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BOFURI Season 2 release date: Sequel confirmed! When will BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense S2 come out?

Key art for BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense
The BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 anime will take Maple to the next level; literally! Pic credit: Silver Link

The BOFURI Season 2 anime will have Maple (Kaede Honjo) and Sally (Risa Shiramine) taking on large-scale monsters, game bugs, and new friendships.

The second season has already been confirmed to be in production, but how long will it take for BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 to come out?

The anime adaptation is being produced by animation studio Silver Link. The company is best known for anime like Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, Wise Man’s Grandchild, Masamune-kun no Revenge, Death March To The Parallel World Rhapsody, Strike The Blood, and Strike Witches.

Directors Shin Oonuma and Mirai Minato are helming the project. Character designer Kazuya Hirata is serving as chief animation director, while Koin is credited for the original character design. Writer Fumihiko Shimo (best known for the Clannad anime) is providing the series composition.

The BOFURI Season 2 opening (OP) music theme song and ending (ED) have not yet been announced yet. The first season featured the OP “Kyukyoku Unbalance” as performed by Afilia Saga, and the ED “Play The World” as performed by Riko Sasaki.

New episodes are available on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The BOFURI English dub is streaming on FUNimation. The finale, BOFURI Episode 12, aired on March 25, 2020.

BOFURI Season 2 Anime Announcement
The BOFURI Season 2 anime was announced at the ending of Episode 12. Pic credit: Silver Link

In the past, Kadokawa has been pretty quick to renew an anime series if it’s popular enough. The Japanese publisher has vowed to release at least one new isekai anime per season since such anime series have provided a good percentage of their revenue.

While technically not an isekai, BOFURI could be popular enough that Maple and Sally find themselves featured in Isekai Quartet Season 3, which has already featured cameos by Cautious Hero’s Seiya and Ristarte.

  • Updated October 19, 2020: Added BOFURI Volume 11 release date and cover art.
  • Updated October 12, 2020: BOFURI English translation of light novels confirmed by Yen Press.
  • Updated July 14, 2020: Revised predictions based on Silver Link’s schedule.
  • Updated March 25, 2020: BOFURI Season 2 anime production confirmed!

This article provides everything that is known about BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 (Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

BOFURI manga, light novel series compared to the anime

The story for the anime series is based on the Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu light novel series by writer Yuumikan and illustrator Koin. The long title is officially translated by FUNimation as BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, but the title is also sometimes translated into English as I Hate Getting Hurt, So I Put All My Skill Points Into Defense.

Fans jokingly refer to the series as Shield Hero Online, Maple’s Story, or Shield Heroine. So, it’s not too surprising that a collaboration event with The Rising Of The Shield Hero anime series will be held on the BOFURI game on smartphones.

The official website states that the series has sold over 700,000 copies as of December 6, 2019. The light novel series published by Kadokawa is itself based on the BOFURI web novel that began being written in 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shosetsuka ni Naro.

As of August 7, 2020, the BOFURI light novel adaptation was up to Volume 10. BOFURI Volume 11 is scheduled to release on January 9, 2021. Based on history, BOFURI Volume 12 is likely to release in March/April 2021, Volume 13 in September/August 2021, and so on.

BOFURI I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense Volume 11
The special edition cover art for BOFURI Volume 11. Pic credit: Koin

Starting in May 2018, illustrator Jiro Oimoto began adapting the story into the BOFURI manga series. Serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Comp Ace magazine, the BOFURI manga will be up to Volume 3 as of February 22, 2020.

In October 2020, an official English translation of the BOFURI light novels was announced by Yen Press. The first volume is scheduled to release in March 2021.

Unfortunately, an English manga translation has not yet been announced by a North American publisher. However, there are unofficial fan translations of the web novel and the manga, but not the light novels.

BOFURI I Don't Want to Get Hurt so I'll Max Out My Defense Light Novel vs Manga Art Comparison
The BOFURI light novels and manga have their own distinct art style and character designs in comparison to the anime. Pic credit: Koin, Jiro Oimoto

Have you ever played an MMO where boss rooms are just randomly strewn across the map with hordes of protective minions nowhere in sight? No? Then maybe you understand why some light novel and manga readers are criticizing the anime.

Maple may move slower than a turtle, but the anime adaptation is zipping through the light novels and manga at an Arifureta-like pace (see our article on the Arifureta Season 2 anime, which has been confirmed). While the characterization in BOFURI’s story still feels right, the problem is that in later episodes dungeons are no longer dungeons anymore.

Exploration has pretty much gone out the window in favor of highlighting major moments like boss battles. Normal enemies like goblins (manga Chapter 9), angry yeti, birds, and clone battles (manga Chapter 13) are skipped entirely.

This is pretty odd since Maple and Sally are able to casually search for gold coins without having to fight creature mobs or other groups of suspicious players during their mountain climb. Instead of being an active world, the second event, the treasure hunt, almost feels empty… Maple literally has to stumble into a hidden hole in the middle of a grassy field rather than by following enemies to find a staircase hidden by mirage magic.

Not only do the dungeons no longer make sense in MMO terms, but even the quest for the Super Speed skill was rendered nonsensical. Originally, to gain the speed skill, Sally completed a time attack challenge on her own in order to surprise Maple, but in the anime, this quest’s goal was combined with Sally’s fear of ghosts (manga Chapter 10). But how does receiving a speed-based skill connect to healing a man in a basement?

Plus, the anime skipped a side story (manga Chapter 8) that Maple undertook with Iz the blacksmith to gather materials needed for the Snow White shield. The dessert-eating scene was included, but not how the girls decided to spend all their money eating sweets since it’s impossible to get fat in an MMO.

In later episodes, the boss fights against the giant squid, Predator and Machine God was shortened and the fight against evil Sally and evil Maple was skipped. Some events were reordered in order to keep the story flow going.

The quests by the Maple Tree guild members to gain necessary skills before the guild war fourth event were quickly summarized. Many other moments were limited to still screenshots as part of a montage sequence.

BOFURI Maple Sally Stats
The BOFURI manga spends a lot of time discussing the stats and MMO game mechanics, but not nearly as much as the light novel series or web novel. Pic credit: Jiro Oimoto

Besides the skipped content, earlier chapters were adapted in full minus the MMO explanation about min-maxing. In fact, pretty much all the lengthy dialogue about MMO stats, items, and game design mechanics has been minimalized in the anime’s script. That means anime-only audiences won’t understand exactly how Maple is breaking the game and why the game devs are pretty much: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

For example, the Machine God ability sacrifices the character’s current equipment in exchange for extremely strong mecha armaments. Normally, this skill would be considered a last resort since this skill would destroy a player’s armor, but Maple’s armor set is a super rare item negates that drawback by auto repairing. Plus, on top of that, every time she uses Machine God her armor comes back stronger due to its Destruction Growth ability, thus making Machine God stupidly OP.

Similarly, the anime didn’t explain why Maple needed new armor for her Angel form. It’s not just color coordination, Maple needed an HP increase provided by the new armor since the Angel form sacrifices HP in order to provide the area of effect (AoE) ability protecting her guild members.

Still, the anime does get across the point that Maple is a walking absurdity in this game world. At the ending of each episode, the anime hints that Maple is generating buzz on bulletin boards and chat rooms. (In Episode 8, some poor rando laments being zapped to death Kazuma-style by a stray energy beam from Maple’s Machine God fight.)

The manga and light novels show these discussions in more detail, including how top players in New World Online have come to adore her clueless yet moe savagery. Even the game developer admins are regularly talking about Maple breaking the game, but this is only shown briefly in the anime.

BOFURI Anime Machine God Maple Mech
In the manga and light novels, it’s explained why Maple’s Machine God is the ultimate trump card, but in the anime, we just know she looks awesome going pew-pew with OP mecha lasers (technically, she started with bullets and missiles in the books, but that’s nitpicking at this point). Pic credit: Studio Nexus

On the positive side, studio Silver Link beautifully animated those boss battles. When CGI is used during action scenes it looks great.

Condensing content is unavoidable when adapting a light novel series into an anime so arguably Silver Link has put the focus where it needs to be: character development and letting these cute girls show off their personalities with unconventional gaming.

It’s also pretty obvious that the anime’s writers were speedrunning through the content in order to reach the best possible stopping point: the guild war event and Maple’s fight against Payne.

Maple may have monstrous skills, but Payne is the number one player and he’s getting buffed by his entire party just to take down Maple. Of course, he didn’t yet know about Maple’s Atrocity ability aka Mapzilla.

BOFURI Anime Characters Twins May Yui
The twins, May and Yui, were introduced way earlier in the anime in comparison to the light novels and web novel. Pic credit: Silver Link (BOFURI Episode 3)

Note: This article was updated after BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Episode 12 aired in Japan.

In the web novel, the fight between Payne and Maple started in Chapter 118. Chapter 122 was when Atrocity Maple “helped” Mii and the Flame Emperors. The next several chapters detailed how multi-Mapzilla stomped all over the guild event. The Maple Tree celebration with the other guilds took place in Chapter 127.

All in all, BOFURI Episode 12 found an ending in the Maple Tree guild battle of light novel Volume 4. That’s good news since this stopping point leaves plenty of light novel source material for the BOFURI Season 2 anime.

The bad news is that the anime adaptation has already surpassed the BOFURI manga series. The ending of BOFURI Episode 4 corresponded to the first half of manga Chapter 13 (the anime skipped the battles against the fake duplicates of Maple and Sally). BOFURI Episode 5 adapted Chapter 14 of Volume 3, which introduced the BOFURI character Kasumi.

Since new BOFURI manga chapters are published monthly it will likely take years before the manga catches up with the story events of the BOFURI Season 2 anime.

Unfortunately, English-only readers wishing to read ahead of the anime will be limited to reading fan translations of the web novel. It’s recommended to start with Chapter 129.

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 release date

As of the last update, Silver Link or any company related to the production of the BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense anime has not officially confirmed the BOFURI Season 2 release date. However, the production of a BOFURI sequel has been announced.

Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when the BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.

Anime productions are scheduled out years in advance and many anime studios are booked solid. In the second half of 2020, studio Silver Link was working on anime adaptations for light novels The Misfit of Demon King Academy and Our Last Crusade Or The Rise Of A New World. For 2021, Silver Link is only scheduled to produce Non Non Biyori Season 3, so far.

By mid-July 2020 the BOFURI Season 2 release time frame still hadn’t been announced, which should rule out an October 2020 premiere. That means the second season of the BOFURI anime will come out in 2021 at the earliest.

BOFURI Volume 8 Light Novel Art Maple Tentacles
BOFURI: the tragic story of how a young girl is corrupted by her quest for power and transformed into an Eldritch abomination. Just kidding, but the BOFURI Season 2 anime really will have Maple eating yet another monster in order to gain tentacles. Girl has an iron stomach. Pic credit: Koin (BOFURI Volume 8 Light Novel)

Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu Season 2 spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

Note: Spoilers for BOFURI Season 2 assume that the story will pick up with Volume 5.

The last time we watched Maple and Sally, the girls had defeated the two major guilds. This act earned the Maple Tree guild a lot of respect and now Maple has a chance to spend time with each guild master.

In fact, Maple will go on an adventure with these guild masters on the next level of New World Online, which opens a month a half later. But how does this VIT-centric moe player look in the eyes of the strongest players in the game?

Level 6 of the game contains horrific areas where demons roam. Cooperating with these powerful guild masters reminds Maple of a particular anomaly that she has run into. And when she works on collecting materials with Sally in an unexpected yet “efficient” manner Maple manages to cause a game bug.

Poor game admins, always trying to stay one step ahead of Maple! And she’s always trying to figure out new ways to make things interesting.

For a new game event, Maple proposes going it alone with two other friends besides Sally. Maple wants to give Sally a chance to enjoy the earlier levels. Besides being separated from her usual ally, Maple also makes things interesting by choosing the highest difficulty!

Speaking of difficulty, level 7 is when the monsters become large scale. Maple will have to acquire new skills, including tentacles, in order to take on these new challenges.

Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the BOFURI Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!


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