Bocchi the Rock! -Live- recently unveiled exciting news during its live-streamed program, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Bocchi the Rock! television anime. It was revealed that the anime’s compilation film project is expanding to encompass two distinct films.
The first installment is still scheduled to grace the screens next spring, while the second part is set to follow suit in the subsequent summer. To tease these forthcoming cinematic adventures, the program also debuted a tantalizing visual.
The anime is an adaptation of Aki Hamaji’s delightful four-panel manga, Bocchi the Rock! The series revolves around Hitori “Bocchi-chan” Gotō, a high school girl ensnared by loneliness, whose heart is deeply intertwined with her guitar.
Her days mostly consist of solitary strumming within the confines of her home. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she crosses paths with Nijika Ijichi, a young musician on the hunt for a guitarist to join her group, “Kessoku Band.”
The television anime’s main cast includes:
- Ikumi Hasegawa as Ikuyo Kita
- Saku Mizuno as Ryо̄ Yamada
- Yoshino Aoyama as Hitori “Bocchi-chan” (“Loner”) Gotō
- Sayumi Suzushiro as Nijika Ijichi
At the helm of the television anime’s production was Keiichirō Saitō (known for ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards), directing under the banner of CloverWorks. Erika Yoshida (notable for her work on Lupin III: Part IV) supervised and penned the series’ scripts, while character design duties were artfully executed by Kerorira, renowned as the animation director for Wonder Egg Priority.
The anime series made its debut on several prominent channels, including Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV, back on October 9. Furthermore, it graced screens on MRT Miyazaki Broadcasting, MBS, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, and AT-X. For international viewers, Crunchyroll ensured a simultaneous streaming experience.
A noteworthy facet of the anime was the music, with the “Kessoku Band” featuring Ikumi Hasegawa (the voice behind Ikuyo Kita) as the vocalist, delivering the opening and ending songs.
A testament to its continued popularity, Hamaji’s manga, initially launched in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Max magazine in December 2017, remains an ongoing and beloved series.
Source: Aniplex’s YouTube channel