Into the Storm
Gundam Ep. 12: Gundam vs. the Spaaaaaaace Nazis
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.
- 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 https://apjjf.org/-Janice-Matsumura--Diana-Wright/4334/article.pdf.
- 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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