Fans packed the Aratani Theater in Los Angeles for a special screening of “Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia” episodes 0-2 in September before its televised released thanks to Aniplex of Ameria.

Based off of the hit mobile game “Fate/Grand Order” (F/GO), humanity’s life rest in the hand of the organization Chaldea and its surviving master Ritsuka Fujimaru. Along with the demi-servant Mash Kyrielight, the pair must go to time anomalies known as singularities to find the Holy Grail hidden within and restore that moment. They dive into their seventh and go to the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia. Though they have gone through six other missions, this time seems much more different as they learn the strained relationship of the ruling gods and humans. Not everyone appears to be how they are rumored in the myths and Ritsuka and Mash must tackle the challenges to fix the timeline.

The voice actors of Ritsuka, Mash and Gilamesh shared the same sentiment regarding the anime in a special post-screening video. Rie Takahashi (Mash) said it was interesting to see how her character fought beyond the mobile game. Clover Works and the rest of the production team did an amazing job with the fight scenes, showing many angles with a lot of details. The camera work really gave it a three dimensional feel following the action. For a more immersive feel, they used music from the game and even included key moments of the missions in Chaldea. While many F/GO players might have played already the Seventh Singularity or may know what happens, the additional interactions and expanded world are what keeps the fan watching. From what was shown in those episodes, it definitely meets the expectations for a F/GO anime and beyond.

While Episode Zero goes into Chaldea’s past with Mash, interested viewers that have not played F/GO and/or have no prior knowledge about the game should watch the movie “Fate/Grand Order -First Order- (available on Funimation and Crunchyroll) or pick up its manga adaptation “Fate/Grand Order -mortalis:stella-” to understand how Ritsuka and Mash ended up as the lead duo. There are some other aspects of the Servant system that are not explained that are common knowledge to Fate fans but new viewers don’t need to worry about them. 

Head over to Funimation to watch “Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia”, now streaming during this fall anime season.

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