BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense full episode

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BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. (痛いのは嫌なので防御力に極振りしたいと思います。,

BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense full episode

 Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.) is a Japanese light novel series written by Yuumikan and illustrated by Koin. It began serialization online in 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Fujimi Shobo, who published the first light novel volume in September 2017 under their Kadokawa Books imprint. Four volumes have been released as of August 2018. A manga adaptation with art by Jirō Oimoto has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's seinen manga magazine Comp Ace since May 26, 2018. It has been collected in a single tankōbon volume. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link premiered on January 8, 2020.

Genres: ActionAdventure, ComedyFantasySci-Fi

Characters

Maple Tree

Maple (メイプルMeipuru) / Kaede Honjō (本条 楓Honjō Kaede)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese); Megan Shipman (English)
The main heroine, who has just started playing NewWorld Online. Since she doesn't like to get hurt, she puts every skill point she earns into boosting her defense, allowing her to acquire new skills and level up simply by withstanding attacks. Even with her lack of gaming experience, Maple remarkably gains enough resistance to almost anything, giving the game admins many headaches on how to slow her down; to which, her unorthodox methods overcomes the developers' adjustments. Despite her weaknesses, she uses techniques like [Cover], to make up for her lack of mobility. After consuming a Hydra and receiving one-of-kind equipment and shield, Maple acquires powerful poisonous magic, and obtains a skill called [Gross Eater] due to maxing out her vitality points, that devours her foes in a single counter. She becomes the third-rank player after competing in the first event. During the second event, she finds a Monster Egg which hatches into a turtle, which she names Syrup.
Sally (サリーSarī) / Risa Shiramine (白峯 理沙Shiramine Risa)
Voiced by: Ruriko Noguchi (Japanese); Jad Saxton(English)
Kaede's real-life friend who introduced her to NewWorld Online. She plays the swashbuckler class which specializes in evasion and high speed offense; with the backlash of having low vitality, which is usually fatal for players. Risa previously won a championship online game reward; all the trophies in her room, as well as gaming knowledge, hints that she may be a Pro Gamer. She had to join Maple late because her mother wanted to pass her exams. After leveling up her duration in swimming, she slashes a giant fish and acquired its water base attack magic. She has phasmophobia, despite being in-game. Sally usually back carries Maple on fast foot due to her zero agility status. She immediately parties with Maple in the next game event. During the second event, Sally finds a Monster Egg which hatches into a fox, which she names Oboro. During the Second Event, she was responsible for “The Massacre of Day 6” where she annihilated many players on the final day of the Second Event.
Syrup
Maple's Turtle Familiar, whose egg was reward to her after Maple and Sally defeated the Silverwing boss. Ironically, Syrup's mobility is far superior than Maple; after the Second Event, Maple uses her rewards to allow Syrup to grow in size, as well as fly by means of Maple equipping herself with psychokinesis. Thus, utilized as the guild’s form of transportation or in battle a flying fortress.
Oboro
Sally's Fox Familiar, whose egg was reward to her after Maple and Sally defeated the Silverwing boss. Oboro specializes speed and fire spells like Sally.
Kasumi (カスミ)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
A samurai whose speed is on par with Sally. She was ranked sixth in the first event.
Kanade (カナデ)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai
An androgynous male player, who specializes in intel gathering and puzzle solving, which allows him to access secret places in the game. He uses a cube-like staff called the "Akashic Records," which grants him a random skill each day. Kuromu tends to forget Kanade is a boy.
Chrome / Kuromu (クロムKuromu)
Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)
A great shielder like Maple and one of the first users Maple meets in the game. He ranked 9th in the first event, and usually hangs out with Iz. He also has a tendency to forget Kanade is a boy, as he proclaims he’s the only male in the guild. He is usually involved in the chat moments where the chat presses him for information about Maple and Sally. Some of chat envy him because he joined Maple's guild. During the chat sessions, in the manga, he is represented by a cartoon shield icon.
Iz (イズIzu)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō  (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
A crafter who creates order-made equipment. She becomes the guilds crafter, but still accepts private commissions. Being in the guild inspires her to craft unique gear, an opportunity she never was given originally. She usually hangs out with Kuromu and sometimes has to keep him in check.
Mai (マイ)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma
A rookie player who,put all of her skill points into her Strength stat. She wears a green ribbon in her black hair and wields a giant hammer with the same color scheme.
Yui (ユイ)
Voiced by: Nanaka Suwa
May's younger sister, who also put all of her skill points into Strength. Her hair is white with a pink ribbon and her hammer is also the same color as her hair.

Review

I must be pretty far from the target audience because many people seem to be enjoying this show a lot while it isn't working for me at all, sometimes for the exact same reasons. I had my suspicions when reading the synopsis, but they are not always reliable and people were spreading hype about this. Here is the main problem:

If everything is perfect, then nothing is interesting.

Everyone loves the protagonist for being cute and overpowered.

Everyone is perfect friends with everyone else. No conflict to be seen here. Never have I seen an MMO community that is so perfectly friendly. Even in terms of light-hearted anime series, the friendliness is strangely perfect.

Every character agrees on everything. There are no arguments, not even relatively friendly ones.

Every character is pretty much only playing the game for the sake of playing itself. Their goals beyond that are not explored.

Every line of dialogue is limited to what is immediately happening. Nobody tries to think hard about anything. Nobody tries to be witty or play around with words in any interesting way.

Every joke is carefully formulaic and predictable. People falling over at random. People scared of spooky ghosts. The protagonist being really overpowered, which is repeated in a similar way multiple times in every episode.

If you are trying to argue that this show is a parody because of the excessive focus on cuteness and overpoweredness, it would be an incredibly tedious method of parody because every episode ends up doing the same routine. Parodies should play with the tropes in more creative ways.

Normally, this is where I would deliver a long rant, but there is actually very little to say about this show. It is so simple that I have very little to go on about, aside from the simplicity itself. There is nothing to work with. I get it; there are many people who actually like this and don't want to analyze it beyond what it immediately delivers. No hard feelings about the show, but I won't lie about being entertained when I'm not. This show made me neither happy nor sad, neither angry nor amused. I simply got bored. I will just hope for better luck next time.


It was quite sad to see this show get hate for it being a 'Not a realistic mmo' who really cares about that? This show is not only just beyond cute, but it's a great laugh also. Here is why!

Maple is just a treasure honestly. Both in and out of the game, I'd love to be her friend myself. It's also real cute how everyone in the game wants to protect her in the message forms. It really is sweet. But Maple isn't the only treasure, her friend is too. Both of them make a wonderful and amusing team together.

With the story following these two characters progressing together through this game, and even seeing them outside of the game, it really is cute and sweet. A wonderful friendship. Which is great to see.

The art of the show is really great to look at, along with the sound being great to listen to. Which are even further pluses for the show. Having these two done right go along way.

This honestly reminds me of caution hero from last season, but a more cute and sweet version. I honestly cannot wait to see how further Maple and her friend, or possible new friends go. You should join me! It's going to be one fun ride!

“I never thought moe is the only thing I needed to enjoy a power fantasy isekai show,” was the opening to my first draft of reviewing Bofuri, putting it off as only a cool twist in the isekai genre. However, after seeing what this series has to offer in episode 3, I can’t help but scrap the whole thing and restart—this show is one you should not miss this season!

Watching this show is like seeing your friend who has no clue in video games destroying other players. But you can’t even be salty this time around, since Kaede just a moe girl with no clue what’s going on. Along the way, her real-life friend Lisa joins her in the adventure to eventual domination, and in the meantime spends time with friendly rivals. This is a ‘cute girls do isekai things’ show and considering anything other than moe as this show’s highlight would be missing the point.

Speaking of moe, these fluffy characters paired with isekai are a match made in heaven. Their backgrounds, as high school girls fit well with how they are in-game. Filthy casuals. But we have been watching try-hards do isekai since the dawn of time, and this is a welcoming change. Instead of seeing world-strongest wannabes dominating the game, we see how the protagonists’ airheaded actions just so happen to correspond to strength in-game, which is hilarious. Add on the fact that they interact both in the real world and in-game adds to the show’s authenticity.

And that’s what the show is going for, authenticity. People see Maple as this newcomer who did great for herself in events, great. Instead of others playing her off as a cheater and dramatising the whole thing, she is respected and recognised in the public eye. Her instant rise to fame then eventually got to the developers, where they then nerfed her build and increased the difficulty of obtaining it. Instead of anime logic, this show runs with—well, common sense!

But this isn’t even the best Bofuri has to offer. Though not perfectly consistent, the stunning animation, vivid facial expressions and buttery smooth fight scenes are top-notch for a seasonal anime. The attention to detail as well. Things like the game menu and notifications are hyperrealistic, so much so it makes me want to play the game. And I hate playing RPGs. My only complaint would be the CG used in episode 2, which it’s good CG, mind you, but CG is CG and CG sucks.

The music is quite ordinary when compared to the animation. The OP EDs are fine, with their sequences showing the side characters as any other show would. What are the highlights are the SFXs, which are carefully designed that, again, make me feel like they belong in a game.

This show is brilliant. In a sea of seasonal anime flooded with isekais, Bofuri carved itself a unique identity that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It’s unfortunate that the clickbaity title had given a bad name to this show. I have a few friends passing on this just because of the title. With no major flaws, Bofuri deserves an 8 and the highest praise I have ever given to any isekai.


Despite how much I actually enjoy this BOFURI, I'm actually not too surprised with mixed reviews it has been receiving. The show isn't meant for everyone to enjoy. It's very wholesome and doesn't really have the main characters entering into any major conflicts; however, for a show lacking a current goal and main conflict (at least currently), the other elements of the show are all shining in their own way.

Story: [7]
Though I consider this section at the very least decent, this one in particular is most definitely the lowest area of BOFURI at the moment. The most concerning areas are the skills and equipment granted to Maple. It takes away from the potential of great plot writing by giving her the greatest luck every imaginable and not finding a way to tie this into the plot somehow. The key element missing from the plot could be summed up by a couple of words: For every action, there should be an equal an opposite reaction. So, if I'm willing to rate the story so high, what is so great about the story?

As far as I can see, there are no glaring issues with the story as of right now. In fact, the great part about the story right now isn't that it focuses on an overarching story, but that it focuses on world-building to eventually set up the story later on into the series. It's clearly not the type of story revolving around one massive conflict, so plot isn't too much of concern in my mind.

Art: [8]
I really wouldn't have put the art of this show this high if the animators didn't incorporate good CG in the fights. The art-style itself isn't something 'out of this world', but it definitely above average and makes good use of CG without making it seem overused or awkwardly placed.

Sound: [8]
The soundtrack for this anime is pretty good. I really enjoy listening to the OP and ED for BOFURI. The soundtrack/OSTs used in the anime are usually very fitting for the current scene and I've really come to like them, but currently, I don't have an OST that really sticks out, so I don't see myself putting this section any higher right now.

Character: [7]
Aside from the moments on-screen we get of Maple and Sally, I think the characters are still very one-dimensional at the moment. It's only four episodes in, so I don't think that is something that should be concerning at the moment. As far as their personalities are concerned, both Maple and Sally have really distinguishable personalities and are very unique to the other characters that have been introduced. Overall, I don't see any issues in the characters' personality and background.

Enjoyment: [9]
There are plenty of comedic moments in BOFURI that have really hit hard when they come up in the show. Watching Maple and Sally venture together is pretty entertaining to watch because their personalities really gel with one another.

Overall: [8]
While there are problems here and there, I don't really see the anime deserving of anything below a seven. It provides its viewers with a great time if they're willing to sit back and watch Maple and Sally explore a VR-MMO world with a couple of hiccups along the way. I see a lot of potential for BOFURI and hope the show will keep going strong throughout the rest of the season.


BOFURI I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My DefenseBOFURI - I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense; BOFURI - Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu; BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.; Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu; Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.I Hate Getting Hurt, So I Put All My Skill Points Into Defense; 痛いのは嫌なので防御力に極振りしたいと思います。

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