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.

1.34a - Parting Shots

Part 1: The Fall of the House of Zabi

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 42/41 “Space Fortress A Baoa Qu” (宇宙要塞ア·バオア·クー) and 43/42 “Escape” (脱出), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: some Japanese vocab, what the heck is an A Bao A Qu?, the Kyūjō Incident, and how Kai made Thom think of the Illiad.

- Myou/みょう/妙 definition from Jisho.

- Me/め/奴 definition from Jisho.

- Two Tofugu articles explaining keigo (and Thom was right, both honorific language and humble language fall under the umbrella of keigo).

- The specific translation of 1001 Arabian Nights that Borges cited:

"A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, Now Entituled: The Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night. With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay upon the History of the Nights.

Translated and edited by Richard Francis Burton."

- Review of a new translation that mentions the debate around the A Bao A Qu citation.

- The connection between Final Fantasy and Borges.

- Japanese edition of 幻獣辞典 (Genjyuu Jiten).

- Borges and Japan, article by Koichi Hagimoto, published in journal Chasqui, Vol. 44, No. 2, November 2015.

- Wikipedia and Britannica articles about Jorge Luis Borges.

- Citation for the book itself: The Book of Imaginary Beings, Jorge Luis Borges, 1957 (trans. 1969 by Norman Thomas di Giovanni, 2006 by Andrew Hurley) published by Dutton in 1969 and Penguin in 2006.

- Wikipedia page on the Kyūjō incident.

- Japan Times and Medium articles about the Kyūjō incident.

- Wikipedia explanation of Kokutai and it's shifting definition through time.

- Book that provides great detail on the politics of the end of WWII in Japan:

Toland, John. Rising Sun. Pen & Sword Military Classics, 2005.

- Section from Hyginus' Fabulae about Protesilaus.

- Another section from the Fabulae, listing the suitors of Helen.

- A chronicle of the Trojan war from Dictys of Crete and Dares of Phrygia, includes Protesilaus in the Chronicle of Ships.

- From the Library by Apollodorus, a brief version of the Protesilaus story.

- English summary of some sections from the Epic Cycle (the series of poems that cover the whole of the Trojan war, of which the Iliad and Odyssey are the main surviving texts).

- Summary of Protesilaus' story.

- Relevant Wikipedia pages: Protesilaus, Laodamia of Phylace, Suitors of Helen, Cypria.

- The memorial poem: Alexander Posey's "The Conquerors."

- Song that plays under the memorial poem: "Parisian" by Kevin MacLeod.

You can subscribe to the Mobile Suit Breakdown for free! on fine Podcast services everywhere and on YouTube, follow us on twitter @gundampodcast, check us out at, email your questions, comments, and complaints to [email protected]

Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!

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.

Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. All Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise Inc. or Bandai or any of its subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.

Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to [email protected]

Find out more at