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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Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 2 “Departure” (旅立ち), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on bird lime, colonialism, Herculine Barbin, and the name Camille/Kamille.


- Wikipedia pages the Black Devils, high-explosive squash head (an explosive similar to the sticky bomb, with explanation of how it functions when used against tank armor), birdlime, and sticky bombs.

- "BIRD LIMES AND RAT GLUES—STICKY SITUATIONS," by William D. Fitzwater (February 1982), presented at the Tenth Vertebrate Pest Conference.

- Discussion of traditional birdlime preparations that supposedly used mistletoe.

- Colonialism from a philosophical perspective:

Kohn, Margaret and Reddy, Kavita, "Colonialism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2017 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2017/entries/colonialism/>.

- List of types/motivations of colonialism:

Shoemaker, Nancy. “A Typology of Colonialism.” Perspectives on History, 1 Oct. 2015.

- Paper on the stages of colonialism in Africa, and my main source on colonialism as a source of contested reality and memory:

Bulhan, Hussein A.. "Stages of Colonialism in Africa: From Occupation of Land to Occupation of Being." Journal of Social and Political Psychology [Online], 3.1 (2015): 239-256. Web. 15 Jun. 2019

*- Essay, "The Colonization of Africa," by Ehiedu E. G. Iweriebor of Hunter College. Part of the New York Public Library's project "Africana Age: African and African Diasporan Transformations in the 20th Century."

- Some specifics about colonial policing:

Robert T. Sigler & David J. King (1992) Colonial policing and control of movements for independence, Policing and Society, 3:1, 13-22, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.1992.9964654

- Wikipedia pages on Herculine Barbin and her memoir.

- And Wikipedia pages on Prince's cancelled concept album, Camille, "A Mouthful of Birds" (a play that includes Herculine Barbin as a central character), and "The Mystery of Alexina" (1985 French movie about Herculine's life).

- "In Honor of Herculine Barbin: November 8th, Intersex Day of Solidarity & Remembrance" by intersex rights activist and speaker Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez.

- Michel Foucault's introduction to the memoirs of Herculine Barbin, published in 1980, by Pantheon.

- Thom also referenced "Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-century French Hermaphrodite," Foucault and Barbin, trans. Richard McDougall, 1980 (New York: Pantheon).


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