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A podcast about Japanese sci-fi mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam for new fans, old fans, and not yet fans. We watch, analyze, and review all 40-years of the iconic anime 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.

A podcast about Japanese sci-fi mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam for new fans, old fans, and not yet fans. We watch, analyze, and review all 40-years of the iconic anime 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.
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A podcast about Japanese sci-fi mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam for new fans, old fans, and not yet fans. We watch, analyze, and review all 40-years of the iconic anime 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.

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English


Episodes

Where the Water Meets the Sky

9/14/2019
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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 15 - Katz's Sortie (カツの出撃), discuss our first impressions, and welcome back our special guest and consultant in neuropsychology, Dr. Shar of Dr. Sharmander Gaming. Find her on YouTube and Twitter. Disclaimer from Dr. Shar: All views expressed in this interview are the clinician's own and do not represent the opinions of any entity whatsoever with which she has been, is currently, or will be...

Duration:01:40:22

It's Been a Long, Long Time

9/7/2019
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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 14 - Amuro Flies Again (アムロ再び), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on Garuda, Sudori, Audhumla, and Asshimar. - Wikipedia, Ancient History Encyclopedia, and Encyclopedia Britannica pages for Garuda. - One of the Garuda stories. - Explanation of the Garuda Upanishad. - List of things named for Garuda, including the Garud Commando Force, the Garuda Contingent,...

Duration:01:22:00

Relics

8/31/2019
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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 13 - “Shuttle Launch” (シャトル発進), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Valkyrie plane, art, plants in 1980s interior design, and Aristeia. - NASA fact sheet about the Valkyrie and its service history. - National Museum of the Air Force page on the Valkyrie. - Wired article: Meet the XB-70 Valkyrie, Almost the World's First Nuclear Aircraft, from io9, by Ed...

Duration:01:32:14

Appetite for Mass Destruction

8/24/2019
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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 12 - “The Winds of Jaburo” (ジャブローの風), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on nuclear explosions, the Fall of Saigon, and Mobile Suit Variations. - Wikipedia pages on nuclear weapons testing generally, United States nuclear weapon tests, high-altitude nuclear explosions, and underground nuclear testing. - And pages on the effects of nuclear explosions, including...

Duration:01:20:13

The Karman Line

8/17/2019
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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 11 - "Entering the Atmosphere" (大気圏突入), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Karman Line, a brief history of paradrop operations, and real-world ballutes and atmospherpic re-entry devices. - Wikipedia pages on Theodore (Todor) von Karman and the Karman Line. - And Wikipedia pages on paratroopers (and a second one), airborne forces, and high-altitude...

Duration:01:21:14

Under Pressure

8/10/2019
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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 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...

Duration:01:14:03

Discipline and Punish

8/3/2019
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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 9 - "A New Bond" (新しい絆), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on autism - it's history in Japan and the world, the understanding and perception of autism in 1985, and what exactly Kamille and the writers mean when Kamille calls himself an "autistic child." PLUS - additional nuance to the word 絆 (kizuna) from the episode title. - Jisho.org page on...

Duration:01:34:03

Political Considerations

7/27/2019
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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 8 - "The Dark Side of the Moon" (月の裏側), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on a very important birthday: coming of age in Japan, answering services and the history of the answering machine, what’s a Lila to a Jerid? Master/disciple relationships, and McDonald’s in Japan. - Wikipedia pages for Seijin no Hi and Genpuku. - VERY detailed Quora page about all the...

Duration:01:27:58

Pilgrimage

7/20/2019
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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 7 - “Escape From Side One" (サイド1の脱出), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on chemical weapons, sudden enlightenment, and the bosun's/boatswain's call. - Article about Marvel Movies in Japan, and the prevalence of child and teen protagonists in popular Japanese media (even media targeted at adults). - Wikipedia pages on chemical warfare, nerve agents, and sulfur...

Duration:01:34:40

Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

7/13/2019
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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 6 - “To Earth” (地球圏へ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), the Naikan therapeutic practice and the Ajase Complex, and space-based solar power. - From the Smithsonian Magazine, an article about Assyrian soldiers might have had PTSD. - The Wikipedia page for C-PTSD. - Articles from Medical News Today and the US...

Duration:01:20:01

Laius

7/6/2019
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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 5 “Father and Son” (父と子と), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on parenting in Japan in the 1970s and 80s, a Cat Stevens song, angry ghosts, and posessed crabs. - Articles on parenting, that give some historical insight and analysis of more recent attitudes and trends: Holloway, Susan & Nagase, Ayumi. (2014). Child Rearing in Japan....

Duration:01:31:11

Loyalties

6/29/2019
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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 4 “Emma's Decision” (エマの脱走), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on manly tears, masculinity and emotion, and defectors. - Articles! "The Heike monogatari and The Japanese Warrior Ethic" Kenneth Dean Butler Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 29 (1969), pp. 93-108 Published by: Harvard-Yenching Institute https://www.jstor.org/stable/2718829 "The Return of...

Duration:01:25:07

The White Flag

6/22/2019
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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 3 “Inside the Capsule” (カプセルの中), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on shihei (私兵) and private armies, the British East India Company, and Japanese composer Shigeaki Saegusa (三枝 成彰, formerly 三枝 成章). - Jisho.org page for 私兵 (shihei). - Japanese Wikipedia page for 民兵 (minpei), usually translated as "militia" but actually broader than the English sense of that...

Duration:01:09:09

A Boy Named Sue

6/15/2019
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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 2 “Departure” (旅立ち), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on bird lime, colonialism, Herculine Barbin, and the name Camille/Kamille. - Wikipedia pages the Black Devils, high-explosive squash head (an explosive similar to the sticky bomb, with explanation of how it functions when used against tank armor), birdlime, and sticky bombs. - "BIRD LIMES AND RAT...

Duration:01:33:36

Back in Black

6/8/2019
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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 1 “The Black Gundam” (黒いガンダム), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on animation history and technology in the early 80s, and Neil Sedaka and Zeta - transcending copyright. - Fantastic, global history of animation: Bendazzi, Giannalberto. Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation. Indiana University Press, 2009. - Wikipedia timeline of computer animation...

Duration:01:25:28

Sign of Zeta

6/1/2019
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Show Notes This week, we lay the groundwork for our upcoming review and analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam! We also recap the first series, Mobile Suit Gundam, for any new listeners who need a refresher. We research the first half of the 1980s in Japan and the world - from politics and economics to technology and fashion, and look into why, several years after the success of the Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movies, the stars aligned to get Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam into production. -...

Duration:00:53:54

Encore

5/25/2019
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Show Notes This week we discuss the third and final Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movie, titled: Encounters in Space. We continue to ask: is it a good movie? Does it make sense if you haven't seen the show? Gundam noob and friend of the podcast, Angela, returns to help us to answer these questions! We also pick apart the differences in story, sound, and animation between the show and the movie, talk about the real actual battleship Yamato, and how Indian religions influenced New Age...

Duration:01:51:43

Zeon Strikes Back

5/18/2019
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Show Notes This week we discuss the second Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movie, titled: Soldiers of Sorrow. We continue to ask: is it a good movie? Does it make sense if you haven't seen the show? Gundam noob and friend of the podcast, Angela, returns to help us to answer these questions! We also pick apart the differences in story, sound, and animation between the show and the movie, talk about calendars and the possible significance of the Universal Century year-counting system, and...

Duration:01:15:59

Second Chances

5/11/2019
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Show Notes This week we discuss the first of the Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movies, titled: Mobile Suit Gundam. Is it a good movie? Does it make sense if you haven't seen the show? Gundam noob and friend of the podcast, Angela, joins us to answer these questions! We also pick apart the differences in story, sound, and animation between the show and the movie, research a possible influence/inspiration for Kikka, Katz, and Letz, summarize the Gundam 40th Anniversary documentary from NHK,...

Duration:01:25:07

Implications

5/4/2019
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Show Notes This week we discuss implications for the future of Gundam, special guest Edward Bauer reviews the original voice-work and the dub, listener Renato Ramonda helps us understand why Italy was the first foreign country to air Gundam, and flyinggrizzly digs deep on the art that inspired the Zaku. Special thanks to this week's guest voices: Edward Bauer: Actor, voice actor, and friend of the podcast. Web: http://www.edward-bauer.com, Twitter: @not_eddiebauer flyinggrizzly (Sean...

Duration:01:42:41