YMMV: MD Geist
- 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.
Kageyama: I can't believe you guys remember MD Geist. I barely remember MD Geist, and I did the song for it!
- Noted by Kageyama in an English interview.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 arguably many worse titles).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.