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 Fate of a Soldier

Gundam Eps. 20 & 21 Roomba, Jamón y Ryu Jose

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 20 and 21 (19 and 20 in the US), "Hand-to-Hand Combat" and "Sorrow and Hatred," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: conflict management and resolution in Japanese culture, ship-boarding actions during WWII, and what a Buddhist wisdom-king has to do with Ryu.

- Core cultural concepts that are helpful to understand before delving into conflict resolution specifically. This paper gives an overview of research done on conflict resolution in Japanese culture, as well as some general findings.

- Our main source for information on the Altmark Incident (ship-boarding action in WWII), is by an anonymous author under username 'WatTyler', WW2 People's War. WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at

- The Wikipedia page for the Altmark Incident takes a more neutral/pro-Norwegian stance.

- What is a Myo-o?

- Two detailed descriptions of Fudo Myo-o.

- Fudo Myo-o is frequently depicted in art, including in paintings like these, sculpture, and even in tattoos.

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