The next anime I will give my thoughts on that is from the previous season would be the lovable anime, Bofuri.
Yes, I will be calling this anime, Bofuri. After all, its original title is quite long and a handful of words. But for proper introduction’s sake, I will still share them.
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu, or in English, I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, was an isekai-ish anime that was enjoyed by a lot of people last season. It’s source material was a light novel, I mean, its clear from the long ass title.
Before this series got an anime adaptation, I was already familiar with its existence because of how interesting the title was. However, I wasn’t able to get a chance to read the light novel before the anime so I am just like any of you, watching the anime with no prior idea what to expect.
And oh boi, it threw me off guard with how enjoyable this anime was.
After an enthusiastic invitation from her friend, Kaede Honjou reluctantly agrees to try New World Online: a very popular VRMMO played by thousands of people across Japan. Naming her in-game character Maple, she sets out on her journey. As a complete novice to such games, she allocates all of her stat points into vitality, desiring to not get hurt. With not a single point in any other stat, Maple has extraordinarily high defense, but she can’t move quickly or hit hard.
This doesn’t end badly for her, however. Due to her high defense, Maple acquires overpowered skills such as Total Defense, Poison Immunity, and Devour. These skills, along with the incredibly powerful items she obtains, allow her to obliterate most enemies in a single hit. After only a few days of playing the game, Maple claims third place in a server-wide event, gaining a reputation as a player who is both unkillable and absurdly powerful.
Despite her overpowered character, Kaede has much to learn. As she progresses through the game, she meets new friends and acquaintances, helping her complete new levels and events. Through all of her adventures, she may even pick up some other crazy skills that exceed all expectations. (MAL)
Watching Bofuri was really fun.
It’s been a while since I had seen an isekai anime and enjoy every minute of it.
I know that this anime is not really an isekai anime, but the setting of the series happened mostly at the virtual game, so I guess it counts as one.
Anyway, Bofuri wasn’t just an anime for me to enjoy, it also made me remember the time when I was still playing a lot of MMORPG games years ago.
From what I heard, the writer used to play MMORPG games too, hence, his/her legit knowledge about the stuff he/she’s writing.
From the constant patching (because the MC keeps on breaking the game) to the events to the relatable chatroom discussions, it was very nostalgic.
However, that doesn’t mean this anime is the best out there. Not really, but I could totally say that its the most refreshing and enjoyable isekai anime out there, as of the moment.
Premise-wise, it’s not really unique. Bruh, Bofuri is one of the two isekai animes (the other one was Infinite Dendogram) last season who tackled a similar concept, VMMO game. With a typical premise, there is a chance for this series to be like any other isekai animes out there, however, the writer was able to make something interesting from a generic premise.
Hence, the series was born.
Bofuri focused on our MC, a girl who doesn’t want to get hurt while playing, so she made sure she’s full defense mode. In other words, she’s a tank, in-game lingo. What made this series very funny and interesting was because the MC keeps on breaking the game system. Maple, the protagonist, had incredible luck in finding hidden quests (or loopholes) within the game, which made her more badass and OP. Seeing the game makers scrambling onto how they’ll make Maple not unbeatable was really funny to see, it’s like the patches and improvements of the game was because of Maple.
Even with that crazy development of the series, it was the characters and their enjoyment in the game that made the series shine. You can really see that they are in the game to enjoy and have fun, not to die or to reach a goal. And this made me remember my past gamer days. I would play the games, not because I was forced or there some external factors but because we love playing it and we are having fun.
In other words, the anime was able to capture the “fun” that we, the viewers, feel when we play games, and that plays a huge factor in making the viewers enjoy the anime too.
Speaking of the characters, I really love them. Each character in the series was charming in their own right. You can really tell that behind their game characters, are also real people playing and enjoying the game.
The lighthearted nature of the anime leaves me smiling and had good vibes every time I finish an episode. It’s that heartwarming.
Another factor that made this series amazing would be art and animation. On the surface level, it’s clear that the art looks basic, modern and generic, like the stuff we usually see on other animes. However, the studio, Silver link knows where to splash their budget on. Yep, bruh, on the fight sequences and Maple’s transformations. It’s damn gorgeous. The animation is really fluid and jaw-dropping, especially the last few episodes, where they were a lot of fights because of the event, guild wars. It was amazing. Even though the character designs and background art looks typical and basic, they compensate well by giving us juicy fight scene sequences.
The music didn’t disappoint too. Both the OP and ED songs were fun to listen too. Along with ID: Invaded music, they are on the loop on my music player, as they make me remember the amazing moments of their respective animes.
In conclusion, Bofuri is a must-watch anime, especially if you want to see something fun and easy to consume. This anime will clearly be enjoyed more if you went through a “gamer-phase” when you were young, but still, this anime could be enjoyed by everyone.
Maple and her team, Maple Tree, are that lovable.
Bofuri doesn’t disappoint.
Anyway, that is all for now.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.