Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
A Companion Podcast for All 40 Years of Gundam
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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Gundam Eps. 31 & 32: A Bird in the Backyard

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Gundam episode 31 and 32 (30 and 31 in the US), "A Decoy in Space" ("ザンジバル,追撃!") and "Breakthrough" ("強行突破作戦"), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on: Itano Ichiro, possible inspirations for the Zakrello mobile armor (including psychological warfare, Japan's involvement in the Korean War, and "Tiger Tanks"!), and the physics of why Amuro blacks out when the Gundam grabs hold of the Bigro.


- Itano's wikipedia page (in Japanese).

- Video compilation of examples of the 'Itano Circus.'

- Interviews with Itano: from a Q&A at Animazement 2012, an article that originally appeared in SFX Total Anime #3, 2010, and an article that originally appeared in NEO magazine #69, 2010.

- About psychological warfare (psyware) in the Korean War.

- Sources on Japanese involvement in the Korean War (especially note Korean-descended people in Japan who volunteered to fight for the South Korean army, or sabotaged the war effort to help North Korea). While Japan's involvement is often characterized as purely economic (including acting as a rear-base), there was significant direct participation.

- Sources on the 1st China-America Provisional Tank Group in WW2.

- Iraj's explanation (with calculations!) of the physics behind Amuro blacking out in that fight with the Bigro.


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