Muv-Luv Alternative is a mecha series whose visual novels actually inspired the Attack on Titan manga. Now Attack on Titan fans who never saw the visual novels can finally see the story told via the brand new anime. So how can you watch Muv-Luv Alternative online? Read on for all the details about watching this alien invasion anime series.
Muv-Luv Alternative Is Only Available on Crunchyroll
In the United States, you can only (legally) stream Muv-Luv Alternative on Crunchyroll.
At the time of this article’s publication, Episode 1 of Muv-Luv Alternative (“The State of the World”) is the only episode available so far and you can only watch it if you are a paying subscriber. Crunchyroll typically lets you watch episodes for free once a new episode has aired. So Episode 1 might be watchable by non-paying customers after Episode 2 drops. This isn’t guaranteed though. If you want to watch everything as soon as it airs, you’ll want to sign up for a paid Crunchyroll account.
The description for Muv-Luv Alternative reads: “A story of the bonds between those who fight, in a world pushed to its limits. On one of the countless parallel worlds that exist throughout spacetime, humanity has fought a decades long war against the BETA, hostile extraterrestrial invaders, using humanoid fighting machines called Tactical Surface Fighters. This is a story of how humanity lives and dies while on the brink of extinction.”
The visual novel (which is a term for an interactive fiction video game focused mostly on a text-based story) released in 2006. You can watch it on Steam here. It’s not required viewing before watching the anime, but will allow you to see the story as it was originally told.
New Muv-Luv Alternative Episodes Air on Wednesdays
New episodes of Muv-Luv Alternative drop every Wednesday at 9:25 a.m. Pacific on Crunchyroll. These are available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS.
In other time zones, that means you can watch Muv-Luv Alternative every Wednesday at 9:25 a.m. on the West Coast (such as in California), 10:25 a.m. Mountain Time, 11:25 a.m. Central (such as in Texas), and 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays (such as in New York.) Episode 2 will air Wednesday, October 13.
Technically, Muv-Luv Alternative is the third part of a trilogy visual novel series. (However, only Muv-Luv Alternative’s visual novel influenced the Attack on Titan manga, not the other parts of the trilogy.) There are also two spinoff anime series on Crunchyroll, but the makers of the new series have said they (and the visual novels) aren’t required viewing to understand Muv-Luv Alternative. These two series (listed below) are actually based on spinoff light novels that were released after Muv-Luv Alternative.
The earlier series is “Total Eclipse” (which you can watch here). The description for this series reads: “In 1973, the invasion of an extra terrestrial life form, the BETA, began a war that has driven mankind to the brink of extinction. In an attempt to counter the BETA’s overwhelming strength in numbers, mankind has developed the humanoid weapons known as TSFs, deploying them on the front lines of their Anti-BETA War all across the globe. However, mankind still lost the majority of Eurasia to the superior numbers of the marching BETA. For nearly 30 years mankind has remained bogged down in its struggle against the BETA with no hope in sight.”
The anime Schwarzes Marken is also related, but also not required viewing before Muv-Luv Alternative. You can watch it here. The description reads: “In 1983, the East German Army 666th TSF Squadron, “Schwarzes marken,” is a special-response force tasked with assaulting BETA forces. They specifically target Laser and Heavy Laser class BETA to disable their enemy’s immense firepower. This merciless team’s orders are given the highest priority, and they follow them so exactly that the 666th is known to ignore allied distress calls that would interfere with an ongoing mission, even if only for a moment.”