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.

Paranoia and Treachery

Gundam Ep. 9: Get in the Gundam, Amuro!

Show Notes

Is it still PTSD if the trauma never stops?

In this episode Thom and Nina discuss Mobile Suit Gundam episode 9, "Fly! Gundam!" , desperate times on the White Base, what Bright actually wants, whether or not there's time for philosophy, a famous slap, and an entirely unnecessary full body pan.

We research:

Just how a person like Amuro might respond to trauma, and what a post-traumatic stress breakdown might look like:

ADAA overview of common reactions to trauma

A lengthier and more descriptive discussion of many of the same reactions

Veteran's Affairs resources regarding PTSD among soldiers including risk factors

Corporal punishment in Japan, and what Tomino thinks about it:

An archived copy of a now defunct anime website's Tomino interview.

Survey results on corporal punishment in public opinion in Japan Times and Asahi Shinbun.

Recent case of suicide due to abuse by coach.

Research and analysis of corporal punishment in Japan.

Japanese ideals of modern masculinity in the 1970s, and how they relate to *bushido

Masculinity and male virtues.

Bushido virtues.

Hofstede Insights cultural model and specific insights about Japan.

Just what is motivation, and how does it work?

Psychology Today article on different motivational models.

Could old people be... the enemy?

Tomino tells an audience that "adults are the enemy."

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The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.

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