Q] Why does Geist re-activate Death Force?

To provide a "great" twist ending? I guess that was what the writers thought anyway. Some fans think he did it to provide a large enemy force for him to fight, but then he'd already got that as he could have gone to take on the Nexrum forces by himself.

Q] Why does Crutes betray Geist?

Crutes clearly doesn't trust Geist, and was looking for a way to get rid of him. But since he couldn't find a genuine reason -Geist is on his side right up until the end -he just decides to suddenly accuse Geist of being the one who got all of his men killed and then sets the Final Striker on him. Crutes talks about Geist and the entire MDS as if they all went insane, but Geist doesn't seem to really show this until he kills Crutes, and then re-activates Death Force.

In the English dub, the dialogue was changed so Geist is the one who says the line "no...it was you who killed them." instead of Crutes. To me having Geist say that line makes more sense.

Q] How did Paiya manage to get into the Brain Palace? Surely the robots guarding it would have killed her?

This makes no sense to me, either. Strangely, after Geist, Crutes and Hans get into the Brain Palace and lock the door, the robots all stop moving for some reason. Perhaps they didn't turn back on again and Paiya made her way past them then, but it makes little sense.

Q] How did Geist get back on Jerra?

It isn't explained why Geist's satellite crashes back onto Jerra, it just does. The comic adaption has Crutes wonder if the Nexrum had something to do with it, but this goes nowhere.

Q] How many years have passed between Geist being put into space and then crashing back on Jerra?

This is never revealed in the film itself, but the comic book adaption has Crutes mention that it was over 20 years since Geist was put into the stasis satellite.

Q] There was a comic book adaption of M.D. Geist?

There was. It was published in 1995 and ran for 3 issues. In some ways the comic book is superior to the actual film, as it makes certain aspects of the story more coherent. However the action scenes have been trimmed down and the art is sometimes lacking -Paiya often looks incredibly ugly, and the backgrounds for the entire fight between Geist and the Final Striker consist of two colors only -there are no background objects or anything. The art is full color and most of the time it doesn't look that bad at all.

The comic also has some differences to the OVA, such as the first issues ending with a new scene -it has Paiya storm out of her tent, and her gang are surprised how quickly Geist was done with her. As she tells them to shut up, Mash asks if she's sure about Geist being their new boss, and asks where he will take them. Geist then walks out of the tent, holding his helmet's armor, and simply states "to hell."

It is made much clearer in the comic that Crutes knows Geist. He wonders if the Nexrum had something to do with releasing Geist, and then thinks that Geist might shoot him because he was the one responsible for sending Geist into stasis.

The briefing scene has some extra dialogue in the comic to help it make more sense. President Ryan's death resulted in the total collapse of Jerra's government, and because of this, the Brain Palace's computer system couldn't contact anyone in authority, which is why it started the countdown to Death Force's activation. Crutes states they will have to fight the Palace's automated defense robots, sadly it isn't explained why these robots will fight them, despite being on the same side. Crutes also specifically mentions the Final Striker (called "Final Terminator" in the comic), saying that he wants Geist to take it out.

The Brain Palace assault takes place outside in the comic. Geist, Crutes and Hans make it inside, but like in the OVA, Hans soon dies. Geist and Crutes enter the "Hall of Warriors", a room showing various images of war and destruction which also has the Final Terminator in it. Geist sees that Crutes has a remote to control the robot, and states this.

The battle between Geist and the Final Terminator is shorter in the comic. After defeating the robot, when Geist enters the control room, he kills Crutes by decapitating him rather than crushing his head. Finally, Geist smashes the control computer after re-activating Death Force, something he doesn't do in the OVA.

Finally, you might remember that Death Force is referred to as "Program D". The comic explains what Programs A-C are. Program A was "Aggression" -embargo, starvation and blockage. Program B, "Burnout" was limited conventional warfare. Program C, "Catastrophe" was a nuclear war. The last one explains why all of the cities shown in the film are so devastated.

Q] Wasn't there another M.D. Geist comic?

In 1996, M.D. Geist: Ground Zero was published, which again ran for 3 issues. Ground Zero is a prequel to M.D. Geist, set during "Phase A" of the war. Geist is sent in on a mission to destroy a Nexrum super jet with a special forces team, but things go wrong. The story ends with Crutes and the council placing Geist into the stasis satellite, which soon takes off.

Krauser, who features in M.D. Geist II, makes a cameo appearance in the first issue -he can be seen on a viewscreen in one panel.

Q] Where are you getting the name "Final Striker" from?

The robot is never named in the film itself. In the comics, it is called "Final Terminator". However in M.D. Geist II, in both the Japanese and English dubs, Krauser calls it the "Final Striker".

Q] Who is the guy who gets killed by Golem?

In the film not much is revealed about him, but Mash tells him that he "should have stayed in the army!". This shows that he is a soldier, but it isn't made clear which side he is on. The comic books expand on this a little, and even give the soldier some dialogue -he states that the army is falling apart. This means he was probably part of the Regular Army. He asks Golem if he can join his gang, but Golem refuses and kills him.

Q] What are the differences with the Director's Cut version?

The Director's Cut version is superior to the original, and cleans up the animation so there are fewer mistakes. The biggest example of that I can think of is, near the end of the film, the dead body of Crutes suddenly slides forward and back for a second in the original version, this was fixed in the Director's Cut. The original version's opening scene is where Geist takes down a Nexrum jet, the Director's Cut has a new prologue scene showing the war between the Nexrum and Regular Army (some of this new footage would be re-used in M.D. Geist II).

The Director's Cut version also adds a few extra shots and restores a short scene cut from the original. The extra scene explains what happens to Mash and the rest of Paiya's gang, and is shown just after Paiya tells Geist he could listen to her occasionally. The scene has Mash tell Paiya that he and the others are leaving her, as they're fed up of trying to stay alive. It isn't made clear if the gang managed to get off Jerra or remained on it, but none of these characters appear in the sequel.

The ending was also changed. The original version has Geist grab Paiya and then everything fade to black, followed by the credits and a image of a couple of Death Force units. For the Director's Cut version, a new sequence was added showing various Death Force units preparing to move and then moving out, along with a final shot of Geist looking at one of them before smiling. The music was also changed for the newer version.

The Director's Cut also has a new Japanese dub. Most notably, in the original version, Geist was voiced by Norio Wakamoto. In the Director's Cut version, he is voiced by Kazuhiro Nakata (who would also voice Geist in the sequel). In the original Crutes laughs before Geist kills him, in the Director's Cut, he laughs, but also says "why?" a couple of times. Sound effects were also changed for the Director's Cut.

Q] What is Thunder Warrior?

In 1988, a Japanese anime distribution company called Gaga Communications created a promotional tape, showcasing various animes they wanted to market. M.D. Geist was one of the titles features on this tape, but was called "Thunder Warrior". This version of M.D. Geist was never released, and neither were any of the other titles Gaga Communications wanted to sell. It isn't surprising as the trailers created for this tape are not very good, and the Thunder Warrior trailer, as some people have pointed out, comes across as if it was being marketed to children -almost all of the violence has been edited out, and Geist is only shown shooting one Nexrum powered machine -nobody who's never seen the full film before would know there is a human pilot inside the machine.

You can see the Thunder Warrior trailer here, along with a little more information about Gaga here. Thanks to VendavalEste for this. For the complete video, thank AnimeClassicReviews for this video. Central Park Media would later pick up and sell some of the titles Gaga had advertised, but some of the others have yet to be officially released anywhere.