96 episodes

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.

Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast Nina & Thom

    • Animation & Manga
    • 4.9, 115 Ratings

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.

    2.47: Battle Among Gods

    2.47: Battle Among Gods

    Show Notes
    This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 46 - "Scirocco Rises" (シロッコ立つ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Bolinoak Samahn mobile suit.

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    - Japanese Wikipedia page for the Bolinoak Samahn (ボリノーク・サマーン).

    - Japanese Wikipedia page for Mori no kuma-san (森のくまさん).

    - Detailed (Japanese language) discussion of the song, although the author introduces some less-well-established theories about other folk songs that might have played a role in its origins.

    - English version of "The Other Day, I Met a Bear" from Scoutsongs.com.

    - Wikipedia page for the English version of "The Other Day, I Met a Bear."

    - Japanese Wikipedia page for Yoshihiro Baba (馬場祥弘), self-proclaimed lyricist of Mori no kuma-san.

    - Brief history of the 13th World Scout Jamboree.

    - Two brief New York Time articles about the Jamboree, one when they first arrived, and one from when a typhoon hit Japan and forced the evacuation of 23,000 scouts:

    First Boy Scouts from U.S. Reach Japan for Jamborees, July 25, 1971. Available at https://nyti.ms/1kpzjDq.

    78 Dead in Storm's Wake In Japan and South Korea, August 7, 1971. Available at https://nyti.ms/1LB0QMq

    - The Titans News Network segment featured the voice talents of listeners Jameson, JR Schmitt, Manny Fresh, Crimson, Turlooke, Paragon, Hobbs, and Em Marko. Special thanks to Hobbs who suggested the name of Captain Bask's kitten.

    - The song from the Titans News Network segment is "Chance" by Kai Engel. License here.

    - The research piece for the Bolinaok Samahn included brief segments from Mori no Kuma-san, from the Ranma 1/2 anime soundtrack (available in full at https://youtu.be/hl6wwJZXvoQ); The Other Day I Met a Bear as arranged by Naoki Tamura and performed by Aimee B. for KIDS TV JAPAN (available in full at https://youtu.be/MdAqPiGS2Ug), and Sippin' Cider Through a Straw as performed by Chubby Checker (available in full at https://youtu.be/ZtwD7UzJ37s). The selections are used pursuant to the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law.

    - The tribute to Sarah Zabiarov includes the song "Uro Uro" by The Kyoto Connection. License here.

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    Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!

    The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.

    Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, Sotsu Agency, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise, Bandai, Sotsu, or any of their subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.

    Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to gundampodcast@gmail.com

    Find out more at http://gundampodcast.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    2.46: The Hammer of Zeon

    2.46: The Hammer of Zeon

    Show Notes

    This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 45 - "Coming from the Heavens" (天から来るもの), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the French town of Sedan (and what connection it might have to the Gate of Zedan base!).




    - Wikipedia pages for the town of Sedan and the castle (or “chateau”) there.
    - Webpage for the Castle of Sedan itself.
    - Famous personages connected to the town: Vauban (military engineer) and Turenne (general).
    - Wikipedia pages for The Battle(s) of Sedan (La Marfeé in 1641, 1870, and 1940).
    - Wikipedia page for German Unification and German Sedantag holiday.
    - Book that discusses media depictions (specifically engravings and illustrations) of news events and the part they played in the construction of national identity:
    Martin, Michèle. Images at War: Illustrated Periodicals and Constructed Nations. University of Toronto Press, 2006. Accessed here.
    - Two engravings of the Gate of Sedan (I think these are the engraving referenced in Martin's book). Both depict a figure raising the white flag of surrender while standing on the gate, but in the first he is the main figure in the engraving, and the gate is mostly out of frame. In the second, he is a tiny figure with no distinguishable detail, standing atop the massive gate and viewed from a distance. The Gate itself is the main figure.
    - The music used in the TNN is:
    Prayers by Admiral Bob (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/61151 Ft: emmrodriguez
    One of Them by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4169-one-of-them
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    - The music used in Apolly's tribute is:
    Blue Feather by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3449-blue-feather
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/




    You can subscribe to Mobile Suit Breakdown for free! on fine Podcast services everywhere and on YouTube, follow us on twitter @gundampodcast, check us out at gundampodcast.com, email your questions, comments, and complaints to gundampodcast@gmail.com.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!
    The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, Sotsu Agency, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise, Bandai, Sotsu, or any of their subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.
    Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to gundampodcast@gmail.com
    Find out more at http://gundampodcast.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    2.45: Stronger in the Broken Places

    2.45: Stronger in the Broken Places

    Show Notes

    This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 44 - "The Gate of Zedan" (ゼダンの門), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the inspiration for Haman Karn's name.




    - Japanese Wikipedia pages for Haman Karn and Herman Kahn.
    - English Wikipedia page for Herman Kahn.
    - A profile of Herman Kahn in the New Yorker, written as part of a review of a biography of the man:
    Louis Menand, Fat Man, for New Yorker. June 20, 2005. Available at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/06/27/fat-man
    - New York Times article from Tokyo correspondent about the reaction in Japan to Herman Kahn's work:
    Takashi Oka, The Emerging Japanese Superstate, for the New York Times. December 13, 1970. https://www.nytimes.com/1970/12/13/archives/the-emerging-japanese-superstate.html
    - Article published by Kahn about Japan, around the same time as his first book about Japan:
    Kahn, Herman, and Max Singer. “Japan and Pacific Asia in the 1970s.” Asian Survey, vol. 11, no. 4, 1971, pp. 399–412. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2642697. Accessed 15 May 2020.
    - Audio of an interview with Herman Kahn from circa 1967 about his book The Year 2000. CONTENT WARNING: VERY 1960s ERA DISCUSSIONS OF RACE AND RACIAL TENSIONS. Interview by Patricia Marx for WNYC.
    - New York Times obituary of Herman Kahn:
    Joseph B. Treaster, HERMAN KAHN DIES; FUTURIST AND THINKER ON NUCLEAR STRATEGY, for the New York Times. July 8, 1983. Available at https://www.nytimes.com/1983/07/08/obituaries/herman-kahn-dies-futurist-and-thinker-on-nuclear-strategy.html
    - New York Times book review comparing several recently-published books about the Japanese economy by Kahn and others:
    Frank B. Gibney, Success Story, for the New York Times. June 10, 1979. Available at https://www.nytimes.com/1979/06/10/archives/success-story-japan.html
    - The TNN includes the following music:
    Ranz des Vaches by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4263-ranz-des-vaches
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    Funky Chunk by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3789-funky-chunk
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/




    You can subscribe to Mobile Suit Breakdown for free! on fine Podcast services everywhere and on YouTube, follow us on twitter @gundampodcast, check us out at gundampodcast.com, email your questions, comments, and complaints to gundampodcast@gmail.com.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!
    The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, Sotsu Agency, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise, Bandai, Sotsu, or any of their subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.
    Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to gundampodcast@gmail.com
    Find out more at http://gundampodcast.com

    • 1 hr
    2.44: Strange Bedfellows

    2.44: Strange Bedfellows

    Show Notes

    This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 43 - "Haman's Victory" (ハマーンの嘲笑), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Qubeley (キュベレイ).




    - How to pronounce Kybele in Greek (plus help from patron Serperoth).
    - Wikipedia pages for Cybele/Kybele and Phrygia.
    - Listings from other online encyclopedias and reference websites (page on theoi.com includes text of associated myths and legends):
    https://www.theoi.com/Phrygios/Kybele.html
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/Great-Mother-of-the-Gods
    https://www.livius.org/articles/religion/cybele/
    https://www.ancient.eu/Cybele/
    - Reference pages about Attis from Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica.
    - Books and articles:
    Roller, Lynn E. In Search of God the Mother: the Cult of Anatolian Cybele. University of California Press, 1999. Accessed via Google Scholar.
    Borgeaud, Philippe. Mother of the Gods: from Cybele to the Virgin Mary. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Accessed via Google Scholar.
    Kramer-Rolls, Dana. “The Emergence of the Goddess Mary: from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.” Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 2007, doi:10.1558/pome.v6i1.34.
    Abstract accessed here.
    Fear, A. T. “Cybele and Christ.” Cybele, Attis and Related Cults: Essays in Memory of Maarten J. Vermaseren, by Maarten J. Vermaseren and Eugene N. Lane, Brill, 1996, pp. 37–50.
    Preview here.
    - The TNN this week includes two pieces of music:
    Mistake the Getaway by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4060-mistake-the-getaway
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    and For the Fallen by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3772-for-the-fallen
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/




    You can subscribe to Mobile Suit Breakdown for free! on fine Podcast services everywhere and on YouTube, follow us on twitter @gundampodcast, check us out at gundampodcast.com, email your questions, comments, and complaints to gundampodcast@gmail.com.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!
    The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, Sotsu Agency, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise, Bandai, Sotsu, or any of their subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.
    Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to gundampodcast@gmail.com
    Find out more at http://gundampodcast.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Interlude: Nina Predicts the Future

    Interlude: Nina Predicts the Future

    Show Notes

    A gallery with pictures of all the covers Nina reviewed is available for your reference at gundampodcast.com/patreon - and don't worry, the gallery is available to everyone.
    You can subscribe to Mobile Suit Breakdown for free! on fine Podcast services everywhere and on YouTube, follow us on twitter @gundampodcast, check us out at gundampodcast.com, email your questions, comments, and complaints to gundampodcast@gmail.com.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!
    The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, Sotsu Agency, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise, Bandai, Sotsu, or any of their subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.
    Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to gundampodcast@gmail.com
    Find out more at http://gundampodcast.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    2.43: Rosamia Bound

    2.43: Rosamia Bound

    Show Notes

    This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 42 - "Goodbye, Rosammy" (さよならロザミィ), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on the Baund Doc (バウンド・ドック).




    - Kobayashi Makoto's (小林誠) Japanese Wikipedia page.
    - Kobayashi Makoto's Twitter post about different variations on the Baund Doc design.
    - About Anubis:
    Joshua J. Mark, Anubis, Ancient.eu. July 25, 2016. Available at: https://www.ancient.eu/Anubis/
    - Wikipedia page on Anubis.
    - The manga exclusive "Amon Doc" and the Japanese Wikipedia article for the manga in which it appeared.
    - The Baund Doc-esque Pharaoh Hound.
    - Article about Dragon's Heaven, the Makoto Kobayashi OVA:
    Sean O'Mara, Makoto Kobayashi's Dragon's Heaven, Zimmerit.moe. Feb. 28, 2018. Available at: http://www.zimmerit.moe/makoto-kobayashi-dragons-heaven/
    - Interview with Makoto Kobayashi from Forbes:
    Ollie Barder, Makoto Kobayashi On Mecha Design And The Importance Of Red And Blue Paint, Forbes.com. June 25, 2016. Available at https://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2016/06/25/makoto-kobayashi-on-mecha-design-and-the-importance-of-red-and-blue-paint/
    - A 2005-era Kobayashi Makoto fansite.
    - Japanese Wikipedia article on the Baund Doc.
    - About scarabs:
    Kierra Foley, Scarabs, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Undated. Available at http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/the-collection/object-stories/ancient-egyptian-amulets/scarabs/.
    Ashley Fiutko Arico and Kierra Foley, Heart Scarab, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Undated. Available at http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/the-collection/object-stories/ancient-egyptian-amulets/heart-scarab/.
    John Ward, The sacred beetle: a popular treatise on Egyptian scarabs in art and history. J. Murray (London 1902). Available at https://archive.org/details/sacredbeetlepopu00wardrich/mode/2up
    - This week's Titans News Network segment includes Gustav Sting by Kevin MacLeod.
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3835-gustav-sting
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/




    You can subscribe to Mobile Suit Breakdown for free! on fine Podcast services everywhere and on YouTube, follow us on twitter @gundampodcast, check us out at gundampodcast.com, email your questions, comments, and complaints to gundampodcast@gmail.com.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown wouldn't exist without the support of our fans and Patrons! You can join our Patreon to support the podcast and enjoy bonus episodes, extra out-takes, behind-the-scenes photo and video, MSB gear, and much more!
    The intro music is WASP by Misha Dioxin, and the outro is Long Way Home by Spinning Ratio, both licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Both have been edited for length.
    Mobile Suit Breakdown provides critical commentary and is protected by the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Gundam content is copyright and/or trademark of Sunrise Inc., Bandai, Sotsu Agency, or its original creator. Mobile Suit Breakdown is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Sunrise, Bandai, Sotsu, or any of their subsidiaries, employees, or associates and makes no claim to own Gundam or any of the copyrights or trademarks related to it.
    Copyrighted content used in Mobile Suit Breakdown is used in accordance with the Fair Use clause of the United States Copyright law. Any queries should be directed to gundampodcast@gmail.com
    Find out more at http://gundampodcast.com

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

45555 ,

Entertaining and informative

A really great podcast for new and established fans of the series. Funny, insightful, and informative. I especially love the research segment which covers a fascinating range of topics from geography to psychology and everything in between. I thorough look forward to new episodes

Jbrown175 ,

Not just a Gundam-cast

A Gundam oriented podcast with and educational focus of the times it was created. Amazing group with interesting guests and a very well organized telling of the series and the world around it.

Staroufim ,

History, Anime, Culture, Comedy, Community

This is NOT just a talk-back. First off... Gundam is basically the Star Wars of Japan... with over 40 years of strong and brilliant sci-fi content created and is a long time favorite of mine. Something I hold dear to my heart and would be devastated if it was misrepresented or tainted. Luckily this podcast has “never once betrayed anyone” so don’t let “earth’s gravity weigh you down” and read on:

So, I don’t know how to express just how great this podcast is. Thom is the veteran Gundam fan, and the effort he puts into this podcast is a testament to his love for the series. From audio quality to magnificent skits and research pieces, Thom has brought my favorite anime series to another level. Nina is new to the series and has knowledge of the Japanese language and culture that enhances the depth of the research and provides listeners with insight into experiencing the series for the first time. Questions they may have if they are watching for the first time along with this podcast only serves to improve the experience.

The podcast is structured with a recap, a summary of the current episode, a talk back, a research segment, and some discussion. The hosts never burn you out with their opinions, but share them respectfully and truly honor each other’s intelligence through their engagement. They cleverly use the recaps in an entertaining way to keep you engaged, and sometimes the summary of the episode is even more fun than the actual show. BUT the meat of each episode is the research.

The hosts use their research segments to provide background on the creators’ inspirations and the political and social climates that were present when the episodes were created. This helps the listener to better understand the media itself, but even more so... I have honestly learned more about Japan, World War 2, military history, Eastern Religion and Philosophy, and even the birth of language than I ever imagined possible. I’m a better person because of each episode I listen to.

This is a podcast that you start from episode 1, or at least at the beginning of a season. It’s recommended that you watch the corresponding anime, but honestly not necessary. (I still think you should). If you’re still reading this, then this podcast is going to light up your world... because the amount of knowledge that pours out of Thom and Nina’s mouth is going to enhance your understanding of the world we live in and the possibilities of the future.

I ended up joining the gundampodcast Patreon, but not because they asked... but because they honestly deserve it for all the effort they put into this. I didn’t know at the time, but the community of patrons that I unlocked has been another gift to me in my life as well, and I highly recommend checking it out for further discussions on anime, history, gunpla, art and more with intelligent, interesting and creative people.

Good luck trying not to binge through these episodes and I hope to see you in the discord soon!

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