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.

2.50: Awakening

Four chords descend

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 49 - "Casualties of War" (生命散って), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the "third eye."

- Wikipedia page for third eye.

- Wikipedia pages for chakra, Vajrayana (Tibentan/Tantric/Esoteric Buddhism) in Japan, and the ajna chakra.

- About the parietal eye and pineal gland.

- The pineal gland in Western philosophical traditions: pre-Cartesian, Descartes, and post-Cartesian, Helena Blavatsky and Theosophy.

- Helena Blavatsky’s “masterwork” of Theosophy:

Blavatsky, H. P. The Secret Doctrine. Theosophical University Press, 1888, The Theosophy Society,

- Wikipedia page for “From Beyond” - the H.P. Lovecraft short-story in which scientific means are used to activate humans’ pineal glands, allowing them to perceive other planes of existence.

- Music used in this episode:

Music for the TNN is "Skate" by Komiku

Music for Katz and Bekener's memorials is "Draw Me a Sheep (Act I)" by Lloyd Rogers

Music for Jerid's memorial is "Self Fulfilling Prophecy - Michael Bayer" by Lloyd Rogers

Music for Reccoa's memorial is "You Can't Beat the Machine" by Komiku

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