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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: Nina, again. Although, see above.
  • Look Behind You: Anji uses this when cornered. Everyone falls for it.
  • Luminescent Blush: Gallus, of all folk. He gets complimented by Nina (who isn't herself).
  • Mayor of a Ghost Town: Nina is the village chief, because her magic is most powerful of the creatures living there. There's about ten creatures living there: a snake, a animate clock, and a few jesters.
  • Meaningful Name: Grande, Al's father. His name means "great" and he was a legendary hero of the past.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Nina says this to Anji, in regards to Al (and being pranked).
  • The Red Mage: Nina. She can use both fire and ice magic, which are two different disciplines in-game. Knowing her, she can probably also use healing, but her personality in a bit off.
  • The Reveal: Al, in episode four.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: An "alarm clock" Al has that gives no alarm, instead relying on refraction to beam light directly into his eyes when the sun rises.
  • Tsundere: Nina, at certain times. She gradually goes from almost a Sugar-and-Ice Personality to this, and keeps getting warmer toward Al.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Al uses a training sword for quite awhile.
  • Your Soul is Mine!:
    • Nina gets a ghost pass right through her.
    • Al gets it too, in the same episode.


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