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  • 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.
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    • 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? This ultimately got subverted with the official English photonmelodies release that freely advertises Altered Fable as the official sequel to Alternative.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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.
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  • First Installment Wins: Regarding the franchise as a whole, the original Visual Novels, 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.
  • Heartwarming Moments: 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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. She later went on to voice Tomoe Mami, who is the older sister/ teacher role who gets decapitated and has memes off that scene.
  • It Was His Sled: There are multiple timelines and that the 2nd and third stories are a genre shift from a Slice of Life Romance to a Darker and Edgier Alien Invasion Humongous Mecha utsuge. Even people who barely heard of Muv-Luv knows this twist, and future spinoffs outright spoil it.
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    • Marimo gets headchomped.
  • 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 
    • English can eat shit. I repeat, English can eat shit.note 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Sumika was a rather divisive character in Muv-Luv Extra, seen by fans as a generic childhood love interest tsundere who is so stereotypical that she brings nothing new to the table. It also doesn't help that her love rival is Meiya, who is a fan-favorite character, to the point where Fans, even the ones that like Sumika in Alternative, felt sorry for Meiya when she does get friendzoned. (Major spoilers) However, she does recieve this in Muv-Luv Alternative due to getting much more characterization and several tragic moments, such as the PTSD Arc and the 00 Unit Arc, to the point where fans that used to REALLY hate her in Extra really think of her better in Alternative, or at least hate her a lot less.
  • 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.
  • Signature Scene: Marimo getting headchomped.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Alternative is widely considered by many to be a great Visual Novel. However, one of the major complaints of people who play it are that it is necessary to play through the first two installments of the series and that Alternative, even after it starts, is little more than a rehash of Unlimited until 7 hours in.
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