Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia Episode 3: Please the king


Ana being forced to fight

Picking up from last week, this episode follows the Chaldea gang as they attempt to curry favor with Gilgamesh. I thought it was funny that it started with the suggestion of joining the front lines in defense of Uruk, but it ultimately ends up being menial side quests. It's something you would expect from a typical RPG, but Fate/Grand Order isn't actually that kind of game. But as a whole, I liked the fight against Gilgamesh and the expanded focus on Ana.

Gilgamesh faces off against Mash and Ana

As I've said before, I think the choreography of the fights in this series is impressive. The fight against Gilgamesh was cool to watch, and the later fight against Ishtar is probably better. It feels like the episode is devoting time to showing the fight unfold, rather than using flashy energy attacks.

Gilgamesh reveals the Holy Grail

Another thing I like about this arc is that the line between allies and enemies isn't super clear. Gilgamesh isn't acting like a bad king, but he's standing in Chaldea's way when it comes to their mission of recovering the Grail. In contrast, the Goddess Alliance is clearly made up of enemies of humanity, but they also happen to have the same goal as the main characters. It seems like it would be very easy for alliances to sway in this story.

Ishtar isn't concerned for the main characters at all

Ishtar's really great at channeling her inner Rin.

Ishtar traps Mash

My favorite part about Ishtar's fight against Mash and Ana is seeing her use Ana's chains to restrain Mash. That seems like a great way to fight against multiple enemies. Also, the part where she kicks Ana in the stomach felt impactful.

Chaldea meets the summoned Servants

Oh hey, I guess we get introduced to the other Servants in this episode. Given that they were summoned by Gilgamesh, I do wonder whether they're meant to be future allies or foes, but I guess it's good to meet them.

Ana doesn't want to contract with Ritsuka

Watching Ana interact with Uruk was also great. She seems to be softening up a lot as a character, and it's cool to see. I'm not sure how much I'm supposed to be treating her like a kid, though.



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