Visual Novel / Muv-Luv Extra

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Save in the Name of True Love.

Muv-Luv Extra is the first of the trilogy encompassing the Muv-Luv visual novels. It tells the story of an average high school student named Shirogane Takeru and his childhood friend Sumika. At the very beginning of the story, Takeru wakes up to find a ridiculously wealthy girl named Meiya sitting next to him in bed, at which point Sumika walks in to wake him up like always. She doesn't take it well. The love triangle between these two then proceeds forward and completing both is required to unlock Muv-Luv Unlimited, though the official international release drops this requirement and makes both Extra and Unlimited playable from the outset. In addition to the main heroines, there are three other heroine routes and two bad ends focusing on the teacher character and Takeru's friend Mikoto.

Extra is largely written as an Origin Story and thus contains a great deal of foreshadowing. We are introduced to Takeru, the girls he knows, Mikoto and Takeru's two teachers, Yuuko and Marimo. Since the story is written primarily to establish Takeru as your standard dense harem protagonist, it wildly embraces every harem cliche it can find so as to contrast more with the latter portions of the story. Hidden beneath the childhood friends and wacky hijinks are a surprising amount of little details that do not become relevant until far later in the story as a whole.

On September 25th 2015, having gained domestic acclaim and a sizable international fanbase, âge, in collaboration with Degica (a Japan-based e-commerce company and video game publisher), officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an official English localization of Extra and it's sequels Muv-Luv Unlimited and Muv-Luv Alternative. Within less than a day, âge achieved their funding goal of $US 250,000. The campaign concluded on November 4th, 2015, having exceeded the target amount by more than $US 1,000,000. The English version was released on Steam on July 15th 2016

See Muv-Luv for the other works in the series. The story is directly continued with Muv-Luv Unlimited.

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Pay no mind to the fact that Meiya looks very similar to Mitsuki and Sumika looks similar to Haruka or that Sumika gets hit by a car in "Extra" in blatant reference to Haruka's accident in Rumbling Hearts. Don't worry, this is only played for laughs and Sumika gets better pretty much immediately. As you might have guessed, like Haruka and Mitsuki, Sumika and Meiya are the main heroines in this game. As a bonus, the song "Muv-Luv" is sung by Haruka's voice actress and is apparently, by "Word of God," a song about Sumika. To make up for it, the personalities between Meiya/Mitsuki and Sumika/Haruka are completely different.
  • Fan Translation: Muv-Luv Extra, Unlimited and Alternative were translated by Amaterasu Translations in 2010 and 2011.
  • Foreshadowing: Many events and characterization in Extra heavily foreshadow events in the Unlimited and Alternative worlds, such as Miki's incredible ability with archery.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Extra is often seen as painfully generic, but if it wasn't for its light-hearted premise and tone, the overall idea of dropping a generic harem protagonist into a battlefield would not work. Similarly, negative reactions to the characters in the first part are also setup, such as Takeru's personality and upbringing working extremely poorly in the world that Unlimited and Alternative take place in. And after what you go through in Alternative, you may find yourself grateful for what you had in Extra.
  • Insult to Rocks: When Takeru calls Sumika a slug, she gets so angry that she accidentally does this to herself:
    Sumika: Gaaaaah!!! Apologize to slugs!
    Takeru: Gyahahahahaha!! do you even know what you're saying!?
    Sumika: Shut uuup! Apologize to me too!!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sumika in Meiya and Chizuru's Routes in Extra. She tries this in her own route, but, being her route, Takeru has other ideas.
  • Kids Are Cruel: A big factor in Chizuru's route when the class, and eventually the entire school, becomes convinced she injured Akane on purpose out of jealousy or spite.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Chizuru does this on dates in her route in Extra.
  • Lighterand Softer: Compared to Rumbling Hearts, of which it is a spin-off. Also happens to be by far the lightest and most comedic entry in the Muv-Luv franchise.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Takeru, Sumika and Meiya. Takeru somehow fails to notice the Sumika part of the triangle and is kind of uncomfortable around Meiya since she's so direct and he doesn't know her well.
    • Also Takeru, Ayamine and Sagiri in Ayamine's route.
  • The Masochism Tango: Takeru and Sumika's relationship in a nutshell.
  • Megaton Punch: Sumika's "DRILL MILKY PUNCH!"
  • Multiple Endings
  • Not a Morning Person: Ayamine and Takeru.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Almost anyone with long hair will have really long hair. Bonus points to Tama for having hair that likely weights more than she does.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Masayo Kurata (Chizuru) and Yuko Nagashima (Ayamine) voicing allies who are rivals of some sort at the same time? Hmm...Where have I heard that before?
  • Road Cone: As the direct sequel of Akane Maniax, Mitsuki's end in Rumbling Hearts is canon to Extra.
  • Schedule Slip: Extra, Unlimited and Alternative were supposed to be released together, but Alternative got delayed for three years due to various problems, thus the Japanese meme "Oruta mada~?" ("Is Alternative here yet~?").
  • Seinen: Despite running in Dengeki Daioh, the manga adaptations of Extra, Alternative and Total Eclipse are classified as such.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Ayamine's mother, who, as a nurse, chose to take the blame for Dr. Sagiri's malpractice.
  • Spinoff: Of Rumbling Hearts. Extra is also the direct sequel of the KNGE side-story Akane Maniax.
  • Super-Deformed: In typical âge fashion, characters are drawn as such during moments of levity, as well as in Sumika's diary sketches (see the image on the YMMV subpage for an example)
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ayamine's yakisoba bread, as can be seen in this page's picture. During the cooking contest on her route, she potentially beats out the other girls' highly elaborate dishes by making the best possible yakisoba bread.
  • Unwanted Harem
  • Wedding Deadline/Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: The climax of Meiya's route in Extra.

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