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Posted by Passerby onOctober 6, 2019October 19, 2019 Fate/Grvà Order / First Impressions / Series Introduction
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「絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア」 (Zettai Majuu Sensen Babironia)“Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia”

Another iteration of the Fate franchise? Another iteration of the Fate franchise. I know there are those of you out there who are siông chồng of them và for that you can blame Fate/Grand Order. It has a disproportionately massive sầu fanbase masochistically willing lớn devote themselves khổng lồ a clunky smart phone RPG all to wade through the myriad layers of lore Type Moon writer Nasu Kinoko has built up over the years that allow hyên to tell whatever story he pleases. More importantly, this fanbase seems willing lớn spover on obscene amount of amount of money on the game, and they make Sony a lot of profit. Its subsidiary Aniplex is supposed khổng lồ mostly be an anime production company but the sheer gross revenue of F/GO has made them a video game company as well. So Fate has become a very profitable franchise for them và you can be sure the people they’ve sầu gotten lớn make this anime adaptation know that. A hefty amount of talent, budget, và effort has been diverted to Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia to lớn ensure that it is good, which is great news for us anime consumers who are just looking for a solid 20 minutes of entertainment every week.

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It’s a good thing that so much sweat & treasure has been committed lớn what is essentially a fanservice production, for both fans & non-fans alike. Fans respond well to lớn quality và passion, just lượt thích everytoàn thân else. And there appears to be real passion here, amplified by the pervasiveness of F/GO in Japanese subculture. There’s a good bet that a lot of the production staff are F/GO fans as well (leading khổng lồ tragicomedy in promotional streams as seiyuu reflect on spending their F/GO paycheque on F/GO). If you’re afraid that this adaptation is just going to be a cynical cashgrab, I would say that there’s probably enough passion going inkhổng lồ the project lớn allay those apprehensions. Indeed, it certainly looks good enough, with this pilot very eagre to show off its action with plenty of tracking shots, which are hell for a screencapper lượt thích me but look smoother than the bunches of cuts we’re used lớn from manga adaptations (though, why didn’t we get a prolonged shot of Enkidu’s butt? This is discrimination!).

But too much passion is not necessarily a good thing either. Fanbase pressure can be suffocating; we all probably know at least one adaptation that was bogged down by following their source line by line for fear of angering the rabid otaku. And the more a work caters khổng lồ established fans (và the more fans cater to themselves) the more exclusionary it is. After watching this first episode I’m going to go out on a limb và tell fresh viewers that Babylonia is probably not for them. Not that you shouldn’t watch it — you can probably follow along if you’ve sầu watched the First Order feature and episode 0, but this anime evidently was not designed with your ease in mind. As you may know, Babylonia is actually near the end of the first story arc of F/GO, which is getting an anime now because it’s a tín đồ favourite. Babylonia makes a mention of the other chapters but simply assumes you know what happened in them or does not care if you bởi vì. In fact, it will casually drop spoilers even for the movie coming out in May that is nonetheless supposed lớn chronologically precede Babylonia. There is a lot of prior knowledge you have sầu khổng lồ bring inkhổng lồ Babylonia for the optimal viewing experience. If you’re new Fate/Grvà Order you probably won’t be as invested into lớn this great save-the-world mission that is supposed khổng lồ have sầu been going on for some time. If you’re new khổng lồ the Fate franchise in general you won’t recognise some jargon và comtháng motifs, like this face. And if you’re new to history & mythology you won’t even know who this Enkidu/Gilgamesh full bộ is supposed to lớn be và why they’re sad và wet. Wasn’t Gilgamesh the guy with eight arms who was searching for the Excalibur? Yeah, things are going lớn get confusing real fast.

The good news is Babylonia is at least taking things relatively slowly. Not that much actually happens in this episode other than a rotating door of character introductions, some random encounters, and messing around with the magical mystery mammal. And in the visual novel tradition, the story is going khổng lồ take some time khổng lồ ramp up anyway. So there should be plenty of time for you lớn acclimate yourself. And it’ll may well be worth the trying. Fate/Grand Order is such a big giảm giá in nhật bản that you probably owe it lớn yourself as an anime tín đồ lớn find out what all the fuss is. And if you over up managing to catch a good show, then all the better.


If you’re new Fate/Grand Order you probably won’t be as invested inkhổng lồ this great save-the-world mission that is supposed to have sầu been going on for some time. If you’re new to the Fate franchise in general you won’t recognise some jargon and common motifs, lượt thích this face. And if you’re new lớn history and mythology you won’t even know who this Enkidu/Gilgamesh combo is supposed lớn be and why they’re sad và wet.

Then I’m in luck! While I’m not familiar with Fate/Grvà Order (in fact, I’m lost among mỏi so many Fates that I thought this one was related lớn Apocrytrộn or Extra), I am familiar with (parts of) the original cả nước, và Mesopotamian history has always been a favourite subject of mine, so I didn’t get lost here.

I think the storytelling choices also help.

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While the whole setting may be overwhelming, I lượt thích that they went for a “less is more” approach here. Make it simple: two main characters (plus their pet and their mission support) travel in time to lớn save sầu the day in Grial-related events that would change history as we know it and bring about the kết thúc of the world if left unchecked. You don’t need to know more. The setting they’re travelling to is simple too. It’s the last days of the Era of the Gods và humanity is not doing great. Uruk is (seemingly) the last thành phố standing và Gilgamesh rules it. For now, it’s easy to follow.

If anything, the most confusing part is the appearance of Not!Rin, who is there for obvious fanservice rasons (in more ways than one). I have sầu absorbed enough things through pop cultural osmosis khổng lồ know what her name is… but that opens another can of confusing worms. Well, that and the fact that Da Vinci is a woman here, but after Saber’s backstory, that’s almost to lớn be expected of this franchise.

In any case, the episode was gorgeous. Passion, time and money well-spent. Even if it might be a glorified ad for the game, this is no cheap cash-grab.


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Mistic

Definitely isn’t no cash-grab here. While it is sticking to the main story parts, it has already avoided a few things game wise. As we go right inkhổng lồ the travel to Uruk, whereas if I regọi (as an FGO player), we spent a bit in that city before trying to lớn find our way to lớn Uruk.

I think it isn’t going lớn be hard for viewers khổng lồ enjoy Babylonia. They will be overwhelmed if the game were khổng lồ bring up things from past singularities. However, each singularity (or even events) is almost a self contained story, so that this won’t happen.

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The story of FGO is quite fun và Babylonia is where it finally hits its stride, so I’m hoping that translates over to lớn the anime. So far, so good.


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