They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of MD Geist II: Death Force, Soukihei MD Geist, Shadow Skill, and more!
6: MD Geist II: Death Force
MAL Score: 5.03
After unleashing the Death Force machines all over the planet Jerra, Geist has kept himself busy by dismantling them one by one. But now he faces a formidable opponent in the form of Krauser, another M.D.S. (Most Dangerous Soldier) who has aligned himself as the only savior of mankind.
It follows on from MD Geist.
It is very unusual, dark, and nihalistic.
Nothing is what it seems.
It is the opposite of most anime and most stories.
The lead is MD Geist, a man who like killing and nothing else.
And the opponents are MD Krauser and his army, who run a moving citadel and helps people.
Not for altruistic reasons all the time. But people are helped.
And you want MD Geist and Eagle to win.
After the events of MD Geist, the Deathforce have overun the planet.
And they eat the people to make more of them.
It’s a bit more gorey. Especially when the deathforce are there.
The characters are all unusal and dark, and nothing is what it seems about them.
It had another MD soldier.
MD Krauser. He’s good, but a bit of a egomaniac. And he’s less well made than MD Geist.
There is more on the MD programme.
The scientist who made the MD soldiers is in.
And there is Eagle. A very unfortunate cyborg who is treated very badly.
It has a happy ending.
It has a straightforward and unusual story.
MD Geist has been dismantling the deathforce for ages. And is happy killing stuff.
Then he get’s captured by MD Krauser. Who is justifiablely scared of him.
Then he get’s experimented on, and cybernetically augmented against his will.
And goes beserk.
He and the discarded Eagle do what you might expect, especially if you saw the first film, and ruin Krausers day in a big way.
Showing that the citadel is’nt nice if your MD Geist or Eagle.
It has awesome fights, and features giant robots, gore, violence.
The deathforce range from horrible bug things to giant monsters. Including centaurlike ones with a gun in a odd place.
The music is absolutely awesome.Some of the best music in anime, ever.
The animation is better than the first film.
MD Geist and MD Krauser are extremely badass.
MD Geist is the ultimate awesome badass.
It is a absolutely awesome anime. You should definately watch it.
To celebrate the release of a live action “Kite”, which I consider one of the worst anime ever made, I am reviewing another one of the absolute nadirs of anime. MD Geist 2: Death Force
At the end of the first movie, Massive Dick Geist decided to activate the “death force” which released thousands of killer robots with the purpose of destroying the world. He did this in order to have fun new opponents to fight, even if it means the death of everyone on the planet. A few years later the robots have indeed killed almost everyone, but another MD (Most Dangerous) soldier named Krauzer has built a protective fortress and is worshipped as a God by the remainder of humanity. Geist decides to kill Krauzer and lead the Death Force robots to the city so they can destroy it…because Geist is a prick! The film ends in anti-climactic fashion with Geist missing in action. Fortunately, we will never have to find out if he survived or not because a sequel to this piece of shit is unlikely.
I didn’t think the art and animation could get worse from the first one. This is the series where in the original VHS there were scenes were characters’ bodies would disappear and leave floating heads on the screen. The animation actually looks shittier in the sequel and this was 1996! The original at least had the excuse that it was released in the 1980s where almost every anime besides massive projects like Akira and Ghost in the Shell looked like shit.
The voice acting is even worse than the first Geist! In one infamous seen a child gives the most apathetic death cry ever followed by Geist’s bizzare line delivery: Your…not worthy to… be a GOD Krauzer! I think Geist follows the Christopher Walkin school of cadence and sentence structure!
This movie is so laughably terrible it simply has to be seen to be believed. Don’t believe the trolls who say this is a classic macho “manime”. There is only ONE reason to watch MD Geist 2 and that is to laugh your ass off at how fucking terrible every minute of it is!
Story: 4 (Decent)
The story picks up where the first left off: Geist, fueled by his lust for random chaos, destruction, and battle, has unleashed the Death Force, a horde of robots designed to be a "final option" of total destruction (much like real-life nukes) from the Brain Palace (yes, this is what the dub actually calls them). These powerful robots are capable of reproducing, feasting on humans and using their flesh as raw materials. Only a single outpost remains safe from the Death Force, a military base protected by the second only successful specimen of the Most Dangerous Soldier project, M.D. Krauser. Krauser, though more stable than Geist, learns that his predecessor is still alive and out there, and aware of his bloodlust is determined to become the last Most Dangerous Soldier standing, even if it means sacrificing all that he protects.
The plot does sound more complex and developed than the first OVA, and in all fairness it is, but it ends up working at the same level as a ringworm is a more complexly developed life form than an amoeba. The plot is ultimately Krauser vs. Geist, and there is little in the way of what really amounts to window dressing to give it additional depth.
Character: 3 (Poor)
Despite an expanded cast of characters, more than just the addition of Krauser, the characters of this OVA suffer the same rating as the first, and for many of the same reasons. For starters, Freya’s voice actor is back, which means that despite ten years we’re still treated to what should be classified as a breach of the Geneva Convention. Geist and Krauser remain the most developed characters, and Krauser is as one-dimensional and single-minded as Geist, except that, as a more stable example of a Most Dangerous Soldier, he has even less of an excuse for it. Krauser’s singular and noble drive to protect what he can of Jerra’s population is swept under the rug for his singular and less noble drive of finishing off Geist, and his would-be private fiefdom suffers dearly for it. Meanwhile, Krauser’s cronies seem just as banally motivated, only this time they all want to kill their leader…for some reason, even if it means knowingly helping a homicidal maniac who would kill them if they didn’t happen to be the only means of getting to Krauser. All other characters are pretty much meant to just stand there and die in gruesome ways, which occupies at least half of the entire OVA’s screen time, oddly enough perhaps being the most enjoying, or at least tolerable, thing this OVA has to offer.
Enjoyment: 5 (Medicore)
…which remains unchanged from the first OVA. The big difference here, however, is that the sequel ratchets up the on-screen gore, with the first act consisting entirely of Geist destroying a small contingent of Death Force robots in an admittedly awesome and downright GAR way, followed by many, many people having their heads explode after being chomped upon by the remaining 9,099 robots (yes, this stupid-looking number actually has a meaning to the plot). At least the creators knew what they were doing this time, and delivered more of what made the first OVA oddly tolerable, with a corresponding increase in still decent action scenes which are unfortunately also followed by a corresponding increase in laughably pathetic attempts at sexual tension and arousal.
And with that, our final score is:
…as with its predecessor, for some different reasons, but largely for the same.
Once again, more can be read about the bizarre histories of M.D. Geist and M.D. Geist II – Death Force at Justin Sekis’ "Buried Garbage" column at Anime News Network.
5: Soukihei MD Geist
MAL Score: 5.32
In the distant future, mankind has colonized other planets in the universe. While many planets lived in peace, the planet Jerra has been ravaged by decades of war. Geist is an M.D.S. (Most Dangerous Soldier), an enhanced human with unsurpassed combat capabilities and an insatiable lust for battle. Because of his uncontrollable nature, Geist is cryogenically frozen and locked in a satellite. Several years later, the satellite crashes and Geist wakes up from his sleep to engage in another war. This time, to help the army stop the planet’s central computer from activating a doomsday device that will lead to total annihilation of all life on Jerra.
1. THE STORY: I’m not going to ruin anything for you, but Geist shrugs narrative structure of yesteryear because, well, it is too bad ass for that. Bam! People are dying! Bam! Welcome to Fist of the North Star minus ATATATATATA. Bam! Geist is naked, and you know he’s the hero, because he’s the hardest dude around.
See, MD Geist achieves something most anime can’t even dream of. Exposition is for the weak. You see Geist, and you know Geist. Appearances are what makes this, and you don’t need some family history to let you know anything, okay? The story is like an eight-course-meal when you only ordered seven. It’s so much, and all you can do is accept it, because, secretly, you wanted it all along. It comes naturally, and isn’t hard to stomach in the least.
Otherwise, Geist presents several glimpses at dystopian post-apocalypse society, questions the superficiality that the movie indoctrinates us to (OH, MIND BLOWN, RIGHT?), and even constructs masculinity in such a way that has us wondering at the end if our drive for power—which is greater than sex—will ultimately destroy us. Amazing. Potent. Far beyond what any moe~moe or typical shonen could hope to ever achieve.
2. THE ART: Not a single frame is wasted in the rich portrayal of Geist’s Most Dangerousocity. You see, back in the nineties/late eighties, there was this idea that people should look, well, like people, and tech should look like tech, and everything should be this detailed, amazing experience. This gave life a meaning, because you could take a break from the dreary ad nauseam of reality and escape into this believable, hyper-realistic, super-awesome world of beauty, blood, and intrigue. The designs for the robots, suits, weapons, and characters are so top-notch, well done, and just fun to see. It’s all like imagination made real, like what anime should aspire to. Nothing is left to imagination—Fire is fire. Blood is blood. Geist is a man. Bishoujos go home. As I mentioned earlier, the art even mirrors an ever present question throughout the plot: Nothing is what it seems. The Charismatic Hero? He’s actually Geist. The Scandalous Babe? She’s actually a weak woman, wishing only to be loved. See, characters are far more complex than what’s exterior, and the way that looks play into the plot mirrors the murkier aspects of society.
3. SOUND: Despite the dub of this being made of gold, I’m going to tell you to watch this subbed. Why? Norio Wakamoto is Geist, the most powerful man in the universe. If you don’t know Norio, well, he’s the most powerful seiyuu in the universe. But, hey, if that isn’t enough, this OVA also features the most inspiration, well-made tune in anything, ever. If you haven’t heard Merciless Soldier, time for infinite Youtube. Because you’ll want to listen to it more than once. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised that Norio got his voice from being inspired by that song.
4. CHARACTER: Geist is the Most Dangerous. I don’t need to say anything else. Honestly, if Char Aznable grew a pair and became the most dynamic wastelander with a purpose, you’d have a weakling version of Geist, who is, essentially, this dual character of Christ and the Antichrist. Reborn in flames, making this journey, purging the sinful… Think about it, man.
5. ENJOYMENT: There is not a single second of this that isn’t amazing. At one point, Geist guns out this robot’s window and stabs the pilot in the face. WITH A GRENADE ATTATCHED TO THE KNIFE! Hardcore doesn’t begin to describe what’s going on here. Every movement is so quick, so amazing, and so unlike the last. Geist’s journey becomes our own, and it’s an amazing adventure, allowing escape from the corrupt politics of the early 90’s and into a world where those same politics are shut up by a jack-knife to the face.
6. OVERALL: MD Geist is one of those rare masterpieces that manages to humbly whirl its fingers, sleep through class, and make a solid three-point-five GPA. Geist is a tearful journey through society itself, following what represents unlimited choices, ending in a way that’s never pandering to fans, never giving up on its true intent. If you’re tired of the tedium that is anime nowadays, or, heck, life nowadays, give MD Geist a go. It’ll flip turn upside down your entire forty minutes of life spent worshipping it with your eyeballs. At the least, it’ll transport you to those days of yore, where everything was simpler, strong men fought stronger men, and life was meant to be enjoyed.
Particularly surprised considering how old, "well-known" and (in)famous this particular one-episode OVA is. M.D. Geist is really not any better or worse than most of the subpar anime series that was released to the U.S. from the early 80’s to the early 90’s. In some circles, it’s particularly infamous but not so much for what it actually is or how bad the story is, but more on that later.
Story: 5 (Medicore)
The story begins in the far future, where humanity has colonized space. One of the planets, Jerra, lost contact with Earth and civil war broke out between a grassroots rebellion and the ruling planetary government. To counteract the rebels, the government created the M.D.S., or Most Dangerous Soldier (yeah, seriously) program, which would create bio-engineered soldiers capable of taking on any mission. The first fully capable soldier from the program, M.D. Geist, was so unstable he was locked away on an orbiting satellite until it crashed into the planet’s surface, unleashing Geist upon a divided and war-torn world.
Of course it’s easy to make any work sound cliche through a basic, boiled-down premise, but with M.D. Geist, that’s all you get. A "twist" thrown in is that Geist is more interested in chaos than actually helping either side establish order, but as any M. Night Shaymalan fan can tell you simple twists wear thin real quick. A legitimate twist does come at the very end, way too late to salvage anything. The story is certainly not going to carry this OVA at best and at worst, is just downright bizarre and disturbing.
Art: 5 (Medicore
And neither is the art style, which as far as I can tell is completely unremarkable compared to contemporary works. There’s not much to say about this category, so we’re moving on.
Sound: 2 (Dreadful)
The sound or music quality isn’t really all that spectacular, but neither is it really all that bad. What really brings it down, however, is the voice acting, which is a nice segue into….
Character: 3 (poor)
Actually, the characterization of Geist isn’t all that bad. His voice actor (who is otherwise most notable for providing the voice for background or minor support characters, and sadly passed away a number of years ago) remarkably carries off a tone not unlike Vin Diesel’s performance in Pitch Black, perhaps all the more appropriate given just who Geist is. Geist is a very one-dimensional character, but when all you crave is wanton chaos and destruction, it’s easy to let that one slip by. However, this all at best makes him a rather average if not interesting character, and the rest of the cast and voice acting is simply dreadful. At the top of the list is Freya, whose character model is actually pretty damn sexy for what we’re dealing with, but is a completely flat, unmotivated character whose actions are performed solely to remind the audience that she’s not a zombie, and worst of all, her voice actor is just atrocious. Seriously – I had to listen to someone drag their fingernails across a chalkboard as therapy after listening to her grating work. Though at least she probably still had a lot of employment in the past eight years or so – going to places like Abu Grahib and Guantanamo Bay where her voice no doubt provided valuable interrogation work. Geist and Freya are the only two characters the OVA wants you to care about (but not the audience) which probably is the reason why all the other characters to appear are either mind numbingly bland or have bizarre character designs whose only purpose is to remind us of how stupid 80’s fashion accessories were. Oh yeah, they also have another purpose – to die horribly.
Enjoyment: 5 (Medicore)
Really, the massive amounts of gore being splattered against everything is probably actually the most enjoyable aspect, and perhaps the only reason why this OVA is worth watching. Otherwise, this work just comes off as bland as everything else in it.
Which gives M.D. Geist an overall score of:
Yup, it’s…decent. Just…decent. Come for the blood and guts (you’ll probably find it so over the top you just can’t help but enjoy it) and admittedly pretty good action scenes, stay for the…well there’s nothing to stay for.
Fun facts: This was, bizarrely enough, the favorite anime of John O’Donnell, who happened to be none other than the CEO of Central Park Media, one of the largest distributors of anime in the English speaking world during the 80s and into the early 90s. So enthralled was he with M.D. Geist that he made Geist a part of the logo of CPM at the beginning of every anime intro that was licensed by them and even bought a rare vinyl record of the OST. And in the ultimate show of love for a particular anime, he and CPM funded and commissioned entirely on their own a sequel, M.D. Geist II: Death Force, of which you can read about in my review of that work. More information on both the sequel and John O’Donnell’s bizarre love affair can be found at Justin Sakis’ "Buried Garbage" column at Anime News Network.
MD Geist is a very unusal lead. He is one of my most favourite characters ever in anime.
MD Geist has a fairly simple, straightforward, story, and works well because of it.
There is no need to be overcomplex, when you can have a badass lead and well written, but straightforward, characters.
It’s nihalistic, dark, and straightforward.
MD Geist is the complete opposite of wussy boy anime males. The total and utter opposite. Handsome, powerful, and masculine.
He does nothing you might expect, including when it comes to the female lead.
He likes killing, and nothing diverts him from it.
You’ll never think of combat knives in the same way again, once you watch it.
Nothing is what it seems.
The female lead, Vaiya, is not what she seems.
Even the 3 bandits she works with are unusual. At one point they display uncommon good sense. You think they’re going to be meatshield fodder. and they do the exact opposite.
The twist at the end is surprising, and good.
The music absolutely awesome! I love the music. It’s some of the best music in any anime, ever.
You should definately watch this anime. It’s awesome!
4: Shadow Skill
Japanese: 影技 SHADOW SKILL
MAL Score: 6.57
In this OVA, the story of Gau’s history with his adopted sister and the secrets that make up the shadow skill unfold. The pair make their annual return to the gravesite of Gau’s parents, where his growth and progress as a warrior can be exhibited for them. Gau has come along way in his training as a Sevalle under Elle’s mentorship, but there are those who wish to find a way of eliminating them, just waiting for the right opportunity to mount a deadly attack. As the travellers make their journey, their family bonds and skill will be tested. Opponents are many, and battles are fierce, but Gau’s training also entails taking on his sister in battle, and fully embracing the skills he must learn to defeat his ultimate opponent.
Unfortunately there are also disproportionate amounts of awkward exposition which don’t lend themselves well to this kind of anime. Most people watching this kind of show probably want lots of action with healthy doses of plot and history introduced gradually. There are some interesting aspects to Shadow Skill (such as its magic system and special techniques), but this OVA does a mediocre job at best at developing them.
The characters are kind of rushed/forced, and the supporting characters are reduced to the roles of mysterious inexplicable cameos.
The animation is ok although it can look rather unappealing at times.
The music wasn’t memorable and the dubbing is some of the worst I’ve heard, down there with Silent Mobius.
Finally, despite the fact that it is called Epilogue, it appears that this OVA somehow comes before the proceeding one, oddly enough. Furthermore, epilogues are usually a conclusion of some sort, so not only does this OVA have nothing to do with the other one, it also doesn’t really conclude anything…
Animationwise it still had the same look like the movie was, and the story was´nt bad at all , something different that all that constant fighting.It also shows the personal inside struggle of Gau ban and ELLe Ragu, 2 protagonists, like a person has in its everyday life. The characters itself are maybe a bit slow at the beginning an uninterested but they make it up with some nice fightscenes and interesting technique´s wich is.nt too hard to execute and ofc fitting music as a add-on. I really enjoyed it somewhat and even watch it again time to time but i really reccoimend the serie´s
3: Shadow Skill (1996)
English: Shadow Skill: The Movie
Japanese: 影技 SHADOW SKILL
MAL Score: 6.58
In a war torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stands against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons—their unswerving dedication to good and the superhuman martial art known as the Shadow Skill…
This was alright. A little slow, but enough to maybe get you interested in watching the TV series. Since this is a fighting show, you have to take it for what it is. The thing I probably like most about Shadow Skill is how the fights take place. I like the use of (Shinto?) card magic in this series, particularly the fact that they give little speeches of their abilities, almost as if they are actual partners. The special techniques (i.e. Shadow Skills) used are similarly interesting.
A very rough image of the world is painted and the conflicts and situations are certainly more involved/interesting. A common problem with shonen shows like this however is that they seem to have some trouble developing the non-action segments. Exposition usually comes in the form of inexplicably detailed dialogue, often with strangers, sometimes while fighting, and/or as some kind of inner monologue. This can be a bit annoying (and silly), especially if what is being said is uninteresting or uninformative.
You do get a better sense of the characters and their friends in this one. Some of the characters names are pretty silly though.
The art in this one is different than the previous OVA. It’s more solid, colorful and fluid, but also uses some really thick lines and pretty strange designs. Of course it still retains that same weird, old, "perpetually hazy," look.
The music was ok I guess. I don’t remember it evoking too much of a sense of excitement, certainly not very often. The dubbing on the other hand is comically terrible. So much so you may enjoy this show more if you find that kind of thing funny, and have the stomach to sit through some of the worst voice acting possible.
2: Saber Marionette R
English: Saber Marionette R
Japanese: SMガールズ セイバーマリオネットR
MAL Score: 6.59
Jr., the heir of Romana and his battle sabers Cherry and Lime, who have girl circuits are enjoying their peaceful life in Romana. Suddenly, the evil Star-Face and his sexadolls attack Romana in order to take over so Star-Face can become the next High Official. In order to truly become the next High Official and ruler of Romana, he must first eliminate Jr. This begins a battle for, not only Jr.’s life, but for all of Romana.
The three main characters in this part of the series still maintain the same names, but are completely new models. Lime is now more childish looking with brown hair; Cherry as well looks like a kid, and has red hair (she still has pretty much the same attitude though); Bloodberry looks like she’s in her teens again, but has black (a.k.a. dark blue) hair and a more mature look and personality.
While I am a huge fan of the other parts of the Saber Marionette series, even I have to say that this one seems to be the best out of all of them. Maybe it’s due to how the story is told, or maybe it’s due to the fact that the animation style fits the new surroundings, which are more western.
This part of the series often gets overlooked due to how old it is, which is a real shame with how good the story is. The story itself was actually an old raido show that was broadcast in Japan many years before the J saga came along, which ended up getting animated (thus the reason for the R saga only being a few episodes long).
In the end, this saga has a different feel than the other parts of the Saber Marionette series, and may not be liked by everyone. But I suggest that you give this short OVA a shot if you find it.
With all this to brag about, there is one fatal flaw to the whole affair. It is, in the big picture, utterly generic. It has nothing all that interesting to say in terms of plot. Going with my hollywood comparison, it favors style over substance. And quite frankly, that has to be the fault of the original story, those who worked on this adaption are not at fault. As far as adaptations go, I would say this adaption is a 9/10 adaption of 6/10 material. Thus, we have a high 7/10, halfway between good and great. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a mature and quality take on the Saber Marionette concept.
1: Tsugumomo OVA
English: Tsugumomo2 OVA
Japanese: つぐもも OVA
MAL Score: 6.91
Includes six segments: Boku no Tsukumogami-sama, Sentou nite, Boku no Goshujin-sama, Kokuyou no Ongaeshi, Saigo no Toride, and Erohon Kaigi. Bundled with the special edition of the 24th manga volume.
A pure ecchi episode that shows the cowardliness of the MC whilst he climaxes in various situations. That is effectively what we have here and yes the MC has gone Ichika Orimura on us effectively to an extent. Where he differs is that he wants to do it but says he doesn’t want to change their relationship. He says this but has had a climax on various girls various times in the show. He should embrace them, especially Kiriha.
Oh, and nipples have made an appearance here too in a more visual way.
Art is the same as ever just more polished but in keeping with the previous design for a later year.
Sound is good fun and goes very nicely with the OVA.
Characters do not develop as such just provides more context to what we already know. I wasn’t sure before on how cowardly the MC was but this confirms it. He does seem to be playing a pretty good game of ignorance whilst getting it all though. The rest of the girls all seem pretty easy too with how willing they are to go with it all.
One notable comment made is the lack of NTR is spoken by a few characters in the show so far from the main show and here which is funny since much of the situations are exactly that by intent I presume as a subtle way of mentioning it.
It is a pretty enjoyable OVA from a show that was never serious, to begin within 22 minutes or so.
Pros: We get to see the continuation of life of Kazuya as he struggles everyday to live with his very difficult tsukugami Kiriha who always has the habit of being this care free bitchy girl who bosses Kazuya around with her antics and evil acts and as usual Kazuya still doesn’t make any efforts to even say “NO” to her. And part of the usual were the other girls like Kukuri, Chisato , Sunao and Kukuyo whome were still vying for the guy’s affection…….
Cons: No story at all, just a lotta random echiness where we get to see the main guy get sexually harassed by his Tsukugami……
Verdict: 5 over 10.
Pros: A lotta naked scene that includes Chisato and Kukuyo’s naked bods.
Cons: My dislike for Kiriha and Kukuri’s chibi naked form.
Verdict: 7 over 10.
Pros: The usual seiyuus who did the character’s voices.
Cons: The usual seiyuus who did the character’s voices and I hate both the opening a closing theme.
Verdict: 5 over 10.
Pros:The usual girls whom were competing for Kazuya’s affection and them not having any reservation of going all natural ( know what I’m saying?)
Cons: The usual main guy character who despite of sleeping with his cute and bitchy tsukugami only got as far a getting a hand from the latter (know what I’m saying?)
Verdict: 5 over 10.
Pros: I just stayed for the eechi.
Cons: I’m pissed that Kazuya only gets a hand from Kiriha.
Verdict: 7 over 10.
Verdict: 1 over 10:
Very trashy OVA……
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Tsugumomo OVA
2. Saber Marionette R
3. Shadow Skill (1996)
4. Shadow Skill
5. Soukihei MD Geist
6. MD Geist II: Death Force