Every wizard in fantasy stories has amazing powers to summon creatures that can help them in a battle against their enemies. Some only summon them for the battle, others work with their familiars every day. We all have seen the image of the witch or wizard accompanied by a black cat, a raven, or an owl. It's even a staple of magical girl anime, where the familiar is usually a cute critter that makes everyone around them want to hug them forever. And sometimes, the familiars show up as people themselves with powers and abilities that complement the ones of the wizard.
In the Fate universe, we have mages and their servants, who happen to be heroes of the past. Their fights in their Holy Grail Wars are epic and have caused many changes in mankind’s history. And while they’re amazing series that will pump up your adrenaline while you’re watching them, we understand the whole saga may be a bit confusing for newcomers with whom you’d like to share the story. So here are six other anime that may help you ease them into the concepts so they can enjoy Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia with you. Or you can watch them on your own after finishing the latest Fate/Grand Order episode!
Similar Anime to Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia (Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front – Babylonia)
1. Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2008 – March 2009
Death's work is not easy. To help him to defend the underworld from evil, Lord Death has created the Death Weapon Meister Academy, where human hybrids who can transform into weapons are raised and work together with Shinigami to one day become Death Scythes, a feat that only those who have consumed 99 evil souls and a witch can achieve. Evan is one of said weapons who works together with his Meister Maka Albarn who is determined to become the best Meister in the world.
Soul Eater is a fun shounen anime that gives us an amazing cast of characters with incredible abilities, and an intriguing story that makes binging the whole series an enjoyable experience. Just like with Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia, part of the fun is seeing the contrast between the Meisters and their Weapons, or the Mages and their Servants, as it’s very rare to have a pair that doesn’t have some conflicts. The fact that the fate of the earth is on the line in both series is just the cherry on the cake of two epic tales of magic partnership.
Soul Eater Trailer
2. Juuni Taisen (Juni Taisen: Zodiac War)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2017 - December 2017
What would you do in exchange for one wish? Every 12 years, 12 warriors are summoned by a mysterious organization to have a battle to the death. Whoever survives at the end of a 12-hour fight will get the ultimate prize: One wish that can be anything in the world. But to win said prize, the fighters must put their lives on the line, literally. Before the fight begins, each eats a "Beast Gem", a poisonous material that will kill them in the allotted time, and the only way to get the antidote is if they manage to assassinate every other contestant in the game. Named after the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, the 12 warriors will have to face each other and prove their will to live.
Unlike Fate/Grand Order Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia, Junni Taisen doesn’t involve summoning creatures or magic combat. While some of the twelve have abilities that could be considered magical, such as Rabbit being able to resurrect corpses as zombies or Chicken being able to control birds, they are all the result of experiments. And while the stakes in the fight are less epic than in Fate/Grand Order Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia, we can guarantee that if you like brutal combat, you’ll love Juuni Taisen.
Juuni Taisen PV
3. Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2008 – September 2009
At first glance, Sebastian Michaelis is the best butler that a recently orphaned young boy could have. He is attentive, efficient, an excellent cook, and is also capable of dealing with any enemy that his ward might have. And Ciel Phantomhive has many, since the thirteen-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a fire that destroyed the Phantomhive family, the head of a huge toy and candy corporation, and he is also “The Queen’s Guard Dog”, who takes care of criminals and enemies of the crown. Of course, Sebastian is no mere mortal: He’s a demon summoned by Ciel to get revenge on his parents’ killers, who will devour Ciel’s soul once the deed is done.
Kuroshitsuji is a tale of revenge and how it can destroy someone’s life. There’s no illusion that the story will have a happy ending because even if there is a second season, we know that in the end, once Ciel “finishes his deeds”, Sebastian will eat his soul. The tragedy is that Ciel is not an old man with nothing left to live for: When he made his deal, he was only ten. And as the story unfolds, we realize that it was not just the death of his parents that caused him to feel disdain towards all mankind. If you want a darker tale of summoning demons and fighting ancient conspiracies after Fate/Grand Order Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia, Kuroshitsuji will be exactly your cup of tea.
Black Butler Trailer
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4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 – April 2011
Who wouldn’t want to be a magical girl? Just imagine: You get amazing magic powers, save your friends from unseen danger, a cute outfit with a special weapon, and bring hope to the world. To make things even better, you don’t need to sacrifice anything you hold dear, instead, you get one wish granted before you do any fighting. The offer sounds too good to be true, right? Perhaps that is why Madoka Kaname hesitates to accept the deal that Kyuubey, a cute animal that looks like a cross between a cat and a rabbit, wants her to take. As her best friend Sayaka becomes a magical girl to save her crush’s hands and she meets other magical girls including Homura, who warns her against asking for a wish, Madoka realizes that there’s much that Kyuubey is not telling her about the Magical Girl System.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica is a unique, Faustian take on the Magical Girl tropes. There is no happy ending to a deal with the devil, even if the devil looks like a cute plush toy you’d love to have on your shelf, and the series is merciless in showing us that. Every girl has their wish granted, but the consequences of those wishes make them fall into despair faster, which is precisely what Kyuubey wants. Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of the animation, this is one of the darker takes on the “summoning magic to save the world” plot that you can find on this list.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica Trailer
5. 07 - Ghost
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2009 – September 2009
In the Barsburg Empire, some people can use a magic-like ability known as Zaiphon to fight, soldiers are trained in an elite academy to be ranked by their Zaiphon’s level. Teito Klein is one such student but unlike his other classmates, he wasn’t born to a privileged family but a slave. Teito doesn’t remember much of his past and when he gets a very violent flashback of a high ranking official killing his own father, Teito tries to kill the official, ending up in jail. It’s only thanks to his best friend that Teito can escape and try to figure out his past in the seventh district of the Empire.
07 – Ghost has a very interesting backstory that is only revealed as the main plot advances. There is intrigue, a lost empire, arranged marriages and then there are the Ghosts, who protect the church, the empire, and are supposedly the seal of an ancient evil but also have a very different definition of “protecting” as they will destroy people’s memories if necessary. Just as Fate/Grand Order Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia gives us the sense of a bigger, more complicated world behind the scenes, 07-Ghost shows us little by little how big it’s world really is and how high the stakes in battle are.
6. Rozen Maiden
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2004 – December 2004
Jun Sakurada collects cursed objects in hopes that one day, he can find one that is really cursed. Jun’s reasons to do this are complicated, but he seems to have lost his will to live and hasn’t left his house in a long time. That is until he receives a beautiful antique-looking porcelain doll that comes to life and declares that her name is Shinku as soon as he winds her up. Jun is to be her servant and help her win the Alice Game. Although at first Jun is not amused at the prospect or at Shinku’s mannerisms, when a clown with knives attacks them and tries to kill them both, he accepts becoming Shinku’s medium and help her win the Alice Game.
Despite being the oldest series on this list, Rozen Maiden holds up very well to the passing of time, and it’s a great series to discover or re-watch if you are a fan of Fate/Grand Order Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia. The relationship of the dolls and their mediums is very similar to the Heroes and their Mages but this time, the action happens in the present, creating a different dynamic. The Alice Game also doesn't have a huge impact on the world, as the prize is to become human, but since we grow attached to all the dolls, we still feel as if the world ends every time one is damaged. Give it a chance and you will be surprised by how good it is.
Rozen Maiden Trailer
Every tale that includes magic reminds us that it has a price and consequences, and the most powerful magic has the worst consequences for those who cast it. Wars, even on a small scale, can also have lasting unintended results, especially for the soldiers who had to fight them. And these series, while taking on a lot of fantasy tropes, do deal with the reality of loss, obsession, revenge and how far we, as humans, can go in the search of them if we’re offered a way to get all that we want without much time to think about what it will cost us.
Of course, we also want to know what you think of this list. Are the series you expected here? Or did we manage to find one that you hadn’t seen yet and helped you discover a new favorite? Please, let us know in the comments below.