Series 2 Episode 24: In Defense Of Zeta Gundam

Richard and Drew sit down to chat about one of their favorite series in the Gundam franchise, nay, a favorite TV series of all time – 1985’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Zeta has been held highly in the pantheon of Gundam series but went through a long period of harsh criticism.  Unlike a typical review of the series itself, we decided to discuss the series featuring criticisms and critiques of the series and respond to them, which are off-base and which are well reasoned.

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Links to our quotes can be found below.

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Series 2 Episode 16: Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary

Upon us soon is the 40th Anniversary of the airing of the original Mobile Suit Gundam. A TV series whose original run went from being shortened due to poor ratings to one of the most visible anime franchises. It’s success having gone from Japanese Star Trek to Japanese Star Wars.

Drew and Richard sit down for a chat and reflect on the franchise’s various series, various adaptations and what might be coming next for Gundam.

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Series 2 Episode 4: Creator Profile – Tomino Yoshiyuki Part 1

In this episode of Akihabara Renditions, we explore the life and work of a creator, in this case, director, whose work is near and dear to us: Tomino Yoshiyuki. We’re test driving a new format that we hope to expand into other episodes. Once we sat down and did our notes for this, we figured that this would be best split into two episodes. The show notes below contain some links for further reading!

Sorry for the episode release delay – Drew was having issues with the metadata for the podcast; it still isn’t fixed but we figured it was best just to get it out to you!

Hosts: Drew & Richard

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Podcast Episodes 13, 14 and 15 – The Gundam Trilogy

After a brief hiatus and considering a switch to a second “season” (and, deservedly being made fun of for it), Akihabara Renditions is back to touch upon another massively popular and important franchise to Japanese animation fandom.

Download Episode 13 – Pen Testing which covers Mobile Suit Gundam I.

Download Episode 14 – Not A Zaku Boy which covers Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow.

Download Episode 15 – Ichinen Sensou Senshuu which covers Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space and wraps up our thoughts on the trilogy.

Hosts: Drew Sutton, Richard Hoelsher, Jason Brown and Marc Smazik.


After our review of Mobile Suit Gundam F-91 back in episode 5 and Marc being confused by it, we go head first into “non-Mecha-Fan-Alienation” and pick up the Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy (1981-82).

Podcast Episode 5: Jason Wants to Hit Me With Cookies

Episode 5 is re-released here! This is another episode that Drew is proud of, probably for the exact opposite reasons he’s proud of the previous episode.

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Hosts: Drew Sutton, Richard Hoelsher, Jason Brown and Marc Smazik.


Following the mixture of hot shit and hot, steaming pile of crap that was our previous episode, Drew feels he has a sure-fire win with 1983’s Crusher Joe. It backfires as he is the only member of the cast who truly enjoys the film. We also discuss a current state of broadcast anime and how it’s changed since we became fans and whether it’s better or not. Finally, with three of us being mecha fans, it was hard for us to avoid something that was Mobile Suit Gundam related, so we decided to pop in Mobile Suit Gundam F-91.