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.

The White Flag

And yet, there's no damage to the Mk. II's armor!

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 3 “Inside the Capsule” (カプセルの中), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on shihei (私兵) and private armies, the British East India Company, and Japanese composer Shigeaki Saegusa (三枝 成彰, formerly 三枝 成章).


- Jisho.org page for 私兵 (shihei).

- Japanese Wikipedia page for 民兵 (minpei), usually translated as "militia" but actually broader than the English sense of that word. Includes shihei and 軍閥 (gunbatsu).

- The early history of the British East India Company (BEIC) (brief).

- Wikipedia page on the BEIC.

- Wikipedia page on the BEIC's rule in India.

- Wikipedia page on the BEIC's private army.

*- Wikipedia page on the 1857 rebellion.

*- Wikipedia page on Sepoys.

- Articles regarding the BEIC's private army:

Irfan Habib, The Coming of 1857, Social Scientist, Vol. 26, No. 1/4 (Jan. - Apr., 1998), pp. 6-15, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3517577

"Origins of the British East India Company Army" by Hamid Hussain

Gilbert, A. (1975). Recruitment and Reform in the East India Company Army, 1760-1800. Journal of British Studies, 15(1), 89-111. https://doi.org/10.1086/385680

Innes, Percival Robert. The history of the Bengal European regiment : now the Royal Munster Fusiliers, and how it helped to win India (London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1885) https://archive.org/details/historyofbengale00innerich
(this one is Imperialist hagiography of the standard Rah Rah Glory!! sort, but it's also quite detailed and available in full text from archive.org)

Kiernan, V.G., Colonial Empires and Armies, 1815-1960 (McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1998)

- A breakdown of the regiments in each of the Presidency Armies.

- Japanese Wikipedia page for composer Shigeaki Saegusa (三枝 成彰, formerly 三枝 成章).

- Shigeaki Saegusa’s webpage (Japanese).

- Business information for May Corporation.

- Japanese TV site “Bangumi” page for Shigeaki Saegusa.

- Japanese Wikipedia page for TV program NHK Nodo Jiman.

- Blog post discussing Shigeaki Saegusa’s involvement with the Gundam franchise.

- The 2006 Asahi Shinbun article I discuss, with Mariko Hayashi (novelist) interviewing Shigeaki Saegusa.


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