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.

Zeon Strikes Back

Gundam Movie II: Sadness Warrior

Show Notes

This week we discuss the second Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movie, titled: Soldiers of Sorrow. We continue to ask: is it a good movie? Does it make sense if you haven't seen the show? Gundam noob and friend of the podcast, Angela, returns to help us to answer these questions!

We also pick apart the differences in story, sound, and animation between the show and the movie, talk about calendars and the possible significance of the Universal Century year-counting system, and discuss possible sources for some of Gundam's odd character names.


- Resources on history and bases for major calendar systems:

Calendars by L. E. Doggett, Reprinted from the Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, P. Kenneth Seidelmann, editor, with permission from University Science Books, Sausalito, CA 94965. <https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/calendars.html>

Richards, E G. “Calendars.” Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, by Sean E. Urban and P. Kenneth. Seidelmann, University Science Books, 2013, pp. 585–624. <https://aa.usno.navy.mil/publications/docs/c15_usb_online.pdf>

- Wikipedia page on “Common Era.”

- The origin of the Gregorian Calendar and the terms BC and AD.

- Tomino confirms he only found out about Amuro island after Gundam aired.

- Article on how to read the Roman alphabet in Japanese.

- 羅馬字書方調査報告 (Rōmaji Kakikata Chōsa Hōkoku, Report on the Writing of Roman Letters) - an official 1900 publication on proper pronunciation of Roman alphabet in Japanese.

- Monument dedicated to 30 pilots from one 'Ryusei' dive bomber squadron who died in kamikaze attacks in July and August 1945.

- Article describing the 'Ryusei' as the largest and heaviest carrier plane deployed by Japan during the war.

- Wikipedia page for pop-star Namie Amuro (no relation).

- Wikipedia pages for the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, the Kawanishi N1k/Shiden and Shiden Kai, the Nakajima Ki-84/Hayate, the Aichi B7A/Ryusei, the Nakajima Kikka, and the Aichi M6A/Seiran.


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