「防御特化と強敵.」 (Bougyo Tokka to Kyouteki.)
“Defense and Mighty Foe”
The latest episode of Bofuri poses a series of threats in Maple’s path the likes of which she hadn’t faced up until now. As her fight with the Flame Knights comes to a close, the Order of the Holy Sword ambushes Maple Tree to act as the most lethal opponent they’ve fought.
It’s hard to gauge who would possibly be the underdog in the fight between Maple and Mii as the two are relatively equal in strength. Mii has enough resources and abilities under her tool belt to give Maple a headache as her plethora of piercing strikes and flame abilities come close to draining a majority of Maple’s health.
It took Maple’s Machine God ability to be able to pull through in the end, but Mii fought til the bitter end to try to end Maple’s streak with her life-draining attacks and self-destruct moves. They might not have had to get trapped in the Afterlife Spectator Room, but Mii’s ego was bruised enough to make Maple a bitter rival she has to face once again.
But the real kicker is when the Maple Tree compound is ambushed by the Order of the Holy Sword. They were already racing to get the event completed since orbs are scarce, but stakes were raised exponentially high when the very first attack from their leader Payne cut through Maple’s defenses.
The big cliffhanger of the episode shows more of his attacks taking massive chunks of her HP away, making it one of the first moments in the show where we end on more of a nail biter. It’ll be interesting to see if Maple ends up braving the last devastating swipe or if Maple Tree will have to find a way to move forward without Maple’s defense skills.