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.

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Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 18 - Mirai Captured (とらわれたミライ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on more Gundam names: Hathaway Noa, Namicar Cornell, and Four Murasame.


- Plausible origins of the name Hathaway.

- Source for Hathaway-like medieval predecessors for Hedwig.

- Wikipedia page and IMDB page for Noah Hathaway.

- Japanese release data for the film Neverending Story.

- Wikipedia page for "Boxey" character from original Battlestar Galactica TV series.

- Sean (Flying_Grizzly)'s research connecting Battlestar Galactica to First Gundam.

- Jisho.org entries for Namika names, namikaze, and 'namikaze ga tatsu'/波風が立つ (to make waves; to rock the boat).

- Wikipedia entry for Ezra Cornell.

- JPN Wiki page for Cornell University.

- Wikipedia and Wiktionary pages for "Murasame."

- Page for the most famous of the Murasame destroyers.

- Murasame in the Final Fantasy franchise.

- Wikipedia page on Nansou Satomi Hakkenden.

- Ongoing project to translate all of the Nansou Satomi Hakkenden novel.

- Wikipedia page for the Matsukaze Noh play.

- Pages for the Matsukaze Noh play's authors: Kanami and Zeami.

- Discussions about Matsukaze from a History of Noh blog and The-Noh.com.

- Tyler, Royall. “The No Play Matsukaze as a Transformation of Genji Monogatari.” Journal of Japanese Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 1994, pp. 377–422. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/133198.

- Two translations of Matsukaze, this one more readable in English and this one less so.

- Side-by-side English and Japanese text of Matsukaze Noh play (this is the one Nina reads from).


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