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Tear Jerker / Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia

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  • Episode 1:
  • Episode 4:
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    • The Reveal of how Ur's people have chosen to sacrifice their men to the Three Goddess Alliance does not go down well with Ritsuka and Mash—who proceed to ask what on earth were they thinking. It's a bit grim especially since they have been living for a month in Uruk and have seen mostly good things of its people.
    • In turn, the female village elder defeatedly admits that even as humans in the Age of the Gods, they cannot hope to stand up to goddesses—pointing out how "human ethics" are no longer being observed in these end-of-day scenarios. Quite heartbreakingly philosophical in its own right, but when you remember that the area of Uruk/Babylon corresponds to modern-day Iraq, the Reality Subtext begins to hit harder.
  • Episode 5:
    • The encounter between "Enkidu" and King Gilgamesh is about as awesome as you expect it to be, but the heartbreaking subtext is also plainly written on both of their faces. Gilgamesh, despite betraying none of his emotions, carries a very poignant silence after the battle (similar to his previous conversations with Mash regarding their journeys, clearly remembering his moments with the real Enkidu). At the same time, while he openly ridicules "Enkidu" for contradicting the original Enkidu's personality, he is visibly saddened/disturbed seeing his best friend deployed as a weapon against him.
      • Notably, the first time King Gilgamesh addresses "Enkidu", he seems to be trying to fish out his mutual memories with him. When "Enkidu" plainly shows surprise at meeting King Gilgamesh for this first instance, the former tonelessly replies with: "Who else would I be, you fool?" He shows nothing, but he is clearly disappointed.
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    • "Enkidu" himself is visibly pained/rattled by his encounter with King Gilgamesh, realizing that his original mission (kill Gilgamesh and destroy the world) is being complicated by the original Enkidu's memories surfacing in his head. It's to the point that when he has King Gilgamesh trapped with a point-blank hit with his chains, he swerves at the last minute.
  • Episode 8:
    • The episode sees Leonidas and Ushiwakamaru sacrificing themselves for the good of Uruk. Leonidas's death hits home hard, especially among the Uruk soldiers that he had a hand in training. After the battle is over, all of the soldiers are terribly distraught about their commander's death. It really shows the impact he had on the defenders at the Northern Wall.
    • Ushiwakamaru doesn't die here, but that makes her farewell to Fujimaru no less tragic. As it turns out, her Last Stand against Gorgon was driven by the knowledge that future generations, and especially Fujimaru, would grow up hearing of her tales and admiring her. Because of that knowledge, she had the willpower to keep fighting, even when her body was battered. And not even finding out that she was still alive helped matters, as Gorgon and Kingu have a Fate Worse than Death planned for her.
  • Episode 11:
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    • The episode begins with Gilgamesh dreaming of a fight with Enkidu. The two of them are smiling throughout the fight, clearly enjoying it. And then he wakes up. Gilgamesh clearly misses his friend.
  • Episode 13:
    • As established, Ereshkigal's loneliness for millennia does invite enough empathy/tears. It also doesn't help that the people who probably should understand her personality, Gilgamesh and Ishtar, give her No Sympathy whatsoever. Which is why having Ritsuka spell it out for her (that she is a fundamentally good person and shouldn't wallow in self-pity) is such a relief.
    • Ereshkigal rants that none of the other gods ever visited her, she couldn't even understand what the souls of the dead said all the while she had to watch her younger sister fly freely in the sky. Makes sense why she fell for Ritsuka, he's probably the first person she's ever had a real conversation with.
    • As he's leaving the Underworld, Gilgamesh confirms for himself that Enkidu's remains, which were buried in the Underworld, are gone. It then cuts to the same flashback from Episode 1, only this time, we hear Enkidu's last words.
      Enkidu: I am a weapon. I'm nothing more than one of your countless treasures. In the future, you will encounter treasures more valuable than me.
      • What makes this both sad and touching is that Enkidu was wrong, Gilgamesh refuses to befriend others as he believes only Enkidu is his equal and the Chain of Heaven that was made from Enkidu's body is Gilgamesh's most trusted Noble Phantasm even more than his Ea.
  • Episode 15:
    • The episode begins with a vision of some sort, where Ana is standing on a short cliff overlooking the sea. She turns around, and sees her sisters, Stheno and Euryale, and her face lights up with a bright smile. Then she's met with the friends she made in Uruk, including the old lady running the flower shop, who puts the crown of flowers on her head before Ana runs to chase after her sisters. However, she never reaches them; the vision cuts out to a memory of Gorgon devouring her sisters.
    • Ana sacrifices herself to slay Gorgon with Harpe, a blade that can kill immortals. As the two fall into a pit, Ana gives her friends one last tearful smile before disappearing from view. Fujimaru follows this up by taking the flower crown and dropping it into the pit.
    • After Roman names the Lahmu, Gilgamesh calls out to Siduri by instinct and then calls out to the captain of the army to send out orders. Ritsuka asks where is Siduri when Gilgamesh tries to ignore the question, Ritsuka asks more aggressively till Gilgamesh admits she was captured.
    • While Gilgamesh acts stoic and unaffected by Siduri's captured, we get a quick flashback that shows when Siduri volunteered to lead the evacuations, Gilgamesh screams that she is not allowed to go. When Siduri still decides to go, Gilgamesh resignedly lets her go.
    • Unlike the game, this time Ritsuka and Ishtar know that Siduri was turned into a Lahmu when she repeats the white flag gesture Ishtar gave in episode 3.
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