Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Just look at this title: BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense. One glance and you’ll know what to expect—an RPG-themed comedy anime!
BOFURI is a fun-filled show set in the online gaming world. It follows Maple, a newbie online gamer who decides to allocate all of her status points on defense. It may seem like an outlandish idea, except for the fact that it will ultimately lead to Maple possessing an overpowered avatar with limit-breaking defense.
I love how BOFURI is high-key a jovial anime of the game genre and low-key a true-to-life RPG. It might be close to impossible to have a ridiculously overpowered avatar in any fair MMORPG in real life, but the fun of simply playing one is well explored and delivered in this show. It’s basically how this anime charmed me completely.
If you’ve been completely charmed by BOFURI, then there’s no reason for you not to enjoy the following anime recommendations. I mean, they’re all pretty similar to this one, so catch them while you can.
Anime Similar to ‘BOFURI: I Don’t Want To Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense’
- Hataage! Kemono Michi (Rise Up)
- Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!)
- Shinchou Yuusha (Cautious Hero)
- Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
- Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
1. Hataage! Kemono Michi (Rise Up)
The anime multi-verse amuses me to no end. I’ve seen a lot of RPG-themed shows and isekai series, but I find Hataage! Kemono Michi astonishing similar to how crowds go wild when a WWE wrestler suddenly pulls a steel chair from under the rug. This anime is pure wrestling fun and entertainment—in another world that is!
Genzou “Animal Mask” Shimada from Hataage! Kemono Michi is seriously overpowered for a wrestler! Don’t ask me how or why, but few humans, monsters, and demons hold a candle to him. He is tasked with defeating the demon lord. But most importantly, Animal Mask is out to take care of all the beasts in the world.
Hataage! Kemono Michi may not be the best in its department, but it’s actually zestily entertaining. After all, it did tickle my funny bone occasionally. Frankly speaking, I find its concept quite unique. Gag shows such as this are truly god-sent in a world riddled with discontent and lethargy.
2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!)
If Maple from BOFURI has dumbfounding defense, then Kazuma from KonoSuba has mind-boggling luck! That’s right, Kazuma is your man when it comes to dumb luck and happy accidents—emphasis on dumb and accidents!
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Kazuma surely didn’t expect to die a laughable death. Even more so, he didn’t expect to meet a ditzy goddess and be revived in another world. Well, what is done is done. His new adventures (or rather misadventures) begin now!
Seeing that KonoSuba is the funniest isekai anime in recent history, I implore you to watch it! Nothing about it is serious; it’s existence is akin to a jester that keeps on giving. It finds every opportunity to crack jokes and deliver humor. I recommend this show with every fiber of my being.
3. Shinchou Yuusha (Cautious Hero)
Who needs overwhelming defense when you could just be as cautious as Seiya from Shinchou Yuusha? It’s true, Seiya’s cautiousness is the real deal!
We’ve all heard about super strong heroes, invulnerable characters, overpowered fellas, but have you heard about Seiya? He’s cautious beyond all reason! Sure, it’s pretty inconvenient to be as cautious as him, but Seiya manages to succeed at almost everything because of his vigilant nature. They say preparation is half the battle, but Seiya proves that over-preparing almost always wins you the battle!
What I like about Shinchou Yuusha is that it’s pleasingly compact. It exceeded all my expectations despite having only 12 episodes and appearing as if its just like any other average isekai anime. Mind you, Shinchou Yuusha is really hilarious. It’s also well-staged and well-nuanced. Come on, drop all your doubts and give this show a try!
4. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari translates to The Rising of the Shield Hero. Seeing that the word “shield” is in the title, I can’t help but be reminded of BOFURI’s own title, which has the word “defense” in it.
Unlike BOFURI, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is not a comedy anime. It has its own flair of silly and cutesy moments, but its themes are rather quite serious and mature. It’s grand how this show’s narrative is highly original and in a class by itself. It’s even interestingly political in more ways than one. This anime is an electrifying watch from beginning to end.
Now, let’s go back to the “shield” and “defense” part. The protagonist of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari has a shield as his main armament. Having said that, it’s a given that his defense is off the charts. I like the fact that Naofumi’s shield isn’t just an ordinary shield; it has facets that really surprises and shocks. If you want to learn more, then go see this show asap.
5. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
Do you think slimes are the weakest monsters in RPGs? Well, with the advent of Rimuru in another world via reincarnation, the notion that slimes are weak is void!
Rimuru from Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken is actually a 37-years-old man who died an abrupt death in his own world only to be reincarnated as a slime in some RPG-like fantasy world. Lucky for him, he’s seriously overpowered as a slime!
Just like BOFURI, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken is a super fun adventure! For some reason, it’s very easy to watch despite playing like a mainstream shounen anime. I actually find this anime’s world-building phenomenal. It lures you in as if trying to absorb you just like how Rimuru himself would delightfully assimilate things into his jelly-like slime body.