「防御特化と強化.」 (Bougyo Tokka to Kyouka.)
“Defense and Upgrades”
This episode of Bofuri gives us a little more time with May and Yui as they become more adjusted to fighting monsters in the Maple Tree guild. But while the guild stuff is relatively standard isekai fare, it’s the side missions that Maple has to contend with that bring into perspective what made the show interesting to follow.
To elaborate, much of the beginning was the show getting all too cozy with the isekai trappings that it had quickly embraced. The inclusion of guilds and groups of characters outside of Maple made it so that they could focus on scenes comprised of warriors duking it out with monsters.
Much of it is empty action, but it was cute to see how much Kuromu bonded with Syrup throughout the segment. While the Maple and Syrup duo is adorable to see, there’s something about a tough dude and a small turtle fighting together that’s always precious to watch. It was also pretty funny to see how she handled gaining the ability to grow sheep’s wool from herself as Kasumi looked in dismay at her decision to poison the wool around her.
One shining moment in the episode is Maple’s growing list of side quests she has to do with an NPC trying to cure her child of an undisclosed illness. A nice perk about having an anime inspired by video games is how they can toy around with our familiarity with gaming concepts like NPCs. Level E had a hilarious nod to NPCs with one arc’s protagonists being greeted by creepy townspeople that have one canned line they keep using ad nauseam.
It doesn’t share the same biting sense of humor with poking fun at its gaming conventions, but it gets close as Maple scratches her head at how many times finishing one side quest only opens up another one. It’s funny to see how exasperated and disinterested she starts to get as she accepts one quest after another out of guilt for having come so far to help the mother not to continue accepting quests from her.
Although she ends up getting another game-breaking skill by turning into Crimvael and summoning a protective barrier at the cost of a small chunk of health, it might end up causing more problems for her as her guild gains more notoriety. With the guild event coming up, more teams are starting to get more aggressive about the idea of learning about the strengths and weaknesses of the Maple Tree guild from the inside out. I haven’t been the most receptive to the guild activity given how much it resembles other isekai anime, but it should be neat to see how they are able to safeguard against more skilled enemies who are highly antagonistic of the group.