Sumika's cuteness is a miracle of the universe.
This page contains the various subjective tropes and audience reactions pertaining to Muv-Luv
, a series of popular Visual Novels
- Contested Sequel:
- Counterpart Comparison: Takeru, to Rika of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, 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
- Ear Worm: "TACHIAGARE KEDAKAKU MAE SADAME WO UKETA SENSHI YOOOO!" and "WOHOOOAH! WOHOOOAH! WOHOOOOOOOOAH!"
- 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
- 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.
- It Gets Better: 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.
- Just Here For Alternative - see It Gets Better above.
- 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 painful Friend-zoning of Meiya in Alternative.
- X has been shipped off to Extra.note
- Narm: "THEY'RE HUMAN... BRAIIIIIIINNNNSSS!!!"
- 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.
- This troper has taken to calling MLA, Murphy's Cat: What Happens When Everything Bad That Could Happen, Did Happen, At The Worst Time.
- 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.