Movie Reviews: MD Geist

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MD Geist


Jason Beck as MD Geist
Joan Baker as Vaiya
John Hollywood as MD Krauser
David Couch as Colonel Krutes
Greg Stuhr as Dr. Breston
David Fuher as Eagle

Distributed by: Studio Wave and Nippon Columbia

Directed by: Koichi Ohata and Hayato Ikeda

Country: Japan

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Horror, Anime,

Year of Release: 1986-1996

Synopsis: Also known as "Sokihei MD Geist" (装鬼兵MD ガイスト, Solider Garbed Demon MD Geist), the story is set in far future, where mankind has colonized various planets across the galaxy. However, on a distant planet called "Jerra", a rebellious force known as the "Nexrum" believed that Earth should not be involved in governing these extra terrestrial colonies. Thus, planet Jerra was ravaged by a gruesome and devastating civil war between the Regular army and the Nexrum army, with excessive brutality mostly on the Regular army. Since the Nexrum was more technologically advanced with their robotic mech suits and vehicles, the opposing side was nearly wiped out, and the planet became theirs to rule. However, Dr. Breston, a scientist from the Regular army, created the "MDS"; a series of genetically enhanced super soldiers. The title character, MD Geist, is the second in the line of these experimental soldiers, genetically engineered to act as a single minded killing machine. But all of the experiments went homicidally insane, and attacked everything in sight including their allies. MD Geist himself was particularly bloodthirsty, and was deemed too great a threat to humanity that he was imprisoned in a stasis satellite, which was launched into Jerra's orbit. But then, several years later, the satellite hurls its way back into Jerra's surface, and Geist awakens with a sole desire for personal revenge.

Personal Comments: Before I begin, I just want to say that before I posted my first submission of the titular character, I've referenced the anime in many of my earlier reviews as well as in some of my other submissions. But I seemed to have been clueless about that until SilverZeo pointed out to me that I tend to talk about MD Geist almost as much as I talk about Golgo 13. And well, he's right; I talk about it all the time. So let me take this time to let it all out, because this review is entirely dedicated to the lesser known anime cartoon known as "MD Geist". To start from the beginning, I first learned about MD Geist when I was watching an old VHS tape called "Metal Head" which is a promo video for well-known heavy metal bands like AC/DC, Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and Kiss. However, the anime is never talked about in the video other than just the occasional uses of footage from the first episode, which were accompanied by fast paced heavy metal music. The scenes were briefly used in between the documentations of the said bands. I saw MD Geist for the first time back in the year 2000 when I rented the first episode from my local Hollywood video store. And I have to admit I was quite curious to see what it was about since those brief segments in that promo video caught my attention. There are only two episodes in the entire series. The first episode was released in 1986. That was the year that saw the releases of Top Gun, Platoon, Flight of the Navigator, Short Circuit, and Transformers: The Movie. But the second episode titled "MD Geist II: Death Force" didn't come out until a full 10 years later in 1996. By then, Independence Day was in theaters, Road Rovers was on TV, and the N64 was just released in America. There was even a "Director's Cut" version of the first episode, which features an entirely different voice cast for the Japanese version. It also includes more modern sound effects, and additional scenes of footage that were not previously seen in the original 1986 version. Unfortunately, the original version of the first episode was only released on VHS. Luckily, the DVD edition that I currently have in my possession contains both the Director's Cut version of the first episode and the sequel in one disk.

Before I continue, I just want to say that MD Geist is perhaps one of the rarest and most unheard of titles in anime history. The series was not very well received when it first came out in Japan. Heck, it was barely noticed in Japan. And even today, it receives a lot of negative bashing from the anime community for its mediocre quality. In fact, many people consider MD Geist to be one of the flat out worst anime cartoons ever made. Some people say its so bad its good, while for others its a nostalgic guilty pleasure. However, the series has a fair fanbase in America despite its mostly negative reputation among audiences. Personally, I think MD Geist is not as bad as some people have criticized it of being. Admittedly, the story is not too shabby, but not all that well-written, and there's really not much to the series except for its attention to the violence and gore. In fact, for those of you who have never seen this anime before, its worth mentioning in advance that MD Geist is an extremely gory and violent show. In fact, its one of the bloodiest anime cartoons I've seen in my life. Trust me, you have no idea how gruesome it is until you've seen it for yourself. Definitely not something you should let your kids see or they'll have nightmares for the rest of their lives. Admittedly, this anime is part of where I got some of my inspiration for my Road Rovers OC, Geist the Doberman. After all, I admitted that in my first submission of him. Again, the story in this anime isn't bad. But neither the history of the war or the characters are given enough time to be fleshed out, which is one of the anime's problems, and probably the reason why it was given a bad wrap.

Of course, I'd also like to point out that I have seen both the English and Japanese versions of this cartoon respectively. However, like most anime cartoons at the time, the English version suffers from poor dubbing. In fact, most of the actors don't sound like they're taking their roles seriously, and it can get cheesy at times. Especially in their poor delivery and lack of effort. However, Geist's English voice really stood out for me. Jason Beck provided the character with a pretty deep and sinister tone of voice, which in my opinion was quite appropriate for him. Moving on, MD Geist in my honest opinion is actually quite fun and enjoyable to watch. While it does have its fair share problems, the suspense and the action scenes are what really stands out in it. The animation is pretty good for its time. Though I was able to spot a few errors and mistakes here and there, like the scene towards the end of the first episode where Krute's corpse briefly gets displaced before returning to its proper place. But since the first episode was released in the 80s, that's to be expected since 80s cartoons had tons of animation errors here and there. But some of these mistakes were corrected in the Director's Cut version. Besides, it was a low-budget OVA. But for the most part, the animation is pretty decent. It's packed with heavy shading, cool perspectives, speeding backgrounds, and the occasional use of the classic "split screen" effect. Definitely some of the most common characteristics in anime. And also, even though the plot is not particularly well thought out, it has a very interesting premise with some of its own unique elements and plot twists here and there. MD Geist takes place in a similar setting to that of Fist of the North Star and Mad Max with the post apocalyptic world. Only instead of taking place on Earth, the story takes place in an entirely fictional planet called "Jerra", which in this anime is one of the many planets colonized by Earth.

It's worth mentioning that in 1996, the same year when the second episode came out, there was a series of comics based on the series titled "MD Geist: Ground Zero". But these comics are very rare and hard to come by even today. The story in the comics takes place some time before the first episode, which makes them a prequel. Only three issues were ever made, but they're enough to give us the crucial backstory to the title character himself. Because its worth pointing out that the beginning of the first episode doesn't explain much to the audience other than just giving us one of the most random yet shocking intros ever seen. The anime opens with a dark cloudy sky with a pile of human skulls scattered everywhere. Kind of like the future scenes from The Terminator. What's kind of creepy about this scene is that Geist awakens from a fatal head injury (a hole in his head), and takes down a whole air craft full of Nexrum soldiers on board. Now if that isn't creepy, I don't know what is. But still, that intro alone was enough to convince me that I was about to watch one of the craziest anime cartoons I've seen in my life. For those of you who are wondering, the "MD" in Geist's name stands for "Most Dangerous". So literally, he is "Most Dangerous Geist". And frankly, that title is quite appropriate for the character since he's a bit of a homicidal psychopath. In fact, Geist's actions speak for themselves. Especially since he tends to grin in a creepy and sinister manner on occasion. Seriously, you look me in the eyes and tell me he doesn't look psychotic.

Contrary to the anime where Geist is depicted as an insane psychopathic monster killing machine who lives solely for bloodshed and massacres, The Ground Zero comics sheds a more positive light on him by revealing to us his background as a soldier in the Regular Army. During the war on Jerra, Geist was portrayed as an emotionless and obedient machine-like soldier who would only kill in self defense or when ordered to. It is also revealed that Colonel Krutes was his commanding officer during the outbreak of the Jerran war. During a mission to destroy a Nexrum Army fortress located deep within the jungle, many of the personnel were killed, and Geist was the only survivor, donning a power-suit by the orders of one of his commanding officers, Stanton, to destroy the base. Before Stanton dies, she tells Geist never to speak to anyone of the events. Sometime after that, a Regular Army patrol discovers Geist waiting to be picked up. Before the jury in court, Geist does not speak of what happened in the mission, remembering Stanton's orders to never speak of the events that took place. For this, Colonel Krutes comes to a conclusion, based on evidence, that Geist is somehow responsible for the deaths of Regular Army personnel and for the failed mission. Krutes expresses his wish to execute Geist, but because of President Ryan's input, he is instead imprisoned in a stasis satellite, leading to the events of the first episode. And here's the thing, the comics are more obscure and unheard of than the anime itself. So had the comics been well-known, then chances are, the series may have gotten more recognition and respect. Because the comics explain everything about the story and the character. The only problem is that the artwork is not all that good, and is not up to standards for 1996. But all in all, the story in the Ground Zero comics are pretty well-written and put together.

So anyway, let's get back to the anime. I've already outlined the beginning, so I'll swiftly move on to the premise of the anime itself. Like I said, the beginning doesn't explain much to the audience. But the first thing that we instantly catch onto is that MD Geist is not the typical protagonist that most people would expect. In fact, he's not even the hero; he's the villain. Yes, that's right people, the title character in this anime is the bad guy. Quite unusual considering that most protagonists in fictional universes are either good guys or antiheroes. But that's certainly not the case with Geist here. So anyway, moving on, the story then fast forwards years after Geist was banished from the Regular Army, and the satellite he was placed in had just made its way back into Jerra. In the next shot, we see that Geist is completely naked except for his golden dogtags. I'm guessing they must have striped him of his clothes before they banished him. So anyway, after that scene is over, he goes off to exact his revenge on his creators. The next day, a stray soldier in a suit of battle armor gets wacked by a motorcycle gang who wanted the man's armor for themselves. But just before they could claim the armor from the corpse, Geist comes along, and declares that only "he" has the skill and the knowledge to use it. The gang's leader, who kind of looks like Stevie Wonder, challenges Geist to a one on one duel. Geist accepts the challenge, and with no difficulty at all, kills the boss by slicing off his arms, and then driving the blade of his knife into his head. A woman named Vaiya, who witnessed the event from afar, instantly falls in love with Geist (which is kind of an odd reaction to seeing someone get brutally murdered in front of you). She offers him the privilege to become the gang's boss, and even offers herself to him as his mate. But Geist remains completely indifferent of Vaiya, and often ignores her throughout the episode. For some reason, he doesn't kill her. But he doesn't talk to her, and nor does he acknowledge her existence. All he's interested in is war, fighting, causing mass carnage, and getting his revenge.

The next morning, Geist and the gang come across a battlefield where a massive mobile tank-like fortress is being pursued by a group of Nexrum mecha vehicles. Sporting a cool motorcycle uniform along with a pair of dark sunglasses (because 80s), Geist makes short work of the Nexrum forces with nothing but his wits, his ingenuity, and his kick ass fighting skills. After a very gruesome battle (including a part where the Colonel crushes the head of a Nexrum mecha pilot), the Regular Army welcomes Geist and Vaiya on board. However, only Colonel Krutes knows that Geist is an MDS, and that he poses an immediate threat to everybody around him. He even explains to his troops about how the MDS project turned out to be disastrous when the experiments proved too dangerous to be of any use. So the army had to cancel the project. But in spite of his warning, the troops remain in firm belief that with Geist around, completing the mission will be easier. The Colonel casually goes along with it, and briefs everybody on board including Geist about the "Death Force"; a doomsday device that when activated, will release an army of machines to exterminate all life on the planet. It was said that the Regular Army designed this weapon as a final retaliation as the war turned against them. Okay, this does sound like a convincing plot-device. I'll give it that much. But why in God's name would the military design a doomsday device to wipe out all life on the planet including themselves just because they were losing to the enemy? Nobody in their right mind would ever do such a thing! Why didn't they program these things to exterminate only the enemy? Wouldn't that make more sense? Oh well, I guess we have to have something to justify the violence and gore in this show along with there being a sequel. Later, Geist finally dons the suit of battle armor that he found earlier, and accompanies the Colonel and the troops to storm the well guarded Brain Palace fortress to deactivate the doomsday program. During the raid, the whole team is killed, with Geist and Krutes being the only survivors. Krutes then tries to do away with Geist by activating a combat robot (which has three forms) to kill him. Although he had some difficulty at first, Geist inevitably emerges victorious, and destroys the robot. Meanwhile, Colonel Krutes manages to stop the doomsday device from activating. But he soon discovers that the robot he activated has failed to kill Geist. Losing his mind, the Colonel laughs uncontrollably before Geist gruesomely crushes his head, and leaves his body on the ground to the control room. When Vaiya arrives at the control center, she sees that Geist purposefully activated the Death Force, condemning the whole planet to annihilation in order to have an enemy he can fight against. The episode ends when Geist threateningly grabs Vaiya by the throat, and says "The game is not over yet, it's just beginning." followed by Vaiya uttering a loud scream before the screen fades to black. Luckily for her, she somehow survives because we see her again in the sequel. Though, this is the last time Geist and Vaiya are seen together. Not that they had much of a relation to begin with of course.

As I've mentioned at the beginning of the review, "MD Geist 2: Death Force" wasn't released until 10 years after the first episode. Now, I had to wonder why it took them a whole decade to release the second episode. But then I remembered that the first episode wasn't that popular, and it didn't sell too well when it first came out. Because of this, Koichi Ohata (the creator and director) was rather reluctant to make the sequel. But since the series has a fair fanbase in spite of all the negative bashing and criticism it's received, John O'Connell convinced Ohata to make the sequel after paying him enough money to do so. Ohata must have thought "What the hell. Let's just give the fans the long overdue sequel, finish the story, and be done with it." And quite frankly, that's a first. Because some cult movies I know of often end in cliffhangers, and are never touched upon or explored again let alone given a sequel. A good example is Demon Knight, which I reviewed a while back. So anyway, the second episode takes place roughly a year after Geist activated the Death Force, which has ravaged planet Jerra by wiping out its population. While the remaining numbers of humanity are being slaughtered by the murderous Death Force machines (which range from robot tanks, air crafts, foot soldiers, and flesh eating robotic centipedes), Geist is entertaining himself by destroying the countless Death Force machines one by one, satisfying his lust for battle. The animation in this movie is a little more up to date than the animation from the first episode (which stands to reason as it was made 10 years later). However, some scenes don't look particularly well designed, and much of the animation consists of still images where action is involved rather than actual movement. Not to mention some of the fight scenes are poorly edited, which makes the animation look rather lazy. But to its credit, there are some nice shots here and there. I'm guessing that this was also made on a low budget. But hey, its not that bad. Oh yeah, and the second episode is twice as bloody and gruesome as the first. I'm warning you, the violence rate in this episode is definitely off the charts. Just a little heads up.

Meanwhile, the desperate survivors sought refuge in a massive fortress owned by a warlord known as Krauser, who seeks to destroy the Death Force and recreate the world in his own image. Thanks to the genius of Dr. Breston, Krauser's fortress is equipped with a device called the ESI unit, (Existence Signal Illusion) which camouflages the presence of humans from the Death Force. But although praised and loved by the refugees, Krauser holds a deadly secret; he is the prototype MDS. But his one fatal flaw is that he has a god complex, which serves as a great weakness. And you thought Blitz was arrogant and full of himself? Krauser takes the cake because he believes that because he has skills and abilities far surpassing that of others that he is a God. Unknown to Krauser, Dr. Breston (the creator of the MDS soldiers) secretly knows that Geist has made it back to Jerra, and wishes to further experiment on him for his own purposes. So he sends a cyborg named Eagle to capture Geist and bring him back to his lab. When Krauser and Vaiya first meet, she instantly notices the dog-tags on Krauser, and freaks out. But, seeing as she's been left with traumatizing memories of Geist before they parted, I guess I can't blame her. In this episode, Vaiya is no longer infatuated with Geist after realizing that she had fallen in love with a monster. And she dares not to mention his name to anybody even to Krauser, who believes that it's his destiny to kill Geist. Eventually, Geist and Krauser clash to settle old scores. However, Krauser's god complex inevitably leads to his downfall. Because even though he claims to be a hero and a "god" to those who worship him, he is in his own way, just as dangerous as Geist is. In one point of view, it's easy to picture Krauser as the hero and Geist as the villain. However, Krauser's ego and arrogance may suggest that he secretly wants to enslave humanity. So I guess either way, planet Jerra is screwed anyway. Oh yeah, and I don't want to forget that Geist himself totally loses it in this episode. In fact, he goes completely wacko. Contrary to how he was depicted in the first episode were he was more talkative, and seemed somewhat mellow save for moments when he goes into a murderous mood. But in the sequel he goes completely psycho. I won't spoil the ending, because I think I've said enough. Besides, it's better for the audiences to see the ending for themselves.

Now I'd like to discuss MD Geist himself. Even though he's the main character of this anime, he's not really someone who we can relate to given his apparently one dimensional personality. At first his motives seem unclear. But by the second episode, his goals are quite obvious. However, there seems to be a lot more to Geist than what other reviewers have stated about him. What makes him so terrifying yet interesting is not his purely destructive side. From what I understand, Geist was genetically made to function as a merciless killer. So basically, he does what he was meant to do. But based on what I've seen in him from both the comics and the two OVA episodes, Geist tends to be unpredictable. So you never know what he's going to do to you if you get in his way. Take Vaiya for instance. He could have killed her anytime he wanted to. But for some reason, he lets her off easy, and he doesn't bother with her. I guess that's because Vaiya never tried to kill Geist, and she just barely got in the way. So she's lucky in that sense. Or maybe Geist sort of had a soft spot for her. But when I say "maybe", it's because that's really a stretch to think that a complete psychopath would ever love anybody. And also, at the beginning of episode 2, Geist used a terrified man as bate to lure in Death Force machines. Luckily, the man survives the craziness, and Geist lets him off easy, simply saying "Thank you for your contribution to the Regular Army." which is basically his way of saying "Thank you for being the bate. It was fun while it lasted." before moving on. So I guess it's unclear as to whether Geist chooses his targets at random, or if he only seeks out opponents who are a threat to him or can provide him with a challenge. For this reason, Geist is like a machine, he seems to have no true motivation for his actions, and simply follows his programing. In other words, he's only doing what he was meant to do. But there also appears to be a darker side to him as well. The side to him that seems to enjoy killing, bloodshed, and massacres. Lets go back to the events that took place at the end of the first episode. When Geist activates the Death Force, was he thinking to himself "To hell with the world, it's payback time.", or was he simply just following orders based on his program? If you ask me, I think its a bit of both. Because in one perspective, Geist is a machine, and a machine requires something to work with or else it becomes useless and can't carry out its purpose. On the other hand, he is purely a homicidal maniac with no conscience, and is simply hellbent on death and destruction. In other words, fighting is his passion. War is all he knows, and all he wants to know. So this raises the question; is Geist merely "doing his job" or does he kill and destroy for his own sadistic enjoyment? Is he a machine, a mad man, or a nightmarish mix of both? If you ask me, I'd say its both.

One thing I really loved about this anime are the mecha and armor designs. The armor designs in my opinion are some of the best I've seen, and I think they still hold up today. Especially the armor that was worn by MD Geist himself. It has a very iconic and distinctive design, and as I mentioned in my first submission of him, Geist's armor was used as the logo for US Manga Corps. Another interesting thing about this series is that some internet sources say that there were countless other MDS soldiers that followed after Geist and Krauser. Because in some of those sources, it was said that all the other MDS units were executed as a result of their mentally unstable condition, before Geist was banished from the Regular Army. And even in the first episode, Colonel Krutes tells his men that Geist was one of many MDS units who were made specifically for combat and warfare. But according to the Ground Zero comics, Geist and Krauser were the only MDS soldiers ever made. But still, I find this to be an interesting concept to explore had the series been continued after the second episode. I mean just to imagine the possibilities of there existing other super soldiers besides Geist and Krauser would be both frightening and yet fascinating. Just imagine it. Could some of them have been equal to or even greater than their predecessors? Could it have been possible that some of them had their own personalities and goals, and were not all completely insane like some of the sources have said? And what could their names have been? If you ask me, the possibilities are endless. And this could have paved the way for a large variety of story arcs based on other MDS soldiers. Of course, if there was ever a third episode (which is very unlikely ever to see the light of day), I'd like to see a character with a completely different personality rather than having another MDS with a god complex like Krauser. But I think you get where I'm coming from. Although highly underrated and obscure, MD Geist has potential. And I think there's a lot that can be explored with it today.

Overall: And so that's MD Geist. So, is it really as bad as everybody says it is? Well, despite all the negative criticism that this series has received, MD Geist in my humble opinion is a fair series. Sure, it's not an academy award winner like Akira, Ninja Scroll, or Ghost in the Shell, and it does have its flaws and inconsistencies. But it's not as bad as everybody makes it out to be. It's not the best anime cartoon of all time, but it's far from the worst. Trust me, I've seen better, and I've seen worse. But for me, MD Geist is actually pretty decent. It's not very strong in the flow of its story or character development, and some parts of it do leave unanswered questions. But like I said, what really stands out in this anime is the violence and gore because that's pretty much what the focus is centered on. Besides, the real twist that it had with Geist turning out to be the villain really made it unique from the usual. And also, this series showed a lot of potential because it has some good material, and the mecha and armor designs really stood out for me. I think if this series were to be remade today, it would be 10 times better. That is as long as the right production team handles everything. But I think I would much rather not see it remade into a live action CGI fest by Michael Bay. Because we all know how poorly he handled Transformers as an excuse to make a quick buck. And we don't need to get into that again. But anyway, I think there are countless possibilities for MD Geist if it were to see a modern day make over. If you're genuinely curious about this anime, you should be able to find the DVD edition containing both episodes on either or ebay for real cheap. If you're a die hard anime fan who loves hardcore action, then this is your title. In conclusion, I'll give MD Geist 3½ stars.

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Cambion-Hunter's avatar
Hmmmmmm...... sounds interesting. Perhaps this should be given the reboot treatment.
MDTartist83's avatar
It would be interesting to see a reboot of this ultra-rare and ultra-violent anime.
TheNightSky1998's avatar
I've read part of it as of now, and I can already say it's pretty decent sounding. I like the plot, the general synopsis, and the events. I must say ill certain put this onto my potential watch list. In fact, I'll open another tab and watch it while working 
Mrtrainfreak12's avatar
Very nice review!
MDTartist83's avatar
Thanks. What did you think of it? Was my review insightful? And what did you think of my personal feelings for the series?
Mrtrainfreak12's avatar
I think MD Geist is a great film that needs morelove

You're welcome!
MDTartist83's avatar
I agree. MD Geist may have its fair share of problems. But like I said, it's not as bad as most people have criticized it of being. It's an overall enjoyable film. And I think it has more potential.
Mrtrainfreak12's avatar
I agree it had problems but it wasn't a bad film overall and I wish we'd get a film of that in America, I bet It might come out faster than, oh say the AKIRA film they keep on promising
SilverZeo's avatar
I think MDT Giest's problem is that is has been bundled with other animes of the time that did the genre bad as did "Out of Jimmy's Head" for most of CartoonNetwork's live action shows in the 09 and still is to now, so it's little wonder how it got a bad look at it.
MDTartist83's avatar
Either that, or because the series was released in a time when America was not generally accepting towards anime despite some of the few titles that were made popular. In the 80s, America was slowly coming to accept anime, but only shows like Speed Racer, Voltron, Robotech, and several other titles became well known. Most people criticized MD Geist for having little to no character development, and some people said that it had no story. It "does" have a story, but it just wasn't well executed, and the sequel seemed a little rushed since it jumped from one point to another. Kind of like the most random dream you've had in your life.
MrstickyComics's avatar
If you go to (owned by Manga Entertainment) you can watch both MD Geist films for free.
MDTartist83's avatar
Thanks, man. But I already have both the first and second episodes on DVD.

By the way, I was thinking that if MD Geist were to see a remake, I think I know someone who could fill in Jason Beck's shoes; how about David Hayter, the same guy who voices Solid Snake?
MrstickyComics's avatar
I want to get it but I don't got a whole lot of money (yet).

I don't actually know the voice. I don't play much video games actually anymore. Used to be hooked on them but I lost interest.
I'll have to look up David Hayter though.
MDTartist83's avatar
I see. Well, David Hayter has an awesome voice. You should check out his voice samples for Solid Snake when you get a chance.
MrstickyComics's avatar
Another reason I like MD Geist is from a creative stand point:

MD Geist is something that I think given the right team could be REALLY good.
It has a lot of really interesting elements and I think it's a film that is smarter
than it appears rather than trying to be appear smarter than it really is.

I am going to make it my mission in life to see to it that a MD Geist reboot is made.
Even if I have to produce it myself...I will. Now am I just a crazed fanatic? Maybe.
It's not just my love for the series but that I want others to be able to enjoy it too.
It's one thing to make a great adaptation of an already well loved series.
But to make one of a hated series? It's an interesting and enticing challenge.

While it was never a movie I think Ground Zero deserves to be
MD Geist 1 for a new generation of MD Geist films. The reason for this
is while it may lose a bit of the "mystery" of Geist (though not by much)
I think it makes Geist a significantly deeper and in some ways darker character.

I think when add up all of the MD Geist mythos you'll find a very compelling
and thought provoking story which is strange to say for an ultra violent anime movie series.
Perhaps MD Geist wasn't meant to be as intelligent as I see it (or see it could be)
but Batman used to be a lot simpler than he has become these days.

It may not become the next Dark Knight.

But a MD Geist reboot trilogy done right would be alright with me. :)
MDTartist83's avatar
Good points there, man. Indeed, MD Geist in its own way, is actually quite creative. In fact, it has potential. And I think it can still be explored today. Hell, There are plenty of 80s franchises that are still being touched upon and modernized today. And if you really want to go back, Golgo 13 has been around since the 60s. And that's still being touched upon today. I mean if you think about it, there's still room for lots of other franchises, be they brand new or ages old. I mean hell, anything is worth a try as long as the right direction is approached. And i think MD Geist should see a modern day make over as long as its in the right hands. And believe it or not, I once even had a dream that there was a video game based on MD Geist for the SNES. I think it would have been awesome to see a game based on the anime if it was made in house by Konami or Capcom.
MrstickyComics's avatar
A MD Geist 2 game would be awesome:

Fight as Geist vs The Death Force?

Must Buy

I was actually reading some of the old Golgo 13 manga.
Good stuff.

The good thing about MD Geist is that beneath all the crazy excitement it does have an important lesson and that is the dangers of war technology or rather "How far are we willing to go to win?" Because whether Geist is following orders or not
the Death Force was created as a "If I'm gonna die then I'm
taking you down with me" stop gap measure.

Ok I was thinking...

In a MD Geist reboot.

Start with the first scene with MD Geist attacking
the two pilots and then it goes to the title screen

Then instead of going to the rest of the film...

It flashbacks to Ground Zero to show where the story begins.

This way the audience is like...Whoa he's crazy!
But then we get to learn more about him before
getting to see him REALLY wreck havoc.

Plus by having Ground Zero before the rest it adds to the
"What is MD Geist's motivation?" question and I think
that's good because you want the audience wondering.
MDTartist83's avatar
Here's how I picture a game based on MD Geist. As either a side scolling shooter game (similar to Contra with a touch of Megaman X), or as a 3D game done in a similar fashion to Halo or Call of Duty, or a mix of both. As for what it could be based on, here's my idea, the game could incorporate the story from Ground Zero comics as well as the two OVA episodes. In other words, it's the whole story in one game, which could make for a great variety of levels and bosses.

I think you're right. Somehow, I figured that that was the intention since the war gradually worsened. Hell, the Regular Army must have thought "Screw it. If we can't win this war, nobody will. We'll just annihilate the enemy along with ourselves with this here doomsday device." I think that's a good idea for a reboot, give us that classic intro, and then start from the beginning; the "true" beginning. It's important that we learn more about his background and origin along with the whole story of the Jerran war before the rest adds up. That would make for a great remake of the saga.
MrstickyComics's avatar
That would be friggin sweet. I think 3D would work best.
Don't get me wrong I love side scrollers but I think a first person power suit fight would be hella intense if done right.
I think they could make the game just explore the whole war
in general. I think it could be sorta RPGish but with a first person feel to it.

I think a video game for MD Geist could REALLY help to expand the story even further. The movie would have to breeze through the true beginning since two hours should probably be the max
time for the first movie (let's say 6 or 7 hours total for the entire series.) And yes I think MD Geist could expand to 7 hours. Actually rather easily. Though it shouldn't drag.

Classic Intro--5 Minutes
Jerran vs Nexrum (Krutes perspective)-25 Minutes
Ground Zero--45 minutes
Jerran President assassinated/set up for sequel--10 Minutes

total 1 hour 25 minutes

The first movie will end with the Jerran government deciding to activate the death force and Geist's satellite crashing and Geist escapes.

Second movie starts off with Geist getting the power suit
and meeting Vaiya and the gang. We get more of Vaiya's story
in this movie. It won't be as straight action as the original movies but there will be good build up that will make the action that much more intense. Vaiya will flashback to the war
as she sees different stuff going on. The movie ends with her thinking Geist is going to kill her after he says the game isn't over yet as she lets out a blood curdling scream.

total 1 hour 15 minutes

Third movie...Death Force.

Starts off with the Death Force exterminating the planet.
Geist arrives to save the day...or not. :) BLOODSHEDS.

Geist chases random dude. Fights Death Force. Has a blast.

Krauser is introduced or rather re-introduced as he may have a cameo in early parts. Krauser is a hero to the Jerran planet.

...Or so it seems

Geist vs Krauser is the big event but everything should lead up to then.
MrstickyComics's avatar
The first time I saw MD Geist was when I was probably...nine or ten I think.
I saw it at with my older brother at his friend's house. Like probably a lot of other
kids I watched Rated R movies at an early age. I remember being scared shitless
of this one large red headed doll because I had seen Child's Play when I was like...8.
(By the way these ages are arbitrary guesses. My memory of my childhood is fuzzy.
But I do know they were before I was 11 /12 because that's when I moved)

My first viewing of MD Geist I barely remembered except for

The scene where MD Geist is walking in the flames and a LOT of people dying.

It left quite an impression on me.

I recently rewatched probably about a year or so ago because I was reminiscing
with my older brother and we were just like what's that crazy awesome film
WHERE EVERYBODY DIES? And of course it was MD Geist.

It was even more awesome being able to actually comprehend a story line.

Then after reading MD Geist Ground Zero (I was online. Though would I buy the actual physical copies if I could? Hell yes.) it gave me a whole new liking for MD Geist. It was like I always saw something there but couldn't really quite grasp it until Ground Zero.
MDTartist83's avatar
I saw it for the first time when I was 17. Of course, I first learned about it from that promo video Metal Head, as I've stated in this review. And before that, I saw previews for MD Geist in magazines and posters that advertised anime. The scene where Geist walks out of the flames left an impression on me as well. I remember every scene imaginable. You name it.

Well, almost everybody dies. Though, whatever happened to Vaiya and Eagle is as good as anybody's guess. And apparently, Geist's fate is left open to speculation since we don't really see him die. I agree that it was awesome. Although highly underrated, MD Geist for me is one of the most memorable anime cartoons I've seen. Of course, I didn't know it back in the 80s when it was new. But at least I saw it eventually. And man did it leave me with quite an impression. Because admittedly, it has inspired me in many ways. And I admit I appreciated it rather well despite all the negative criticism its received. MD Geist is what is called a "cult classic". But its a good one.
MrstickyComics's avatar
I think it's just beast that MD Geist was even
mentioned in a music video especially a metal one.

I remember all the scenes now since I watched
it recently. It's just hard to remember stuff
from when I was that young.

True I meant it more in a silly way anyways.
Eagle was pretty cool. I like Vaiya on paper
but on film she could use a lot of work.

I like leaving it open ended. It leaves you wondering.

I can definitely see some of it's inspiration
in your artwork when you do armor designs.

A cult classic indeed.
MDTartist83's avatar
Yep. And for as random as that was, it was enough to spark my interest in the anime, so I went out in search of it shortly after. Believe me man, I just so happen to remember things which at this time, most people around me have forgotten about. I agree; Eagle was an interesting character. As for Vaiya, she came off as mostly annoying. She was less annoying in the sequel, except for that last part where she loses her mind when talking to Krauser about Geist coming back, (which no doubt he did).

I agree; the ending is what makes it unique from the usual. It leaves the survivors' fate open to speculation, and the question as to whatever happened to Geist leaves you asking; is he dead, or could he still be alive? We'll never know for sure. Heh, yeah; I drew a lot of inspiration from MD Geist in my armor designs. It's to my belief that's Geist's signature suit was inspired by either samurai armor, medieval armor, or possibly both. In fact, now that I think of it, the majority of Japanese mecha and robots might have been inspired by samurai armor.
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