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.

1.30 - The Assassination of M'Quve by the Esper Amuro Ray

Ep. 37: Podcast and Livestock

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 37/36 "Duel in Texas" (テキサスの攻防), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the early Classical Greek armor that may have inspired the design of the Gyan, Westerns in Japan, and... dueling in Texas.

Special Guests this week: Sean Michael Chin and Wen Wang.

- Reddit /r/AskHistorians thread on the linothorax.

- Ancient Chinese paper armor.

- Linothorax reconstruction project and a New Yorker article about the reconstruction project.

- How did Phalanxes function in battle?

- Articles on Hoplite warfare:

Krentz, Peter. “The Nature of Hoplite Battle.” Classical Antiquity, vol. 4, no. 1, 1985, pp. 50–61. JSTOR,

VAN WEES, HANS. “The Arms, Armor, and Iconography of Early Greek Hoplite Warfare.” Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece, edited by GREGORY F. VIGGIANO and DONALD KAGAN, Princeton University Press, 2013, pp. 57–73. JSTOR,

- IMDB page and description from the Japan Society of Daisogen no Watadori / Plains Wanderer (1960).

- The interview with Seijun Suzuki, director of Shottogan no Otoko / Sandanju no Otoko / Man with a Shotgun (1961), is from this book:

Desjardins, Chris. Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. I.B. Tauris, 2005.

- IMDB page for Koya no Toseinin (1968).

- An article from an Australian magazine discuss the filming of Koya no Toseinin in Australia, including interviews with the lead actor and some of the production staff:

"DODGE CITY, Goonoo Goonoo-style" The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) 15 May 1968: 4. Web. 20 Mar 2019

- The book that introduced me to the term "Eastern Westerns," as well as their prevalence:

Teo, Stephen. Eastern Westerns: Film and Genre Outside and inside Hollywood. Routledge, 2017.

- Texas State Historical Association article on dueling.

- Dueling in Uruguay - 1990 article about a duel that almost happened.

- Collection of Spanish language articles about dueling in Uruguay, including its ban in 1992 and calls to reinstate it.

- Uruguay's Ex-President wants to reinstate dueling.

- The poem in this week's memorial is Su Shi's First Ode on the Red Cliff. This link has the poem in the original Chinese and the English translation, with calligraphy.

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