, Dec. 21, 2017.

- Detailed timeline of the Buran program.

- retrospective on the Buran, including its ultimate fate (destroyed when its hangar collapsed).

- entry for Plutarch (プルタルコス).

- Wikipedia page for Plutarch.

- On Mouar Pharaoh (マウアー・ファラオ): Maua (Kenya), Mauá (Brazil), Maúa (Mozambique), the Maua tree, and the Maua cicada.

- Wikipedia and CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) pages for the Egyptian Mau Cat. And a cute video, "Meet the Egyptian Mau."

- Wikipedia pages for Pharaoh (the title and position), and for Cleopatra (the 1963 movie).

- Liz Taylor/Mouar side-by-side comparison image (created by Thom).

- Wikipedia pages for John Siddeley, the Hawker Siddeley company, and the Hawker Siddeley Harrier (a famous VTOL fighter jet).

- 1975 archive footage from inside a Hawker Siddeley plant.

- Excessively dramatic mini-documentary about the Harrier with a lot of footage of them in action.

- The song for the TNN Marasai advertisement is "Drops of H2O ( The Filtered Water Treatment )" by J.Lang (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Airtone.

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