「防御特化と新戦力.」 (Bougyo Tokka to Shin Senryoku.)
“Defense Specialization and New Forces”
In this episode of Bofuri, Maple’s leadership skills are put to the test when she’s asked to build her own guild for the next event. But while she’s able to gather some of her older partners and allies to join her guild, the true challenge for Maple will be shaping her newest recruits, May and Yui, into the same fighting machine she is with the two of them making out their Attack Points.
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited about seeing a car in an anime. Although it was only the first few minutes of the episode, we’re finally back in the real world as we see how Maple’s gaming affects her in reality. She does suffer from being one of those protags who disassociate from reality and start trying to apply video games logic at school. It’s played for laughs, but there is little to no time to let any of her interactions at school sink in, nor are there any neat opportunities for her to network with anyone other than Sally outside of the game.
On the other hand, these networking skills come in handy through the relationships she’s cultivated in the game as her guild grew very quickly. Most of the folks that she’s talked to cordially throughout the past six episodes accepted invitations to her Maple Tree guild. Needless to say that the users impressed and/or friendly with Maple are also overpowered so there shouldn’t be too much conflict or struggle amongst the team.
Where Maple is bound to have trouble, however is through her latest recruits, May and Yui. We saw them a bit earlier in the series, but these two friends are newbies who took a similar path to Maple, except they maxed out their attack stats. Their beginner status allows the show to slack on showing us how they would be able to coast by or face adversity by having nothing but attack maxed out. We just get another Maple/Sally fight while they wait it out in the back and shadow the pair. It is a bit disappointing since the only general impression we have of their abilities is them accidentally smashing a table upon bumping their heads on the surface. It would’ve been funnier to see them accidentally pull a Saitama and one-shot a boss with their combined attack-only abilities. Something a little more hands-on than coasting back or not getting practice at all with smaller monsters. It might’ve been to do some EXP Share kinda transfer to help boost their vitality, but they didn’t receive a level up screen. The next episode should have some scenes where they get more combat experience, but it was a letdown that we didn’t get any kind of mentorship from either of the two protagonists this time around.