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.

2.45: Stronger in the Broken Places

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.

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 44 - "The Gate of Zedan" (ゼダンの門), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the inspiration for Haman Karn's name.

- Japanese Wikipedia pages for Haman Karn and Herman Kahn.

- English Wikipedia page for Herman Kahn. - A profile of Herman Kahn in the New Yorker, written as part of a review of a biography of the man:

Louis Menand, Fat Man, for New Yorker. June 20, 2005. Available at

- New York Times article from Tokyo correspondent about the reaction in Japan to Herman Kahn's work:

Takashi Oka, The Emerging Japanese Superstate, for the New York Times. December 13, 1970.

- Article published by Kahn about Japan, around the same time as his first book about Japan:

Kahn, Herman, and Max Singer. “Japan and Pacific Asia in the 1970s.” Asian Survey, vol. 11, no. 4, 1971, pp. 399–412. JSTOR, Accessed 15 May 2020.

- Audio of an interview with Herman Kahn from circa 1967 about his book The Year 2000. CONTENT WARNING: VERY 1960s ERA DISCUSSIONS OF RACE AND RACIAL TENSIONS. Interview by Patricia Marx for WNYC.

- New York Times obituary of Herman Kahn:

Joseph B. Treaster, HERMAN KAHN DIES; FUTURIST AND THINKER ON NUCLEAR STRATEGY, for the New York Times. July 8, 1983. Available at

- New York Times book review comparing several recently-published books about the Japanese economy by Kahn and others:

Frank B. Gibney, Success Story, for the New York Times. June 10, 1979. Available at

- The TNN includes the following music:

Ranz des Vaches by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

Funky Chunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

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