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  • 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.
  • Awesome Music: The Teknoman OP. Seriously one of Shuki Levy's finest compositions.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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.
  • 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.
  • Moe: Regardless of the reception of II, it's also agreed that Yumi/Hiver is a very adorable girl, with cute voices to match. 'Little sister' feel and klutziness also included in the pack.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Natasha is the only new Tekkaman character that didn't have a subplot on her own; when compared to Yumi trying to prove herself to Aki and D-Boy or David's relationship with Dead.
  • Vindicated by History: After the release of Super Robot Wars W, the negative reception of Tekkaman Blade II wanes quite significantly since it was one of the most beloved SRW installment and the magic of Super Robot Wars especially works wonders for II (and one particular Tekkaman became quite the Game-Breaker). Sure, the OVA itself is not completely rescued, but at least the concepts and potentials have been salvaged over time.


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