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Maple Story (メイプルストーリー Meipuru Sutōrī) is an anime based on the video game franchise by the same name.

It follows the adventure of a boy named Al, and his monster friends Nina (magic-user), Gallus (stone golem), and Barrow (a Master Archer). The story revolves around a legendary tree whose seeds have fallen in a battle years ago, causing a division between monsters and humans.

This anime provides examples of:

  • The Anime of the Game: Although subject to a great deal of creative license, as in, the story is completely different.
  • Brick Joke: Al steps in bunny feces in two different episodes, both when with Nina and talking about becoming a hero.
  • Call to Adventure: Happens as late as the tenth episode. Before that, he was training to fit in with the monsters, but didn't actually receive any sort of specific quest.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When we first meet her, Nina doesn't really care about anyone, including her pet pig, much less her villagers. She slowly warms up, becoming Tsundere instead.
  • Disappeared Dad: Grande, Al's father. Much of the early story consists of flashbacks to his deeds.
  • Dreadful Musician: Al. His music with a violin actually causes the animal monsters to cringe.
  • For Your Own Good: Nina uses this as an excuse frequently. Usually, the reason is actually because she's bored and wanted to play a prank. Al believes this, and uses it to help his training.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In MapleStory Al would've been banned as a hacker or something, because he is dual-classed between warrior and ranger for awhile. To say nothing of Nina...
  • In Name Only: There are very few similarities between this and the actual game. Including the fact that the thief class seems to be absent for much of the early story.
  • Just the Way You Are: When Nina gets her soul snatched, rather than become unconscious (as normally is the case) she becomes an Extreme Doormat. Al likes her better before, as a rude, selfish witch who constantly plays tricks on him.