Muv Luv Alternative Review — D-

Monsters! Other worlds! Mecha!

I must confess, I could barely even follow this. I should have given up in the first season but I fully stuck with it, halfway due to loving this kind of fascist-adjacent setting and partly due to having watched the previous show. But I really should have given up.

From what I understand, this is based on the last third of a visual novel. And they never adapted the first two thirds. So it not entirely my fault. The whole thing makes no sense, since new viewers don’t get it, and from what I gather the visual novel fans all think the novel is better. But whatever…

The earlier Muv Luv story captured the horror of the monsters much better as wel as the politics. The alternate worlds stuff is pretty lame compared to something like Stein’s; Gate. And the dating sim part made no sense when I could barely follow who the characters were. From what I understand, one of the big twists was when we found out what had happened to one of the girls from the first 2/3 of the novel who had never even shown up in the anime from what I recall. Made no sense to me.

  • Storytelling – F – Hard to tell the story when you start 2/3 in.
  • Voice – C – Setting is fine.
  • Characters – D – Could barely keep track of them. Main guy sucks.
  • Attention Grab – F – Glad it ended.
  • Production – D – Meh.
  • Overall – D-

RecommendationsKnights of Sidonia, Gunbuster

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