「実績を打ち立てろ!」 (Bougyo Tokka to Dainikai Event.)
“Defense and Second Event”
This week’s episode of Bofuri calls attention to the many changes and workarounds in the game that have caused Maple and Sally to rethink their strategic approach to completing quests. As the two progress, it also provides more information to Maple regarding aspects of the game she will need to look out for.
Maple and Sally’s main opponent in this episode is an ice bird designed to be a cheap, unbeatable troll boss. But whereas there are one or two moves that made previous bosses difficult, the ice bird was intended on having a whole laundry list of cheap tricks the game developers added in to bar off most players for clearing the boss. On top of this, the nerfs they keep adding to Maple’s skills make it harder for her to pull in a clutch victory out of most of her encounters alone. With this in mind, it’s neat to see scenes from the admin’s point-of-view since you don’t often get cutaways where they are directly reacting and responding to events within the game.
In spite of the many obstacles interfering with Maple’s abilities, the show still maintains a charming yet clever tone to it by having her and Sally work together to concoct new skill combinations to take on enemies as the ideal companions. After Maple unintentionally uses the older warrior group as guinea pigs to test the waters of the troll boss, the two are able to pull off a victory by sheer luck after Maple was 1HP point away from defeat. But from the ashes of the ice bird are two eggs that hatch into familiars for Maple and Sally. These pocket monsters are particularly adorable because they mirror the duo through both their close bond with each other and their respective traits as a defensive turtle and a swift fox. Maple even gives hers a cute matching name by calling her turtle “Syrup”.
But with new advancements come new obstacles. Since the admins are openly wary of Maple’s prowess with the game, it’ll be easy to see a situation where they would continue to target her for any future nerfs they plan for game balance. On top of these balance concerns, the foreshadowing of PvP elements where players are sniped for their rewards turned out to bite Maple on the behind when a samurai named Kasumi (Hayami Saori) got the idea of trying to beat her in a fight to steal her gold. Episode 04 gave us a better glimpse at the difficulty that Maple faces when she has to fight and keep her nerfs in mind, but it’ll be interesting to see how she handles strife between rival players in PvP and how Syrup will play a role in future fights.