Mobile game phenomenon Fate/Grand Order has received its first anime adaptation, courtesy of a new partnership between Sony Pictures Television and Aniplex.
The adaptation was announced as part of an anime streaming joint venture between France’s Wakanim, Australia’s Madman Anime Group and the US-based Funimation. Sony and Aniplex will own the service.
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia will be streamed exclusively on FunimationNow for one month, starting Oct. 5. It will also launch on Wakanim and Madman Anime Group’s AnimeLab in their respective territories.
“Anime is a growing area of importance for us at Sony Pictures Television," Sony Pictures Television Chairman Mike Hopkins said in a statement. "By combining these businesses, we immediately increase our global reach and expertise in SVOD, theatrical, home video, merchandising, events and more. Along with our world-class marketing capabilities, we’re well-positioned to deliver unprecedented results for our partners and the best possible Anime experience for the fans.”
“Through Sony group’s integration of Anime related streaming services, we are thrilled that numerous Japanese Anime titles will be distributed globally through its digital platforms," Aniplex President Atsuhiro Iwakami said. "We hope our partnership will contribute to the further development and expansion of the Japanese Anime industry.”
“For 25 years, Funimation has served creators, publishers, and fans," Funimation General Manager Colin Decker added. "By merging, we can extend our support of the industry for another 25 years with some of the most respected talent, and brands, in global Anime.”
Through this partnership, an expansive portfolio of Japanese anime is planned for outlets beyond just television, with a global imprint "that spans home entertainment, theatrical distribution, live events and merchandising."
Released in 2015 in Japan, Fate/Grand Order has grown from a mobile game with over 41 million downloads to a multimedia franchise. The game expanded into three anime adaptations, two films, manga and an arcade-style game.
Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia will premiere on Funimation, Wakanim and AnimeLab on Oct. 5. It will be on the platform exclusively for one month before being released on other platforms.