Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense, Vol. 6

By Yuumikan and KOIN. Released in Japan as “Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Andrew Cunningham.

The Bofuri series does have a pretty good supporting cast, and I enjoy reading about them. That said, most people who picked this up are here for one reason and one reason alone, and that’s Maple breaking the game by doing awesome unpredictable shit. Good news, the 6th volume is here to help you. It definitely doesn’t hurt that this 6th book involves the 6th level of the game, which is entirely related to ghosts and the supernatural. As such, except for one disastrous attempt to get over her terror, Sally is pretty much absent, grinding on other floors so she can avoid being Shaggy in an episode of Scooby-Doo. This allows Maple to solo several events, or team up with Mii, or experiment with rewards in strange and brilliant ways. It’s the sort of thing that will look great animated if Season 2 ever happens, but that’s still sadly far in the future at this point.

We start by Maple getting her new favorite toy, which is a literal throne that she can sit on while attacks do nothing to her. (The downside being that she can’t use “evil” attacks while on it – i.e. most of her repertoire). She uses it a lot in the next stratum, which as noted above is one based around ghosts. Sally, who sees there are lots of cool things she could get if only she got over her fear, tries… and fails miserably. So Maple tries to get some nice rewards that she can give Sally, as well as some rewards that will specifically benefit her build. Finally, we get the Seventh Event, which fortunately does NOT involve ghosts, and so Maple wants to go old-school on it: only her and Sally vs. the toughest opponents.

A lot of the humor in this volume comes from the occasional times we cut back to the developers, who have either designed things to be anti-Maple that she proceeds to win out over by doing something bonkers, or else they’ve designed things that would be lethal difficulty for anyone else that Maple strolls through even though it wasn’t designed to get her interest at all. The rest of Maple Tree, of course, have simply given up on being surprised, with Chrome just sighing and helping Maple to control her ghostly hands that can wield other shields, etc. It helps that Maple’s not doing this for any reason other than “it’s fun”. She’s gotten better at thinking things through… just… but most of her gaming still seems to be “do whatever the hell I like”. This includes lunching with Mii, who can drop her roleplay facade around her, or fending off Frederica, who’s trying to duel Sally and wondering why she’s not on the 6th floor. Maple is simply too nice to get angry with.

This isn’t essential reading, and fans of the anime can probably wait for whenever it continues, but I still quite enjoy Bofuri. It’s a relaxing, quick read.

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  1. …and Season 2 has been announced.

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