Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
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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.

2.34: A Leader For All Spacenoids

Yas Space Queen, slay!

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 33 - "The Messenger from Axis" (アクシズからの使者), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on an unexpected bird and the math and science of the Solar System weapon from First Gundam.

- Quora page on identifying the differences between cranes, storks, and herons (answer provided by Doctor of Zoology C.S. Sharma).

- Information and beautiful pictures about the white (ish) stork native to Japan.

- Illustrated version of the Japanese folktale Tsuru no Ongaeshi ("The Crane Wife" / "The Crane's Gratitude").

- Photographs of the Shirasaigi no Mai (White Heron Dance) purification ritual as it is conducted today, plus some information about the associations for cranes in Japanese society.

- Additional information about the modern version of the Shirasagi no Mai festival.

- A page on distinguishing Crane, Heron, and Stork (in the Japanese language).

- Japanese language ornithology site with letter from Sahara Yuji (Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hirosaki University) and Matsunaga Katsutoshi (Hokkaido Heron Research Group) regarding the heron in Japanese culture.

- Longer Japanese language article about the Heron/Egret in Japanese tradition from the Hokkaido Heron Research Group.

- Japanese language collection of myths about herons.

- Wikipedia page on Sasaki Sadako.

- Hitachi Metals company page (in English) on the iron and smithing goddess Kanayago-no-kami.

- Encyclopedia of Shinto page on Kanayago.

- Wikipedia page about one of the more famous heron yokai.

- Wikipedia page on kegare (穢れ・汚れ) pollution.

- More details about Kanayago, including paintings of the goddess and pictures of her shrines.

- Additional details on the Japanese iron-making tradition and Kanayago.

- Iraj's calculations regarding the Solar System weapon from First Gundam.

- The music used in the TNN was "Heartbreaking" and "Funkorama" both by Kevin MacLeod ( and available at Licensed pursuant to CC BY (

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