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.

2.47: Battle Among Gods

If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 46 - "Scirocco Rises" (シロッコ立つ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Bolinoak Samahn mobile suit.


- Japanese Wikipedia page for the Bolinoak Samahn (ボリノーク・サマーン).

- Japanese Wikipedia page for Mori no kuma-san (森のくまさん).

- Detailed (Japanese language) discussion of the song, although the author introduces some less-well-established theories about other folk songs that might have played a role in its origins.

- English version of "The Other Day, I Met a Bear" from

- Wikipedia page for the English version of "The Other Day, I Met a Bear."

- Japanese Wikipedia page for Yoshihiro Baba (馬場祥弘), self-proclaimed lyricist of Mori no kuma-san.

- Brief history of the 13th World Scout Jamboree.

- Two brief New York Time articles about the Jamboree, one when they first arrived, and one from when a typhoon hit Japan and forced the evacuation of 23,000 scouts:

First Boy Scouts from U.S. Reach Japan for Jamborees, July 25, 1971. Available at

78 Dead in Storm's Wake In Japan and South Korea, August 7, 1971. Available at

- The Titans News Network segment featured the voice talents of listeners Jameson, JR Schmitt, Manny Fresh, Crimson, Turlooke, Paragon, Hobbs, and Em Marko. Special thanks to Hobbs who suggested the name of Captain Bask's kitten.

- The song from the Titans News Network segment is "Chance" by Kai Engel. License here.

- The research piece for the Bolinaok Samahn included brief segments from Mori no Kuma-san, from the Ranma 1/2 anime soundtrack (available in full at; The Other Day I Met a Bear as arranged by Naoki Tamura and performed by Aimee B. for KIDS TV JAPAN (available in full at, and Sippin' Cider Through a Straw as performed by Chubby Checker (available in full at The selections are used pursuant to the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law.

- The tribute to Sarah Zabiarov includes the song "Uro Uro" by The Kyoto Connection. License here.


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