OP: 「究極アンバランス！」 (Kyuukyoku Anbaransu!) by 純情のアフィリア
「防御特化と初戦闘。」 (Bougyotosuka to Hatsu Sentou)
“Defense and First Battle”
The day VMMORPGS are like this is the day I will officially denounce living as a real human being and commit to being a pro-hikikomori.
Welcome to New World Online, a fantasy based VMMORPG that utilizes a Harvest Moon-esque system where you’re able to develop skills not only by leveling up but by natural evolution based on your actions. A system that, without much explanation, opens up such crazy possibilities like gaining poison resistance from encountering (and surviving) attacks that involve poison.
Enter Maple, a new player who picks a defense based setup revolving around a Great Shield and a small sword because of the overwhelming defensive capabilities it provides. Toss in the added bonus that she dumps all of her points into vitality or VIT to increase her toughness and you have someone who’s completely focused on avoiding the pain involved with taking damage. True to this show’s name, it would be weird if we didn’t have someone who wasn’t crazy focused on defense right?
Where the show really shined for me was watching Maple discover all these busted defensive skills as a basic new player. Coming into New World Online as a complete newb, it was a little frustrating watching her stumble around without even once considering opening a guide or asking for help. However, there was definitely some charm in watching someone play around with cute mobs just because they were cute or abusing mechanics when they realized they were able to gain special skills through a bit of testing. That said, I will admit that I was waiting for the moment where Maple would get a chance to do something truly outrageous but I never thought it’d come in the form of her single handedly taking down a dungeon boss. Still, I have to hand it to the show for being so creative when it came to how Maple took down the poison dragon. Who would have thought that she’d not only be able to improve her poison resistance to the point that she could nullify it and be able to take the boss down by literally eating it?
All in all, I think this was a fantastic first episode for a show revolving around the lives of characters that live in a VMMORPG world. Our main heroine has just the right mix of attributes that make her fun to watch even if she’s pulling out something crazy. Together with her best friend who will hopefully make her debut next week and a whole handful of characters who made quick cameos both in the opening sequence and in the episode and I think you have the makings of a fun show that is both engaging and fun to watch.
ED: 「Play the world」 by 佐々木李子