Further tarnishing the “Muv-Luv” name, it seems an artist for the series has possibly been tracing more than artworks – a dakimakura of a Muv-Luv character looks a replica of one featuring Polyphonica’s heroine.
In purple to the left is the offending Muv-Luv character, and to the far right, Polyphonica’s crimson annihilating loli bishoujo, Corticarte – the pose of Corticarte’s adult form looks to have been copied for usage with the Muv-Luv dakimakura. Unlike the incredibly blatant forgery from Infinite Stratos, there’s more discrepancy between these two suspiciously similar illustrations, thus one can’t say with complete certainty that it is a trace – although there’s a few aspects which do point evidence in that general respect.
A facet making the pose more than similar is just that, they’re identical – do note that the shadow is not exact across both females, although in respect to proportions, it is nearly a perfect match. Rather than a trace, this looks as if the artist, for one or another reason, perhaps out of a lack of time, simply sketched a quick duplicate of Muv-Luv’s girl based on Corticarte. The pose is too comparable to be coincidence – and seeing as Muv-Luv has already been, undeniably, found guilty of the crime, the series is looking less than innocent here.
Now while an imitation isn’t as troubling as a complete trace, this still shows a lack of effort, for reasons open to any speculation, on part of the artists of this series – and that certainly does not give a positive impression of the much anticipated, and recently dwindling in expectation, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse animation.
Another unfortunate disappointment this is – and as result, it’s becoming hard to stay eager for the anime.