Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09 (A New Ally) #FGO_ep7 #FGOBabylonia

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09
#FGO_ep7 #FGOBabylonia

Fate/Grand Order -絶対魔獣戦線バビロニア- Episode 09
Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia ep. 09

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis

Ana recovers from her battle injuries while Ritsuka, Mash, and Merlin make a report to Gilgamesh. Romani and Da Vinci recount the history of Gorgon and why she hates humanity. Since Gorgon fears the other goddesses, Gilgamesh decides they must deal with Ishtar by buying her off. Ana rejoins the party, and the foursome plus Fou go with a donkey cart full of treasure for Ishtar.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

They arrive at Mt. Ebih, where Ishtar attacks them. Ana and Mash keep Ishtar distracted while Ritsuka empties a bag full of gems into the air. Ishtar sees the gems and stops her attacks. Since she uses gems in her magecraft, such a thing would fuel this for a long time. Then when she sees the cart full of treasure, combined with an offer for 25% of the treasures of Gilgamesh, she agrees to become Ritsuka’s Servant, provided he kiss her feet to seal the deal.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

Inside Ishtar’s temple, she confirms Romani’s suspicion that she’s a Psuedo-Servant, having possessed a willing human. The fusion creates a new personality. Once Romani’s concerns are addressed, the group sets out. Ishtar drinks in their praises, but when they speak of her Bull of Heaven, Gugalanna, she doesn’t tell them she’s apparently not in possession of the beast.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

That night at their camp, Ishtar gets up and is surprised Ritsuka is keeping watch, proving how much he cares for Mash. Ishtar shyly wants to know if Ritsuka is in love with her to want to bring her to his side. He’s flustered, but denies it. She claims to be joking, but she does seem more dere than during the day. She speaks of how she doesn’t have a problem with humans. However, she doesn’t like that they rejected the gods. Dawn approaches and she leaves to get some sleep, advising him to do so as well.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

Thoughts/Review

And so another enjoyable episode comes to an end with Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

A New Servant

We lost three Servants in the previous episode. And now we gain a new one with Ishtar. Although the episode does not state it, it is clear that Ishtar and TOHSAKA Rin from Fate/stay night (and other Fate titles) merged to form the Archer Servant we know and love. I’m told the game really didn’t go into details on this merger. I had hoped that the anime might flesh things out more. I mean, what would cause Rin to accept being merged with a goddess and becoming a whole new entity?

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

Alas, no such explanations came. Instead, long time fans of the Fate franchise have to laugh at the in-joke of Ishtar’s love of gems. It doesn’t make sense for a goddess to need gems to fuel magecraft, but that’s exactly what Rin has always used. (Well, except maybe for Fate/EXTRA…I don’t remember her using gems there.)

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

Still, there’s this other personality there that shows up at night. I look forward to getting an explanation of this since I skipped the story in the game.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

Gilgamesh’s Plan

Gilgamesh has always been an utter bastard in the Fate franchise. I didn’t care for him in Fate/Zero or any of the Fate/stay night routes. But in Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09, I can’t help but like his Caster form. He’s still a bastard, but he’s a fun one. His plan to buy Ishtar just cracked me up.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

He must know whom Istar is joined with and thus her love for gems. And thus he launched this devious plan to allow her to have up to 30% of the gems in the Treasury of Babylon.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

I’ll wrap up my review of Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09 with some bullet point thoughts.

  • It was a nice touch seeing the repairs to the wall being made after Gorgon’s attack.
  • I couldn’t help but laugh that Ishtar had Japanese lucky cats outside her temple.
  • Still on Ishtar, her wanting Ritsuka to kiss her feet made me laugh.
  • Also, the brief battle they had with Ishtar was fun to watch.
  • I like the fun interactions between Da Vinci and Romani.
  • Ana is awesome. That is all.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

In the end, Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09 was an enjoyable episode.

Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09

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8 Responses to “Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia 09 (A New Ally) #FGO_ep7 #FGOBabylonia”

  1. OverMaster says:

    The Rin in EXTRA is not the same Rin from Stay Night.

    Since EXTRA takes place in a near future in another timeline, there ‘Rin’ is actually Rin’s niece, the daughter of a child Tokiomi haf out of marriage (probably with an Einzbern woman, hence EXTRA Rin’s real hair color being blonde). The actual EXTRA counterpart of FSN’s Rin was a freedom fighter against the plutocracy of Leo’s family along that world’s Shirou and Shinji, and she raised her niece. To honor her, the niece adopted Rin’s appearance and name as her avatar in the Moon Cell.

    By the way, a boy also used Shinji’s name and appearance for his avatar, so that’s part of why EXTRA’s Shinji is not as vile as Stay Night’s.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      The Rin in EXTRA is not the same Rin from Stay Night.

      I did know that (though not all of the details, which I appreciate). I just wasn’t sure if the Rin there used gems or not.

      By the way, a boy also used Shinji’s name and appearance for his avatar, so that’s part of why EXTRA’s Shinji is not as vile as Stay Night’s.

      Ah. Thanks for the info!

    • OverMaster says:

      By the way, sorry, I meant an Edelfelt woman (like Luvia), not an Einzbern.

  2. arimareiji says:

    Sometimes I feel weird about not knowing a lot of the understory they make obvious allusions to. (^_^)°

    But it’s never too long before we get another scene full of ero-fanservice, which reminds me to write off my ignorance as relatively unimportant… since their primary goal seems to be light entertainment, which they accomplish (despite the ero). (^_~)

    Thanks for the fill-ins.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Sometimes I feel weird about not knowing a lot of the understory they make obvious allusions to. (^_^)°

      Yeah, that’s why they should have just animated the whole story and been done with it.

  3. fg7dragon says:

    ANB Note: Just to be safe, I wrapped your comments in a spoiler tag as there are some folks who are watching the anime who’ve never played the game.

    Spoiler Inside: Ishtar Spoiler SelectShow

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