YMMV / Vandread

  • Badass Decay: Averted with the second Harvester mothership, which learned from earlier battles. It takes a Heroic Sacrifice by Gascogne to stop it. Played straight with the three motherships in the Grand Finale, where they are destroyed rather easily.
  • Freud Was Right: The way the girls (Dita and Jura more than Meia) fight over who gets to combine with Hibiki, not to mention Barnette's jealousy of Jura's intense desire to combine with Hibiki and the fact that a Vanguard can only combine with a Dread, not another Vanguard...yes, the Combining Mecha are totally a metaphor for sex.
    • The Tarak ship and the pirate ship combining, with Bart as its pilot Buck-nekkid and all) represents reproduction.
      • To analyze that metaphor further, the Nirvana's development of what amounts to a Wave-Motion Gun and the uncooperativeness of the Paxis at the time are an obvious analogue for Puberty, and the actual firing of said gun could be one for ejaculation.
    • At least early on, whenever Hibiki and the girls were done, the boy was absolutely exhausted for no real reason, especially if he combined multiple times in a battle.
      • In that case, the Super Vandread would be an analogue to a... fivesome? Hibiki, Dita, Meia, Jura and not to forget Pyoro...
      • Maybe a convoluted summary of their final relationships, or that they are one big happy family?
    • The first time Hibiki and Meia combined, when we first saw them after the last Harvester was destroyed, they both collapsed in their seats exhausted, taking in deep, panting breaths. I think they were sweating too.
    • Seriously? How has no-one mentioned Dita's highly... suggestive bouncy-ness after the second use of Vandread Dita??? XD
  • Game Breaker: Super Vandread, so much so that it wasn't used outside of the finale after its first appearance because it would win all the fights in five minutes. And even then, the only thing that can prove a challenge to it is the single most powerful ship in the Harvest Fleet.
  • HSQ: Bart unlocking the Nirvana's Beam Spam and later, Super Vandread's debut.
  • Idiot Plot: Seriously, at the beginning. If you were gonna go up against space pirates in a massive experimental battleship, you should at least let it be run by an experienced crew or give the assigned one some combat training. There should've been no excuse to cancel the exhibition either, even if it was interrupted by someone trying to steal the mecha used, if that was gonna give them a possible chance against the upcoming space pirate force that is Magno's. Not to mention that Tarak is all about efficiency and sending an inexperienced crew to deal with a threat that has more combat experience is already a contradiction to that belief.
  • Les Yay: It is mainly between Barnette and Jura, justified in that they were both from a lesbian-based world setting. In Second Stage, it happens briefly between Misty and Meia.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The humans still on Earth cross it by creating the aliens that the Nirvana's crew regularly fight against in order to harvest the organs of their spacefaring brothers and sisters for the sake of self preservation.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Bart. Not only was he rescued, but he Took a Level in Badass, complete with the Nirvana gaining a Beam Spam.
  • The Scrappy: Pyoro and Bart.
    • An interesting note about Pyoro. Before he became a scrappy, he was an emotionless automaton with hardly any emotion whatsoever. However, he's still a candidate for scrappydom by being intensely irritating Plucky Comic Relief.