YMMV / Tekkaman Blade

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The English dub casts a different take on Shinya's character, so Japanese fans see him as an innocent victim of the Radam while English-speaking fans see him rather as someone who was already twisted and relished in the opportunity given to him by the Radam to kill his brother, torture his own sister into suicide and terrorize an entire planet. The Burning Clock special strongly suggests that while Shinya had resentments towards his brother, he did not enjoy what the Radam turned him into.
    • The English Dub also paints Darkon in a different light than Omega. Omega was the Radham Commander of the Earth Invasion but he still showed concern for his underlings. He gives Shinya encouragement when he's feeling inferior to Takaya and imprisons him to keep him from using the dangerous evolution to Blastor Form. He also shows love for Sword. Darkon, on the other hand, is a "Warlord" who doesn't give a damn about those under him and his imprisonment of Saber was a nonfatal case of You Have Failed Me. He also explicitly tells Sword not to assume things due to what they once were.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Teknoman OP. Seriously one of Shuki Levy's finest compositions.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Noal. In fact, one of many reason why II is hated are the fact that Noal is killed off screen before the events of II.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fandoms just don't consider II canon.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Miyuki/Rapier's death is harsh, true. But it's now even harsher after her Japanese VA (Yuko Mizutani) passed away.
  • Iron Woobie/The Woobie: Takaya "Blade" Aiba. D-Boy? More like 'Poor Boy'... Also a Stoic Woobie and Jerkass Woobie.
  • Macekre/Woolseyism: The U.S. dub, Teknoman. Oddly enough, it became an instant cult-fave, to the point that Tekkaman Blade II, despite being more faithful to the original material, was scorned.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Heinrich. He manipulates everyone the way other characters breathe, always seeming heartless and ruthless, but it's all to save the world from an unstoppable army spawned by an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Memetic Badass : Evil and Blade. Although, when you consider how overpowered they are, it isnt that far from the truth.
    • Evil with Masquerade playing in the background. Ironic since its the part where he is dead.
  • Memetic Mutation: While not nearly to the point of his predecessor's SPACE LANCE!, VOLTEKKA! and any corresponding joke about the number of microphones Toshiyuki Morikawa broke while belting these words out sees it fair share of usage. The appearance of both Tekkamen in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom only seems to have exacerbated this.
  • Narm: The U.S. dub's insertion of constant light-hearted battle quips for D-boy in his Tekkaman form are incredibly out-of-place and out-of-character attempts to add the precious early-ninties commodity known as "'tude" to a character who didn't need it.
  • Narm Charm: The U.S. dub replaces the battle music with a block rockin' techno beat, causing the entire show to sound like one big Stupid Statement Dance Mix, and it is glorious!
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: D-boy's Angst-ridden lone-wolf shtick is a bit grating today, but it was far from common in the era the show aired in, when there hadn't been countless Cloud Strife/Sasuke Uchiha characters to make everyone sick of it.
  • Signature Scene: Many remember the final battle between Blade and Evil very well.