Bofuri’s Maple Clashes With The Shield Hero Naofumi In An Anime Collaboration

Two isekais collided with a special collaboration for “The Hardest Shield Day” with Maple from ‘Bofuri’ and Naofumi from ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ clashing in a visual teaser for the two anime.

“Chosen because of the combination of 3 and 15, which reads 3 (sa), 1 (i), 5 (ko) meaning “strongest” in Japanese, March 15 marked the second-ever “The Hardest Shield Day” for both BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. and The Rising of the Shield Hero—two titles that are devoted to the underappreciated power of the humble shield,” Crunchyroll reported. “Another special collaboration illustration was released by the official Twitter accounts for both anime series, depicting an angelic Maple facing off against a demonic Naofumi.”

They released the promo image on the official Bofuri and The Rising of the Shield Hero Twitter page:

‘Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense’ is an anime from the animation studio Silver Link and based on the light novel series by Japanese author Yuumikan.

Wikipedia describes it as, “Urged on by her friend, Kaede Honjō begins playing the VRMMORPG NewWorld Online under the name Maple. Not wanting to get hurt, Maple opts to be a shield user with maxed-out defense stats, and continues putting every status point she earns in the game into increasing only her defense level. As a result, she is left with slow foot speed and no magic, but her high defense allows her to endure most hits without taking any damage. This, along with her basic-level creative thinking, allows for her to make unexpected accomplishments in the game, its quests and events. By doing this, she ends up earning all kinds of equally unexpected skills and becomes one of the strongest players in the game.”

‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ is an anime currently produced by DR Movie and based on a light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi.

IMDB explains, “Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes – wielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield – who defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance, the kingdom of Melromarc summons these legendary figures; in modern-day Japan, the call is answered, and the unwitting heroes are transported to this fantasy universe. Thrust into Melromarc and given the title of “Shield Hero,” otaku Naofumi Iwatani is labeled the weakest due to his lack of offensive capability and apparent inexperience. When the heroes part ways to start their journeys, he only has one willing companion: the beautiful princess Myne Melromarc. However, she soon betrays him, steals all his money, and accuses him of taking advantage of her. For his alleged crimes, Naofumi is branded a criminal and made outcast of society. With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.”

The second season of ‘BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense’ is currently airing while a third season of ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero’ has been announced.

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Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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