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Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. Light Novel Volume One Cover

Here we are again Den Lurkers, the first review in a couple of weeks, and what better way to start a review with our first Light Novel Review!

Bofuri I Don’t Want To Get Hurt So I’ll Max Out My Defense follows a young High Schooler named Kaede Honjou who didn’t have much interest in Video Games, let alone Virtual Reality games but one day her friend Risa Shiramine invites her to try out the VRMMO NewWorld Online, Kaede finds herself hooked on the Video Game! She decides to call herself “Maple” and puts all of her skill points into Defense, making her one of the most Powerful Players in the game.

It is written by Yuumikan and illustrated by Koin, this first volume collects the first ten chapters of the Web Novel Series with a special chapter included. What makes this series special is that it was made for fans of Video Games, plus to add to that idea was that unlike other stories before it this plays into how silly and ridiculous her Character Build is.

Through sheer luck and ignorance, she succeeds, that isn’t a bad thing. Maple is a wholesome protagonist and that is such a welcoming feeling these days when most of the protagonists in this genre turn out to have a Mega Perverted or condescending attitude.


While it might turn off some readers to read a story about an overpowered protagonist, the writer offers the reader new elements to keep readers surprised and intrigued. Also, one of my favorite things about this had to have been the way the story was told, Yuumikan introduces a storytelling device that tells the story through excerpts from an online messaging board. A fantastic way that makes the world of Bofuri and the fictional NewWorld Online feel real and lived in. 

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Koin’s Illustrations are also another thing to enjoy, they give the reader something to look forward to in the chapter and show how incredibly adorable Maple and her friends are. This novel took me by surprise, I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading a Light Novel, I discovered this series when the anime adaption aired last year on Funimation and was immediately hooked on how wholesome it was. If you’re a fan of Fantasy and Isekai then I recommend this story to you, the first volume recently went on sale, and the Manga version is on sale now.

Thanks, Yen Press for the opportunity to review this Light Novel.


Final Grade:

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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