Though these anime are different in many ways, they are also very similar:
- Both anime take place in a medieval setting in essentially a different world.
- While one MC gets reincarnated in another world and the other one just enters through a game, both MCs start out as a very innocent and naive character who quickly becomes powerful.
- Both MCs got their OP defenses by not wanted to feel pain and gain additional resistances and attacks through experiences with their enemies.
- The MC gains new skills by devouring their enemies.
- Rather powerless MC becomes extremely strong.
- Both MC become leaders (Rimuru of a town and the creatures in it, Maple of a guid, although there is an obvious difference in their leadership skills)
- Also isekai! Though in the second one it's a virtual world
- Both MCs have either a lot of fans or a lot of followers
Both are animes where they start off with the MC's getting OP without really noticing it.
They have the same wave length in terms of comedy and overall feels ig?
Both feel chill but have good action at the same time and the story line doesnt feel left out either in both of these animes.
If you loved Slime give this one a try for sure.
-It has the same "positive" atmosphere of conquering a new world.
-Maple is really likeable and over powered due to her not understanding how the game works and her insane luck (and defense).
-They even have similar abilities, Devour.
-I pick this one over Shield hero because shield hero is more of a "serious" Anime compared to Slime and Bofuri, but Shield Hero is a must watch also.
Just make sure you skip the intro it basically spoils everything that happens in the Anime and it's baffling...
Both shows are about characters gaining overpowered magic skills. Both shows don't take themselves too seriously and are funny.
BOFURI is about a girl who is really good at a video game because she put all her skill points into defense and it happened to be a good strategy. The story covers the impact she makes in the game because of her power.
I think the Slime anime has more enjoyable characters and better world-building.
Similar mechanics, an isekai/fantasy theme, fun characters with the main character gaining more overpowered abilities in similar ways. Bofuri had characters that were more enjoyable, but Slime has much more plot and world development.
Both MC (Maple and Rimuru):
Started very weak and slowly gain their power via eating.
Both have the ability to take little to no damage.
Both become so ridiculously overpowered that they are almost unbeatable.
-Both animes are about a character who seems weak, but turned out to be extremely OP and everyone are shocked
-Both animes are about the main character going into a VR MMORPG game, all characters are loli
-Both animes give out same vibes, very relaxing, light-hearted, and fun to watch
-Gains new powers every time they beat a character
-Builds a community from scratch
Both are lighthearted anime with a a cute girl as the main character
Both have RPG style elements
both are overpowered one thanks to an overpowered bear suit and her knowledge from playing VRMMOs and the other thank to her character build and her day to day equipment a black armor with red ascents
difference Bofuri is a true VRMMO although most of the series is spent in the game world making it like and Isekai and the other is an isekai with the main character being iskeai somehow to a world with an extremely overpowered game equipment and UI also Kuma Kuma kuma bear is slightly darker than bofuri  read more
Both these shows are moe isekai anime. Although Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is more slice of life and moe than Max Out My Defense, which is more action focused. But they're both very light-hearted most of the time and have some yuri vibes to add to it.
-in both the protagonist starts in a VRMMO game
-in both the protagonist is always getting more and more powerful, even without wanting to
-both have a history full of magic, adventure and unexpected scenes
Although both female protagonists are kind of an airhead in the fantasy world they reside in, they become super strong and gain lots of respect by those around them due to their actions and become quite famous and a target by rivals.
While Bofuri is just a VRMMO anime compared to Slime Taoshite's full-on isekai, both series feature entertaining and charming casts of characters centered on an OP female main character and boast stunning animation during their action sequences (more so in Bofuri's case).
Both have an insanely OP MC.
Both MC don't really know what they are doing and have to slowly learn from the other cast.
Both MC slowly build up relationships.
Slime300 is a bit more wholesome while BOFURI has more fighting/action.
Both are extremely enjoyable with the very wholesome cast.
Set in MMORPG/MMORPG-like world, the main character specializes in shield class with abilities specialized for defense. They keep gaining new skills by fighting and fullfiling hidden requirements. Just be warned that one is moe and the other one is angst.
The clear similarity to mention is that both of the main characters specialise in shields, tanking and support rather than being an overpowered damage character that we generally get plenty of. However, while the MC of Rise of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari) is forced into having a shield with no say in the matter and looked down upon for it, the MC of Bofuri (Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu) willingly chooses a shield and puts all of her skill points into defence, largely because of her unfamiliarity in the game she's playing. While people are initially sceptical of her choices, her friends and peers begin to respect her playstyle because of it's uniqueness and obvious success. So in terms of attitude towards the main character, Shield Hero is more of an underdog story where you're rooting for the least popular hero while most of the world hates him, while Bofuri is very wholesome and filled with support and acceptance.
Another large difference is that Shield Hero takes place in a parallel world and brings people from alternate realities with magic. However, Bofuri is largely set in a VRMMO game, in which the players can freely choose when to log out or leave. Partly because of this, Shield Hero's tone is often more serious than anything in Bofuri, since characters could legitimately get very hurt or injured, which isn't as much of a worry in a VR game. Therefore, if you'd like a show with a more serious Seinen tone, Shield Hero is up your alley. But if you'd like a break from that, Bofuri is a very feel-good series with relatively low stakes, but of course both are very enjoyable series.  read more
Both series feature girls playing VRMMOs with accidentally broken min-maxed characters. They socialize in the game and engage in droup PvP events heavily relying on unconventional tactics, with fun interactions coming ahead of common sense.
both tell the creators ov the VRMMO anime the same thing: this is a game, and a game exists so the player could have fun. while SAO:GGO does have stakes, those stakes are there to power this lesson.
if you think that you can't watch SAO:GGO because you haven't watched SAO, don't worry! this show is so unrelated that it might as well be a standalone anime. just read the description of SAO s1 and you have all the prior knowledge you need. also, unlike SAO, SAO:GGO is good.
Both anime happen in VRMMOs.
Both MCs are relatively new to VRMMO and do not have any idea what to do.
Both MCs become very strong and very popular within the game community.
Both MCs use very unconventional tactics to win their battles.
Both Anime is quite similar, they are all relatively light-hearted. Where they compete in events and make friends along the way. However SAO:GGO has real-life consequences and everyone is extremely competitive while BOFURI is more light-hearted and everyone is relatively friendly with each other.
Both feature cute, overpowered girls in fantasy RPG-like settings. BOFURI takes place inside a video game and Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne is all in reality (reality for the show anyway, it's in a fantasy setting), but they have similar vibes. If you like one, you'll likely enjoy the other!
Both shows have similar protagonists
- Little Girl
Bofuri obviously feels more like a video game, where the stakes are much less severe and the adventures are all in good fun.
Average Abilities takes place in a conventional fantasy setting and as such their lives are on the line.
While the pacing of Bofuri feels natural and calm, Average Abilities feels very sudden.
Both anime feature OP MCs in other worlds of types. In Noukin, the MC is reborn having "average" abilities, making her super powerful. In BOFURI, The MC keeps stumbling upon over-powered skills because of their unpredictable nature. That is one of the biggest differences between them. BOFURI's MC, in the anime, is unpredictable, and in Noukin, the MC is so predictable that everyone knows her single excuse. But don't let Noukin's current low rating steer you away from it, it is an excellent and fairly well thought-out anime, even explaining how magic is scientifically possible (to an extent, not like the writers did a PHD in it).
If you have watched either one of these and thought it was a 7.5 or up, I am sure you will enjoy the other too!  read more
Both of these are moe isekai anime that have more action than you would expect from a moe show. Average Abilities gets surprisingly real and dark at times and Max Out My Defense gets very into the action.
Bofuri is basically SAO if SAO was fun and light-hearted rather than serious and deadly. It's fun and relaxing to watch, and has a lot of cute and kind characters. While SAO makes me hesitant to want to enjoy anything virtual reality (even though the implications are pretty far-fetched and unrealistic), Bofuri makes me wish that deep dive virtual reality MMO's really did exist. Both are good for different reasons and purposes.
I never really managed to get back into SAO, but this series has ignited a new passion in me.
If you enjoyed the lighthearted and wholesome moments of SAO, then this show is it. At first glance, it is just a carbon copy of the widely successful anime, and... it kind of is... but going past that, it's a wonderfully enjoyable series that encapsulates the fun aspect of playing in a VRMMO. The story and characters are endearing, and the light tone is just great for those wanting to sit down, have fun, and relax by watching anime.
They have two different worlds, the real world, and the virtual reality world. The virtual reality world is like a game-based world where you can have skills, weapons, and even level up. I find both of them enjoyable to watch.
Both protagonists dive into a game world and go on adventures. They meet new friends, fight in competitions, and get new skills. They try and balance their real life and game life as they start spending more time in the game world compared to the real world. One is a female protagonist while the other is a male protagonist.
Both using "Gaming" main theme on the series, some elements, stories, time plot, and characters are almost similar each other, especially with the main character of both series. But here's the "slight" differences of both series, if you looking for serious thing-y, watch "Infinite Dendrogram" rather than "BOFURI."
both are VRMMORPG anime that focus on the MC time in game with just a few shots outside the game so they are like Isekai with gaming elements
Both have overpowered MC although Ray (infinite dendrogram)is an average player compared to Maple but he defeated two powerful bosses with help got an advanced class in his first week in the game
Differences Infinite Dendrogram is a far darker game/anime as their murder of children NPCs by a nercomancer and the NPCs do not respawn once a NPC is kill like the real world their go going back giving the game world a shocking realism that along with the Tains (NPCs) have complex AI making them almost no different than a master (PC). New World Online the game in Bofuri is the mostly a tradition RPG with respawning monsters, NPCs and boss Monsters although some of these element are in Infinite Dendrogram but the boss monsters are call UBM unique boss monster  read more
- They both come from the real world, and they go in a fantasy world (Isekai)
- The main characters are both very powerful
- The universes take place in a "game"
- The main characters come from a guild
- Fantasy anime
Both series contain a premise in a game world - in the case of "Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu" it is the matter of a VR world that the users can log out of whereas "Log Horizon" sets the premise that the game world users are in are locked inside. They have similar premise but the premise isn't exactly the same - as mentioned above. The character palette is also noticeably different between each series - in the case of "Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu" the main character is a female that uses a shield and defensive prowess to overpowers enemies and mobs whereas in "Log Horizon" the main character is a male that is generally a seasoned veteran at alchemy or wizard.  read more
Both anime have a similar comedic premise.
> Cautious Hero - the mc needs to overprepared and fights over-the-top against his enemies to ensure that he will 100% win and that there's no chance he will lose
> Bofuri - the mc maxes out her defense to ensure that she doesn't get hurt because she doesn't like getting hurt/feeling pain
Basically, both have a premise that revolves around over-preparedness in a sense.
action-comedy type anime
Main character is a girl. where more than one char. is transported to another world(in bofuri as a player) Isekai Genre.
I love how they are overpowered and defend against players/characters. both have more skill than other characters when they are fighting is more thrilling. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? is ongoing but I think they merge with comedy is unique and fun to watch.
how character is careless sometimes but high serious while fighting.
"Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense" is exactly what the title says. A cute girl starts a VRMMORPG with her friend, but she only skills her defense and starts breaking the game.
Everyone that liked the Isekai, Comedy, Action parts in Princess Connect! Re: Dive will probably also enjoy Maple's cute adventure.
Cute high school girls doing cute things. One involves an after school band club and one involves an all powerful immortal god being in a incomprehensibly unbalanced video game but they give off a similar vibe.
If you like one you will probably like the other.
Both of them have no plots at all. They have good memes and cute characters but that's all. Both of the series are full of nonsenses and characters can do whatever they want. They both have OP female main protagonists that can do anything and make the others seem useless.
- W H O L E S O M E
- pure, precious MC. Everyone loves her. A lil dense. Just like bakarina
- hilarious, and you're rooting for the MC like every other character in the show
- no romance or isekai, but set in a fantasy rpg game world! Has a lot of fun elements of being in a virtual fantasy world, and also deals with magic
Both are comedic fantasy anime that follow overpowered female protagonists who are feared by most who know them, and have a party of capable supporters. The main difference is that Slayers is set in an actual fantasy world, whereas Bofuri is set within an MMO.
both are isekai although Bofuri a VRMMORPG but most of the story take place in game so it almost like a true isekai
both have overpowered mc that keep getting overpowered and are to oblivious to really notes maple (Bofuri) by putting every start stat point into vitality (defense along with become a great shielder class that boost vitality) along with her unorthodox play style like letting a cute bunny monster attack for an hour without striking back or falling asleep in a monster filled woods (this is slightly different in the print version) or try to solo a boss at very low level and winning thank to her skill and vitality. Touya (Smartphone) is also overpowered because he didn't yell at god for striking him accidentally with a lightning bolt and reward him by isekai him to a fantasy world with lizardmen, fireball the works with a boost to his stamina, strength and memory plus making him able to use all seven forms of magic
both have party/guild members they adventure with Bofuri a school friend and online people the adorable maple has befriended and Smartphone is a harem anime and all the member are future wives possible.  read more
both are shows slices of life about cute girls doing cute things in a fantasy setting
bofuri is more like an isekai where the girls go into a videogame and has a bit more of action while in endro they live on that world.
both have their fair share of comedy but overall are wholesome colorful and lighthearted shows
Both are light MMO anime that follow a pair friends as they dive into a VRMMO, make new friends to form a guild, and partake in in-game events to gain prestige for their guilds. While Build Divers and Bofuri may seem very different because one is a mecha MMO and the other is fantasy, both of the in-game worlds and communities have similar friendly vibes.