Bring it home, Amuro!
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 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.
- 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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