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.

1.39 - Encore

Bring it home, Amuro!

Show Notes

This week we discuss the third and final Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movie, titled: Encounters in Space. We continue to ask: is it a good movie? Does it make sense if you haven't seen the show? Gundam noob and friend of the podcast, Angela, returns to help us to answer these questions!

We also pick apart the differences in story, sound, and animation between the show and the movie, talk about the real actual battleship Yamato, and how Indian religions influenced New Age philosophy.

- Relative production of warships by the US and Japan during World War II.

- Hiromi Mizuno's "When Pacifist Japan Fights: Historicizing Desires in Anime" examines - among other things, the nationalist fantasy of Space Battleship Yamato and how the original Yamato contributes to it. From:

Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire, edited by Frenchy Lunning. University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

- Supposedly the most complete and readable history book about the fate of the Yamato, but we did not have time to review it in time for this episode:

A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April 1945, by Russell Spurr, Newmarket Press, 1981.

- Wikipedia pages on the Second London Naval Treaty, the sinking of the ships Prince of Wales and Repulse, and Operation Ten-Go.

- Wikipedia pages on the battleship Yamato, and aircraft carrier Shinano (the third of the Yamato class was converted into a not-very-good air craft carrier once it was clear how useless the first two ships were).

- And the Wikipedia page on the Washington Naval Treaty.

- Our main source on how Hinduism influenced the "New Age" movement in the 1970s was the following book:

Goldberg, Philip. American Veda: from Emerson to the Beatles to Yoga to Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. Harmony, 2010.

- Wikipedia pages on the "New Age" movement, the Human Potential Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation, the Beatles trip to India, and what is now called the Beatles Ashram.

- Box office information for the Gundam compilation movies.

- The poem is "The War in the Air" by Howard Nemerov.

- The song played with the poem is "The Stars Look Different (Ziggy Stardust Mix)" by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

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