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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Ep. 34: Char's Roadside Assistance

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 34 (33 in the US), "A Fateful Encounter" ("宿命の出会い"), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on O'Neill cylinders, a review of Lagrange points, neutral countries in WWII, the Battle of the River Plate and the hunt for the Graf Spee, and the term "red tape."


- About Gerard O'Neill, and about his book, "The High Frontier."

- An article on real space colony designs, concept art, and more art and info on O'Neill space cyclinders.

- Discussion of Lagrange points in Gundam and in our world.

- Article about increasing critical examination of the actions of neutral countries during WWII.

- How neutral countries maintain their neutrality.

- Swiss neutrality, and the recent (early 2000s) independent report analyzing Switzerland's impact on WWII.

- Swedish neutrality.

- Hague Convention concerning the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers in Naval War.

- About the Graf Spee ship.

- Wiki page on the Battle of the River Plate and "The Trap of Montevideo."

- Book on naval warfare in WWII, includes section on the Battle of the River Plate:

The Great Sea War: The Story of Naval Action in World War II, E.B. Potter, Fleet-Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Pickle Partners Publishing, 2015.

- Book about the battle itself:

The Battle of the River Plate: The Hunt for the German Pocket Battleship Graf Spee (2d Ed.), Dudley Pope, 2005, McBooks Press.

- Wiki page indicating that "red tape" originated in Spain, versus Quora page indicating that it originated in England.

- Japanese synonyms for "red tape.


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