「防御特化と第三回イベント.」 (Bougyo Tokka to Daisankai Event.)
“Defense and Third Event”
This week’s episode of Bofuri takes a welcome swerve back to showing Maple having to think on her toes to fight some of the most intimidating foes she’s had to face yet. Unlike some of the more recent episodes, this one was a nice reminder of what made the first couple episodes a hilarious spin on the genre.
The first fight she faces against the Predator boss enemy had some of the funniest imagery the show has given us so far. The intimidating, carnivorous skeleton beast she has to fight is juxtaposed with Maple’s chibi face as she pops her head out from the wool encasing she’s protected under while Syrup spews a fire beam at him. It also marks another instance where she ends up resorting to eating a monster, but I admire how they use some of Maple’s funnier quirks in moderation.
This is especially important as she starts to gain new powers and new jokes pop up with how she utilizes each ability. Every time Maple used the Predator’s ability, Maple’s voice is distorted into a much huskier version of her own voice, making all the more hilarious when she gets started in her Predator form. This is jumping ahead, but the same humor comes near the tail end of the episode when she has to face off against the corrupted king of a mechanized city by gaining a ridiculous form with jetpacks and guns aplenty. I tend to be unamazed with some of the Bofuri episodes in the midsection of the series, but this was a welcome change of pace where we got to see more of Maple herself interacting with the world around her and fighting boss battles against characters with their own personalities.