Up to 6: BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

Disclaimer: There might be spoilers and strong language ahead

I was not really impressed with BOFURI to begin with but I didn’t think the premiere episode was that bad. I just though of this anime as another weird game/fantasy oriented addition that aimed to provide some comedic relief, perhaps even a satirical interpretation of this anime genre. Or at least that’s what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, after the first episode it quickly started to become boring for me. It stopped being funny and started turning into a waste of time.

First of all, Maple the main character of this anime, although kind of charming in her own way at first, has just turned into a simple ditzy girl in my eyes. Her shenanigans stopped being funny or cute a long time ago. I couldn’t have imagined that I would actually miss the time when she killed the dungeon boss by slowly nibbling it to death.

Maple flustered, spirals for eyes, dark blue background, covered in purple acid.
Not my kind of ‘funny’.

There have also been new characters introduced that have been… well… I guess generic would be the word. I just don’t feel any special connection to any of them (including Maple) after six episodes and I doubt that this will change going forwards. Part of that problem for me is that their interactions seem awkward. This is supposed to be a game but everyone is so well mannered and courteous. For some reason, this over-politeness gave me flashbacks of my teenage online gaming experiences and made me wonder. Where is all the tea-bagging? Where is all the senseless violence? Why is no one f-ing somebody’s mom? How the hell has Maple not been accused of hacking and banned yet? (edit: I know she was nerfed but come on). It just feels so fake. I know Maple has not played a video game like this before but the world the creators have presented us with makes me wonder whether they -the writers- have any actual gaming experience. Perhaps they have been fortunate with kind and friendly online gaming interactions but I don’t believe most of us have. What I am trying to say is that the characters don’t seem real at all. One might argue that the friendship between Maple and Sally is pretty organic and cute and there is some truth to that. If we are talking cuteness then yes, the characters are cute. If that’s what you are after then knock yourself out.

Now, the animation. It’s OK I guess. Not a masterpiece by any standards but it’s what you would expect from this kind of anime. If you are a fan of this character design and animation style, then it’s up to par. I don’t particularly care for it but it doesn’t annoy me either. Although, I did hate the fight scene with the big Pokémon-esque ice bird thing. I am not a fan of this kind of 3D animation but it’s an understandable necessity. Still way, waaay better than Overlord season 3. Good grief.

Finally, let’s talk about the story… I don’t really want to talk about it and there’s not much to say either. Maple&Co. play a video game. Simple. For me, the best thing that’s happened so far is the arrival of Syrup, the giant/tiny flying turtle. The only reason I keep watching this anime.

Maple, holding her tiny turtle/tortoise Syrup, trees in the background, happy/contempt expression.
Maple + Syrup = Maple Syrup. Get it?

I am sure you have figured out by now that I don’t care much for BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense and that is unlikely to change in the future. What I see it as, is a missed opportunity. It could have been fun but it turned into a chore. I know that many of you have enjoyed the show so far and that’s great but I am also sure that some of you have feelings that are closer to mine. So, this is not a matter of whether BOFURI is a bad show but more like ‘Is BOFURI the right show for you?’. Unfortunately, for me it just isn’t.


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