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

In this episode: Astrography of the Gundamverse in UC79, what keeps the sides in-place?, collective decision-making, introducing the Minovsky particle, and developments in physics of the 1970s prove Clarke's Third Law, that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

A map of Lagrange Points and a map of the UC79 Gundamverse, showing the sides and Luna II. (Ignore the maps that refer to future series)"

The Zaku I, which seems inspired by Roman gladiators. It's worth pointing out, many empires throughout history (including the Nazis in WWII) have styled themselves after the Roman Empire.

All of the sources we read on collective decision-making focus on a business context, but the practice has it's foundation in Japanese history and so will certainly affect other aspects of Japanese society. You can read a detailed breakdown of the process here and here.

A timeline of developments in physics. Pay special attention to developments during the post-war period, when a number of sub-atomic particles were discovered. This more detailed explanation of quantum entanglement is well worth a read.

And finally, a report by the US Energy Research and Development Administration on the projected timelines for development of fusion power, published in 1976. Skip to page 10 for a chart of development progress over time as a function of research spending.

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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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