Muv-Luv Alternative S2 new key visual art revealed

A teaser visual for the upcoming Muv-Luve Alternative TV anime series S2 has been released. The second season is set to premiere in October 2022, with the precise date yet to be announced.
Muv-Luv Alternative S1 snap shot. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

A teaser visual for the upcoming Muv-Luve Alternative S2 has been released. The second season is set to premiere in October 2022, with the precise date yet to be announced.

The visual depicts a Tactical Surface Fighter.

The first season, produced by Flagship Line (established by Avex Pictures and Graphinica in 2018) and animated by Yumeta Company and Graphinica, aired from October 7 to December 23, 2021 on Fuji TV’s+ Ultra programming block.

The staff working on the series include:

  • Yukio Nishimoto — director
  • Takuya Tani — character design
  • Tatsuhiko Urahata — script
  • Evan Call — music

V.W.P performed the series’ opening theme song “Rinne” and STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION — the ending theme song “Tristar.”

Muv-Luv Alternative Anime S2: what we know so far

As mentioned above, the Muv-Luv Alternative TV anime second season will air in October 2022. Yukio Nishimoto, Takuya Tani, Tatsuhiko Urahata, and Evan Call will resume work on the S2, with additional staff including:

  • Yumi Uchibayashi — color designer
  • Ken Naito art — director
  • Takeo Ogiwara — photography director
  • Kazuya Ooya — CG director

The returning cast is, as follows:

  • Kouichi Kamiki — Takeru
  • Tomori Kusunoki — Sumika Kagami
  • Karin Nanami — Meiya Mitsurugi
  • Miku Itou — Sasaki Chizuru
  • Iori Saeki — Kei Ayamine
  • Takako Tanaka — Miki Tamase
  • Lynn — Mikoto Yoroi
Muv-Luv Alternative S2 PV.

What is Muv-Luv Alternative about?

Muv-Luv Alternative is an adaptation of the eponymous romance visual novel, which, in itself, is only one installment of a far bigger series. Up to date, five titles of the series have been released outside of Japan, namely:

  • Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited
  • Muv-Luv Alternative
  • Muv-Luv Photonflowers
  • Muv-Luv Photonmelodies
  • Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After

The Muv-Luv Alternative visual novel (2006) is a sequel to Muv-Luv Extra (2003) and Muv-Luv Unlimited (2003) and is set in an alternate Earth in which mankind is facing extinction by BETA, a superior alien race. Humanity is using humanoid fighting machines known as Tactical Surface Fighters.

Both Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited were released on Steam, the first in 2016, and the second in 2017. The games are considered to be one of the best visual novels to date.

Muv-Luv Alternative new key artwork. Pic credit: The official Muv-Luv Alternative anime website.

The Muv-Luv games follow Takeru Shirogane (the playable character of the series), who one day wakes up to find a woman sleeping in his bed. As it turns out, the lady is Meiya Mitsurugi, the heiress of a powerful family, who is determined to marry Takeru. Things are not that easy, however, because Takeru’s childhood friend Sumika Kagami has similar intentions.

Being a romance visual novel, Muv-Luv also parades other potential love interests, but the routes are set against the backdrop of impending doom, as explained above. While there are arguably better romance visual novels out there, the Muv-Luv series comes with an SF twist. Namely, one day, Takeru wakes up to discover his hometown of Yokohama in ruins with a mysterious mecha collapsed on Sumika’s house. Trying to discover more about what happened, he soon discovers he somehow managed to end up in another world where mankind is fighting BETAs.

The Muv-Luv games are developed by âge. The trilogy (Muv-Luv Extra, Muv-Luv Unlimited, and Muv-Luv Alternative) starts as a romance story (Extra), resumes as an alternate Earth story (Unlimited), and finally becomes a war epic (Alternative).

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