Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great 2021. This anime was amazing and what I think is a must watch for everyone especially gamers.
The story follows Kaede who is persuaded by her friend Risa to purchase a game, New World Online. Since Risa can’t play because she has her exams coming up, Kaede decides to go in alone and play the game naming herself Maple, a different interpretation of her name. When applying status points to different characteristics, she chooses to dump all her points into defense making her immune to damage in the initial stages. Gaining weird skills by various means like getting hit by an enemy a certain number of times to get double defense or getting constantly attacked by poison and using potions to gain poison immunity. These weird skills along with her playful nature at tackling things get her rare items and makes her one of the strongest players in the game. Eventually being joined by Risa and others that she encounters, the story follows her discovering new skills and recruiting unorthodox players like hers and getting upto loads of fun.
First thing is that there is good music, I genuinely enjoyed that and the combat isn’t boring even when Maple is basically a god of defense in the game. The fights are tense and exciting though short and dramatic but in the end it all turns to be for fun and nothing too serious. There is a lot of good writing since the story is great and engaging with each new episode having new things to tackle and when there is grinding to do, there is always a montage with some good music which keeps the viewers engaged. Genuinely the episodes just flew by and I really enjoyed the series desperately wanting a season two.
The series does seem similar to SAO at first with the VR headset thing and the game having the same name as Sword Art Online but it’s nothing like SAO so don’t worry if you don’t like that show, (I personally love SAO) the show has RPG game mechanics like every other game show should have and they make great use of that by showing updates and new levels and floors being added which keeps the show open to new things. I personally think that they focused a lot on it being a game and kept it as fantasy like as possible and made sure that the fact that it is a game is well used. There are moments outside the game too like Kaede trying to use game moves in the real world and realising that she is addicted. There are events conducted in the game and it uses a system which lets time in game feel quicker than in real time and let’s the players feel like they’re in the game for days rather than being in it for just two hours. All this gives the game the vibe of being all serious at times and then we see Maple log out and get reminded that it’s all a game and that they’re all doing it for fun.
The characters are all well written with us seeing Kaede and Risa in the real world and their deep friendship which is what drives them in the game world. Risa takes up the Sally and focuses on agility and not defense since her idea is to not get hit at all. There are characters like Chrome who helps Maple initially and leads her to meet a crafter Iz who later becomes the crafter for all of Maple’s group. She recruits puzzle solver Kanade, skilled sword user Kasumi who uses skills like the breathing forms of Demon Slayer. She goes on to recruit sisters Mai and Yui who out all of their points into strength and become amazing hitters. All of these combined with other characters like Mii, the charismatic leader of the Kingdom of the Flame Emperor. The congregation of the Holy Swords who have the highest level players like Payne and Frederica, they are the ones who want to take down Maple the most.
As mentioned above The Congregation of the Holy Swords have Payne as the strongest player in the game, a traditional person who focuses on gaining levels and playing the game the way it’s meant to be played. The show shows us the unorthodox player Maple and how instead of simply focusing on getting stronger she focuses on fun. This sets up a great final battle which is intense to watch and fun. The show basically tells us in the end to carve out own route for life and remember to have fun doing it. A must watch for game enthusiasts and anyone who simply wants a good time go watch BOFURI: I don’t want to get hurt so I’ll max out my defense and please tell me what you thought of it.
Demand of a friend logging in to a game world,
Into an unfamiliar world Kaede is hurled,
Picked up a shield and a knife she twirled,
Leveling up and acquiring a shield pearled.
Unorthodox gamer she plays her own way,
The general rules of playing she’s gonna diobey,
All of these monsters with a shield watch her slay,
Unmatched defense and skills watch her display.
Along the line she forms her own guild,
Picking out players unnaturally skilled,
Endless monsters together they’ve killed,
From bottom to the top watch her build.
Powerful but she isn’t here to be number one,
All she wants is to play and have fun,
Maxed out defense and she can’t even run,
The journey of a legend here had begun.
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