Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
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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.

2.11 - Under Pressure

It's the terror of knowing what this world is about

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 10 - “Reunion” (再会), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the real-life city of Amman (and how it might have inspired events in the episode), language and translation notes, and missile countermeasures.

- U.S. Joint Military Contributions to Countering Syria’s 1970 Invasion of Jordan, by Richard A. Mobley for Joint Forces Quarterly, issue 55, 4th quarter 2009.

- Wikipedia pages on the Palestinian fedayeen and the Six-Day War.

- The 1967 War and the birth of international terrorism, Brookings Institute, Daniel L. Byman, May 30, 2017.

- How Jordan Shaped the Munich Massacre, Molly Fosco, July 20, 2018 for

- Black September: The Jordanian-PLO Civil War of 1970, Pierre Tristam, July 3,2019 for ThoughtCo.

- BBC articles from the outbreak of civil war in Amman, and the end of principal fighting in Amman.

- NYT archives articles from September 1970:

Sept. 10: Heavy Fighting in Amman; Hussein Orders Cease‐Fire

Sept. 12: In Jordan, the Balance Is Shaken

Sept. 17: Jordanian Army and Guerrillas Battle in Amman, Showdown in Jordan.

Sept. 18: Hussein's Tanks Clearning Guerrillas from Amman; U.S. Alert is Stepped Up

Sept. 19: Jordan Suspends Attacks After 2nd Day of Fighting

Sept. 20: Amman Battle Fought From House to House

Sept. 22: Syrian Tanks Key

Sept. 23: Jordanians Put a Price On the Head of Habash

Sept. 24: Amman Diary: Window on the War

Sept. 25: Guerrilla Resistance Is Reported Collapsing in North as Fighting Ebbs in Amman

Sept. 26: Arafat Complies

Sept. 27: Outbursts of Fighting in Amman After Truce Suggest a Breakdown of Authority, In the Flaming Streets of Amman, Hussein Wins the Battle but Price Is Very High.

Oct. 2: Big Question in Amman: Will Fighting Resume?

- page for 修正 (しゅうせい/shuusei), translated in the episode as "correction."

- page for 機 (き/ki), and Tofugo page about the use of 機 as a counter for airplanes and airplane crew.

- Example sentence for 大きな声, from

- page for 大声 (おおごえ/ougoe). I also consulted for definition and example sentences (only accessible with free trial or subscription).

- Army study guide (for promotion exams), section on “Command Voice.”

- Wikipedia pages for missiles, countermeasures, and active countermeasures.

- “Project Pigeon.”

- Descriptions and explanations of flare and chaff countermeasures (how they work and what they are used for).

- From a website that provides full-text of classic flight simulation handbooks, The Official F-15 Strike Eagle Handbook section on defensive tactics, including when and how to use chaff.

- Explanation of different fuse types, and additional detail on the proximity fuse specifically.

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