Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia

Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia

Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia

In 2016, the foundations of humanity have been incinerated by King Solomon. Chaldea, a secret magician organization with a mission to preserve the future of humanity, predicted the extinction of humanity in 2015, And so began the operation to repair the Singularities in history caused by the holy grails scattered over time and space: Operation Great Order.

Released during the fall season of 2019, Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front - Babylonia, is the anime adaptation of one of the many chapters of the mobile role-playing game Fate/Grand Order, part of the Fate-franchisemoon, originally born in 2004 with the visual novel Fate/Stay Night, which has since given way to numerous adaptations and spin-offs that have come to light in various audiovisual media, creating as a whole a multiverse that at times can be a bit cumbersome to order.

Having been initially released in 2015, Fate/Grand Order has previously had several adaptations to the animated format in the form of specials or Ova s, more Babylonia is its first incarnation in the television format, being the same a production coming from the cloverworks studio and directed by Toshifumi Akai, which came to have a total of 21 episodes, to which is added a special that carries the coletilla in the title of Initium Iter, and that serves as chapter 0.

The story of Grand Order as it tells us the efforts of a secret magician organization called Chaldea, which tries to prevent the extinction of mankind to Hands of the Wise King Solomon, that by employing the Holy Grail has begun seven temporal singularities that threaten to destroy the history of man.

To achieve its goal the organization places its hopes on a young man named Ritsuka Fujimaru, the last Master of mankind, whom along with his Demi-Servant, a young woman named Mash Kyrielight, who wields the power of one of the knights of the Camelot round table, send by temporary travel technology to the different singularities, to resolve the situation and recover the grails that were scattered in each era, allying the young man on the road with other servants and heroes of the times to which he is sent to help him in his task.

Baybolina then comes to adapt the story that happened during the last of these missions in the seventh singularity, where Fujimaru and Mash will have to travel to the Mesopotamia of 2655 B.C. in the age of the gods, where in order to stop the scourge of an army of demonic beasts seeking to eradicate humans from that era, they must join forces with Gilgamesh, the king of heroes, and the servants he has summoned, to solve the situation and face the threat not only of these creatures, but also the alliance of the three goddesses who have set themselves as a target to bring down the city of Uruk, the last bastion of humanity at that time.

Babylonia can be easily described as an otherwise competent action title, which boasts very attractive visuals, a very entertaining rhythm that prevents you from getting bored, a simple but competent comedy, unexpectedly charismatic and affable characters, and numerous tremendously exciting action scenes and very successful choreographies, end up resulting in a solid show, which catches you without much problem in the situations presented, not letting go easily.

It is this good mix of elements that allows the title to counteract without much problem what is without a doubt its biggest drawback, which is none other than its history, which while not bad, for the same reason previously mentioned that this is a partial adaptation of a larger story, which in passing has already begun enough, may end up being confused during its first bars, in particular if you haven’t been briefed at least on what the Grand Order story is about, and even more, if you have seen absolutely nothing of the fate franchise previously, and the latter I say not because the events of the other works affect what is reported in Babylonia, being that it occurs in its own continuity or time line separate from the other titles of the franchise, But for the fact of the series does not have many looks at the time to lay hands on concepts and terminologies proper to the fate universe without necessarily offering further explanations, which in any case could increase the confusion of the viewer on duty.

In addition to this, there is also the detail that some might not like the character of Fujimaru at all, and is that the same being originally created to be a player avatar of Grand Order, the truth is that in Babylonia is not that I outline a great personality, Reducing yourself to being your typical nice guy and kind people but without a lot of charisma, and to which the rest of the characters constantly demonize for this.

Visually as already commented the series is tremendously competent and attractive, presenting a very attractive aspect in which designs of striking and recognizable characters are combined, with scenarios full of detail, a very vivid color palette, and a very well worked animation that does not decay at any time and that overflows dynamism in the action scenes, during which it is possible to say that there is a tendency to focus on the attributes of the female characters, particularly the innkeepers of a certain black-haired goddess.

In addition to all this it must be said that although the series at times takes advantage of the CGI animation, in particular towards the last instances of the series when it comes to making an appearance to the final enemy, this though notorious is well used and blends well with the rest of animated elements in a more traditional way.

Finally regarding the music, I have no major complaints, giving the anime a pretty nice and well-used soundtrack, and making use of a compendium of sound effects for special character attacks and impacts and explosions, very notorious and that helps in a good way to transmit the power of them.

The anime also has a single opening theme titled "Phantom Joke", played by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, which changes visual accompaniment to the middle of the series, and I have to say that I liked it a lot, while on the endings side we have 3 songs, "Hoshi ga Furu Yume" sung by Eir Aoi and the titled "Prover" and "Tell me" both interpreted by milet.

Anyway, while I don’t fully recommend watching Fate/Grand Order without at least some prior knowledge about the Fate franchise, or the game this anime adapts, in order to prevent you from getting lost with its first episodes, If this is not an impediment for you do not hesitate to check it out, it is a tremendously entertaining, fun and exciting series, which will know how to keep you distracted throughout its extension.

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