Muv-Luv Regenerative Vol.01 Released in English on Steam

Published: March 24, 2023 3:38 AM /

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Muv-Luv Regenerative 01 Cover Art
 

Today Muv-Luv publisher aNCHOR released Muv-Luv Regenerative Vol.01 in English on Steam. 

This actually isn't a game, but a 19-page magazine originally released in Japan at the end of 2022, and dedicated to delving deeper into the complex and multi-faceted universe of the Muv-Luv series, which many (yours truly included) consider the best visual novel series of all time. 

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It's sold on Steam as a DLC to Muv-Luv Alternative, so you need to own the game to purchase it, and it's priced at $19.99. Incidentally, the page count may be a little deceptive as the text is very dense, since the publisher opted to maintain the same page structure of the Japanese original, and Japanese kanji take a lot less space than English words. 

Among the content of the magazine you'll find article on Sakura Usuki, the new character introduced in the Muv-Luv Alternative anime, the Fubuki Kai TSF mecha, an interview to NextNinja CEO Masayuki Yamagishi, who is working on the upcoming Muv-Luv Dimensions mobile game, an article explaining how the Battle of Midway happened in the alternative history of the franchise, a column by creator Kouki Yoshimune, and more, all decorated by beautiful artwork worthy of the legacy of the series.. 

Incidentally, volume 02 has already been released in Japaese and volume 03 is being  worked on. 

Below you can take a look at the cover, portraying Sakura Usuki and the Fubuki Kai. 

Muv-Luv Regenerative Volume 01 Full Cover Art

If you're unfamiliar with the Muv-Luv franchise, you may be wondering why it has its own magazine, and the answer is pretty simple. Its sci-fi isekai (alternate world) setting is so complex and interesting that there are a ton of directions in which it can be expanded upon and a lot of information that may be interesting to the fans. 

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As mentioned above, the franchise is widely considered one of the best (if not the best) visual novel series of all time (even the AI of the new Bing agrees albeit it obviously can't get past the PTSD) and one of the first isekai stories that made waves within Japanese pop culture when the genre wasn't as oversaturated as it is now. It mixes a tragic and romantic story with one of the best and deepest sci-fi worlds ever written. It's so influential that Attack on Titan mangaka Hajime Isayama cites it as one of his main sources of inspiration. 

Most Muv-Luv visual novels are currently available in English on Steam (while Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative have also been released on PS Vita) alongside the early access action game Project MIKHAIL: A Muv-Luv War Story, while an official localization of the prequel visual novel Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien is finally in the works.

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