Apparently, The Spinoffs Came First: Muv-Luv Alternative The Animation

Last week, Kotobukiya announced that they are re-releasing a couple of Muv-Luv kits, along with an improved Ver. 1.5 of the Takemikaduchi. I really didn’t knew the context back then but when I saw a trailer for Muv-Luv Alternative The Animation, it made more sense. Yes, we are getting an anime of the Muv-Luv Alternative story. But you may ask, didn’t we get two series set in this universe already? Yes we did.

I’m not exactly a Muv-Luv expert but here’s my explanation. The original Muv-Luv visual novel is divided into two parts. There’s Muv-Luv Extra which contained all the high school romance hijinks, and then there’s Muv-Luv Unlimited which takes in an alternate world to Extra and presents a more serious tone. The latter story deals with humanity’s fight against extraterrestrial aggressors dubbed as BETA using bipedal machines called Tactical Surface Fighters or TSFs. Muv-Luv Alternative is the sequel to the first game and takes place after the events of Unlimited.

Then in 2012, an anime adaptation for Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse was produced. This is actually a spin-off light novel focusing on a group of soldiers at Yukon Base in Alaska participating in a multinational military project. It features a different set of characters so you really don’t have to know the original Alternative story. Another series based on the Schwarzesmarken spinoff was also made in 2016, focusing on a route of a single character. As both works weren’t tightly connected outside of the whole BETA invasion premise, you can watch them without really getting confused. Though it was still odd that the original story was yet to be adapted, until now.

The anime adaptation is going to be directed by Yukio Nishimoto who was mostly responsible for storyboard in previous productions, including Gundam 00, and Linebarrels of Iron. Doing the screenplay is Tatsuhiko Urahata whose credits include SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere/II.

I really like how 2021 is turning out to be a great year for fans of the mecha genre. With multiple series premieres and a couple of anime movies, namely Evangelion 3.0+1.0 and Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, here’s hoping that this resurgence continues on.


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