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.

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Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 5 “Father and Son” (父と子と), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on parenting in Japan in the 1970s and 80s, a Cat Stevens song, angry ghosts, and posessed crabs.


- Articles on parenting, that give some historical insight and analysis of more recent attitudes and trends:

Holloway, Susan & Nagase, Ayumi. (2014). Child Rearing in Japan. 10.1007/978-94-007-7503-9_6.

The Japanese Family, Anne E. lmamura For Video Letter from Japan II: A Young Family. Asia Society (1990): 7-17.

- Youtube link for the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son" with original music video.

- Wikipedia page for the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son," and for the Japan-exclusive live album "Saturnight," which came out in 1974.

- Articles about ghosts in Japanese tradition generally: Yurei: Japanese Ghosts, Yūrei: the Ghosts of Japan, Ghosts on the shore, Ghosts, Demons and Spirits in Japanese Lore, and Ghosts in Ancient Japan.

- Funerary practices in American communities of Japanese descent.

- Modern changes to the funerary practices.

- Wikipedia pages on Japanese funerals, Yūrei (ghosts), and Onryō (vengeful spirits).

- Two stories about the crab ghosts, and a photograph of one of the crabs (see if you can spot the face-like markings!).

- Two versions of the Story of Hoichi.

- Other stories about the Taira ghosts that didn't make it into the podcast:

Ghosts of the Taira: The Relationship Between The Wars of The Gempei and the Warrior Ghost Noh Dramas Haunted at Sea: The Tale of Yoshitsune and the Taira Ghosts

- Stories of Kronos/Cronus/Saturn and Ouranous/Uranus/Caelus.

- The music from the memorial is:

Caribdis by @nop (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

Brave New World by RavenWing (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.


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