Gundam Eps. 31 & 32: A Bird in the Backyard
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.'
- 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.
- Iraj's explanation (with calculations!) of the physics behind Amuro blacking out in that fight with the Bigro.
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