YMMV / MD Geist

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Krauser save those people and offered them hospitallity because he actually cares about their well being? Or was it all just so he could get them all to worship him like a god and satisfy his own ego?
  • Americans Love M.D. Geist: M.D. Geist would've been another forgotten one-shot OVA from The '80s had it not been for its success in America. The director's cut of the original and the sequel were actually funded by Central Park Media.
    • Noted by Kageyama in an English interview.
    Kageyama: I can't believe you guys remember MD Geist. I barely remember MD Geist, and I did the song for it!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Violence of the Flame, the insert song from the original, is an early Hironobu Kageyama work. It shows. See caption.
    • The whole score is actually pretty awesome, but Violence of the Flame stands out.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The only morally upright characters in the entire show are either very quickly killed or get very little screen time. It can be a bit draining.
  • Ear Worm: Merciless Soldier and Violence of the Flame will embed themselves within your head with the speed and permanence of a cocaine-fueled brain tumor.
    • Must have something to do with the Gratuitous English lyrics. (Can't stop! He's just a soldier! and Dangerous! Most dangerous!, respectively)
  • Evil Is Cool: Say what you will about Geist unleashing the Death Force, but he's pretty badass.
  • Gateway Series: This, of all things, was one of the first anime imported to the West. For a lot of people, this was one of their first experiences with uncensored seinen anime.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the original Japanese version, at least in the Director's Cut version. Geist is voiced by Kazuhiro Nakata, who is also the actual Japanese dub voice of Marvin The Martian, whose main goal in life is destroy Earth because it was blocking his view of Venus. At the end of the OVA, he exactly does that, except in another planet and for more selfish reasons.
  • Hype Backlash: During The '90s, Central Park Media (the company that produced the English dub) hyped the release of the OVA so much, that they made Geist himself the "spokesmecha" of their U.S. Manga Corps division. Many anime snobs who dislike M.D. Geist go as far as to declare it the "worst anime" they ever saw (even though there are more deserving contenders for that title).
    • Central Park Media founder John O'Donnell loved the series as such where it actually made the staff at CPM disgusted with their founder's fascination with it, if the comments of Anime News Network's Justin Sevakis are any indication as he used to work with the company.
  • Moral Event Horizon: You just know Geist isn't quite kosher throughout the first OVA, but you don't see just how utterly fucked up he is until he intentionally triggers a worldwide genocidal Robot War (that almost succeeds in wiping out humanity) just so he can fight deadly foes constantly.
  • Narm: The animation errors and the poor dubbing make MD Geist a much more hilarious experience than was likely intended.
    • Narm Charm: There is something really enjoyable about just how deep Geist's voice is in the dub.
  • So Bad, It's Good: While it's technically incompetent and the dubbing is hilariously awful, it can honestly be a lot of fun. It occupies a similar niche of enjoyment to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night's original English dub; it's incredibly goofy and questionably executed, but entertaining in spite of itself and clearly made with love.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The OEL manga seems to have been written by someone who desperately wanted to make something good of MD Geist's story.
    • For that matter, MD Geist II is significantly prettier and, while perhaps a little less coherent, certainly more original than the first OVA's "what if there was a bizarro-world version of Fist of the North Star" High Concept.
  • Surprisingly Similar Stories: MD Geist II's premise is oddly similar to the 1995 film Screamers (which itself is based on the short story Second Variety by Philip K. Dick). Both works feature a distant colony of Earth being rendered into an unhabitable wasteland due to nuclear warfare between two political factions, followed by one of the sides unleashing self-replicating, sand-burrowing- flesh-eating robots who attack anyone still left alive on the planet.
  • Vindicated by History: While not exactly playing this trope straight, there have been a few articles as of late that try to attempt to discredit the whole "M.D. Geist is the worst anime ever" thing. They do make valid points.