The Kickstarter for the highly-acclaimed visual novel and eroge series Muv-Luv has officially started and is already setting records in funding.
[UPDATE] The Muv-Luv localization Kickstarter has just reached its $500,000 goal and is still going strong at $530,000 at the moment of writing of this update. Reaching and surpassing the $500,000 mark means Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Alternative will be getting ported to the PlayStation Vita and Android devices. The Kickstarter funding project still has 31 days to go before it concludes, so reaching the next stretch goal at $600,000 seems fairly realistic. [/UPDATE]
[UPDATE 10/24/2015] With a bit over 10 days to go the Muv-Luv Kickstarter has reached its $720,000 goal for the English localization of the PlayStation 3 exclusive Muv-Luv side story collections Photon Melodies and Photon Flowers. Before the crowdfunding campaign’s conclusion Degica decided to add one more stretch goal of $900,000 for the creation of a physical version of the Muv-Luv codex. If the crowdfunding effort managed to reach there will be additional rewards for several pledgers. Degica will be giving the physical version of the codex to all $300 tier donors and creating two additional tiers at $220 and $80. The people who decided to pledge $220 will be able to pick a physical box of their choice along with the codex. $80 backers will be able to get the physical codex as a standalone item. Lastly, if the $900,000 goal is reached, every collector’s edition of the game will receive a special limited edition Muv-Luv Alternative Sumika figma (seen below).
[UPDATE 10/30/2015] The Muv-Luv side story collections Photon Melodies and Photon Flowers have just appeared on Steam Greenlight. Both titles are getting localized and ported over to the PC and will feature the following stories:
If you’ve played Muv-Luv Supplement, Altered Fable, or Chronicles, you may be familiar with some of the short story titles included in photonflowers* and photonmelodies♮:
1. Muv-Luv Supplement a. Sakura no Hana ga Saku Mae ni – 桜の花が咲く前に Muv-Luv After Episode b. Muv-Luv ～Another Episode Collection～ 2. Ayu-Mayu Alternative a. Atonement (Shokuzai – 贖罪) b. Inheritance (Shoukei – 承継) 3. Muv-Luv Chronicles 01 a. Chicken Divers (チキン・ダイバーズ) b. Rain Dancers (レイン・ダンサーズ) 4. Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu (君がいた季節) a. Confessions (Kokusaku – 告白)
1. Muv-Luv Chronicles 02 a. Aspiration – (Shoukei – 憧憬) 2. Muv-Luv Chronicles 03 a, Resurrection – (Saitan – 再誕) 3. Muv-Luv Altered Fable a. Kagayaku Toki ga Kienu Mae ni – かがやく時空（とき）が消えぬ間に
As reported by us previously, Muv-Luv is a highly successful series of visual novels, which later spawned a whole multimedia franchise consisting of novels, manga, anime and a tremendous amount of other merchandise including figurines, models and more. The official Kickstarter page for the localization of the series gives us a bit more insight into Muv-Luv’s massive popularity.
Penned by the successful author of Kimi ga Nozumu Eien (well-known as Rumbling Hearts or “Kiminozo”), Koki Yoshimune, the Muv-Luv series started as a high school romance Visual Novel game in 2003 but quickly evolved into an epic science fiction based saga featuring an alternate world, giant aliens, mecha robots, and a complex cast of characters.
Selling more than half a million units since release in Japan alone, The Muv-Luv series has successfully made the transition to anime and manga, even spawning the “Moe Military” trend which is still raging in Japan. With over 3 million individual figurines, robot hobby models, and anime/manga sold; Muv-Luv is a force to be reckoned with and has influenced a huge number of individuals all over the world including prominent artists and creators!
This Kickstarter will focus on the localization and PC/Steam release of the first two titles in the series: Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative.
As stated above, the localization effort will focus on the 2003 release (in Japan) of Muv-Luv (consisting of two story parts of the overall trilogy Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited) and the 2006 Muv-Luv Alternative. Here are the story synopses for all parts of the trilogy, as seen on the Kickstarter page.
Shirogane Takeru was living a peaceful life as a 3rd year high school student with his childhood friend Kagami Sumika. However, one morning Takeru awakens to see a mysterious girl named Mitsurugi Meiya sleeping in his bed.
Thus begins the start of a high school love comedy where Takeru will have to choose between his childhood friend and the girl insisting they are bonded by fate.
Note: Despite the “Extra” in the title, this is the start of the trilogy. Read it first!
Shirogane Takeru finds himself stuck in a parallel world where mankind is on the brink of extinction after battling against alien invaders known as the BETA for the last 20 years.
Takeru soon finds himself enrolled into the United Nations 11th Force to fight these aliens. In this strange world he finds parallel versions of all of his high school friends, with one exception: Kagami Sumika, who does not seem to exist.
Soon he will have to fight to save mankind and protect the girl he comes to love over the course of the story.
Muv-Luv Alternative (2006)
The second Muv-Luv game is a direct sequel to Muv-Luv Unlimited and the conclusion to the Muv-Luv trilogy. One of the most highly acclaimed Visual Novels of all time, Muv-Luv Alternative is the #1-ranked Visual Novel on VNDB.
Three years after witnessing the tragic exodus of mankind, Takeru wakes up believing that everything that had happened was just a dream.
The brief hope that he has at last come back to his world is dashed away as soon as he discovers that he is once more trapped in the parallel world of Unlimited.
Restarting on that fateful day he first came here, will Takeru manage to use his knowledge of previous events to change mankind’s tragic future?
Degica’s official Muv-Luv localization Kickstarter project began a little over 10 hours ago, and it’s already breaking records for visual novel crowdfunding. At the time of writing this article the campaign has already surpassed its goal of $250,000 and is going well past $300,000. Based on surveys and an intense campaign that involved reaching out to Muv-Luv fans all around the globe, Degica has prepared an extensive list of stretch goals for the project.
For $400,000 the games will receive additional brand new CGs and background music added to the OST along with special unlockable content (to be specified later).
At $500,000 the entire trilogy will be ported over to the PlayStation Vita and Android-supported devices.
At $600,000 an official Muv-Luv digital codex will be created as a depository for all Muv-Luv lore. The codex will contain the English version of Muv-Luv Alternative Integral and Muv-Luv Alternative Lunatic Dawn.
「Integral Works」 is a 300+ page book containing detailed information about the world of Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative. It is a complete package of its own – Integral Works includes various short stories, illustrations and information regarding the creation of Mechas/Tactical Surface Fighters (TSFs), presentation of Anti-BETA tactical formations and military lore, history of most of the nations involved in the series.
「Lunatic Dawn」 is a series of fanbooks released by âge-soft during Comiket and other events exclusively, which supplements the lore with data on TSFs, design sketches, illustrations, comments, and also Muv-Luv related updates.
The current final $720,000 stretch goal will include the English localization of the PlayStation 3 exclusive Muv-Luv side story collections Photon Melodies and Photon Flowers.
Of course, the project would not be a complete Kickstarter campaign without proper backer rewards. Apart from the backer updates and digital copies of both Muv-Luv Extra/Unlimited and Muv-Luv Alternative, among other things, backers will be able to get their hands on the game’s OST, specially made buttons, artbooks, plushies, plastic models and even a BETA hoodie and a TSF pilot jacket. Be sure to check out what funding tier nets you which reward on the official Kickstarter page.
Lastly, to further promote Muv-Luv and the Kickstarter itself, Degica has set up a unique contest, in which the grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip for two to Japan for one whole week.
If you wish to find out more about Degica and ixtl’s Muv-Luv Kickstarter localization project, look no further than our previous coverage.
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