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Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

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English: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Synonyms: MuvLuv Alternative Total Eclipse, MLA TE
Japanese: マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.221 (scored by 18223 users)
Ranked: #24262
Popularity: #886
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Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.

In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.

Yui Takamura, a surface pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a surface pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.

Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.

This story with exciting human dramas and robot actions takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, at a crisis of human extinction.

(Source: Muv-Luv Total Eclipse Official English Website)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Barchenowa, Cryska
Barchenowa, Cryska
Nabatame, Hitomi
Nabatame, Hitomi
Auten, Christine
Auten, Christine
Bridges, Yuuya
Bridges, Yuuya
Vincent-Davis, Kira
Vincent-Davis, Kira
Ono, Daisuke
Ono, Daisuke
Sestina, Inia
Sestina, Inia
Noto, Mamiko
Noto, Mamiko
Karbowski, Brittney
Karbowski, Brittney
Takamura, Yui
Takamura, Yui
Nakahara, Mai
Nakahara, Mai
LaPorte, Krystal
LaPorte, Krystal


Inagaki, Takayuki
Ando, Masaomi
Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Taguchi, Tomohisa
Episode Director

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Oct 31, 2013
Mecha anime is sometimes for most of people would avoid this one like me. It isnt about taste matter but sometimes we find mecha anime tends to be boring and repetitive. Like, they always about battle, battle and battle. They just focussing on that matters without leaving characters to develop. But back then, i am being suggested to watch Muv Luv Alternative and i must said, it was a great experience

Story (9/10)
Muv Luv Alternative Total Eclipse or should i say, Muv Luv. Is one from many anime that taking mecha as their main themes. But the differences between them, is they didnt focus about mecha read more
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Nov 18, 2012
There's been a lot of strange series that debuted in 2012. If there was another to name, one would definitely be Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. No, it's not the end of the year (yet) for us but in the world of the Total Eclipse, it's walking down that path. The series is based off a LN (light novel) of the same name and takes place in a science fiction world where mecha, aliens, and hot women with suits of iron dominating the series. It's definitely not everyday that you get to see chicks fighting otherworldly beings and still getting the time to relax. Let's look read more
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Mar 1, 2013
- Animation is done by studio Satelight. Besides Noein I didn’t like any of their other numerous shows. Their budgets are average to good but they never try too much to create quality shows and anything they do is usually nothing more than dumb fun.
- Directing is done by Inagaki Takayuki, who is a bit known for his work in Desert Punk and Rosario + Vampire. You can easily tell he likes fan service and shits on plot, so you can pretty much guess right away what the show is going to be about.
- Based on the Total Eclipse light novels. read more
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Dec 23, 2012
Aliens, known as the B.E.T.A, invade our planet in the year 1973. They mindlessly attack humans and devour us like food. There is no way to communicate with these B.E.T.A , so our only option left is to fight them. To do so, we humans invent giant humanoid machines called Tactical Surface Fighters (or TSFs). Pilots are trained to man these machines and fight in the front lines against the B.E.T.A forces; however, this is not a story about those who fight in the front lines. This is a side story about the test pilots who make sure the TSFs are suitable for use on read more
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Both shows revolve around mecha fighting bug like monsters that are invading earth. Muv-Luv focuses less on the bug killing and more on the politics and relationships behind the mecha that nations make to protect themselves from the bugs. Blue Gender is pretty much all bug killing goer with some romance tossed in. Both are worth watching if your into mecha battles and alien invasions.
Mankind faces enemies that eat human beings. Both are similar due to the gruesome nature and fear that the heroes have to face while trying to prevent imminent human extinction. Protagonists have lost loved ones (family/friends) in the first few episodes in the most gruesome way to the point that it will probably mentally scar them for life .

If you like the thrill of survival genres then you'll love these shows!
Both have a similar story, with a war between humans and aliens. Aliens already destroyed some places in the world, with the rest trying to survive, fighting against they. Protagonists are moe girls.
This is similar to Infinite Stratos as they are both Mecha, and harem genres. However, IS does focus more on fan service and the harem aspect compared to Muv-Luv. Both have great character development and interesting plots.
Sidonia is what you were wishing for if you watched Muv-Luv and thought it could be so much better if it took its own material more seriously.

Although with Sidonia you do lose the epic bodysuits, almost entirely female cast and more blunt harem elements. Its certainly worth watching if you want a more mature telling of what it might be like if humanity found itself pushed to the brink.
Very similar to each other. Both stories involve humans fighting alien bugs that are taking over the earth. They also both favor character development over actual battles, which can be a let down for some people.

Opening Theme

#1: "Go to the top" by Kumi Koda (eps 2-19)
#2: "Doubt the World" by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 20-24)

Ending Theme

#1: "Go to the top" by Kumi Koda (ep 1)
#2: "signs ~Sakutsuki Hitoyo~ (signs ~朔月一夜~)" by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 2-16, 18, 19, 24)
#3: "Snow Maiden (スノウメヰデン)" by Aki Misato (ep 17)
#4: "Revise the World" by ayami (eps 20-23)

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