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.

2.33: A Long Time Ago, We Used To Be Friends

What's Eating Reccoa Londe?

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 32 - "Unidentified Mobile Suits" (謎のモビルスーツ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the history of ice cream in Japan (part 2), and Yazan's turtle tattoo.

- Web resources (in Japanese) about the history of ice cream:



細野明義. “アイスクリームの日本昔話.” 日本アイスクリーム協会,

“日本アイスクリーム史 - 昨日、今日、そして明日へ.” 日本アイスクリーム協会,

- Calculator to adjust past prices for inflation.

- Wikipedia page on the three sacred treasures (traditional and "new").

- I got population numbers by searching “Japan population [date]” in Google. It cites the World Bank as one of its sources for historical population data.

- Article about the mid-1980s luxury ice cream fad in Japan, namely for Häagen-Dazs:

Chira, Susan. “AN ICE CREAM WINS JAPANESE.” The New York Times, 20 Aug. 1985.

- Paper about an ethnographic study of fast food perceptions and consumption in Japan:

Traphagan, John W., and L. Keith Brown. “Fast Food and Intergenerational Commensality in Japan: New Styles and Old Patterns.” Ethnology, vol. 41, no. 2, 2002, pp. 119–134. JSTOR, Accessed 5 Feb. 2020.

- Explanation of "indirect kiss," and several other romantic gestures that show up in Japanese media.

- Wikipedia page on Japanese tattooing, including notes on the status of tattoos in the modern period.

- English-language articles about discrimination against people with tattoos in Japan:

Justin McCurry for The Guardian, Mayor of Osaka launches crusade against tattoos. May 17, 2012. Available at

Author unknown, the Japan Times, Supreme Court upholds Osaka city's tattoo check on workers as legal. November 14, 2016. Available at

- Article by Bryan Ashcraft (author of Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design) for Kotaku about a government crackdown on tattooing:

Japan is Trying to Destroy Tattoos, updated June 3, 2016. Available at

- Discogs record for the Japanese release of The Dream of the Blue Turtles, including its release date.

- July 1985 Spin Magazine interview with Sting.

- The Dream of the Blue Turtles full track and a playlist for the full album.

- Review of The Dream of the Blue Turtles album discussing its success:

Jeff Giles for Ultimate Classic Rock, REVISITING STING’S SOLO DEBUT, ‘THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES’. Date unknown. Available at:

- Wikipedia page for the color ao (青、あお) and entry.

- Article about traditional Japanese color theory:

Sarah W. and Fiona for Tofugu, The Traditional Colors of Japan. September 12, 2013. Available at

- Wikipedia page for the blue-green distinction in language.

- Japanese Wikipedia page for the Green Sea Turtle (アオウミガメ). Thom accidentally dropped a syllable during recording - he said "aomigame" but it should be "aoumigame.

- The music used in the AEUG Broadcasting Channel segment was Gemini (Instrumental Version) by Josh Woodward, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The work is available at and Josh Woodward's website is

- The voice of Yugi the AEUG Assistance Aardvark was provided by Adam Black, who encourages you to check out to help save our planet.

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