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Fate/Grand Order - Final Singularity Grand Temple Of Time: Solomon is an anime movie based on the "Solomon" chapter from the mobile game Fate/Grand Order, and Immediate Sequel to Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia picking up right where the series leaves off. It is produced by CloverWorks, who also produced Babylonia, directed by Toshifumi Akai, and written by Kinoko Nasu.

After battling their way through all seven Singularities, the Chaldea Security Organization has finally arrived at the endpoint of the Grand Order: The Final Singularity, Grand Temple of Time: Solomon. Now is the time to defeat the root of all evil, Solomon, the King of Mages. Now is the time to reclaim the future.

With the final operation looming large, Romani Archaman considers the choices he will soon have to make, Mash Kyrielight dwells on life's limitations, and Fujimaru prepares to receive a new Mystic Code. All of their many encounters have led to this moment as Fujimaru and Mash at last embark on their final operation.

The film premiered in Japanese theaters on July 30, 2021 as part of the celebration for Fate/Grand Order's sixth anniversary and as the Grand Finale for the first part of Grand Order's story.

Previews:Trailer 1, Trailer 2

The anime provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: The first Servant who Fujimaru summons in the final charge to defeat Goetia is Edmond Dantès, The Count of Monte Cristo. Both of them are voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the game, King of Men Goetia got into his possession all of Solomon's ten rings in order to have one last fight against you, even if he is going to die soon after. Here, he lacks the ten rings so all what he can do is fistfight the exhausted Fujimaru to the end. Justified as the games give you much more freedom in terms of summoning Servants to fight for you. Since Fujimaru had already taken the Servant summoning through his Mystic Code into overdrive to defeat Goetia, this is to balance the fight out between the two.
  • Adaptation Distillation: A lot of the fights with the Pillars are simplified and most of the dialogues between the servants and Fujimaru are cut to fit the movie's time slot.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: In the game when Mash returns from her Heroic Sacrifice it's explained that Fou being a beast who accumulated centuries worth of magical energy uses it at the cost of his own intelligence and personality to resurrect Mash and extend her short lifespan to that of a normal person's. This explanation however is absent from the film itself, but is alluded to when Fou's true form briefly appears on the screen, and in written narration in the ending credit roll.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Many servants who appeared in the game version don't appear in the film, due to both time constraints and many of them primarily having roles in event chapters that were not adapted. Extra Vlad, Fuuma Kotaro and Edmond Dantes are the only event-only servants who appear in the film.
    • Similarly, Andromalius (the eighth pillar representing the events) is never mentioned when naming the Pillars and Flauvios and Bael are the only ones with speaking lines out of all the 72 Demon Pillars.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • It's not easy to spot but just before disappearing, Alexander loses an arm and a leg when Flauros blows up the pillar he's using as a shield.
    • Nero manages to cut off Goetia's right arm in a Big Damn Heroes moment, saving Fujimaru and Mash at the same time.
  • Anti-Magic: What Goetia's main aspect is revealed to be, as the "Supreme Summoning Spell" conjured by Solomon (or in other words technically being the VERY first Servant), he has the attribute of Nega-Summon—a skill that allows him to completely No-Sell other Servants, barring Mash (who is a Demi-Servant) and Solomon (his creator/counterpart), and erase their existence at a whim by unsummoning them if he so wishes. It makes him absolutely untouchable until Solomon performs a Heroic Sacrifice to remove the magic stabilizing him, allowing him to actually be hindered by the other Servants, which contributes to his Villainous Breakdown towards the end.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Essentially the argument against Goetia's pronouncement of the meaninglessness of fragile human life, as frequently argued for by Mash (even when, as he points out, she's already about to go out as she marches into their battle). Mash states that no matter how short her life is, the fact that it was full of adventure, lessons and friendship means it is overflowing with value.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: The map music for Mesopotamia in the source material was used as the basis for the main theme of Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia since that was the Story Arc being adapted, but it has gone onto become a secondary theme for Fujimaru's bonds with Servants in this film as rearrangements of it play when he summons Alexander and the seven Arc Hero Servants from each Singularity rush over to help him.
  • The Bus Came Back: For anime-only viewers, this movie marks the return of several characters from Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Extra Last Encore.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Following the final battle, Fujimaru, weakened from his fight with Goetia, nearly falls to his death when Mash, thought to be dead, swoops in and saves him.
  • Casting Gag: The dub follows the tradition that Babylonia and Fate/Grand Carnival set up of matching characters' English actors to the Japanese ones:
    • Max Mittelman, who has been Bedivere since the Camelot films, now is also Charles-Henri Sanson; both roles are Mamoru Miyano in Japanese.
  • Cessation of Existence: Solomon's Noble Phantasm, Ars Nova, is the act of returning the gifts God gave him to Heaven. This completely removes him from the world in every way, including even from the Throne of Heroes. Goetia is dramatically weakened by this since he was Solomon's creation, allowing Chaldea to defeat him.
  • Combat Breakdown: By their final confrontation, Fujimaru is so exhausted he can barely walk, while Goetia needs to devote everything he has just to stay alive. The most the two can do is throw desperate punches at each other.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Fujimaru is given an anime-only Mystic Code that uses his nervous system as a pseudo-Magic Circuit, enabling summoning without most of the usual requirements but causing pain and damage every time he uses it; as such, it's designed to only be used seven times. At the climax of the movie, he pushes the thing into overdrive, creating a jury-rigged Zwei Form (energy wings and all) that removes the limited uses of his summoning and boosts his physical abilities but does very nasty things to his innards.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: After spending the whole adventure thinking Fujimaru was fighting for the Human Order, Goetia was gobsmacked to learn his only motivation was "to live". This is reversed when he assumes his Man-King form for one last fight against Ritsuka and comes to understand what human life is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Design-wise, Bael appears in his Shinjuku design when reporting to Solomon.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Goetia loses an arm to an assault by the Servants, but treats it as completely irrelevant since he just manifests a cloud of darkness in place of the limb before regenerating it properly once he's done playing.
  • Go Out with a Smile:
    • Mash gives a genuine smile to Fujimaru as she protects him one last time from Goetia's Noble Phantasm, Ars Almadel Salomonis. Said attack is hot enough to completely vaporize her into nothingness.
    • Romani (Aka King Solomon) follows suit after using his third Noble Phantasm, Ars Nova, to weaken Goetia and give Ritsuka a chance to fight against him.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: In his climactic fight with Goetia, Fujimaru—having just lost both Mash and Romani/Solomon and deciding to defeat the demon with his own hands—overclocks his Mystic Code in order to summon as many Servants as he needs. The change is indicated by the low-battery red coloring on the suit's spine suddenly flashing gold. For additional flair, the very first Servant that appears around this time is the golden king himself, Gilgamesh.
  • In Spite of a Nail: The flashback showing Marisbury Animusphere and Solomon shows that despite the changes in the timeline, the Holy Grail War still happened in Fuyuki (with its iconic bridge visible in the sea of flames).
  • Immediate Sequel: The film picks up right away where Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia left off.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Romani, as the real Solomon, is impaled by Goetia ramming his fist through his shield while he's casting his final Noble Phantasm, Ars Nova.
    • Goetia is impaled twice with Lord Camelot, once by Mash before his transformation and the other time was Fujimaru doing the deed with the help of his Servants.
  • Living Is More than Surviving: This is the implied message behind Ritsuka’s words to Goetia when taking his "No More Holding Back" Speech along with Mash's last reminder about why Chaldea fights into account. Goetia misunderstands this initially as merely a desire to survive but realizes the real meaning once he uses the last of his energy to fight as a mortal against Ritsuka.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The premise of Fujimaru's combat Mystic Code (i.e. it converts his physical nervous system into Magic Circuits for summoning) directly references Shirou Emiya's faulty attempt at using magic during the beginning of Fate/stay night. Furthermore, the fact that the Mystic Code has a pronounced circuit directly above Fujimaru's spine also directly refers to how that faulty method causes pain akin to "inserting a hot iron rod into the spine". Its overclocked form on the other hand is a reference to Prisma Illya's Zwei Form, as it converts his entire body to Magic Circuits, even granting him similar wings to the ones that Illya has when she uses said form.
    • The summoning chant Fujimaru uses while using the Servant Summon function is a reworked and edited-down version of the chant used by the Holy Grail War combatants in Fate/Zero (in order to better reflect that instead of the magic of the Einzbern, Tohsaka and Makiri powering it, it is the magic of Animusphere and Chaldea):
      Fujimaru: Heed my words! My will creates your body, and your sword creates my destiny! If you heed the Grail's call, then follow humanity's path and answer me! Seventh Heaven clad in the great words of stargazers... Come forth, pass your judgment and punish my enemies, Guardian of Scales!
    • Altera's Noble Phantasm used in this movie isn't the one she uses in the Grand Order game. Instead she uses Teardrop Photon Ray from Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, with the animation from that game recreated 1:1.
    • Goetia’s final fight as Man-King Goetia against Ritsuka mirrors Shirou’s own fist fight against Kirei at the end of the Heaven’s Feel route, down also to it finishing in an inconclusive manner due to the opponent dying to their previous wounds.
  • "No More Holding Back" Speech: Fujimaru gives one just as he challenges Goetia to the final battle.
    Ritsuka Fujimaru: Several millennia passed since the world of primates was set. The Age of Gods has Ended, and through time, mankind has become the most prosperous beings on Earth. And so we shape the future of this planet and inscribe its history upon the surface. For that, we nurtured knowledge, produced many resources and saw countless lives reincarnated. It's a map to prolong mankind's survival and to ensure its everlasting prosperity! In the world of Magecraft, this is called humanity! Those of Chaldea have been charged to protect it! I am Ritsuka Fujimaru! So many people helped me, and here I stand on behalf of so many others, as the Master of Chaldea! I challenge you, GOETIA!!!
  • No-Sell: Goetia does this repeatedly to his foes, whether by using actual defensive spells or just straight-up tanking them with at most a moment's hesitation. This changes once Solomon casts Ars Nova, as with his existence becoming destabilized he rapidly becomes weak enough that he's clearly reeling from hits.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: The big halo on the sky briefly glitches when Goetia activates Ars Almadel Salomonis.
  • Pummel Duel: Nightingale engages Goetia in one, particularly impressive for the latter since he technically only has one proper arm with which to match her at the moment.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Several of the Servants who show up are from chapters of the game that were not adapted, creating this situation for anime-only viewers.
  • Rule of Symbolism: David initiates a unique Fastball Special where he slingshots Fujimaru towards Goetia with his Noble Phantasm, essentially turning the protagonist into one of his biblical giant-slaying stones.
  • Sacrificial Lion:
    • Charles Henri-Sanson, Alexander the Great, and Vlad III fall in battle relatively early to defeat Flauros' humanoid avatar.
    • All the main Story supports from the previous seven Singularities (including the real Enkidu) are banished with Goetia's Nega-Summon skill to show how dangerous the ability is.
  • This Cannot Be!: Goetia's reaction when Romani/Solomon reveals that there's a third Noble Phantasm, Ars Nova, and activates it is to pummel the wall between him and Romani in desperation.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Averted with Fujimaru's seven summons; Lev is impressed when he unhesitatingly blew through three of them against the Warmup Boss. Just moments prior, he had accused Fujimaru of being "stingy" with them. Then, at the very tail-end of the fight, he blows through the limit and summons even more.