Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia

Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic 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 to March 21, 2020.

Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
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Official promotional poster
フェイト/グランドオーダー -絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア-
(Feito/Gurando Ōdā Zettai Majū Sensen Babironia)
GenreAdventure, fantasy[1]
Anime television series
Directed byToshifumi Akai
Music by
  • Keita Haga
  • Ryo Kawasaki
StudioCloverWorks
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, MBS
Original run October 5, 2019 March 21, 2020
Episodes21 + 1 SP (List of episodes)
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PlotEdit

A.D. 2016, the foundations of humanity have been incinerated by the Mage King Solomon. Chaldea, a secret mages organization with the mission to preserve humanity's future, foresaw mankind's extinction in 2015. Thus commenced the operation to repair the Singularities in history caused by Holy Grails dispersed across time and space—Operation Grand Order. Using the Rayshift time travel technology, Chaldea's last master Ritsuka Fujimaru and his demi-servant Mash Kyrielight have traveled to and resolved six Singularities. Now, they depart for their most dangerous destination yet: a civilization in the Age of Gods, B.C. 2655 Mesopotamia. Ritsuka and Mash soon discover that Demonic Beasts roam the land, attacking people and towns. Amidst chaos and terror lies humanity's last defense—Uruk, a fortress city that acts as the frontline for the battle against the beasts. The battlefront is commanded by none other than King Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes, who sought aid from Heroic Spirits and took on the role of a mage to protect his city.

ProductionEdit

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.[2] 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.[2] The anime is produced by CloverWorks.[3] 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.[4][5]

WritingEdit

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.[6] 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."[7]

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

The anime aired from October 5, 2019 to March 21, 2020 on Tokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, and MBS for 21 episodes.[8][9][10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13] Funimation will also have a 30-day exclusivity on the simulcast, with a one-year exclusivity to the English dub.[14] Aniplex of America also hosted the premiere of the first two episodes at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on September 29, 2019.[15] Unison Square Garden performed the series' opening theme song "Phantom Joke". Eir Aoi performed the series' first ending theme song "Hoshi ga furu Yume" (星が降るユメ, "Dreams in the Falling Stars")[16][17] while milet performed the series' second ending theme song "Prover"[18] and the third ending song "Tell me".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Watch Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Sub & Dub". Funimation. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 29, 2018). "Fate/Grand Order Smartphone Game Gets Both TV Anime, Anime Film Projects". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fate/Grand Order Anime Project Reveals A New TV Anime And Two-Part Film". Siliconera. Curse LLC. July 30, 2018. Archived from the original on July 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Valdez, Nick (July 30, 2018). "'Fate/Grand Order' Anime Series, Films Announced". ComicBook. Pop Culture Media. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (July 30, 2018). "Fate/Grand Order to Have Two Anime Projects: TV Series by CloverWorks, Feature Film by Production I.G". Crunchyroll. Otter Media. Archived from the original on July 30, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Valdez, Nick (January 20, 2019). "'Fate/Grand Order' Anime to be Accessible for Non-Gamers". ComicBook. Pop Culture Media. Archived from the original on February 4, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Morrissy, Kim (January 19, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Anime Producers Say Anime Will Be Accessible to Non-Players". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on January 20, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Loo, Egan (September 24, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime to Air for 21 Episodes From October to March". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 23, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia Anime's Video Reveals October Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 4, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia TV Anime Reveals October 5 Debut, 3 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 3, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia TV Anime Gets 'Episode 0' With Surprise Screening". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia episode 0, "Initium Iter," is now streaming on FunimationNow!". Aug 4, 2019. Retrieved Aug 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Prepare to dive into the cradle of humanity with Episode 0 of Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia on AnimeLab!!". Aug 4, 2019. Retrieved Aug 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Loo, Egan. "Sony Consolidates Funimation, France's Wakanim, Australia's Madman Anime Into Joint Venture". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  15. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (September 9, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime Gets N. American Premiere on September 29". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Loo, Egan (September 7, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime's 2nd Promo Announces Unison Square Garden Opening Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (September 15, 2019). "Eir Aoi Performs Ending Theme for Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (December 28, 2019). "Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Anime's Video, Visual Preview Second Half". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 28, 2019.

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