After his experiences in Unlimited, Takeru actually starts out as physically fit and competent as he was at the end of basic training, and being commissioned as an officer in the previous world. This leaves his new squadmates in awe rather than their dismissive attitude in Unlimited.
The Ace: Better in hand to hand combat than Meiya, an expert in military doctrine despite spacing out in class, confident, an ace pilot and more. Unlimited really changed Takeru. The only ones able to really outdo him at anything are Tamase, in sniping skills, and Meiya, in heroic resolve.
Ace Pilot: People are actually in outright awe of his skill when Alternative rolls around after he retains all his skills and training from Unlimited, where he was already easily the best pilot in the squad.
Badass: He was nearly there in Unlimited. Now he kicks MAJOR ass whenever he fights.
Clueless Chick Magnet: The suicide mission at the end really hammers this in, and in the saddest way. It’s not as clear as it was in Unlimited as to whether he’s entirely oblivious, though. What's certain is that he didn’t catch on to Meiya's feelings at least.
Doom Magnet: As a causality conductor in the Extra branch, he causes memory loss in those whom he is close with, and in return will eventually cause the ill fate of those who have died in the world of Alternative to manifest. As only one billion people had been left in the world of Alternative as compared to Extra's six billion... Shirogane, you are the BETA!
Driven to Suicide: After Sumika gets crushed by a falling basketball board in the Extra branch, he attempts to jump off the school roof, but is stopped by Yuuko, saying that she wont let him kill off her world's Takeru.
The Hero: He's technically not the leader of the squad, though he does have a level of not quite official authority over the rest of them.
It's All My Fault: He suffered massive guilt in the aftermath of Marimo's death, and was nearly driven mad when he caused it to happen again in the Extra branch. It takes a long time, further breakage, an interrupted suicide attempt, and more than one instance of Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! before he moves past it.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: He attempts to push Sumika away after realizing that as a causality conductor he will bring ill fate to all he held dear, and runs off to die of exposure to the cold. He couldn't bring himself to go through it however, when Sumika manages to find him and warm him.
Little Hero, Big War: He’s still primarily valuable for information. However, now he’s an outright amazing pilot and knows far more, which gives him far more influence.
Mistaken for Pedophile: His close relationship with Kasumi looks rather questionable to the rest of his squad. She's actually a psychic, and must stay in close proximity to Takeru in order to facilitate Yuuko's experiments with both the Causality Conductor Theory and Alternative IV.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Not once, but twice. The first instance is when he attempts to change the timeline to stop Alternative V from occurring, which unknowingly caused the 12/5 Incident to happen, an event that claimed the lives of Sakaki's father and Ayamine's possible lover, among many others. The second is when Takeru flees back to the Extra timeline, unwittingly bringing the darkness of the Alternative timeline with him.
No Ontological Inertia: Without Sumika's desperate longing for Takeru holding him together, he fades out of existence not long after the final mission.
No Yay: In-Universe: After his memories of previous loops begin returning and he remembers the relationships he had, Yuuko teases him if the two of them ever had one. Takeru denies it, but the conversation reminds him that one of the ways the Drowning My Sorrows incident can end up in Unlimited is with him having sex with her in an attempt to lower her guard enough to get information about Alternative IV. He doesn't remember why it happened, but the idea he might have been in a relationship with Yuuko appalls him.
Placebo Effect: Isumi orders him to take a second round of hypnotherapy after he returns from the PTSD arc, but since he goes willingly she merely has it set up so he thinks he got the therapy. During his next battle, he still acts as though he had the therapy.
Ret Gone: After Sumika, who had been sustaining his existence, dies he soon ceases to exist. Due to his nature as a quantum causality phenomenon he is wiped from the memories of everyone. The epilogue has him back in an altered version of Extra where he gets tearful at the sight of his old squadmates who had previously died. Interestingly, Kasumi is in this world now and appears to be familiar with the events of Alternative.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Marimo gets killed, Takeru decides he's had it with this reality and attempts to go back to his home reality. This proves to be a big, BIG mistake.
Tomato in the Mirror: The Takeru we see in Unlimited and Alternative is a quantum-causality phenomenon, an amalgamation of all the Takerus in Extra, and has gone through Unlimitedmany times in numerous alternate timelines. Unlike Rika, however, Takeru is wiped clean at the end of each Unlimited loop (save the one which preceeded Alternative), and can only remember brief flashes from Extra and Unlimited when certain triggers are present. He had also started subconsciously absorbing memories from Unlimited / Alternative's Takeru, who had been killed off long before the start of the story.
You Are The BETA: While berating Takeru, Yuuko in the Extra Branch invokes this trope, telling him that, to that world's Takeru, to that world's Sumika, and to the five billion people who will die due to his being a causality conductor, he is the incomprehensible harbinger of despair that the BETA are in the world of Alternative. Therefore, he must go back to the Alternative world in order to save both.
00 Unit / Sumika Kagami
Rank: N/A —> 2nd Lieutenant (provisional)
Unit: UN Alternative Plan IV —> UN Special Task Force A-01
Voiced by: Hiroko Taguchi
The 00 Unit is an artificial construct created by Yuuko. Being humanity's last, best hope for victory against the BETA, it's construction was the ultimate end goal of Alternative IV. She is actually a robot version of Sumika with her brain uploaded into a quantum computer.
And I Must Scream: The only reason she didn't go completely insane and simply die from stress while a brain was the desire to see Takeru and the mental stimulation received from Kasumi. Even then she's pretty screwed up for awhile after getting a new body. In fact, they went through all the trouble to build her a body to prevent anymore mental trauma from occuring.
Brain in a Jar: She wasn't the only one, merely the only one that was rescued alive.
Clingy Jealous Girl: We learn near the end of Alternative just how clingy and jealous she can be in her subconsciousness, though there's little she could have done about it. After she's returned to mental stability, she does what she can to end Takeru's status as a causality conductor.
Damaged Soul: When brought Back from the Dead as the 00 Unit, this is what appears to be happening. It's not because of the process, though, but what happened before that. Also, she gets better.
Hair Decorations: Sumika's ribbon now contains tech to stop her from reading the minds of certain individuals. She can't read Yuuko due to not having the clearance level to know what Yuuko does and she eventually had Takeru sealed off because Takeru can remember things from previous loops that would really hurt Sumika. She appears to approve of this function.
Heroic Second Wind: Sumika was moved by Meiya's words and actions defending Takeru from the Superior, and poured the last of her strength in reactivating the drained Susano'o for one final particle cannon blast. Also qualifies as Cast from Lifespan, as she was the sole remaining source of Element G within the Susano'o at the time after the Superior drained all energy from it.
The Last Dance: From her realization as the (inadvertent) Manchurian Agent for the BETA every time she linked up with the hive reactor for ODL fluid purification during the defense of Yokohama Base to the Kashgar assault, she had 72 hours before the ODL in her completely breaks down, causing her death. As said above, she didn't intend to return from the final battle, and wanted to go in alone to confront the BETA Superior, hoping to blow it up and herself along with it.
Patient Childhood Love Interest: So patient that it caused her to become the source of the Causality Conductor effect, the cross-dimensional power that brought Takeru to the BETA-infested world in the first place.
Robot Girl: She's Sumika with her brain uploaded into a quantum computer and given an artificial body that mimics all aspects of a human's, putting her quite close to Artificial Human territory. Her creation was the ultimate goal of Alternative IV, the creation of a silicon-based lifeform with human intelligence, that can negotiate with the BETA, who seem to recognize silicon based life-forms as the only possible type of life. Alternatively, she can be used to glean intelligence from the BETA by using her psychic powers to scan a Hive Reactor.
Satellite Love Interest: This is literally her entire gimmick; she really, REALLY likes Takeru. However, it was this love that helped manifest the resident sci-fi magic which allowed an amalgamation of Extra's Takerus to form in her Unlimited/Alternative world.
Sole Survivor: In Unlimited/Alternative, of a BETA attack. Well, if you call being reduced to a brain and a spinal cord surviving...
Sixth Ranger: Joining up with the main cast about three quarters of the way through the story, the 00 Unit plays a critical role in the finale.
Unit: UN Training Squadron 207b —> UN Special Task Force A-01
Voiced by: Kazumi Okushima
Meiya remains largely unchanged from Unlimited, but due to the differences in Takeru, the two are more prone to arguing than before. While Meiya believes that people's livelihoods and human dignity are just as important as survival, Takeru is somewhat desperate after witnessing the events of Unlimited and sees little point in doing anything other than what it takes to defeat the BETA. She becomes Takeru's closest friend despite this. Unlike Unlimited, her self sacrificing tendencies and attachment to duty are more closely examined and she does her best to value herself more.
Backup Twin: She's the Grand Shogun's younger twin sibling. This is exploited by the main cast to great effect during the events of the 12/5 Incident.
Badass Princess: Still related to the Shogun. She's actually the twin sister of the Shogun, who is dead in the world of Extra.
Body Horror: At the climax of the final battle, Meiya entrapped and infected by the BETA Superior, an excruciatingly painful process. Takeru is forced to pull the trigger on her and the Superior before the process was completed, after she begs him to do it.
Friend Zone: The plot requires Takeru to be in love with the 00 Unit/Sumika, but he tells Meiya that she's his closest friend, his "precious one", and trusts her more than anyone. She's clearly unhappy but hides it well enough from Takeru.
Knight in Shining Armor: She believes that the law exists to protect the freedoms and livelihoods of citizens, and gets into several arguments with Takeru about the difference between saving a person's reasons for living (they may die but their freedom, dignity or faith is intact), versus saving their life, and nothing else (leaving them empty and wishing they were dead).
Retcon: Unlimited claimed she was part of the Imperial family. Alternative turns that into being related to the Shogun instead. The actual Emperor and his family go almost completely unmentioned.
Romantic Runner-Up: She's the secondary heroine. If you plot what is most likely the 'most' canon ending for each game, in Extra she helps him realize how he feels about Sumika, in Unlimited with Sumika gone she seems to be the main heroine based on the retrospection from Alternative, and in Alternative itself she gets friend zoned in favor of Sumika, but is still his closest confidant. See above.
Samurai Ponytail: Unlike in Extra the look fits her pretty much perfectly here with her elegant and noble manner finally matching the situation. Alternative makes this even more appropriate than before by making her related to the Shogun instead of the Emperor.
While her role is largely unchanged from Unlimited, as the story progresses she eventually makes strides in getting rid of her non-confrontational demeanor and sticking to her opinions more frequently.
Animal Motif: Like in Unlimited, she’s less catlike than in Extra, but now she laughs at how Takeru calls her Tama, which is a common name for cats in Japan.
The Chick: Interestingly enough, she's not really emotionally strong enough to actually fulfill this role properly at the start.
You Shall Not Pass: After her TSF is damaged during Operation Cherry Blossom, she gives her life to stall advancing BETA so Mikoto could destroy the BETA brain in time.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: UN Training Squadron 207b —> UN Special Task Force A-01
Voiced by: Yuuko Nagashima
While she is the same as ever in Alternative, Ayamine features prominently in the coup d'etat arc due to her connection to a certain army captain named Sagiri. As the story goes on, she puts effort into being more open.
Call Back: Remember the running theme about her and Sakaki never having their timing match up? Their very last scene together has them finally in sync when they set off their self destruct mechanisms.
Determinator: Claws her TSF's way out from under a mass of Grapplers and tanks during the Original Hive assault through sheer force of will, the only pilot in the franchise who has ever managed to do so. Also counts as Normally, I Would Be Dead Now.
The Gadfly: While it's downplayed compared to Extra and Unlimited, Kei really enjoys messing with Takeru's head.
Heroic Sacrifice: She and Sakaki both set off their self destructs at the same time to stop a massive BETA wave.
In Unlimited, Mikoto was the token member of the squad with a normal family. However, Alternative reveals that her father is the head of the Imperial intelligence agency. Like the other girls, after a certain event she begins to work on her flaws, which in this case would be her lack of attention to what's going on around her.
A-Cup Angst: Downplayed from Unlimited since Alternative does not focus as much on romance.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Boy or girl, you can't deny that Mikoto is very odd. Takes after her old man in that.
Family-Unfriendly Death: She’s electrocuted when she manages to destroy the BETA brain by stabbing it. Judging by her screams, it was extremely painful. Judging by her face being obscured when we see inside the cockpit, it was extremely gruesome.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: UN Training Squadron 207b —> UN Special Task Force A-01
While still a celebrity of sorts in Alternative as the daughter of the Prime Minister of Japan, this fact becomes mostly irrelevant after he is assassinated by Sagiri. The advancing storyline shows the harm her flaws of perfectionism, by the book behavior and emotional denial can inflict, so she does her best to resolve these issues.
Call Back: Remember the running theme about her and Ayamine never having their timing match up? Their very last scene together has them finally in synch when they set off their self destruct mechanisms.
Class Representative: Takeru starts teasing her by calling her other things after she’s gotten used to it, so she insists that he keep calling her that.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She has a lot of trouble accepting sympathy and support. In Alternative, her position in the squad makes her feel as if she can't publicly mourn her father when he is killed.
Heroic Sacrifice: She and Ayamine both set off their self destructs at the same time to stop a massive BETA wave, giving the rest of their team time to reach the Big Bad.
Yuuko's role is greatly expanded in Alternative as compared to Unlimited. Determined to prevent Alternative V from taking place, Takeru involves himself closely with her Alternative IV program in the hopes of making it succeed this time. In the process, he learns far more about this world's version of the crazy teacher he knew. Turns out, she's pragmatic to the extent that she horrifies Takeru on occasion.
I Did What I Had to Do: The patron saint of this trope in this series. She does plenty of things such as sit on the knowledge of a BETA attack, use it to collect samples of BETA, releasing those samples inside the base to rattle up the troops (making her partially responsible for Marimo's death), and her manipulations of nearly everyone in the cast, that skirt ethical boundaries and disturb even her Extra counterpart. All to prevent human extinction by the BETA.
Jerkass Façade: Her Alternative self is not nearly as heartless as she tries to act, nor was she telling the truth when she said things like Marimo merely being one of her pawns. This was hinted at earlier, when she abruptly cuts off a drugged Takeru as he was recounting Marimo's last moments in graphic detail.
Kick the Dog: While her actions such as unleashing BETA on her own base to test military readiness gets an in-story excuse, the main purpose is to show that she's rather morally ambiguous and willing to sacrifice almost anything for her goals.
Ms. Exposition: Being one of the UN's top scientists, with access to a massive amount of classified information and influence as the de-facto head of Alternative IV, she is very much in the know and fills Takeru in on the details, when she feels she needs to...
Necessarily Evil: Take her Extra self, drop a lot of the comedy and make her highly manipulative and this is what you get in Alternative, to the point that Takeru is somewhat horrified by her. Her Extra self also appears appalled at how manipulative and cruel she can be. The story and Takeru largely agree that her rather manipulative behavior and disregard for sacrifices is necessary, and she gives Takeru the opportunity to shoot her twice. The first time is if he feels her behavior is unforgivable and the second time is after everything is all over.
Pet the Dog: Opposite of Kick the Dog, later events in the story such as reassuring Isumi that her sister is okay before Isumi dies, the Dead Person Conversation moment above and comforting Takeru before he vanishes serve no purpose for her goals and took both effort and influence on her part.
Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You (leaning towards Suicide by Cop): Yuuko twice offers Takeru her gun, telling him that he's free to go ahead and gun her down if he thinks what she's doing is too much; she's set up the system to go on without her, anyway. Takeru refuses both times.
Pragmatic Hero: Determined to not let Alternative V happen, Yuuko goes to extreme lengths to ensure Alternative IV will succeed and give humanity a fighting chance. In pursuit of this goal, she repeatedly manipulates members of the cast, displays a chilling willingness to Kick the Dog if necessary, deliberately causes a BETA attack to test a potentially game-changing TSF control system (inadvertently causing the death of her best friend), and even transplants the contents of a BETA attack survivor's brain into a cybernetic body, leaving the survivor driven half insane by the process (and technically killing her). Aware of everything she has done, she even offers Takeru the chance to shoot her for these things. He refuses.
Shipper on Deck: It’s shown that her Extra self really was trying to hook up Marimo with Takeru. She also wants Takeru to sleep with Unit 00, but in that case she doesn’t even pretend it’s for Takeru’s sake: It will help keep Sumika stable.
Rank: Major (IJA) —> Sergeant
Unit: IJA Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group —> UN Alternative Plan IV
Voiced by: Miki Inoue
"When you get to the point where you can laugh at your mistakes, you'll find new things to replace what you lost."
In the world of Unlimited/Alternative Marimo Jinguuji is the drill sergeant and instructor of Training Squadron 207, which Takeru joins early on.
Badass: She scores kills against elite troops in superior-generation TSFs (Type-94 Shiranuis) during Sagiri's coup d'etat, and later in the manga wipes the floor with Chizuru and Ayamine, both using 3rd-generation Fubukis with XM3, during combat training. All in a non-XM3, first-generation, Type-77 Gekishit.
Death Seeker: Sought to die in combat as atonement for being the sole survivor of squadron she commanded on their very first mission. Ironically she kept on surviving battles, while losing comrades and subordinates, again and again. She finally joins them in The Unforgiven, heralding the start of the PTSD arc.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Indelibly traumatized by her first mission in Operation 9-6, when fighting as an Imperial TSF pilot she tended to Attack! Attack! Attack! like a mad dog to earn the death she had sought. Ironically she kept on breathing while her comrades and subordinates kept dying... and her exploits in battle became well-known, getting her a promotion to Major.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Marimo was well-known in the Japanese fandom (as well as the then-nascent Western fandom) as the most infamous example of HEADCHOMP before Mami (incidentally voiced by Akane's VA) came on the scene.
Gut Punch: Her head is basically exploded by the BETA right as she's calming Takeru down. The story gets very unpleasant for him from here.
Image Song: Calling, which serves double duty as the ED of Muv-Luv Alternative Chronicles sidestories.
In-Series Nickname: "Mad Dog" in both worlds, though the reason differs: In Extra it's due to her insatiable "appetite" (especially when drunk). In Unlimited/Alternativeit's due to people seeing her taking out her angst on, and effortlessly beating up, Michiru when the latter attempted to beat her up in the aftermath of a training accident which two of Michiru's squadmates.
Majorly Awesome: She is an Imperial Army major temporarily on loan to Alternative IV as a drill sergeant.
Sensei-chan: Takeru is really trying hard not to call her Marimo-chan. After he graduates, she gives him permission to call her that. And one sign that Takeru had moved on from the PTSD arc is that he refers to her exclusively by her correct military designation from that point on.
Teacher/Student Romance: In Alternative, it's more or less confirmed that Marimo almost certainly did like him in Extra if the final words of Yuuko on the matter are anything to go on. Specifically she says that maybe Marimo's taste was better than she thought.
Kasumi Yashiro / Trista Sestina
Rank: N/A —> 2nd Lieutenant (provisional)
Unit: UN Alternative Plan IV —> UN Special Task Force A-01
After returning from the world of Unlimited, Takeru vows to himself to get to know Kasumi better so he has more success influencing Alternative IV. In the process, she reminds him even more of Sumika than she did the first time. This is a fairly direct hint towards the true nature of Sumika and perhaps the world of Unlimited/Alternative in general. An astute reader will already have known about her telepathy and it is in fact revealed directly fairly early on.
Psychic Powers: She was bred to have them, as one of the few survivors of Alternative Plan III.
Sole Survivor: She’s the only survivor of Operation Cherry Blossom; Takeru and her were the only ones not killed in battle. Sumika uses up the last of her "lifeforce" to power up the Susano'o's Particle Cannon and destroy Target A, and Takeru eventually ceases to exist, though he technically lives through the mission as well.
Terrible Artist: She likes to draw and uses it as a focus to keep Takeru anchored but she's not very good at it.
You Are Number Six: Her true name, Trista Sestina, designates her as the 300th individual of the sixth generation of Alternative III psykers - the last one made, in fact.
Originally the all-female 9th squadron of the wing-sized (9 squadrons of 12 TS Fs each) Special Task Force VF-A01 of the United Nations, Isumi's Valkyries became synonymous with the task force after the latter suffered extreme attrition due to being routinely-deployed on high-risk, high-mortality missions. After graduation, Takeru and the rest of the 207th Training Squadron join the Valkyries.The squadron took part in the momentous battles at Sadogashima, Yokohama and Kashgar, cumulatively sustaining 100% casualties, with all members killed or severely-wounded in action.
For the non-Valkyrie members (and former members) of VF-A01, please see the Side Characters, Family and Attendants folder.
Unit: IJA Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group —> UN Special Task Force A-01
Second eldest of the Isumi sisters and a heroine in age's debut game Kimi ga ita Kisetsu. Michiru is the commander of the 9th Squadron ("Valkyries") of Special Task Force A-01, becoming the de facto leader of the latter after the 9th remained the sole surviving unit.After failing to reactivate the downed Susano'o Mark II she makes it self-destruct, taking out the Sadogashima Hive as well as the entire island.
Always Someone Better: She sees her elder sister Yayoi as this. Despite having the option of getting into government service like Yayoi, she refuses to consider the idea and enlists in the military instead, due to not wanting to become like her elder sister.
Sibling Rivalry: The Isumi sisters' competition for Masaki's affections carry over from their original game to the world of Alternative.
Taking You with Me: She wipes out the Sadogashima Hive, along with the entire island, by self-destructing the Susano'o Mark II.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Unit: UN Special Task Force A-01
Voiced by: Mikoto Natsuno
Reappearing again after a small role in Extra, in Alternative, Kashiwagi is revealed to be one of the mid-range combat specialists of U.N. Special Task Force A-01. She appears to nurse a clinical and detached attitude whenever possible in hopes of completing the mission as successfully as possible.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: While guarding the Susano'o Mark II as Michiru tries to reactivate it at Sadogashima, Haruko is overwhelmed by attacking BETA and impaled by a Fortress class tail stinger, killing her instantly.
Originally from Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, Mitsuki is Haruka's best friend and rival for the affections of a certain guy, and constantly engages in playful rivalry with her. She is the second-in-command of the Valkyries, and as their best front-liner, occuping the elite Storm Vanguard 1 position.During the defense of Yokohama Base from an invading BETA horde, she attempts to disable them by destroying the BETA reactor at the base's lowest level. Due to her preparations for remote detonation of S-11 explosives getting sabotaged by BETA, she opts for manual detonation at the cost of her life.
Haruka is the elder Suzumiya sister. Due to an accident during training, she lost her legs. However, thanks to the more advanced medical technology in the world of Alternative she managed to procure prosthetic legs of such high quality that Takeru did not even notice. Unfortunately, the legs do not mesh up perfectly with her and thus while she is completely inconvenienced in her normal life, she cannot pilot a TSF anymore and instead works as Mission Control.
Off With Her Head: Her head gets ripped off by Warrior-class BETA while trying to shut down the Yokohama Hive reactor.
Where It All Began: The rusted military vehicle which Takeru and Mikoto encountered during the combat evaluation was the one which crushed Haruka's legs during their own evaluation. The accident (also involving a trainee's death due to being run over) was the reason for the discontinuation of using that vehicle.
Rank: 1st Lieutenant —> Captain
Unit: UN Special Task Force A-01 —> IJA Fuji Tactical Fighter Training Group
Munakata is one of the senior members of Isumi's Valkyries. Though she tends to enjoy teasing others, especially Hayase and Takeru, she's actually an effective subcommander and fairly insightful. She, Akane and Kazama are the only three survivors of Isumi's Valkyries by the end of the story, as they miss out on Operation Cherry Blossom.
Bi the Way: Invoked; she says she doesn't care "as long as it feels good". That was her just joking; she had a cousin and fiancee whom she had not met in a long time.
The Gadfly: Even more so than Ayamine. She picks on Mitsuki and Takeru endlessly. The fact that she can do so that easily means she ends up respecting them both.
Put on a Bus: She gets critically injured during the defence of Yokohama Base, and was fighting for her life in hospital at the end of Alternative, missing out on Operation Cherry Blossom.
Kazama is the most senior 2nd Lieutenant in A-01 and a friend of Munakata's. She's quieter than Takeru, but people say she can be pretty scary despite her laid back demeanor. She, Akane and Munakata are the only three survivors of Isumi's Valkyries by the end.
In the world of Alternative Akane is still quite talented, but her emotions frequently get the better of her on occasion, leading her to not getting the Storm Vanguard position she'd prefer. She's also a huge Hayase fangirl and is initially a little jealous of Takeru's instant recognition and sheer ability, though she warms up quickly enough. She, Munakata and Kazama are the only three survivors of Isumi's Valkyries by the end.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Although she lost her older sister, her idol in life, her best friend, and all her comrades from her old training squadron... as of 2003, at the beginning of humanity's counterattack, she's been appointed as the reactivated Valkyrie Squadron's B-Flight Leader, a.k.a. the coveted role of Storm Vanguard 1.
Unknown Rival: She wants to compete with Takeru but she’s a little too unstable and not nearly good enough as a pilot.
Call Back: His last words are almost identical to his "last words" in Meiya's Extra route.
Heroic Sacrifice: When the XG-70d carrying Takeru, Sumika and Yashiro is getting fired on during the orbital drop, he's captaining the first shuttle that throws itself in the way of the lasers. Others follow in his example, enabling the XG-70d to survive reentry and deploy into the Original Hive.
"Thou dost not look dead to me. Canst thou still fight?"
The commander of the 16th Battalion of the Japanese Imperial Royal Guard, Ikaruga is the current head of his family, which is one of the five among which the Shogun is chosen (The Koubuin family, from whom the current Shogun hails, is another). Tsukuyomi is a subordinate.He appears at the Sadogashima Hive battle, arriving with his battalion to stabilize the front line and saving an Imperial Army grunt. Said grunt turns out to be Akira Isumi, Michiru's youngest sister.
Ace Custom: His blue Takemikazuchi is the Type-00R variant, equal in performance to the Shogun's personal TSF.
Big Damn Heroes: He saves Akira Isumi just as her TSF was surrounded by BETA and about to be destroyed by a Grappler.
The Chessmaster: He's the one pulling the strings behind the post-Babylon world in The Day After.
Keigo: Very high and archaic-sounding, like Meiya.
Loophole Abuse: After commanding the delaying action during the defense of Kyoto in the initial BETA invasion, he had been ordered to pull out of it along with the entire Imperial Royal Guard: no IRG units were supposed to be left inside Kyoto. To provide assistance in rescuing Yui's group which had been stranded in the city, he lends Yui's aunt the Takemikazuchi test-types (which technically have not been designated as IRG units).
No Name Given: Ingame, he is known only as the Commander of the 16th Battalion of the Imperial Royal Guard. "Takatsugu Ikaruga", his name, is only given in side materials.
The Grand Shogun of the Empire of Japan in Unlimited/Alternative. She is Meiya's elder twin sister, who in Extra died with their parents due to an accident, forcing Meiya to become the heir to the Mitsurugi Group.
The Chains of Commanding: Especially evident during the 12/5 Incident. Reminding us that she's still only a teenager, she harbours immense guilt for all the people hurt or killed by the rebel forces in her name, all the soldiers that died protecting/rescuing her (including foreign troops AND the rebels), and the assassination of many of her most loyal servants at the opening stages of the coup. She feels directly responsible for all of their deaths because the fact that the coup even happened tells her that she has failed her people in leading them.
Chekhov's Gunman: In Extra, it was mentioned that Meiya had an older twin who was supposed to be the one inheriting everything. In the world of Unlimited, the accident she died in never occurred.
The High Queen: Or the Grand Shogun, in this setting. Notable in which the Emperor is still present, but has the same function that he has in the real world. Before the coup d'etat she in turn was nominally a figurehead, with all power effectively in the hands of the Prime Minister.
Honor Before Reason: In the latter stages of the Coup Arc, with a clean escape from the rebel forces now impossible, she states her intention to speak with the rebel ringleader, Captain Sagiri, in person. Not to surrender to him or legitimize his coup, but to slay him with her own hand to avenge the lives lost, and give CaptainSagiri an honorable death for his pure, but misguided attempts to fix Japan.
Keigo: Even more so than her twin sister Meiya, if it were even possible.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: As the Grand Shogun, she is the head of the Japanese military, and is trained accordingly in the arts of TSF combat. She also deeply cares about the common people, and in turn, virtually all the Japanese characters treat her with both awe and immense reverence. During the 12/5 Incident, the rebel faction's main objective is to capture the Shogun and implore her to legitimize their overthrow of the Japanese government and their takeover of Tokyo. Fearing for the safety of her subjects, she secretly evacuates from the capital with only a handful of her most loyal retainers and deliberately leaks news of her escape, causing rebel forces to scatter away from the capital in search for her. Essentially, she uses herself as bait to spare her people additional hardship that would ensue from costly collateral damage if fighting continued in the capital.
The Stoic: Throughout all the trying events of the 12/5 Incident, she never falters under the pressure, and even manages to bolster the flagging morale of her protectors, even when they were surrounded by rebel forces.
Wise Beyond Her Years: She is not much older than Takeru (who is around 17-18 years old), but offers him thought-provoking counsel that shapes his motivations throughout the later half of the story. As shown above, she also utters the Arc Words of the 12/5 Incident Arc.
Rank: Master Sergeant (provisional)
Voiced by: Ayumi Kida
As she was in Unlimited, she is in charge of Yokohama Base's Post Exchange. She brings a motherly touch and an aura of lightness that is the source of several rare happier moments in Alternative.
"If we do not open our eyes now, when will Japan be saved!?"
A captain and commander of the Imperial Army's 1st Tactical Armored Regiment, part of the elite Tokyo garrison. He was a follower of Ayamine's father, a general who was disgraced unjustly for prioritizing the evacuation of civilians from the frontlines. He later launches a coup d-etat, ostensibly to return power to the Shogun from a perceived corrupt government.
Honor Before Reason: Demonstrated by his timing of and actions during the coup, at a time where Japan is extremely vulnerable to BETA attack. Meiya (disguised as the Shogun) nearly even manages to bring a peaceful end to the coup by appealing to his honor.
Japanese Spirit: Embodies the Chie of YAMATO DAMASHII, showing how absolute devotion to an ideal can sometimes backfire horribly and cause much more harm than good.
Villain Has a Point: Sagiri's methods, while unjustifiable, were born out of protest against the direction he thought the Japanese government was heading. Though the government should do it's best to save as many people's lives as possible, he hates that was done so in ways that robbed the people of everything else that mattered to them. Many were drugged and kidnapped from their homes, forcing them against their will to live lives barely worth living in squalid, overcrowded and underfunded refugee camps. In short, the government may have saved their lives, but sacrificed their human dignity and reasons for living without a second thought. Witnessing his homeland being used to test G-Bombs at the behest of foreign powers did not help matters.
The ever doting father of Miki, he is also the United Nations Undersecretary-General, like he was in Unlimited. After a small role there, Genjyousai returns for an even smaller role in Alternative. However, this time he is actually more important to the plot as he helps bring in American aid to deal with Sagiri's coup, though Miki is depressed at the thought that her father may have selfishly dragged other nations into the conflict.
The Gadfly: It’s noted that he’s largely messing with his daughter when he does the inspection in Alternative. He appears to know perfectly well that she’s not really the squad leader, so he has as much fun as possible trolling both his daughter and her friends, especially Takeru.
Irma is a kind Finnish woman who makes friends with Miki. She reassures her that not everyone in America is completely selfish and that she is in fact a volunteer soldier. She invites Miki to visit her homeland when it is retaken. She does not survive the battle.
Fighting for a Homeland: She fights in the hope that one day she can help reclaim Finland (long destroyed by the BETA), and rebuild her family's home.
Unit: Imperial Royal Guard, 19th Independent Guard Flight
Voiced by: Chizuko Hoshino
Lieutenant Tsukuyomi is the commanding officer of the 19th Independent Guards Flight, a unit within the elite Japanese Imperial Royal Guards. She remains Meiya's loyal confidant and protector, as she was in Extra/Unlimited. While Tsukuyomi starts every bit as suspicious of Takeru as she did in Unlimited, he manages to make a good impression on her unintentionally During the 12/5 Incident and she comes to greatly respect him.
Ace Pilot: A member of the elite of the Imperial Royal Guards, she is probably the deadliest pilot out of the entire cast. It helps that she pilots a red variant of the high performing Type-00F Takemikazuchi, reserved only for bodyguards of the Shogun and those of her close relatives.
Darker and Edgier: As compared with her Extra counterpart, Tsukuyomi is a stone-cold, terrifyingly disciplined badass with virtually none of the former's antics to take the edge off. Just like in Unlimited.
Praetorian Guard: As in Unlimited, she serves as a member of the elite Japanese Imperial Royal Guard, specifically the 19th Independent Guards Flight, along with her subordinates Kamiyo, Tomoe and Ebisu. They were directed by the Shogun (Meiya's twin sister), to protect Meiya while she assists with Alternative IV.
Lightning Bruiser: He and others in the US 66th TSF Wing pilot the high tech F-22A Raptor, (a TSF instead of the Cool Plane it is in real life) in it's first publicly known deployment. Featuring frightening speed, superior maneuverability and radar stealth, it boasts a 100:1 kill ratio in combat trials and earns a respectable 7:1 kill ratio against rebel Japanese TSFs during the 12/5 Incident, making it one of the deadliest in the setting. Put another way, it's only matched in deadliness by the Japanese Type-00 Takemikazuchi; an Ace Custom only used by the Imperial Royal Guards, the Imperial nobility, and by the Shogun herself.
Mauve Shirt: Despite the relative brevity of his appearance in story, and being killed by Sagiri in one hit Major Walken has quite the following among Alternative's western fanbase, due to his memorable lines and strong convictions giving him a lot of character development in a short time.
Sakon is Mikoto's father, an incredibly strange man who is prone to ignoring things that others have just said to him, just like his daughter. Unknown to her, he is the Head of the Japanese Imperial Ministry of Information (the Japanese intelligence agency), jet-setting around the globe and navigating the mess that is the post-BETA political/intelligence world with ease. He seems a little distant from his daughter to Takeru. After the coup ends, he vanishes from the plot until the end of the story with his whereabouts unknown.
Obfuscating Stupidity: His Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies may very well be this, as he shows himself to be an individual that always knows much more than he's letting on, constantly manipulating events of the story from behind the scenes. Several times, he delivers critical information on future events, and is relied on by the Shogun as one of her most effective intelligence agents. Made evident during the events of the 12/5 Coup Arc, where he personally escorts the Shogun out of the capital city without drawing the attention of the rebel forces that locked it down in order to find her.
Yoroi: It's my motto to confuse information with the utmost precision.
Talkative Loon: On first impression, he comes across as nonsensical, rapidly jumping from one topic to another with virtually no connectivity between the two, and incredibly eccentric with random souvenirs and odd mannerisms. This catches most people he talks to off guard, and makes it difficult for them to follow his conversations. Knowing his actual job description, this may be intentional.
Takeru: (internally) This is Mikoto's legendary father!? No wonder he's not listening! No wonder this conversation isn't making any sense!
Member of UN Special Task Force VF-A01, 7th Squadron "Dellingr", Takayuki is close friends with Mitsuki Hayase and Haruka Suzumiya, and is the man the latter two are competing for the affection of. Akane reveals that Takayuki was killed in action during Operation Lucifer, two years prior, meaning that the two had been competing on who gets to join him in death first.
Heroic Sacrifice: He and his friend and comrade Shinji Taira were only deployed to act as UN observers during Operation Lucifer. The two contravened orders and entered combat to prevent an ambushed TSF contingent from getting encircled by BETA, and to buy time for them to escape the impending G-Bomb strike.
Love Triangle: with Haruka and Mitsuki, in a mirror of their relationship in the world of Extra.
Posthumous Character: Killed when America dropped two G-Bombs on the Yokohama Hive during Operation Lucifer.