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.

2.35: The Cactus Flower

Yes, we know about the movie. Research is coming next week!

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 34 - "The Call of Darkness" (宇宙が呼ぶ声), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Axis symbol and a wrestling move.

- Google image search for “astra star goddess.”

- Wikipedia pages for Astraea and Asteria.

- About the Astra, Star Goddess symbol.

- About the "Charge of the Goddess" text.

- About Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, per his personal website, Wikipedia page, and a Vice review of “The Wizard of OZ” a documentary about Oberon Zell-Ravenheart’s life. You can stream the documentary on Vimeo here.

- Modern paganism, some symbols used by pagan religions, and the Goddess movement.

- Goddesses, priestesses, and fertility symbols - examples from ancient art.

- Brooklyn Museum page on the terracotta figure of a woman with arms outstretched (Egyptian, circa 3400-3500 BCE).

Papers about feminism in Japan and how it has changed over time:

Matsui, Machiko. “Evolution of the Feminist Movement in Japan.” NWSA Journal, vol. 2, no. 3, 1990, pp. 435–449. JSTOR, Accessed 13 Feb. 2020.

Yumiko, Ehara, et al. “Japanese Feminism in the 1970s and 1980s.” U.S.-Japan Women's Journal. English Supplement, no. 4, 1993, pp. 49–69. JSTOR, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

- Personal knowledge provided by ActionAwesome.

- Articles about techniques in Pro Wrestling:

Jack Slack for, Kayfabe Time Capsule: The Real Techniques of Professional Wrestling. Feb. 4, 2016. Available at

Jake Shannon, Say Uncle!: Catch-as-Catch Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling & Modern Grappling. ECW Press (2011).

- YouTube instructional for applying the Boston Crab in a Judo context.

- Match records for Fall 1985 puroresu cards: '85 World Champion Carnival/New Wave in Japan, and Challenge Spirit '85/Taiwan Tour.

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