YMMV / Muv-Luv

Sumika's cuteness is a miracle of the universe.

  • Contested Sequel:
    • Alternative was one for Japanese fans at the time of its release, partly due to the three-year Schedule Slip and the fans building up expectations. People who were expecting a light, multi-heroine ending dating sim in the vein of Sakura Wars ended up getting a dark, powerfully-written linear Utsuge with a death count on par with Victory Gundam. The unexpected Gorn and Naughty Tentacles caused an outcry, and there were reports of fans dropping the game after Marimo's grisly death. Eventually however Alternative became the most well-regarded installment of the trilogy, ranking consistently either at the top (or just below it) of both Japanese and Western Visual Novel ratings.
    • Deny all you want âge, that bit at the end of Alternative certainly looked like it connected to Altered Fable. If Yashiro didn't know, why would she she just spontaneously start crying, and recognizing people she didn't remember?
  • Counterpart Comparison: Takeru, to Rika of Higurashi: When They Cry, except that the only time he manages to retain memories and experience clearly was on the last jump into Alternative. Sumika in Unlimited/Alternative, to Hanyuu, as well.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Each of the heroines' routes in Extra and Unlimited has at least one. In Alternative, Yuuhi (the Grand Shogun) consoling Chizuru, who had just lost her father the Prime Minister in the coup d'etat.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: JAM Project provided the openings and insert songs for Muv-Luv Alternative. From the soundtrack comes various live orchestral pieces such as Hijiri Anze's "Flame of Life" and Hikaru Nanase's "Meiya".
    • The OP for Extra is pretty awesome too, albeit in a more typical-sounding "moe VN opening" sort of way.
    • War Preparation
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Haruko Kashiwagi, the sixth player in Chizuru's lacrosse team in Extra, appears to be one, considering that âge released the fandisk Haruko Maniax with her taking center-stage.note 
  • Even Better Sequel: Muv-Luv Alternative is the most widely acclaimed title in the entire franchise, and it was released as a sequel to the original Muv-Luv Visual Novel collection that contained both Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited.
  • First Installment Wins: Regarding the franchise as a whole, the original VisualNovels, especially Muv-Luv Alternative, are highly acclaimed by the majority of the fandom. Future installments and spin-offs, such as Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse and Schwarzesmarken, are more divisive.
  • Genius Bonus: Too many to count. One particular example: history-savvy readers will recall that Operation Cherry Blossom (Operation Ouka) shares its name with the Japanese purpose-built kamikaze aircraft Ouka - apt name for a suicide mission in the Original Hive.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight / Harsher In Hind Sight: Kaori Mizuhashi plays Akane Suzumiya, a girl who has her teacher and older sister being decapitated, the former becoming a meme because of that scene. Later, she will voice Tomoe Mami who is the older sister/ teacher role who gets decapitated and has memes off that scene.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Is Alternative here yet?"note  A common cry by Japanese fans during the three year wait between Unlimited and Alternative. Shortly after its release, this was followed by "Is the fandisc here yet?"note 
    • HEADCHOMP and variants thereof.
    • The successive Gut Punches, especially in the latter half of Alternative, has led to the saying "You can't spell RAGE without AGE!"
    • Posting ;_;> or ;_;7 note  is common whenever "Flame of Life", "Meiya" "For You Who Departs" or "Farewell", among others, play.
    • Noble Confidant, to mock the "Just Friends" treatment of Meiya in Alternative.
    • X has been shipped off to Extra.note 
    • In the grim darkness of Muv-Luv, there is only waifus. note 
  • Nightmare Fuel/Nausea Fuel: Marimo's HEADCHOMP. Especially since it occurs as a Mood Whiplash.
    • Somehow even worse in Total Eclipse as we get to see two young pilots ripped to pieces and eaten in rather grim detail.
    • Check the Murphy's Law entry on the main page, MLA does not mess around.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Please don't ask whether Meiya or Sumika is the best love interest for Takeru. Really, don't do it. It's for your own sake.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Alternative is widely considered by many to be one of the most awesome Visual Novels in all existence. However, one of the major complaints of people who play it are that a) It is necessary to play through the far less awesome first two installments of the series and that b) Alternative, even after it starts, does not have the decency to become anything more than a rehash of Unlimited until 7 hours in.