Teaser visual unveiled on TV anime’s 1st anniversary
Bocchi the Rock! -Live-, a live-streamed program celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Bocchi the Rock! television anime, has revealed an exciting update for fans. The anime’s compilation film project, which was previously announced as a single film, will now be split into two parts. The first part is set to premiere next spring, followed by the second part in the summer. Alongside this announcement, the program also unveiled a captivating teaser visual, sparking anticipation among viewers.
1: Adapting a Heartfelt Manga
The Bocchi the Rock! anime is based on Aki Hamaji’s four-panel manga of the same name. The story revolves around Hitori “Bocchi-chan” (“Loner”) Gotō, a high school girl who finds solace in her guitar. With a lonely heart, she spends her days strumming her guitar alone at home. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she crosses paths with Nijika Ijichi, who is searching for a guitarist to join her band, “Kessoku Band.” The heartwarming and musical journey of Bocchi and her newfound friends forms the core of the series.
2: A Talented Ensemble
The television anime boasts a talented cast that brings the characters to life. Under the direction of Keiichirō Saitō (known for ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards), the anime is produced by CloverWorks. Erika Yoshida (renowned for her work on Lupin III: Part IV) serves as the supervisor and series scriptwriter. Kerorira, the animation director for Wonder Egg Priority, lends their expertise in character design.
3: Airing and Streaming Success
The Bocchi the Rock! television anime made its debut on various channels, including Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV, on October 9. It also aired on MRT Miyazaki Broadcasting, MBS, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, and AT-X. Fans outside of Japan had the opportunity to watch the series through Crunchyroll’s streaming platform, allowing for a global audience to experience the music-filled journey of Bocchi and her friends.
4: Captivating Music
The anime’s opening and ending songs are performed by the “Kessoku Band,” with Ikumi Hasegawa lending her vocals as the voice of Ikuyo Kita. The opening song, titled “Seishun Complex” (Youth Complex), features lyrics by singer-songwriter Ai Higuchi and music composed by Otoha, a member of the musical group 48foureight. The ending song, “Distortion!!,” is written and composed by Maguro Taniguchi, the vocalist and guitarist of the popular band KANA-BOON.
The Bocchi the Rock! anime’s announcement of a two-part compilation film project has generated excitement among fans who have followed the heartfelt journey of Bocchi and her passion for music. With a talented cast, captivating visuals, and a soundtrack that resonates with viewers, the anime has successfully captured the essence of Aki Hamaji’s manga. As fans eagerly await the release of the first part next spring, the anticipation for the continuation of Bocchi’s story in the summer grows. The Bocchi the Rock! anime has proven to be a celebration of friendship, music, and the power of following one’s heart, leaving a lasting impact on its audience.