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.

2.8 - Pilgrimage

First Blood

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 7 - “Escape From Side One" (サイド1の脱出), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on chemical weapons, sudden enlightenment, and the bosun's/boatswain's call.

- Article about Marvel Movies in Japan, and the prevalence of child and teen protagonists in popular Japanese media (even media targeted at adults).

- Wikipedia pages on chemical warfare, nerve agents, and sulfur mustard.

- Britannica page on nerve agents.

- The Arms Control Association's FAQ page on chemical weapons.

- Wikipedia pages on the Aum Shinrikyo subway sarin attack, and the Aim Shinrikyo leader - Shoko Asahara.

- Article about Aum Shinrikyo as a New New Religion:

SHIMAZONO Susumu, In the Wake of Aum, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 1995 22/3–4

- The Red Army's use of chemical weapons to suppress a populist peasant revolt.

- Wikipedia pages on Iraq's use of chemical weapons, their chemical weapons program, and their chemical attacks against Iran.

- Japanese use of chemical weapons in China, and specifically in the Battle of Changde.

- International press reports about chemical weapons in the 1980s:


THE WORLD; Evidence Mounts on Iraqi Use Of Gas Weapons By HENRY GINIGER and MILT FREUDENHEIM APRIL 1, 1984,

Chemical Weapons Out Of the Bottle Once Again By A.O. SULZBERGER JR. SEPT. 21, 1980,

- Wikipedia pages on subitism and the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.

- The English translation of Bhagavan recounting his death-experience and sudden self-realization, and his Wikipedia page. And, the Wiki for moksha.

- English-translated text of the portion of the Lotus Sutra in which Longnü/Dragon Girl appears, as well as an explanation of Bodhisattva to whom Longnü was acolyte.

- Wikipedia pages for Longnü and for Avalokiteśvara/Guanyin/Kannon.

- PDF with history of the the boatswain’s call, and instructions of how to play (with common calls notated).

- Wikipedia page on the boatswain’s call (with list of common calls and their meanings, and links to audio).

- Sources for the story of Atalanta:, Theoi Greek Mythology, Britannica, and Wikipedia.

- The song in the Lila tribute is "The Vendetta" by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Apoxode.

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