English Dub Review: Fate / Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia “Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia and Grand Order”
Overview (spoilers below):
As Absolute Demonic Frontal Mesopotamia begins, Tiamat wreaks havoc all around. Even Quetzalcoatl’s desperate attack couldn’t make a difference. And when Gorgon shows up and pulls out Tiamat’s wings with a Noble Phantasm, the beast dives into the underworld. Ereshkigal tries to use his control of the kingdom to crush the goddess, but to no avail.
When Tiamat refuses to be defeated, she turns into one of the evils of humanity: Beast II. Tiamat attempts to break through the underworld and eradicate all the minions, but Hassan-i Sabbah, the first old man of the mountain, intervenes, using his power as a Grand Assassin to deprive Beast II of his immortality. Before being destroyed, she tells Ritsuka about her wish to be with her children.
In Big order, Ritsuka and Mash recover from the defeat of Beast II. There were many sacrifices during the fight, and everyone is injured and tired. They speak with Quetzalcoatl and the Jaguar Warrior, who assure them of their loyalty before returning to their kingdom. Before Ritsuka and Mash return, they meet King Gilgamesh and vow to continue living as they wish.
Fate / Grand Order is one of the most popular franchises in recent history, and that’s why series like this have been going on for so long. Fate / Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia isn’t a show with in-depth character development or interesting, unique storytelling, but for fans of the Battles of God and Demon genre, the final three episodes of the series are likely to hit home.
The first episode of Tiamat’s Arc of Destruction sees the evil creature fighting against Gilgamesh, Mash, Ritsuka, and the rest of their team. Things are not going well, and no matter what they try or who they hire to help, Tiamat cannot be defeated. They think things get better when Tiamat falls into the underworld, but even Ereshkigal’s dark powers aren’t enough to contain the beast. I think she was definitely the highlight of the episode for me, with her energetic demeanor contrasting nicely with their dismal surroundings.
At the last second, Merlin shows up to help. It’s kinda silly, but hey, this whole show is too. You just have to accept stuff like Merlin turning Tiamat’s evil aura into flowers and people screaming how the creation of the universe is called mega genesis.
The Tiamat arc ends with a rather boring episode in which Hassan-i Sabbah, the first old man of the mountain, shows up and uses his power as a Grand Assassin to deprive the beast of its immortality. This episode was filled with mostly insignificant padding, but I enjoyed Ereshkigal saying goodbye and Tiamat’s mind merged the conversation with Ritsuka.
The show ends with Big order, in which everyone decompresses and decompresses what just happened. It was nice to see Mash and Ritsuka hanging out and relaxing without having to worry about giant monsters and evil demonic beasts, but the pace was definitely a little weird, as they met a few friends and then went to talk to the others. , and finally visit Gilgamesh before being finally called back. Merlin and the Doctor were laughing and exchanging barely hidden beards was fun, and it’s a little heartwarming to see all that Ritsuka and Mash have done for Uruk, the land they love.