Review: Muv-Luv

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Sooo yeah, I kinda finished this visual novel this morning and want to give my two cents about it a bit (or call it half-assed review if you wish).

I was hearing one or two good things about this title a few years ago but I did not try it until a few days ago. Only recently did I get interested in it again with the recent Total Eclipse anime. There's also sudden influx of Muv-Luv threads on /a/ from time to time so I decided to give it a go. (Yeah yeah I know, jumping the bandwagon)

This VN consists of two part, Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited. You play as Shirogane Takeru, your average main character guy. The Extra part is similar to countless harem eroge. Its setting is normal Japan. There's your osananajimi, sudden love interest, and school life comedy. Muv-Luv Unlimited is, however, set in post-apocalyptic Japan where Alien race pretty much destroyed half of Earth population. There's mecha and some cool shit.

Muv-Luv Extra plays exactly like a normal visual novel do. You have to choose one of  five available heroines. There's nothing sensational about its plot or whatsoever. It just feels okay I guess. The characters are pretty funny (although some are pretty annoying). The romance part was done alright. After you finish with two main heroines route (Meiya and Sumika) you unlocked the second part of Muv-Luv, Unlimited.

In Muv-Luv Unlimited, you wake up one day and realize something is wrong. You get out of your house and find a crapsack world. Turned out the humankind is in the middle of crisis, an alien race called BETA invaded the Earth and destroyed everything in their path. Takeru found out his shool has turned into a military base and all his friends are well-trained soldiers. In short, this is an alternative world which revolves around a hypotetical question "what happens when you put standard harem VN casts into a post-apocalyptic world?"

I find Unlimited to be pretty cool thought it's kinda dragged a bit in some parts. Here you can find cute girls wearing military uniform, eating snakes in wild jungle, sniping with anti-material rifle, and guess what, riding a robot! Yes, the scientists in Unlimited world invented mecha called TSF to fight the BETA. Well, one of the biggest disappointing part is that you don't actually fight the BETA in Unlimited. Unlimited is a world/setting builder part of the Muv-Luv series, while Extra is characters introduction part. The real meat is the sequel which I intend to play next, Muv-Luv Alternative.

To be honest, if you really don't have much time at hand but still want to get into Muv-Luv you can skip Extra and Unlimited altogether and just read through Alternative. Still, almost everyone say that you need to read Extra and Unlimited first if you want to get full experience in Alternative.

Anyway, I can't wait to read Alternative and get all those feels or whatnot (I heard it's pretty depressing). For Muv-Luv itself, I give it a 8.

2 comments :

  1. Didn't realize that a translation for Muv Luv was already available. Thanks for pointing it out.

    (Has Alternative for ages but still hasn't started on it.)

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  2. I believe it's been out for a long time. I only started on it just recently.

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