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In 2003, age garnered attention with its release of the PC game, “Muv-Luv”. Then, in 2006, they released its sequel, “Muv-Luv Alternative”, attracting many new fans with its elaborate story and detailed setting, and moved on to release many more titles set in the same universe.

Over the years, the Muv-Luv has continued to expand beyond PC games to other media, but amongst all the titles in the Muv Luv series, only this one, “Muv Luv Alternative Total Eclipse” is considered a successor to the blood-pumping action of “Muv Luv Alternative”.

Originally released in 2007 as a serialized novel in TECH GIAN, it’s gone on to be published as a light novel by Famitsu Bunko, adapted to manga by Dengeki Comics, broadcast as a radio program (Radio Total Eclipse) on Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, and even give birth to three dimensional models such as action figures.
And now, this summer, the animated TV series “Total Eclipse” will carve out a new chapter in the history of Muv-Luv!

Extended Synopsis

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.

In 2001, development of next-generation TSFs has become a problem for Imperial Japan, who sustains the front lines on the Far-East. As a solution, the UN proposed a US-Japan joint TSF refurbishment plan as part of their “Prominence Project”. Yui Takamura, a member of the Imperial Royal Guard, is placed in charge of this project and heads to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuuya Bridges, a young soldier in the US Army, makes his way for Alaska as well.

Little did either of them know that their encounter would forever change their destinies-
Witness this exciting tale of human drama and robot action as mankind faces the brink of extinction

Story Background

As mankind continues their struggle against the BETA overrunning Earth, the TSF development project continues to advance amongst conflicting national interests.

The BETA (Beings of Extra Terrestrial origin Adverse to the human race) are an unknown life-form first discovered on Mars in 1958. Ever since first contact on the surface of the moon in 1967, they have been attempting to exterminate the human race.

When the BETA first began their invasion of Earth, mankind had no effective means of resistance and was forced to retreat. Now, in 2001, most of Eurasia is occupied by the BETA. The Anti-BETA Defense Line deployed around Eurasia barely manages to hold back major invasions by depleting the BETA population at regular intervals. However, even that comes at the cost of many lives.

Despite the crisis, individual nations still try to further their own interests instead of cooperating. To force them to work together, the UN proposed the “Prominence Project”, a project to develop advanced tactical surface fighters based on the combined technology of its member nations. As part of this proposal, Japan and American began their “XFJ Project”, a collaborative project aiming to update their existing TSFs.

About the Mechanics

One of the biggest threats the BETA pose to mankind is the “Laser Class” BETA, a strain capable of instantly shooting down aircraft with a powerful laser, which renders our air superiority useless. To combat this threat, mankind attempted to develop ground forces that possessed the same mobility as aircraft. The results of these efforts were the TSFs (Tactical Surface Fighter). These new weapons serve as the core of mankind’s Anti-BETA tactics, and continue to be developed as our only sword against the BETA.

About the Mechas

Shiranui Mk. 2 (Demonstration Colors)
Shiranui Mk. 2 is the proof-of-concept prototype of the XJF Project, Japan and America’s collaborative project for the development of new TSF models. The Mk. 2 uses Imperial Japan’s Shiranui Mk. 1C as a base model and incorporates numerous American-made components. Now, in 2001, it is undergoing test runs at the UN Yukon Base.

Tactical Surface Fighter Type-00
Takemikazuchi, Takamura Yui Unit
In 2000, Imperial Japan’s Royal Guard in the direct service of the Shogun officially adopted the Takemikazuchi, a purely domestic 3rd generation unit. The Takemikazuchi was developed as an exclusive unit for the Royal Guard, applying the lessons learned from the nation’s first purely domestic unit, the Shiranui, developed in 1994. Use of this unit is restricted to members of the Royal Guard and the Shogun’s family. The coloring scheme indicates how high the individual units’ specs are, with the most powerful units being purple, followed by blue, red, yellow, white, and lastly black.

The Su-37 Terminator is the enhanced successor to the Soviet Union Army’s second generation TSF, the Su-27 Zhuravlik, which excelled in mobile close-quarters combat. In the latter half of the 1990s, the leadership of the USSR, worried by the steady deployment of new third generation TSFs by the western bloc, hastily adopted this experimental upgrade. All units identified by the UB model tag possess a two-seat control unit, which lessens the burden on pilots by splitting fire and unit control.

Active Eagle
The Active Eagle is a prototype for improvements to the F-15 Eagle, an American field-control TSF which was known as the strongest of all the second-generation TSFs. By swapping out the unit’s avionics and adding additional modules, it improves the Eagle’s maneuverability and turns it into a quasi-third generation unit. It swaps the shoulder armor blocks and back weapon rack for a thruster unit, making for an efficient, low-cost upgrade.

Tactical Surface Fighter Type-94
Shiranui Mk. 1C
The Shiranui, adopted by Imperial Japan in 1994, was designed with every possible performance enhancement in mind. However, because it was built to such exacting specifications, improvements upon the design proved difficult to make, and the Shiranui Mk. 1C was born as an attempt to improve upon the model. The upgrades focused on increasing its output and did manage to produce some success, but the resulting effect on its maneuverability was severe, making for a finicky unit. Since regular soldiers were incapable of matching even the old Shiranui’s performance in this new unit, its production was canceled before even 100 had been made.

Tactical Surface Fighter High-Grade Training Unit Type-97
The Tactical Surface Fighter High-Grade Training Unit Type-97, “Fubuki” was created during the development of Imperial Japan’s third generation TSF. It was built as a prototype to test the basic technology being developed, and later it was officially adopted as a training unit for third generation units. Although it is a training unit, its performance is capable of withstanding real combat and in emergencies it can be outfitted with combat equipment and deployed on the front lines.

Strike Eagle
The F-15 series has been employed by many nations throughout the world, and numerous variations exist, such as local warfare units and local upgrade units. Although the exterior was never drastically modified, renovations to nearly all of its component parts succeeded in modernizing the F-15 to the F-15E “Strike Eagle”, the strongest second generation TSF. It’s combat ability is without question, and the high reliability it’s cultivated through years of know-how makes it popular with many soldiers. It continues to excel in many fields despite the introduction of third generation units.