BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 OP/ED theme song music revealed

Key visual for the upcoming second season of Bofuri, featuring the group Pure Afilia and singer FRAM.
Key visual for the upcoming second season of Bofuri, featuring the group Pure Afilia and singer FRAM. Pic credit: @bofuri-anime/Twitter

The Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2 release date is in January 2023, the Winter 2023 anime season!

On November 10, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Yuumikan (story) and Koin’s (illustrations) Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense fantasy, comedy light novel series revealed its opening and ending theme songs and performing artists.

The opening theme song is “Hide behind this shield” (Kono Tate ni, Kakuremasu) performed by Pure Afilia (Junjou no Afilia). The ending theme song is “Step for Joy” performed by FRAM.

Who are Pure Afilia?

Pure Afilia (Junjou no Afilia) is an academy-type all-girl vocal unit, which includes representative members of the nationwide café and restaurant called “Afilia Group”. Chiyomaru Shikura and Haruko Momoi are co-producers and know for being major manufacturers in the MOE industry. They have collaborated with top artists like TSUNKO and Ooshima Kosuke. Lucky Ikeda handles the unique dance choreography for the group that they have become known for.

In June 2017, the group changed its name from “Afilia Saga” to Pure Afilia and added some new members. The group handled the opening theme song “Hajimete no Season” for the anime “Hajimete no Gal” (My First Girlfriend Is a Gal). They also performed the opening theme song “Kyuukyoku Unbanace” for Bofuri Season 1.

Pure Afilia’s latest single “LIMITLESS” reached No. 1 on the Oricon Daily Chart and No. 5 on the Oricon Weekly chart in Japan.

Hello, I’m Kaori Nagisa, the leader of Pure Afilia! I’ll be working with the anime Bofuri again and this time I will be singing its opening theme song “Hide behind this shield”. I believe that the second season will surpass the previous one, which was very popular. I’m happy to be a part of this anime again. I feel this new song is even more “protective” than the last one and really fits the world even better. The song is about not running away but standing one’s ground in order to protect. I think this fits the main character very well. I hope that fans of the anime will enjoy the new song!

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Who is FRAM?

FRAM is a Japanese singer, who was born in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on September 30, making her a Libra. FRAM has a good ear for music and is able to play simple melodies on the piano or keyboard. She studied piano during her first year of primary school until her third year of high school. Her singing voice is clear, has personality and a wide range of expression. She sings everything from rocks songs to moving ballads.

I am very happy to be in charge of performing the ending theme song “Step for Joy” for the anime Bofuri Season 2. I hope the song gives courage and energy. The lyrics reflect the pure and straightforward heart of the main character Maple, who trusts her friends implicitly, as they continue to go on adventures together. I sang the song thinking of how Maple would sing it and wanted to add her cuteness, strength, and positivity. I’m excited to get to listen to the song once it’s being played on the show. I am looking forward to the anime’s premiere along with the fans. I hope you all will enjoy “Step for Joy”.

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What is the plot of Bofuri?

BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense Season 2 key visual
On October 6, 2022, a new key visual was released for BOFURI Season 2. Pic credit: Studio Silver Link

The story centers on a Japanese girl named Kaede Honjou, who at her friend’s behest decides to play a fantasy VRMMORPG called NewWorld Online. She decides on the name Maple and opts to be a shield user with maxed-out defense stats since she doesn’t like the idea of getting hurt.

Maple puts all of her stat points into increasing only her defense level. This causes her to be slow and have no magic, but her high defense allows her to endure most hits without taking any damage. Maple uses her creative thinking and makes unexpected accomplishments in the game, its quests, and events to the surprise of those around her. Maple ends up earning all kinds of unexpected skills and becomes one of the strongest players in the game.

Where can I read the light novel series and manga?

In 2016, Bofuri was launched by Yuumikan on the user-generated novel publishing website Shousetsuka ni Narou (Let’s Be Novelists!) and garnered more than 60 million views. In September 2017, Fujimi Shobo acquired the rights to the series to be published as a light novel series with illustrations by Koin on the Kadokawa Books imprint. The light novel’s English version has been licensed by Yen Press for release in North America.

In May 2018, a manga adaptation by Jirou Oimoto began serialization in the seinen magazine Comp Ace by publisher Kadokawa Shoten. The manga’s English version has been licensed by Yen Press for release in North America.

Where can I watch the anime?

From January 8 to March 25, 2020, a 12-episode anime adaptation by Silver Link and directed by Shin Oonuma and Mirai Minato, with Fumiko Shimo in charge of the script, and Kazuya Hirata as character designer aired in Japan on AT-X, ACE, Tokyo MX, TVA, and BS11.

The anime’s English version was licensed by Funimation for a simuldub, but after Sony acquired Crunchyroll the series was moved there. In Southeast Asia and South Asia, Bofuri was streamed by Muse Communication.

Bofuri’s second season has been delayed from its previous premiere date in 2022 to January 2023.

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