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.

Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

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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 6 - “To Earth” (地球圏へ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), the Naikan therapeutic practice and the Ajase Complex, and space-based solar power.


- From the Smithsonian Magazine, an article about Assyrian soldiers might have had PTSD.

- The Wikipedia page for C-PTSD.

- Articles from Medical News Today and the US Department of Veterans Affairs on C-PTSD.

- Our main source, and one of the most important recent books on trauma:

Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, (New York: Penguin, 2014).

- Definition of Ajase Complex from Encyclopedia.com.

- Wikipedia page on Naikan and the definition of Naikan from the North American Naikan Council.

- Paper on the Ajase Complex and Naikan:

Chikako Ozawa-de Silva. “Demystifying Japanese Therapy: An Analysis of Naikan and the Ajase Complex through Buddhist Thought.” Ethos, vol. 35, no. 4, 2007, pp. 411–446. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4497922.

- Wikipedia page on space-based solar power, and a brief description of the technology involved from the US Department of Energy.


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