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Gundam Ep. 7: This Gundam Podcast Is Also Just a Coward

Show Notes

Noh drama! A "mother complex!" and Mobile Suit Gundam Episode 7!

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 7, "The Core Fighter's Escape," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: hostage crises and Flight 472, how fighter jets land on aircraft carriers, laser measurement, "fool" and "coward" archetypes in European and Japanese literature and theatre, and what on Earth is a "mother complex"?

Wikipedia has a list of major hostage crises, and more detailed information on Flight 472.

We only covered the basics of how landing on an aircraft carrier works, but for more information on the myriad bits of technology that contribute to that process, check out this page on How Stuff Works.

Here are links with more information on laser range-finding and laser measurement.

In our research of possible literary and theatrical bases for Kai's character, we started with this overview of fool archetypes in European literature and theatre. The blog post that started us down the research rabbit-hole of "skeptic" characters in noh drama is here. For English-language information on noh (that isn't behind a paywall), the definitive source seems to be It is from that site that we pulled definitions for the Ayakashi mask, the waki character-role, and the rongi question-and-response section of plays.


Special note: We included this bit about Acting Captains in the 1.6 show notes, but it was meant to go with this episode.

To find our what exactly an "Acting Captain" is, we consulted the United States Navy Regulations, 1990, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C. Chapter 10: Precedence, Authority, and Command, Section 4, 1074. Some nuances certainly vary from nation to nation, but the Imperial Japanese Navy took Britain's Royal Navy as its model (and the United States Navy originates in the same system).

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