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[[caption-width-right:200:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxHgVBpKNEo DENJARASU!]] [[GratuitousEnglish MOSUTO DENJARASU!]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome MOYASE! HONOO NO BAIORENSU!]]]]

[=MD Geist=] is a one-shot {{OVA}} that was virtually ignored during its original Japanese release in 1986, but acquired a cult following among American anime fans when it was dubbed in English by CentralParkMedia during the early 1990s. It still has a small following of fans who enjoy the anime's pervasive nihilism. And a few other fans enjoy it for being SoBadItsGood.

[=MD Geist=] was an experimental SuperSoldier known as an MDS (Most Dangerous Soldier) locked away in suspended animation on a satellite hovering over the planet Jerra. After making his escape, Geist is involved in a few violent skirmishes in which he slaughters everyone who has attacked him in a spectacular, over-the-top fashion, before being recruited by a group of Commandos and asked to go with those commandos to Brain Palace to prevent the Death from being released. [[spoiler: Once the mission has been completed, Geist decides that he will release the Death Force himself upon the hapless citizens of Jerra.]]

[=MD Geist=] was followed by a sequel, [=MD Geist=] II: Death Force, in which creator Koichi Ohata (credited in the original as co-director due to his inexperience, despite having actually directed the OVA) takes full directorial control. It picks up some time after the conclusion of the first {{OVA}}, in which most of the people of Jerra have been wiped out, with the few remaining survivors holed up in a sanctuary, protected by the warlord MD Krauser. MD Geist and MD Krauser do not like each other, so naturally they have a FinalBattle.

There were also two {{OEL Manga}}s written partly by Koichi Ohata himself. The first one was a vastly [[AdaptationExpansion expanded]] adaptation of the first OVA while ''Ground Zero'' was a {{Prequel}}, showing Geist's very first assignement and why he was locked away on a satellite.

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!!{{MD Geist}} contains examples of the following tropes:

* TheAbridgedSeries: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/thehawkcbm?feature=mhee MDA Geist: Most Dangerous Abridged ]] ''
* AfterTheEnd: During a conversation between the Nexrum Commander and Krauser, it is revealed that the Earth is waiting to reclaim and repopulate the planet. In other words - the humans on the planet are left to their own devices.
* AGodAmI: This happens in the sequel where the antagonist/VillainProtagonist MD Krauser displays extraordinary combat abilities when fighting the Death Force wearing angel-like armor. He is looked up to as a savior of humanity and is thus worshiped like a god. In his own words: "In their eyes it is certainly true. I have become a god incarnate..."
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Applies to Vaiya, [[spoiler: until he leaves her to die in the end.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Vaiya tries to seduce Geist in bed during the first {{OVA}}, but he pushes her out of bed, rejecting her under no uncertain terms. "Get out of here; I'm done with you now". She still continues to follow him during the {{OVA}} trying to spark up conversations with him, [[spoiler: until he releases the Death Force and indifferently tells her that "the game is not over yet".]]
* AntiHero: Geist either fits into Type IV or Type V (or he might just be a villain). MD Krauser in the sequel.
* ApocalypseHow: Type 3a. Occurs as Geist activates the Regular Army's doomsday weapon, Death Force, then proceeds to dismantle it. However, this was done strategically in order to successfully kill off all Nexrum/Corporate forces left and destroy their last stronghold.
* ArmorIsUseless: While the powered armor Geist wears is obviously useful, other characters seem to not benefit that much from them, like the Fightech Commandos. All powered armors have strange helmets which mostly leave the character's eyes or part of the face in the open, too. PoweredArmor soldiers do not have any sort of visors or targeting indicators as well.
* ArtEvolution: The art style in {{MD Geist}} is completely different from the art style of {{MD Geist}} II, which is not surprising considering the sequel came 10 years after the original. The Director's Cut of the first OVA also fixes a lot of the animation errors.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: MD Geist "had the supermundane fighting ability by virtue of specific biological 'clonning' technology."
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In the world of MD Geist, blood is overly affected by gravity.
* BadAss: Like it or not, Geist and Krauser are huge badasses, as is Colonel Krutz from the first OVA.
* BadassBaritone: The late Jason Beck gives Geist a ridiculously deep voice in the dubbed version.
* TheBadGuyWins: The first OVA.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Vaiya, Eagle, and other survivors managed to escape the massacre, with the "MD"s dead or possibly missing.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: It's not really made clear whether or not [[spoiler: Geist]] releases the Death Force because of the way he was programmed, or because it would offer him a more "exciting" battlefield.
* BloodKnight: Geist.
* {{Expy}}: Geist really looks like Quattro Bajeena from Zeta Gundam.
* CrapsackWorld: The planet is locked in civil war between the Regular Army, and the rebelling Nexrum ([[LawEnforcementInc Corporate forces]]). A very large part of the population is already dead from all the fighting that has been going on. [[spoiler: Taken UpToEleven in the sequel where the Death Force rampages through the planet, leaving only one human stronghold left.]] The opening text to the first OVA also states that "there is no peace and wars rage" across the human settlements in space.
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler: End of OVA 1. [[WhamLine "The game's not over yet. It's just beginning."]]]]
* {{Cyborg}}: Eagle.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Averted with the Death Force robots' small beam weapons, as the tiny holes they cause are instantly fatal.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: One of the intro texts informs us that MD Geist, i.e. Most Dangerous Soldier Geist, was regarded as ''dangerous'' by his superiors. Apparently, this wasn't what the Earth forces intended for the MDS to be, because they imprisoned him inside a satellite for that reason.
* DieLaughing: [[spoiler: Colonel Krutz.]]
* DoomsdayDevice: The "Death Force", a self-replicating killer robot swarm that kills all organic life it encounters.
* TheDreaded: MD Geist stands for "Most Dangerous Geist" and he "fought so extraordinarily ferocious that he was regarded as dangerous and imprisoned on a satellite."
* DrivenToMadness: All the MDS (arguably with the exception of Krauser) have gone completely insane very fast, as they were created to only kill and execute orders.
* EvilIsVisceral: The second form of the final boss in the sequel is introduced with a lot of strange fluids. It also pulsates and breathes in an organic manner.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Most Dangerous Soldiers. They are ''dangerous''.
* ExactWords: In the ''Ground Zero'' comic, an angry marine goads Geist into fighting him by saying "I also order you to rip off both my arms and make me spit blood!". Geist, being programmed to be LiteralMinded, proceeds to do exactly that.
* EyeScream: People's eyes pop out of their sockets when their skulls are crushed by power armor soldiers.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: While he definitely never was a "good guy", Geist's decision to wipe out the entire organic life on Jerra by re-activating the Death Force swarm in order to create strong enemies to fight against definitely qualifies, especially since it seems like he randomly decides on doing it in the final minutes of the OVA.]]
* FinalBattle: The sequel's climax.
* GainaxEnding: Maybe not totally nonsensical, but certainly bizarre, unless you watch the second OVA.
* {{Gorn}}: Plenty of it in both {{OVA}}s, though in the first one the gore is a washed out orange hue.
* GratuitousEnglish: In the tracks "Violence of the Flame" ("DENJARAS! MOST DENJARAS!", "IS DA ONLY CRAYZEE GAAAME, IS DA ONLY FOOLISH GAAAME") and "Merciless Soldier" ("CAN STOP! HE JUST A SOULJA!", "WHEL A YOU", "WHO A YOU"). Also Geist is always called "Misutaa" Geist by most characters.
* HeroAntagonist: Colonel Krutz. He's demonstrated as a courageous soldier concerned about his subordinates. He also isn't too fond of the Earth government's secret planet-destroying doomsday weapon, and opposes the usage of MDS from the beginning. The only questionable action he does is to sic the Final Terminator on Geist, and gets his skull crushed by Geist for his efforts.
* HongKongDub: The English dub. Also comes with overacting.
* HumanPopsicle
* HumongousMecha
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the second OVA. [[spoiler: This causes a HeroicBSOD from Krauser.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Geist is a '''dick.'''
* KnifeNut: Geist loves bladed weapons, as does one of Vaiya's henchmen.
* LargeHam: Krauser in M.D. Geist II is gloriously hammy.
* MadeOfIron: Geist. He just looks like a regular human being, but can survive explosions, stabbings, and getting shot in the forehead, among other things. He also might be able to regenerate tissue damage.
* MadeOfPlasticine: A lot of people, especially in the Director's Cut version of the first OVA and in Death Force. Particularly visible in the original OVA when Geist or Crutes grab people's faces and then the faces turn into red jelly with the eyes popping out. That's some scary power.
* NakedOnArrival: Geist.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "MD" stands for "Most Dangerous" and the self-replicating robot swarm is named Death Force.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Done twice in the sequel - after Krauser throws Geist off a building, and [[TheStinger after the credits]], when only Geist's helmet is shown.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: The Death Force swarm robots look like demons, devils, gargoyles, robotic knights, and other evil creatures.
* OffModel: The series is quite possibly the poster child of anime for this.
** A non-exhaustive list includes strange lighting, objects (or characters) teleporting or disappearing, limbs moving in strange ways, multiple coloring errors on one object, drawing errors, and ''[[spoiler: Krutz's]] corpse levitating in the air for a second.''
** The generally horrendous animation is one of the things that ''made'' MD Geist infamous. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/buried-treasure/2008-10-02/buried-garbage-m.d-geist Even the animators who worked on it are said to have hated it]].
* OverlyLongName: Colonel Crutes Ovild Folgain Shtrime.
* PoweredArmor: Worn by Jerran soldiers, and a black one is donned by Geist after he acquires it from a dead soldier. In the sequel, they can fly and Krauser wears a white armor. It seems that all MDS initially had one.
* RatedMForManly
* RocketPunch: The final boss' third form does this.
* SlasherSmile: Geist has a tendency to do this.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Extremely cynical to the point of being nihilistic.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Very, very serious, despite the [[{{Narm}} horrible acting]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: In the Director's Cut of the first OVA most of the battle scenes have really unfitting music, especially in the final battle. And after that, "Merciless Soldier". While the lyrics thematically make sense, the music itself fits better for a victorious final battle, rather than for [[spoiler: condemning an entire planet's biological life to death and mentally breaking a female character.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: No one really knows what exactly should Crutes/Krutes/Krutz/Kurtz be called. Also Vaiya's name is actually Paiya. Nexrum has been written as Negstrom in the prequel comic. Geist's name, according to his dogtags, is "Most Dangerous Soldier-02 Geist", but the opening scene calls him "Most Dangerous Geist" as does the full title of the OVA ("Demon-garbed Soldier Most Dangerous Geist"), and then Crutes/Krutes/Krutz/Kurtz comes in and calls him just "MDS".
* SuperSoldier: All the MDS fit the trope.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Geist kills a mecha pilot stabbing him in the head with a knife ''that has a hand grenade attached to its handle'' while inverse hanging from the top of the cockpit.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Vaiya experiences this during the sequel to some extent. She has horrific flashbacks of Geist and is incredibly frightened by them, but is unable to decipher coherently what they mean.
* VillainProtagonist: Geist is either this or a SociopathicHero. You can make a case for MD Krauser in the sequel too; he's the designated villain, but at least he's less evil when compared to Geist and there are points where the OVA suggests he's more of an AntiHero.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: MD Krauser may have good intentions (more or less), but he's still not much better than MD Geist.
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