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Gundam Ep. 13: Mobile Suit Pinocchio

Show Notes

This week, we recap and review Mobile Suit Gundam episode 13, "Coming Home," discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: the original Pinocchio and some of the Japanese media it inspired, military quartering and billeting, and the martial art judo.

- Overview of The Adventures of Pinocchio, Pinocchio as a character, and some of the darker themes of the original story.

- Various adaptations of the Pinocchio story, including the 1940 Disney film, Osamu Tezuka's manga adaptation, and the two anime series: Piccolino no Bōken and Pinocchio: The Series.

- Text and explanation of the 3rd Ammendment of the US Constitution, first-person accounts of German soldiers quartering and billeting in occupied territory, and a discussion of the US army quartering in private homes on the Aleutian islands.

- Judo's origins and other Judo information from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and premier English-language judo website, Judo Info.

We also consulted this book: Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts, David A. Hall, Kodansha International; 1 edition (February 22, 2013)

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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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