My story is a chronicle of its own that required several very-specific events to happen in just such a way. So bear with me, as it really doesn't seem to matter at the beginning.
I was an anime fan for years, starting at the beginning of the millennium. Around 2008, I decided to quit the obsession and refocus elsewhere.
In 2013, I hit a rough patch during University and decided that I'd get back into anime again. I started an anime marathon on Kotaku's small community site to catch up on everything I'd missed over time. I watched a lot of anime during that time, including the second season of Valvrave the Liberator. I'd started watching Valvrave early in the marathon and I really enjoyed its insane campiness.
Anyway, I decided to watch Code Geass (keep in mind that Valvrave and Code Geass were written by the same guy),and sometime around December 2013, I watch Code Geass' particularly cringe-worthy (in a good, painful-to-watch way) episode ~22-23. I decided to watch Valvrave's episode immediately after that for a healthy dose of over-the-top camp. I quickly learned that this particular episode of Valvrave was the thematic equivalent of what I just tried to walk away from.
I finished the episode and was in a rough mental state, so I did the sensible thing and went into a chatroom I knew pretty well and asked openly for something else to watch. Some guy that I don't know immediately said, "You should watch Total Eclipse". And thus, I did. It was nice, but it seemed poorly balanced.
Just a few weeks later, this guy named Rockmandash showed up on TAY and started doing visual novel reviews, a medium I'd only dabbled in a bit. Due to the timing of his arrival, I decided that I should branch out more and get interested in VNs to engage more with his posts. As a result, I picked Muv-Luv to be my first foray into VNs properly.
So, by all this logic, Valvrave is what caused me to trigger theMuv-Luvtakeover of TAY and AniTAY.