The Muv-Luv Alternative anime adaptation will release in 2021, a new trailer has revealed. The anime was first announced in October 2019 during the Muv-Luv series’ 20th anniversary event.
The trailer was shown during the Muv-Luv October 24th Web Event and was uploaded separately afterwards. It offers a look at some of the series’ mechas, the Tactical Surface Fighters, in action both against the alien BETA and against themselves.
A design visual featuring a Takemikazuchi TSF was also released on the Muv-Luv Alternative anime’s official website.
The anime is based on the Muv-Luv Alternative visual novel, which first released in Japan in 2006. Alternative is a sequel to 2003’s Muv-Luv and its second half, Muv-Luv Unlimited. It’s set in an alternate Earth introduced in Unlimited, where mankind is facing extinction from an alien race known as the BETA, and carries a notably darker and more serious tone than its predecessors. Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative were released on Steam in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The Steam page describes the story:
This is it. The chips are down, the die’s been cast, and the fate of the multiverse is on the line. Step back into the cockpit and prepare for deployment in Muv-Luv Alternative, the most critically acclaimed visual novel of all time. Just be sure to keep a box of tissues handy, because it’s about to be a bumpy ride.
This isn’t a cutesy high school rom-com anymore; it’s an epic tale of political conspiracies, international espionage, an alien menace, quantum causality, bittersweet reunions, genetic modification, and much, much more. Gluttons for punishment, rejoice, because once it gets rolling, there are no brakes on this pain train. It’ll test your limits, challenge your worldview, and by the time it’s all over, you’ll be so emotionally spent that it’ll be weeks before you can fully process the implications of what you’ve just witnessed. Fair warning, though: common side effects include feelings of emptiness, PTSD, and unrealistic expectations for any and all other visual novels.
The Muv-Luv franchise also consists of a number of spin-offs, including two previous anime adaptations. A 24-episode anime adaptation of the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse light novels from Ixtl and Satelight aired in 2011. In 2016, there was a 12-episode adaptation of the Schwarzesmarken (Schwarzes Marken on Crunchyroll) light novels from Ixtl and LIDEN FILMS, which focused on the earlier days of the BETA invasion and took place in 1980s East Germany.
Sources: Avex Pictures YouTube channel, Twinfinite, Muv-Luv official YouTube channel, Muv-Luv Alternative official anime website, Steam