Anime Series Like Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense

After receiving an invitation form a friend, Kaede Honjou starts playing the VRMMO game New World Online as a character named Maple. However, in her desire to not get hurt, she puts all her stats in Vitality. This makes her move very slowly, unable to use magic, and get attacked by even the smallest creatures. However, it does allow her impenetrable defense and grants her a one-hit counter skill. And so, her adventures begin.

Definitely not a show for everyone, but a nice wholesome twist on the traditionally more action and drama packed MMO Isekai genre. If you are looking for more cute isekai shows like Bofuri, then head on down below.




For Fans of VRMMOROPGs

Sword Art Online

With the aid of NerveGear technology, video game players can now experience their playable worlds like never before – in virtual reality. For Kazuto Kirigaya, his game of choice is Sword Art Online. After beta testing the game, he logs into the launch and finds himself, as well as ten thousand other players, trapped in the game world.

The original VRMMO anime. Of course if the setting of Bofuri and some of the characters intrigue you, this is your natural best bet. Yet, as the series goes on, you will find it becomes significantly less similar.



Log Horizon

Like in Sword Art Online, Log Horizon starts off with thirty thousand Japanese players of the popular Elder Tale game being unable to log out of the game with the latest update. The story focuses on the socially awkward college student Shiroe, a master strategist in-game, and his friends as they try to navigate their new reality.

Whereas Bofuri is about the adventures of a mega-tank, Log Horizon is about the adventures of a supreme strategist and mage. As such, it is more clever, dialogue heavy, and focuses on specifics of the game rather than the cuteness of the characters.



Infinite Dendrogram

Infinite Dendrogram is the world’s first successful full-dive VRMMO. It can replicate the five senses and provides infinite possibilities. College freshman Reiji has just started playing with his brother Shuu and is ready to set off on adventure.

If you take out the defensive focus that gives Bofuri its unique plot, you would have Infinite Dendrogram. It is a pretty general VRMMO show that has all the action it needs to have and all your standard characters. If you like the sub-genre though, you’ll likely like this.

For Fans of Defensive Fighters

The Rising of the Shield Hero

The stories tell of four heroes summoned from another world – the sword, spear, bow, and shield heroes who will prevent calamity. With darkness bearing down on them, the Kingdom of Melromarc summons these heroes from modern day Japan. For otaku Naofumi Iwatani, unfortunately he is labeled the shield hero, the weakest of the group. Worse yet, betrayal sees him labeled as a criminal and outcasted. With hatred and vengeance consuming him, he sets forth to grow strong.

If you are intrigued by the defensive shtick in Bofuri, but want something more action and dram oriented, The Rising of the Shield Hero is your best choice. He has virtually no offensive abilities and uses his companions as his offense, much like Maple does.



Tower of Druaga

Every few years when the sky-god Anu extends his protection, the monsters in the Tower of Druaga weaken and adventurers go forth for fame and fortune, trying to reach the top. Like many adventurers, Jil is young and ready to make the push towards the top. While inexperienced in the Tower, his combat skills have the promise for him to go the distance.

While Tower of Druaga is not isekai and is more action-oriented, it is a series about a main character that plays the tank role. They are not quite so ridiculous as Maple, but their abilities are defensive.



That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

After a run in with a robber, the 37-year-old Satoru is suddenly killed. However, he finds himself able to reincarnate into a fantasy world as a slime named Rimuru Tempest. This allows him a fresh new life of adventure while being surrounded by a number of other unique beings.

While both series subvert the expectations of their genre in their own ways, Slime is more traditional in its genre than Bofuri is. However, the real similarities is that both main characters have very strong defensive abilities due to them not wanting to get hurt. Furthermore, those abilities evolve with enemy encounters.

For Fans of Wholesome Isekai

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Motosu Urano loves books. She recently got her librarian certification and was about to enter her dream job when an earthquake caused her to be crushed by her collection of books. She is reincarnated into a new world as the five year old daughter of a soldier. Unfortunately, in this world, books are reserved for the elite nobility. What do you do when you station does not afford you access to books? Make your own.

Perhaps it is now becoming a new evolution in isekai to have the isekai series be about things other than fighting in a new world. Bookworm and Bofuri are both a bit like that. They focus on entertaining you in cuter ways rather than throwing some action at you.



Do You Like Your Mother?

After finishing a random survey, Masato becomes involved in a government scheme that transports him inside of a game. Excited to begin his new life as an adventurer, he is thoroughly disappointed when his mother Mamako ends up being there as well. Eventually giving in to her companionship, they start their journey.

In both series, there is some action, but it hardly is the focus. Do You like Your Mom has flashy action that is also over in a flash. Instead, like Bofuri entertains you with its cute main character, Do You like Your Mother entertains you with its wholesome mom.



Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?

Because of her exceptional abilities, Misato Kurihara never got to live a normal life. However, after her sudden death, she is offered reincarnation and one wish. Her wish is to have average abilities so that she can live an average life. Unfortunately, reincarnated as a noble’s daughter, she still has impressive magic ability. Determined to still have her normal life, she flees to a far away hunter school and attempts to hide her abilities.

Both of these isekai series differ from the standard use of the trope by being much about doing nothing. There isn’t ten tons of action, but instead they are designed to be cute and funny to entertain you instead. The general lack of action in an isekai makes both of these shows not for everyone, but definitely for those that enjoy the other.

Do you have more anime recommendations like Bofuri? Let fans know in the comments section below.


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