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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Gundam Ep. 8: This Gundam Podcast Flirts With Everybody

Show Notes

Is this what all mothers are like?

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 8, "The Winds of War," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: Canadian geography and the town of Saints-Anges, Tomino's influences, Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, The Grand Illusion, and what is furusato and why is it so important in Japanese culture?

The only source we have for Saints-Anges (St. Anges in the show), is Google maps and the deductions we walk you through in the podcast. Still, we're pretty sure its a reference to a real town. Even if they probably picked it by stabbing a finger at a map.

Click here for an overview of Akira Kurosawa's career, style and themes. To learn about Yasujiro Ozu, Senses of Cinema has a wonderful overview of his career and explanation of his style, and the Japan Times has a discussion of Ozu's current popularity in filmmaking circles.

You can read more about Jean Renoir's The Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) here.

This article gives a thorough explanation of the concept of furusato and its place in Japanese culture. If you'd like to listen to the song Furusato, the one all Japanese school-children learn, you can listen here.

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The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.

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