Muv-Luv

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Muv-Luv
Muv-Luv DVD-ROM cover.jpg
Cover of Muv-Luv (DVD Version)
マブラヴ
(Mabu Ravu)
GenreRomantic comedy, Mecha
Manga
Written byUkyou Takao
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run20022004
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Game
Developerâge
5pb. (Xbox 360, PS3)
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2003 (CD)
April 30, 2004 (DVD)
September 22, 2006 (all-age)
October 27, 2011 (Xbox 360)
June 29, 2012 (Windows 7)
October 25, 2012 (PS3)
Manga
Muv-Luv Unlimited
Written byTomo Hirokawa
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run20042007
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Game
Muv-Luv Alternative
Developerâge
5pb. (Xbox 360, PS3)
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
ReleasedMarch 3, 2006 (CD)
April 24, 2006 (DVD)
September 22, 2006 (all-age)
October 27, 2011 (Xbox 360)
June 29, 2012 (Windows 7)
October 25, 2012 (PS3)
Novel series
Published byShueisha
Original runOctober 25, 2006June 30, 2009
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Serial novel
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Published byEnterbrain
MagazineTech Gian
Original runFebruary 2007September 2011
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Muv-Luv Alternative
Written byAzusa Maxima
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run2007 – ongoing
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Manga
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Written byTakashi Ishigaki
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run2009 – ongoing
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Directed byTakayuki Inagaki (episodes 1-2), Masaomi Ando (episodes 3 and onwards)
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka, Masahiro Kawada, Makoto Hijikata, Hiroaki Oshiro, Kyōta Ide
Written byTakayuki Inagaki
Music bySeikou Nagaoka
Studioixtl, Satelight
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, TV Hokkaido, AT-X, TV Setouchi, TV Aichi, Nico Nico Douga
Original runJuly 2, 2012December 23, 2012
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
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Muv-Luv
Muv-Luv DVD-ROM cover.jpg
Cover of Muv-Luv (DVD Version)
マブラヴ
(Mabu Ravu)
GenreRomantic comedy, Mecha
Manga
Written byUkyou Takao
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run20022004
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Game
Developerâge
5pb. (Xbox 360, PS3)
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2003 (CD)
April 30, 2004 (DVD)
September 22, 2006 (all-age)
October 27, 2011 (Xbox 360)
June 29, 2012 (Windows 7)
October 25, 2012 (PS3)
Manga
Muv-Luv Unlimited
Written byTomo Hirokawa
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run20042007
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Game
Muv-Luv Alternative
Developerâge
5pb. (Xbox 360, PS3)
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
ReleasedMarch 3, 2006 (CD)
April 24, 2006 (DVD)
September 22, 2006 (all-age)
October 27, 2011 (Xbox 360)
June 29, 2012 (Windows 7)
October 25, 2012 (PS3)
Novel series
Published byShueisha
Original runOctober 25, 2006June 30, 2009
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Serial novel
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Published byEnterbrain
MagazineTech Gian
Original runFebruary 2007September 2011
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Muv-Luv Alternative
Written byAzusa Maxima
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run2007 – ongoing
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Manga
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Written byTakashi Ishigaki
Published byMediaWorks
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original run2009 – ongoing
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Directed byTakayuki Inagaki (episodes 1-2), Masaomi Ando (episodes 3 and onwards)
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka, Masahiro Kawada, Makoto Hijikata, Hiroaki Oshiro, Kyōta Ide
Written byTakayuki Inagaki
Music bySeikou Nagaoka
Studioixtl, Satelight
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, TV Hokkaido, AT-X, TV Setouchi, TV Aichi, Nico Nico Douga
Original runJuly 2, 2012December 23, 2012
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Muv-Luv (マブラヴ Mabu Ravu?) is a Japanese visual novel developed by âge and originally released as an adult game for the PC on February 28, 2003. Subsequent versions with the adult content removed were sold for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Consisting of two parts, Muv-Luv Extra (マブラヴ エクストラ Mabu Ravu Ekusutora?) and Muv-Luv Unlimited (マブラヴ アンリミテッド Mabu Ravu Anrimiteddo?), the gameplay in Muv-Luv follows a linear plot line, which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and focuses on the differing scenarios of the female main characters. Muv-Luv was followed by a sequel, Muv-Luv Alternative (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ Mabu Ravu Orutaneitivu?), which was released for the PC on April 24, 2006 and follows the storyline of Muv-Luv Unlimited. Two fandiscs were also released, Muv-Luv Supplement (マブラヴ サプリメント Mabu Ravu Sapurimento?) and Muv-Luv Altered Fable (オルタード ALTERED FABLE Mabu Ravu Orutādo Feiburu?), containing alternate scenarios, short stories, computer wallpapers, and audio dramas.

Muv-Luv has also made the transition to other media. Three manga series based on the games were published by MediaWorks and later ASCII Media Works and serialized in the manga magazine Dengeki Daioh. Shueisha published a seven volume novel series based on Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative while Enterbrain published a side-story novel series, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse in its Tech Gian magazine and follows a new cast of characters. A modified version Total Eclipse has also been adapted into the manga format by ASCII Media Works as well as an anime series which began airing on July 2, 2012, and licensed by Crunchyroll

Gameplay[edit]

A typical conversation in Muv-Luv featuring the player character talking to Sumika.

The gameplay in Muv-Luv requires little player interaction as most time is spent reading the text that appears on the lower portion of the screen, representing either dialogue between characters, or the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Every so often, the player will arrive at a "decision point", and be required to choose between multiple options. Gameplay pauses and depending upon the player's choice, the plot will develop in a specific direction. There are multiple plot lines that the player can follow, one for each heroine in the story, and there are nineteen possible endings. To view all plot lines, the player must replay the game multiple times. The game can end in failure if the player makes the wrong decisions. When this occurs, the player can return to a previously saved spot to try again.

Muv-Luv is divided into two segments, or story arcsExtra and Unlimited—which serve as different phases in the overall story. Initially, only the Extra arc is available to play, but once the player has completed the Extra scenarios for the two main heroines, Sumika Kagami and Meiya Mitsurugi, the Unlimited arc becomes accessible.

Plot and characters[edit]

The plot of Muv-Luv is divided into two parts. The first part is called Muv-Luv Extra while the second part is called Muv-Luv Unlimited. In Extra, Takeru Shirogane wakes up one morning to find a beautiful young woman sleeping in his bed and an infuriated Sumika Kagami, Takeru's neighbor and childhood friend. The young woman, Meiya Mitsurugi, is the heiress to a financially powerful family and is determined to be Takeru's bride. As the game progress, both girls compete for Takeru's affections while Takeru has reoccurring dreams about a marriage promise he made to a girl long ago. At first, he believes the girl was Sumika, but eventually realizes that it was actually Meiya. At the conclusion, Takeru must choose between which of the girls he truly loves.

Muv-Luv Unlimited takes place in an alternate world to Extra, where aliens called BETA (an acronym for "Beings of the Extra Terrestrial origin which is Adversary of human race") have invaded and mankind fights back against the alien aggressors with giant robots called Tactical Surface Fighters (戦術歩行戦闘機 Senjutsuhokōsentōki?), usually referred to as simply Senjutsuki (戦術機?).

The BETA first arrived on Earth in 1973 (in China and Canada) after arriving on the Moon in 1967 and being spotted on Mars in 1958. By 2001, the world population has been reduced to 2.2 billion people, and most of Europe and Asia have been wiped out. The Soviet Union, and USA have a joint base, operating out of Alaska. When the BETA first arrived in Japan in 1998, 6 million people were dead within a week.

Most of the major characters from the Extra timeline are present in Unlimited, except for the Unlimited world's Takeru, who is said to be dead, and Sumika, who does not seem to exist in the Unlimited timeline. The characters are, for the most part identical to their Extra counterparts.

In the sequel Muv-Luv Alternative, a part of Takeru wakes up three years after the beginning of Unlimited to find himself back in his room. Although he first thinks that everything that had happened to him was a dream, he soon feels that something is wrong, and leaves the house to find that he has been sent back in time to the beginning of the events in Unlimited. Unwilling to accept the events at the end of Unlimited, he decides to help professor Kouzuki save the earth and mankind.

Development and release[edit]

Muv-Luv was released on February 28, 2003 on Windows CD-ROM,[1] and re-released on DVD-ROM on April 30, 2004.[1] A fandisc, called Muv-Luv Supplement containing a number of short stories, computer wallpapers, audio clips, and a trailer for the upcoming Muv-Luv Alternative. The limited edition DVD was released on December 17, 2004 and the regular edition was released on December 24.[2]

Muv-Luv Alternative is a sequel to Muv-Luv and taking place after the events of the Unlimited arc in the original game. The DVD version of the game was released on February 24, 2006[3] and the CD version was released on March 3, 2006.[3] A Muv-Luv Alternative fandisc, Muv-Luv Altered Fable, was released on August 31, 2007 containing an alternate version of the Extra arc from Muv-Luv along with a radio drama, a Senjoki vs. BETA strategy RPG, computer wallpapers, and a Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse short story.[4]

"All-age" versions of Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative with the adult content removed were released simultaneously on September 22, 2006.[5][6] In 2011, both games were ported to the Xbox 360 by 5pb. and simultaneously released on October 27, 2011.[7][8]

Related media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Three manga adaptations based on Muv-Luv and its sequel Muv-Luv Alternative have been serialized in MediaWorks's, and later ASCII Media Works's Dengeki Daioh manga magazine. The first adaptation, called Muv-Luv, is written and illustrated by Ukyō Takao and covers the Extra part of the first game. It was collected and republished in three volumes by MediaWorks. The second series is Muv-Luv Unlimited and covers the Unlimited portion of the first game. It ran for four volumes and was written and illustrated by Tomo Hiryokawa. The third series, Muv-Luv Alternative, is written and illustrated by Azusa Maxima and based on the second game of the same name. It began its serial run in the February 2007 issue of Dengeki Daioh. As of February 12, 2012 (2012-02-12), seven compilation volumes have been published by ASCII Media Works. The novel series Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse has also been adapted into a manga by Takashi Ishigaki and three compilation volumes have been published as of February 12, 2012 (2012-02-012). Another novel series, "Muv-Luv Alternative: Schwarzesmarken", detailing the events in East Germany during the BETA invasion in 1983, serialized in the magazine Tech Gian and replacing "Total Eclipse". Five volumes of "Schwarzesmarken" have been released, in addition to the light novel series "Muv-Luv Alternative: Schwarzesmarken Requiem", of which two volumes have been release so far, and both series feature art by CARNELIAN.

No.Release dateISBN
Muv-Luv
01May 27, 2003[9]ISBN 978-4-8402-2924-1
02July 27, 2004[10]ISBN 978-4-8402-2649-3
03December 17, 2004[11]ISBN 978-4-8402-2334-8
Muv-Luv Unlimited
01April 27, 2005[12]ISBN 978-4-8402-3053-7
02February 27, 2006[13]ISBN 978-4-8402-3369-9
03February 27, 2007[14]ISBN 978-4-8402-3790-1
04March 27, 2007[15]ISBN 978-4-8402-3832-8
Muv-Luv Alternative
01April 26, 2008[16]ISBN 978-4-04-867049-4
02November 27, 2008[17]ISBN 978-4-04-867442-3
03June 27, 2009[18]ISBN 978-4-04-867866-7
04January 27, 2010[19]ISBN 978-4-04-868369-2
05August 27, 2010[20]ISBN 978-4-04-868896-3
06April 4, 2011[21]ISBN 978-4-04-870406-9
07October 27, 2011[22]ISBN 978-4-04-870982-8
08April 4, 2012[23]ISBN 978-4-04-886569-2
09November 27, 2012[24]ISBN 978-4-04-891190-0
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
01May 27, 2010[25]ISBN 978-4-04-868623-5
02February 26, 2011[26]ISBN 978-4-04-870327-7
03November 26, 2011[27]ISBN 978-4-04-886095-6

Novels[edit]

No.TitleRelease dateISBN
01Muv-Luv 1: Extra: Unmei (マブラヴ 1 EXTRA 運命)October 25, 2006[28]ISBN 978-4-08-630323-1
02Muv-Luv 2: Extra: Yūjō (マブラヴ 2 EXTRA 友情)February 23, 2007[29]ISBN 978-4-08-630344-6
03Muv-Luv 3: Unlimited: Sensō (マブラヴ 3 UNLIMITED 戦争)July 25, 2007[30]ISBN 978-4-08-630371-2
04Muv-Luv 4: Unlimited: Haiboku (マブラヴ 4 UNLIMITED 敗北)November 22, 2007[31]ISBN 978-4-08-630390-3
05Muv-Luv 5: Alternative: Saiki (マブラヴ 5 ALTERNATIVE 再起)March 25, 2008[32]ISBN 978-4-08-630414-6
06Muv-Luv 6: Alternative: Ruten (マブラヴ 6 ALTERNATIVE 流転)November 21, 2008[33]ISBN 978-4-08-630458-0
07Muv-Luv 7: Alternative: Kessen (マブラヴ 7 ALTERNATIVE 決戦)June 25, 2009[34]ISBN 978-4-08-630488-7
No.TitleRelease dateISBN
01Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 1: Oborozuki no Eji (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス 1 朧-の衛士)December 25, 2007[35]ISBN 978-4-7577-3920-8
02Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 2: Shukumei no Dōrin (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス 2 宿命の動輪)May 30, 2008[36]ISBN 978-4-7577-4234-5
03Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 3: Uromou no Orisei (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス 3 虚耗の檻穽)December 26, 2008[37]ISBN 978-4-7577-4521-6
04Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 4: Zangou no Senya (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス 4 懺業の戦野)January 30, 2009[38]ISBN 978-4-7577-4650-3

Anime[edit]

On July 24, 2011, a teaser website announced that an anime television adaptation of the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse novels[39] which aired between July 2 and December 23, 2012.

Music[edit]

The opening theme of Muv-Luv is "Muv-Luv" (マブラヴ Mabu Ravu?) by Minami Kuribayashi. The closing theme for the Extra segment of Muv-Luv is "I Will" and the Unlimited segment's ending theme is "Harukanaru Furusato no Uta" (遥かなる地球の歌?, "Song of the Distant Homeland"), both by Minami Kuribayashi. For the all ages version, the opening theme the Extra segment is "divergence" by Minami Kuribayashi. For the Unlimited segment, the opening theme is "Sion" (紫音-sion- Shion?, "Violet Tone") by Masami Okui. The all ages version featured several ending themes depending on the ending, including "I will" by Minami Kuribayashi, "Kizu wa Kaseki ni Narenai Keredo" (傷は化石にならないけれど?, "This Wound Will Not Fossilize") by Aki Misato, "Astraea" by Miyuki Hashimoto, and "Little More" (リトル・モア?) by CooRie.

The opening themes for the sequel Muv-Luv Alternative are "Asu e no Hōkō" (未来への咆哮?, "Roar Towards Tomorrow") by JAM Project for the original release and "NAME ~Kimi no Na wa~" (NAME ~君の名は~ Nēmu ~Kimi no Na wa~?, "Name (Your Name Is)") by JAM Project for the all age release. The ending theme for both releases is "Muv-Luv (2005 ver.)" by Minami Kuribayashi.

References[edit]

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