Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
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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.

Into the Storm

Gundam Ep. 12: Gundam vs. the Spaaaaaaace Nazis

Show Notes

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 12, "The Threat of Zeon," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: large public funerals and their use in politics, is "rookie syndrome" a thing?, the episode directors and their possible influences (or - were they thinking of Samuel Fuller's film "Shock Corridor"?), and some fun analysis of the newly introduced tech.

- In talking about funerals, we reference Pericles' funeral oration, Antigone, the Duke of Wellington's funeral, and the funerals of the Meiji and Taisho Emperors. For WWII specific examples, we talk about FDR and his comparatively subdued funeral, Reinhard Heydrich and his elaborate funeral, the rumors about special treatment for Kamikaze pilots, and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. For details about Yamamoto, I also referenced this book: Davis, Don. Lightning Strike: the Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor. St. Martin's Griffin, 2006.

- Here's a synopsis for Shock Corridor, as well as reviews from the LATimes and Criterion, and the IMDB page, which has plenty of screen grabs so you can see what I meant about the visual style.

- Thom's discussion of "Rookie Syndrome" references this article: Japanese Military Suicides During the Asia-Pacific War: Studies of the unauthorized self-killings of soldiers, Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 25, June 22, 2015, Janice Matsumura and Diana Wright

- A fan analysis Thom is willing to reference! How many Zaku fit in a Musai?

- And for those of you who like this sort of crunch, our source on naval weaponry.

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