Thoughts on Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. Volume 1

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. is a light novel series written by Yuumikan and illustrated by Koin. It focuses on a girl who starts playing an MMO, and puts all her stat points into vitality. This series also has anime and manga adaptations.
The light novel series has been licensed for an English release by Yen Press.
This first volume contains ten chapters, plus one bonus story.

Bofuri I Don't Want to Get Hurt, So I'll Max Out My Defense. Volume 1

Front cover of the first volume of Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense., featuring Maple

Though she  doesn’t play many MMOs, Maple has either a natural talent or impossibly good luck, because by pouring every last stat point she has into Vitality, she’s created a character who can’t be hurt! Whether it’s physical attacks or magic or status effects, nothing poses a real threat. In no time at all, news spreads across the server about the adorable terror who can’t be defeated. While Maple may just be having fun, her broken build is sure to attract lots of unwanted attention…

This light novel’s premise is centred on the “boring invincible hero” trope, though I would argue that Maple is far from boring. Admittedly, there are plenty of people out there who won’t get much joy out of the overpowered main character easily swatting aside enemies.
That’s the thing, though; this is a light novel about a girl playing a video game. I’ve definitely spent some time grinding in various RPGs to achieve some truly broken builds, and that was fun for me.
That’s something that I think is worth remembering about Bofuri: it is not something that should be taken seriously. It’s just about people playing a game.

Plus, Maple just randomly stumbling into all these overpowered skills whilst she is new to the game is genuinely hilarious. The first episode of the anime adaptation genuinely had me in stitches, and I can see that it did a superb job of adapting the light novel now I’ve read it.
I also particularly enjoy the way in which readers bare witness to Maple gaining these skills. Every ability she pulls out in later fights are ones that we’ve actually seen her pick up.

Maple herself is a fun character. Her lack of knowledge about MMOs contributes greatly to her max Vitality build, and things just working out for her because she expects them to does amuse me a great deal. I doubt many players would considering eating an enemy…

This first volume is our introduction to Maple, just as much as it is Maple’s introduction to VRMMO game she is playing: NewWorld Online. The way she stumbles through her earlier levels are certainly a sight to behold.
We are also introduced to Maple’s good friend, Sally, in this volume. It takes a little while before she joins Maple in NewWorld Online, but it is definitely worth the wait. Maple and Sally make an excellent pair, with their skills complementing each other.

So whilst there may not be much in the way of tension here, Bofuri is certainly a lot of fun. Probably best to think of it as a comedy first and foremost; I’m sure Maple will face greater challenges later on, but that’s for future volumes.
A patch for NewWorld Online serves as pretty good evidence that this is comedy first and foremost. Changes made to a game due to a single player is pretty amusing.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. is a super fun read. If you enjoy characters exploiting game mechanics, unknowingly or otherwise, then this something that I can easily recommend picking up.

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