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.

2.31: Nothing New Under the Sun

That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done.

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 30 - "Jerid's Desperate Attack" (ジェリド特攻), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on kissing in Japanese culture, and AEUG, Melanie Hugh Carbine, and the Young Officers Revolt of February 26, 1936.

- Essay on Kissing in Japanese culture:

“The Japanese Kiss.” A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan, by Donald Richie, Stone Bridge Press, 2001, pp. 220–225.

- Dictionary page for seppun (接吻・せっぷん), the Japanese word for kiss.

- Essay about censorship that talks about kissing in Japan, and specifically about the exhibition of Rodin's "The Kiss."

Redactionary Global Modernism: Kisses in Imperial Japan Jonathan E. Abel From: Modernism/modernity Volume 21, Number 1, January 2014 pp. 201-229 | 10.1353/mod.2014.0020

- Papers that discuss kissing in Japanese culture, and how it was changed by the Occupation:

“Kissing Is a Symbol of Democracy!” Dating, Democracy and Romance in Occupied Japan 1945-1952, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 19(3), September 2010, 508-35.

Kamei, Shunsuke. “The Kiss and Japanese Culture after World War II.” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, 1981, pp. 114–123. JSTOR, <>. Accessed 21 Jan. 2020.

- Contemporary (early 2010s) articles about PDA and dating in Japan (the dating articles are written from the perspective of non-Japanese people dating a Japanese person, with an eye to likely culture clashes, and includes a section of physical affection): - PDA in Japan: Is it OK to Kiss on the Street Corner? - Dating a Japanese Girl and Dating a Japanese Guy

- Book about the Young Officers Revolt (and gift from a listener!):

Ben-Ami Shillony, Revolt in Japan: The Young Officers and the February 26, 1936 Incident. Princeton UP (1973).

- The music used in the TNN was Floating Cities and the music used in Mouar's elegy was Clear Water. Both from by Kevin MacLeod ( and licensed under CC BY (

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