Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
|Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia|
Official promotional poster
(Feito/Gurando Ōdā Zettai Majū Sensen Babironia)
|Genre||Science fantasy, alternate history|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Toshifumi Akai|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, MBS|
|Original run||October 5, 2019 – present|
|Episodes||6 + 1 SP|
Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demon Battlefront: Babylonia (Japanese: Fate/Grand Order -絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア- Hepburn: Feito/Gurando Ōdā -Zettai Majuu Sensen Babironia) is a Japanese fantasy anime series produced by CloverWorks. Part of Type-Moon's Fate franchise, it is an adaptation of the "Babylonia" chapter from Delightworks / Aniplex's role-playing mobile game Fate/Grand Order. The series aired in Japan on October 5, 2019.
Following the success in the Camelot Singularity, Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight are assigned to the last Singularity in the Grand Order initiative. In Ancient Babylonia, B.C. 2655, they embark on a mission to secure humanity's survival. Upon arrival, they learn that three gods have threatened Uruk, the Babylonian city ruled by King Gilgamesh. Ritsuka and Mash must work together to fend off the invasion of mysterious beasts in Uruk under Gilgamesh's orders while investigating the true nature of the three gods' actions against humanity; but unknown to Ritsuka, an ancient entity is slowly rising from its slumber.
Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia was first announced on July 29, 2018 by Aniplex as an adaptation of the "Order VII: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts: Babylonia" quest from Fate/Grand Order. Aniplex had previously launched a survey in January, asking fans what their favorite quest was, and what kind of future development they'd like to see for the franchise; the "Babylonia" quest and "TV anime" ranked first respectively. The anime will be produced by CloverWorks. Toshifumi Akai is directing the series, while Miyuki Kuroki serves as assistant director, Takashi Takeuchi serves as lead character designer, Tomoaki Takase handles character designs, and Keita Haga and Ryo Kawasaki compose the series' music.
In an interview for Newtype magazine, CloverWorks producer Yūichi Fukushima stated that while the anime adaptation doesn't cover the beginning of the video game, it will be accessible even to those who don't play the game. Shizuka Kurosaki said also that "Think of each adaptation as a different take on Chaldea and the Singularity. You don't need to watch the TV series before the films."
The anime premiered on October 5, 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, and MBS. A special episode titled Episode 0: Initium Iter, which takes place before the events of the anime, was revealed on the "Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2019 ~Chaldea Park~" event on August 3, 2019 and was later streamed in Japan through the Fate/Grand Order smartphone game from August 4 to August 11, 2019. Aniplex of America licensed the series in North America, and is streaming the series on FunimationNow streaming service, with AnimeLab streaming the series in Australia and New Zealand. Funimation will also have a 30-day exclusivity on the simulcast, with a one-year exclusivity to the English dub. Aniplex of America also hosted the premiere of the first two episodes at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on September 29, 2019. Unison Square Garden performed the series' opening theme song "Phantom Joke", while Eir Aoi performed the series' ending theme song "Hoshi ga furu Yume" (星が降るユメ, "Wishes in the Falling Stars"). The series is listed for 21 episodes.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
|0||"Initium Iter"||August 4, 2019|
|In the past, Romani "Roman" Archaman joins Chaldea and acts as the primary doctor for Mash Kyrielight, a designer baby who was turned into a Demi-Servant, a Heroic Spirit put inside the physical body of a human. While the experiment is successful, the Heroic Spirit goes berserk and attempts to attack Chaldea before being suppressed by Mash. Afterwards, the Heroic Spirit refuses to assist Chaldea, though that doesn't affect their plans to use Mash as a catalyst to summon more Servants. Roman is concerned about Mash's limited lifespan and befriends her, teaching her about humanity and the outside world, and she comes to wish to see a clear sky. In 2016, Mash meets Ritsuka Fujimaru, beginning their journey to save the world by traveling back in time to resolve numerous Singularities and meeting many people and historical figures in the process. Eventually, Mash and Ritsuka prepare to enter the Seventh Singularity.|
|1||"Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia"|
"Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia" (絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア)
|October 5, 2019|
|Ritsuka and Mash Rayshift to the Seventh Singularity, which is the ancient city of Uruk in the year 2600 B.C. However, they end up landing far from Uruk due to the city being protected by a bounded field. They fight off numerous demonic beasts and are briefly assisted by a mysterious and powerful woman before she takes her leave. Enkidu then arrives to assist Ritsuka and Mash and guide them to Uruk. Enkidu reveals he already knows their mission to fix history by recovering the Seventh Holy Grail from the singularity, and explains that Mesopotamia is on the brink of extinction due to the Three Goddess Alliance, who seek to destroy humanity. He then shows them a massive wall humanity has built to protect what is left of human civilization: the Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia. Meanwhile, a pair of cloaked figures take note of Ritsuka's arrival.|
|2||"Fortress City: Uruk"|
"Jōsai Toshi Uruku" (城塞都市ウルク)
|October 12, 2019|
|As Enkidu leads Ritsuka and Mash to Uruk, they encounter the cloaked strangers, who point out that since Gilgamesh had only recently returned from his quest to try and revive Enkidu, this means that Enkidu should already be dead, outing the current Enkidu as an impostor working for the Mage King. His cover blown, Enkidu attempts to attack Ritsuka and Mash but they are spirited away to safety by the mysterious pair. The strangers introduce themselves as Merlin and Ana, both Servants summoned to the Singularity to fight for Uruk and assist Chaldea. It is also revealed that Fou is familiar with and intensely dislikes Merlin. Merlin guides Ritsuka and Mash to Uruk to meet the king, Gilgamesh. In order to test Ritsuka and Mash, Gilgamesh challenges them to a battle.|
|3||"The King And His People"|
"Ō to Min" (王と民)
|October 19, 2019|
|Mash and Ana are forced to battle Gilgamesh, but he is unimpressed. He reveals that he already possesses the Holy Grail, which is why the Three Goddess Alliance has declared war on Uruk. However, he refuses to hand over the Grail to Ritsuka, stating that it is his treasure now. Suddenly, the woman Ritsuka met before barges into the throne room, revealed to be Ishtar, one of the members of the Three Goddess Alliance. Ishtar briefly skirmishes with Gilgamesh, Mash, and Ana, but withdraws after noticing something odd about Ana. Gilgamesh allows Ritsuka and Mash to stay in Uruk, assigning his advisor Siduri to look after them and giving them an opportunity to work to earn his favor. They are then met by the other servants Gilgamesh had summoned: Ushiwakamaru, Benkei, and Leonidas. Ritsuka and Mash are then assigned to perform numerous mundane tasks. They are eventually given a day off, where they help Ana destroy evil spirits lurking beneath the city. Meanwhile, Enkidu assures his mother that she will be the Goddess to destroy Uruk and seize the Grail.|
|4||"Welcome to the Jungle"|
"Mitsurin no Yobigoe" (密林の呼び声)
|October 26, 2019|
|After one month of performing menial tasks, Ritsuka and Mash are assigned by Gilgamesh to investigate the neighboring city of Ur. They travel there with Merlin and Ana, where both Ritsuka and Merlin suspect the Grail in Gilgamesh's possession is not the cause of the Seventh Singularity. They then have a brief and confusing encounter with a woman calling herself "Jaguarman" before she disappears. Upon arriving at Ur, the residents claim they are in no danger and do not require Gilgamesh's protection. Merlin deduces that the people of Ur had made a deal with a god for protection in return for daily sacrifices, observing the absence of men among the population. The residents confirm his theory, pointing out they have no way of opposing a god. Jaguarman then attacks, revealing she hasn't killed the sacrificed men, only put them into forced labor for her own purposes. Mash and Ana attempt to fight back, but are outmatched. Ritsuka is forced to call a retreat back to Uruk, and promises to return to save Ur. The next day, Gilgamesh meets them at their headquarters.|
"Girugamesshu kikō" (ギルガメッシュ紀行)
|November 2, 2019|
|Gilgamesh personally assigns Ritsuka and Mash to be his escorts while he travels to an observatory on the coast in order to inspect the water quality of the sea. Along the way, Ritsuka and Mash tell Gilgamesh stories about their adventures in the other Singularities. While Gilgamesh claims their stories don't interest him, he does acknowledge that they have been on a great journey. After reaching the observatory and collecting the water samples, Ritsuka and Mash take a break on the beach while Gilgamesh handles other matters. Mash continues to wonder if she is truly human or not, while Ritsuka reassures her. Suddenly, they are attacked by Enkidu, and are only saved by Gilgamesh's intervention. Despite claiming to be an impostor, Enkidu cannot bring himself to kill Gilgamesh and retreats. As Ritsuka, Mash, and Gilgamesh return to Uruk, Enkidu tries to convince himself that he is merely an impostor of the real Enkidu and that he should have no issue killing Gilgamesh.|
|6||"Tablet of Destinies"|
"Tenmei no Nendo-ban" (天命の粘土板)
|November 9, 2019|
|Gilgamesh orders Ritsuka, Mash, Merlin, and Ana to find the Tablet of Destinies, which is supposed to contain predictions of the future written by Gilgamesh himself. They travel to the city of Kutha where it was last seen, though Kutha is considered a cursed city since the entire population mysteriously died with no known cause shortly after the Three Goddess Alliance was formed. The city is also within Ishtar's territory. On the way to the city, Merlin explains that the Ishtar they have encountered was summoned by priestesses and fused with a regular human girl, causing her to exhibit personality traits of both a god and a human. While exploring the city, Ritsuka accidentally wanders into the underworld, where he is sent back by a mysterious old man named Ziusu-dra. Ritsuka wakes up with the Tablet of Destinies in his possession when Ishtar attacks. While initially outmatched, the group is able to subdue her when the sun sets, which weakens her power. Ritsuka then questions Ishtar, who reveals that the three goddesses are competing with each other to seize the Grail, which would grant them the power to control the Singularity. She also reveals that she was summoned by priestesses of Uruk, while the other two goddesses were summoned by the Grail. Suddenly, an army of undead skeletons attacks. Ritsuka frees Ishtar due to her cooperation, and Ishtar returns the favor by destroying the skeletons, allowing the group to escape.|
"Yōdō Sakusen" (陽動作戦)
|November 16, 2019|
- All English titles are taken from Funimation.
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- Official website (in Japanese)
- Official English anime website
- Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia