Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03 #FGO_ep7 #FGOBabylonia

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03
#FGO_ep7 #FGOBabylonia

Fate/Grand Order -絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア- Episode 03
Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia ep. 03

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis

King Gilgamesh engages Mash, Ritsuka, and Ana in combat. However, he quickly bores of it and dismisses them. Ritsuka attempts to plead their case, but Gilgamesh already knows everything about them. He reveals he owns the Holy Grail they seek in this era. Ritsuka offers to handle the Three Goddess Alliance problem for Gilgamesh, which amuses him greatly. A man arrives with news that the goddess Ishtar is inbound.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Ishtar arrives, crashing through the ceiling. Ritsuka and Mash recognize her. She attacks Gilgamesh, but Mash defends him. Mash and Ana attack Ishtar. She easily puts Mash and Ana on the ground. However, when Ritsuka defends Ana from getting a finishing blow, Ishtar has a change of heart. She inspects Ana, then comes to understand the situation to be more complicated.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

After she leaves, Gilgamesh dismisses Ritsuka and company. Siduri meets them outside with an offer to win favor with Gilgamesh. She provides them a house to stay in and they will do jobs around Uruk to help the citizens. They agree and Merlin decides to live with them as well. After a video conference with Dr. Romani and Da Vinci, three more Servants show up at the house for a party. They are Ushiwakamaru, MUSASHIBOU Benkei, and King Leonidas I. During the party, they discuss the Enkidu problem.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

The next day, Mash, Ana, and Ritsuka are given their first job, making mud bricks. Merlin goofs off. This is repeated over multiple days. They even train with Leonidas. Sometime later, Siduri gives them a day off. As such, Ana hires them to purge passages under Uruk from evil spirits. Ana explains there’s an issue where people are falling into eternal slumber.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Meanwhile, a giant, naga-like entity named Mother slaughters a human in a cavern with Enkidu present.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Thoughts/Review

And so we have another good episode with Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03. The anime is certainly better than the game, that’s for sure.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

New Servants

I’m not sure how future episodes will handle these three new Servants that arrives. There’s this asinine thought process that says knowing the identities and such of a Servant is a spoiler. That’s utter rubbish, so I’m not wrapping this info in spoiler tags. Knowing who they are and their Servant class has ZERO impact on the story.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

The new Servants are Ushiwakamaru, a female, Rider-class Servant who was a legendary Japanese military commander; MUSASHIBOU Benkei, a Lancer-class Servant who was a famous monk who worked with Ushiwakamaru; and King Leonidas I, a Lancer-class Servant who was the king of Sparta. In the FGO game, Benki is a trash 2* Servant. Leonidas is a 2* Servant who’s only use is to be a pawn sacrifice for players “soloing” a fight. Ushiwakamaru is a decent 3* Servant.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

The Problem with the FGO Game

While there are countless problems with the Fate/Grand Order game, one of the things that annoyed me while playing was the “do jobs” part of Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03. From a story perspective, it makes perfect sense. And that’s why it works as a collage in the episode. But in the game, if you go to make bricks, “Oh! Monsters! Fight!”

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Ditto for all of the other jobs seen in the episode. I wondered how the anime would deal with that bit of irritation. I’m glad to see that except for Ana’s job, none of the jobs had any fights attached. And that’s how it should be.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Ishtar

Because I mostly skip stories in Fate/Grand Order, I don’t know when an explanation of why Ishtar looks like TOHSAKA Rin happens. I was kind of hoping it would be Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03, but that was not the case. I know the reason, but I don’t know all the details.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Still, it is fun seeing “Rin” in this new form. And I look forward to more of her fun antics as the series progresses.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

FUNimation/Aniplex USA

I realize Aniplex USA is probably calling the shots on not using Japanese honorifics in the subtitles. However, I find it LAUGHABLE that most of the time, honorifics are ignored. Ah, but I forget–ignoring honorifics is a VALID adaptation choice ’cause “reasons.” So while I think the subtitles should use Japanese honorifics, I don’t get why sometimes they are acknowledged and other times, ignored.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

In the end, Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03 is a pretty enjoyable episode. The ground continues to be lain for future story elements while providing a bit of local color.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 03

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