BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense will be having a second season, and it is scheduled to air on January 11, 2023, at 9:30 AM EST. The anime is about a girl, Kaede Honjou, also known as Maple, who tried a game recommended by her best friend. Just like what’s stated in the title of the anime series, Maple does not want to get hurt in-game and is focused on putting her game points in vitality to increase her defence.
Before watching the 2nd season, here is a recap of the main parts of season 1, so you’ll be ready for the new adventures in the next season!
Welcome to the New World
At the start of the series, viewers were introduced to Kaede Honjou (Maple) and Risa Shiramine (Sally). With Sally busy with her exam reviews, the girl encouraged Maple to try and play the game NewWorld Online without waiting. To avoid getting hurt, Maple focused on putting her game points to defence to increase it. In-game, Maple met Chrome and Iz, and she also got her first armour and weapon after “eating” the poison dragon. Maple also joined the first event of the game, a battle royale, and surprisingly won third place. Sally soon joined Maple in playing the game, and together, they explored an Underground Lake Labyrinth. They defeated another boss and got Sally her pieces of equipment.
The Second Event
Before the start of the second event, Maple and Sally defeated another boss, and Maple got her new Snow White shield that she ordered from Iz. The second event was a party-based treasure hunt. Through this event, Maple and Sally got their turtle and fox companions, which they named Syrup and Oboro, respectively, after almost dying from their fight with the powerful ice bird boss, Silverwing. After the battle, the girls headed out and discovered a desert oasis, and in this area, they met Kasumi, who challenged them.
In the middle of the fight, the group fell into a sand vortex which led to a cave. They were bound by a chain which would result in everyone’s death when one died. After working together, they found the exit of the cave and the treasures at the end of it. The three became friends, and along the way, they met Kanade, who led them to where the other medals needed for the event were located, but the boss in this area was easily beaten by Maple. While Maple trained Syrup and Oboro to fight low-level monsters, Sally left to gather more medals. At the end of the event, Maple traded her medals for Psychokinesis and Acid rain while Syrup learned Supersize and became even more overpowered.
Maple Tree Guild
After saving some in-game money, Maple and Sally decided to buy a treehouse and create a guild named Maple Tree. They recruited Kuromu, Iz, Kasumi, Kanade, and two beginners, Yui and Mai, whom Maple and Sally trained. The group grind for levels until Maple discover a chain quest with a good reward skill, catching her interest. The reward is a skill called ‘Cover,’ and it allows Maple to protect her guildmates while looking like an angel when activated. With her continuous achievements, Payne‘s guild took notice of the Maple Tree Guild (Payne is the top player of the NewWorld Online.)
The Third Event
The third event started with the quest to gather bells from cow enemies. Maple acquired a new skill after an encounter with a boss in the church. But this is not the only skill she got in episode 8 because after getting lost in the Graveyard of Dreams, Maple encountered another boss and acquired the Machine God skill.
Before the start of the guild event, Sally noticed that Frederica of the Order of the Holy Sword guild was lurking and observing them, and after a duel between the two, the guild event was held. The rules of the event were guilds should steal orbs from other guilds and protect their own. In the beginning, the Maple Tree was doing well, with Sally stealing orbs from others and relying on Maple’s defence for guarding their own orb.
What good does defence make?
But Maple Tree Guild struggled while fighting with the Order of the Holy Sword Guild, and when it looked like Maple and her team were about to lose, Maple decided to use her newly acquired skill Machine God, and beat down other players. While this was happening, the other members of the Maple Tree Guild were collecting more orbs from the other guilds. But then the Order of the Holy Sword planned an attack on the Maple Tree, attempting to slay Maple.
Payne and his companions managed to (nearly) defeat Maple, but our favourite main character has a plan up her sleeves. She used the Unyielding Guardian skill. To defeat Payne and the Holy Sword, Maple also used her Atrocity form. But after knowing that Flame Emperors and Holy Sword were dangerous, Sally suggested eliminating other guilds so they could remain in the top 10. Maple Tree Guild won 3rd place and held a party, inviting people from Flame Emperor and Holy Sword Guild.
BOFURI is an incredible anime! It was entertaining, and the animation was also nice. Maple and Sally are both lovable, and now that season 2 is airing, fans cannot help but get hyped up! We hope this recap helped you remember all the key points from season 1, and let us all enjoy the upcoming season!