Muv-Luv Alternative Season 2 and Blog Schedule

October 4, 2022

The 2nd season of the Muv-Luv Alternative anime is almost upon us, so I guess it’s time for me to dust off this blog and get back into things. Sadly, I’ve been very busy with work and personal matters for the past year, and haven’t had time to write about the many Muv-Luv topics I would like to. To be honest, I’m still very busy, and I don’t really have time to write about Muv-Luv even now. But Season 2 waits for no man, so I’ll make the time.

So, the plan:

Number one, on Tuesday I’ll put up a combined blog post for the coup d’etat arc from Season 1, which I never got around to doing last year. I’ve generally written about the various Muv-Luv anime in arcs, allowing me to explore that arc’s entire story rather than having to address the story piecemeal, episode by episode. It’s extremely difficult for me to write posts for individual episodes, as it’s only in examining the purpose and themes of an entire arc that I find topics interesting to write about. I made an exception for the early episodes of Alternative Season 1, as I found each individual episode fascinating in the decisions made for the adaptation, their strengths and their flaws. But after the show settled in, I regret not switching back sooner to posting by arc rather than by episode. The coup arc simply made the problem I have with writing posts about individual episodes more obvious. I already have the post for those episodes ready, and I found it much easier to slip back into covering an entire arc, rather than attempting to write a post for each episode as I attempted to do last year.

Number two, once Season 2 starts, I’ll continue to write arc-centered posts for the season. I’ll likely have a separate post for the first episode of the season, episode 13, so that we can talk about the new season in general. They’ve already released the preview and summary for episode 13, so I can be confident that it’s a generally self-contained episode. I’ll probably make another post for the episode after that, episode 14, since that will likely also be a major episode with lots to discuss. But after that, my plan is to switch entirely to arc-centered posts, likely covering 3-4 episodes at a time.

Number three, after Season 2 ends, I’ll hopefully have time then to write some posts about Total Eclipse, which came out on Steam earlier this year. I’ve been very open that Total Eclipse is my favorite of the Muv-Luv spinoffs, and I’ve waited a very long time to be able to discuss the game with people who have also played it (almost 10 years!). I’m so sad that I don’t have the time to talk about it right now, but hopefully that just means more people will have had the time to finish the game by then.

In the meantime, to kick things off on that front, I highly recommend reading this post I made back when the game first came out. In it, I lay out what the story of Total Eclipse means, and how its three leads each contribute to the themes of the story. It is by far the longest, most detailed post I’ve ever made, and it’s the one I’m proudest of. At the time I wrote it, the visual novel industry was in a very different place, and there was essentially no hope of the Total Eclipse game ever being translated into English. I wrote the post knowing that almost no one would ever have the correct context to understand it – so I wrote it largely for myself, and for the few people who would also have been able to read the game in Japanese and yet would read an English blog afterwards. It is now 8 years since I wrote it, and with Total Eclipse now officially available in English, I hope many more people will be able to get something out of it.

If I have time, I’d also like to maybe write some things about The Day After, which I’ve also never really written about in detail since it was released. Maybe even Photonflowers/Photonmelodies as well. But that will definitely be in the future. Right now I’ll be keeping my eyes on Season 2.


Let’s Do A Big Anime Rewatch!

July 30, 2021

The Muv-Luv Alternative anime is going to be airing starting in October, so it’s probably time to do a little something with the old blog. So let’s kick things off with a big anime rewatch!

I was already planning to go through all of the old Age/Muv-Luv anime to celebrate the new Alternative anime, just on my own time. But it occurred to me (as it has on numerous occasions over the past year, I assure you) that I’ve been letting this place go to waste, so I thought I’d try to get back into the swing of things by writing down some of my thoughts on the old shows as I go through them.

Here’s the tentative schedule I’m planning:

  • Week of August 2: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 1-7
  • Week of August 9: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 8-14
  • Week of August 16: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien OVAs (Akane Maniax, Ayu-Mayu Theater, Next Season)
  • Week of August 23: Total Eclipse 1-6
  • Week of August 30: Total Eclipse 7-12
  • Week of September 6: Total Eclipse 13-18
  • Week of September 13: Total Eclipse 19-24
  • Week of September 20: Schwarzesmarken 1-6
  • Week of September 27: Schwarzesmarken 7-12
  • And then in October… Muv-Luv Alternative: The Animation!

This is, by the way, my planned schedule for actually watching these shows. The blog posts may come a little later than that, depending on how long they take to write. I don’t really plan on writing a lot (although I’ve certainly been wrong about that before) – just writing down whatever comes to mind, to warm up the old blogging muscles and prepare for what comes next.

My plan after that, once we enter October, is to write about the Alternative anime as it airs. On what schedule, I don’t know – that will probably depend a lot on how the anime is actually structured. I broke Total Eclipse and Schwarzesmarken up by story arcs, and that’s probably how I’ll do Alternative, but I might post more episode-by-episode commentary if the anime winds up doing a lot of interesting things regarding the adaptation.

I still have topics I want to write about regarding Alternative, but out of consideration for anybody coming in through the anime, I’ll hold off on those posts until after the anime finishes airing. If I get into a good blogging groove during the anime, I might post some more miscellaneous stuff (such as for Photonmelodies and The Day After). And then after the anime finishes, we’ll get back to more in-depth stuff about Alternative.

(And then some time after that, I’ll get tired about writing about Muv-Luv again, and we’ll take another long break until something else comes up… you guys know the drill by now.)

Welcome to Type-94

October 21, 2019

Welcome!  I’ve been a fan of Muv-Luv since 2003, and I’ve been running this blog since 2012.  I started this blog to bring attention to the newly-announced Total Eclipse anime.  At the time, it was difficult for English-speaking fans to find information about Muv-Luv, so I hoped to fill that void at least a little.  I started out by translating interviews from the Total Eclipse cast and staff, and eventually I began providing my own commentary as well.

Below I’ve highlighted the posts I’ve devoted the most time into writing.  I hope you find them interesting.

Muv-Luv Trilogy:
The Road to Muv-Luv
The Road to Muv-Luv Alternative
The Path to Adulthood

Total Eclipse:
Total Eclipse 01-02
Total Eclipse 03-05
Total Eclipse 06-07
Total Eclipse 08-10
Total Eclipse 11-14
Total Eclipse 15-19
Total Eclipse 20-24

Man vs. Budget
Morality and Belief
Reverse Adaptation
Grow Up!

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Game Review/Analysis

Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 1-2
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 3-5
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 6-7
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 8-10
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 11-12
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 13-14
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 15-16
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 17-19
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 20-22
Anime Rewatch 2021: Total Eclipse 23-24

Schwarzesmarken 01-03
Schwarzesmarken 04-07
Schwarzesmarken 08-12

Anime Rewatch 2021: Schwarzesmarken 1-3
Anime Rewatch 2021: Schwarzesmarken 4-5
Anime Rewatch 2021: Schwarzesmarken 6-7
Anime Rewatch 2021: Schwarzesmarken 8-10
Anime Rewatch 2021: Schwarzesmarken 11-12

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien:
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 1-2
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 3-4
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 5-7
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 8-9
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 10-11
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 12-14
Anime Rewatch 2021: Akane Maniax
Anime Rewatch 2021: Ayu-Mayu Theater
Anime Rewatch 2021: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season


March 16, 2012

This is a blog I started to support the upcoming anime Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse.  Well, it’s not really a “blog”, I intend it to be mostly a dumping ground for translations of various articles and stuff that may be of interest.  Please feel free to repost anything you see here wherever you like.  I have zero interest in “credit” and you don’t even necessarily have to link back here – I only ask that you not pretend to have made the translation yourself.

I guess I’ll kick off this blog with what is known about the anime so far:


Original Work: Kouki Yoshimune (Ixtl / Age)
Executive Producer: Kouki Yoshimune
Director: Takayuki Inagaki
Character Design: Yumiko Hara
Chief Animation Directors: Rondo Mizukami, Kenji Shinohara
Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
Animation Production: Ixtl x Satelight


Yuya Bridges – Daisuke Ono
Yui Takamura – Mai Nakahara
Cryska Barchenowa – Hitomi Nabatame
Inia Sestina – Mamiko Noto
Tarisa Manandal – Sakura Nogawa
Vincent Lowell – Tomokazu Sugita

Airdate: Summer 2012

(Although not mentioned, it seems pretty likely that the main writer will indeed be Hiroshi Yamaguchi, as was originally leaked last year.)

Just to note, “Ixtl” is not an animation company, but a company founded by Age, apparently to manage its copyright.  They’ve never fully explained just what it does or how the companies are different, except to assure fans that it’s all a behind-the-scenes reorganization that should help things run more smoothly but will not affect fans in any way.  At any rate, we can think of Ixtl as essentially being Age itself.  I’ve never seen an Animation Production credit like that before, and it seems to imply that the original creators of Muv-Luv are involved with the anime production on a level far beyond what is typical of a normal adaptation.

Information for Total Eclipse will probably come out through magazines like Newtype (which comes out every 10th of the month) and Tech Gian (every 21st).  Other magazines will have info too, but these should be the major ones.  The other major source of information is going to be Kouki Yoshimune’s Twitter account.  Yoshimune is the CEO of Age and the creator/writer for Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Muv-Luv Alternative, and Total Eclipse.  He’s also a huge blabbermouth on Twitter, which of course is great news for fans.  In addition to Twitter, he hosts occasional NicoNico Live broadcasts where he shows off the latest news.  As for the near future, watch for big news from the upcoming special magazine Gianism Vol. 2 (out March 30th) and the live event TE MEMORIAL NIGHT powered by MUV-LUV (April 7th).  The upcoming game Muv-Luv Alternative Chronicles 03 (out March 30th) is also said to include a trailer for the anime.