Fall 2022’s Bocchi The Rock! is an anime adaptation of an ongoing 4-koma comedy slice-of-life manga series of the same name by mangaka Aki Hamaji. The series is produced by studio CloverWorks, which has produced many popular anime including My Dress-Up Darling, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Hormiya, The Promised Neverland, and Spy X Family (co-produced with Wit Studio).
While Bocchi The Rock! is not a mainstream title, there’s a lot to look forward to for musicians and fans of Japanese Rock. Bocchi The Rock! could indeed be the hidden gem of this upcoming Fall Season. Here’s everything to know about Bocchi The Rock! before it premieres.
What’s Bocchi The Rock! About?
Bocchi The Rock! follows Hitori Goto, the lonely lead girl of the series, who has low social skills and self-esteem, yet is extraordinarily talented with the guitar. She dreams of having friends and being in a band one day, but due to her lack of self-esteem and initiative to meet other people, she ends up graduating from middle school without making a single friend.
The title Bocchi The Rock! is a play on her name, as “bocchi” is the short form of “hitori-bocchi” which means lonely in Japanese. Hitori ends up meeting drummer, Nijika Ijichi, who invites her to join her band, Kessoku Band, and from there sets off her musical career and rise to fame.
Kessoku Band Has Already Been Featured In an Anime
The Kessoku Band has previously made an appearance in the slice-of-life fishin anime Slow Loop, produced by studio Connect. The band ends up playing at a school festival during the anime.
Whether the two worlds are connected is unknown. The most probable reason for this crossover is because both of the original manga series were serialized in the popular seinen magazine, Manga Time Kirara, which features primarily 4-koma manga series, such as K-On.
The Main Characters Are Heavily Influenced By Popular J-Rock Band Asian Kung-fu Generation
Bocchi The Rock! features four high school students who share the same surnames and play the same instruments as the four members of one of the most popular Japanese Rock bands in the world, Asian Kung-Fu Generation.
The group is famous among anime fans for creating opening songs Haruka Kanata and Rewrite, from Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist, respectively.
The Manga Features Many References From J-Rock Bands and Musical Anime K-On
On top of the main characters being based on Asian Kung-Fu Generation’s band members, the series also features many references to popular J-rock bands and musical anime such as K-On.
Some of the bands parodied include Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Kana-Boon, and The Pillars. These references are subtle and left for the fans to figure out for themselves.
Bocchi The Rock! Features a Star-Studded Voice Cast
Fans of the military drama anime 86, will be delighted to know that the Japanese voice actresses who provided the voices for characters Vladilena Milize and Kurena Kukumila play two of the main characters of Bocchi The Rock!
Ikumi Hasegawa (Vladilena Milize, 86) voices Ikuyo Kita, who is the vocalist and also a guitar player for the band. While Sayumi Suzushiro (Kurena Kukumila, 86) voices Nijika Ijichi, the drummer of the band. Yoshino Aoyama, who voices Hitori Goto, also had a minor role in the anime 86.
The Production Staff Includes Exceptionally Talented Animators
The most interesting thing about Bocchi The Rock! is that the production staff is composed of talented animators that have done work on some of the most beautifully engaging anime episodes, which is actually quite typical of CloverWorks production quality.
Directing Bocchi The Rock! is Keiichirou Saitou (Sonny Boy; episode director, animation director, key animation), the Assistant Director is Yusuke Yamamoto (Wonder Egg Priority), Live Director Yusuke Kawakami (Wonder Egg Priority, Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot), and the most profound name on the list is Yuko Ito (My Hero Academia!, Vinland Saga; Key Animation) who will be taking on the role of Live Animator.
What Audiences Should Expect From Bocchi The Rock!
While the manga series is largely comical and feels like a typical school slice of life about music and playing in a band, CloverWorks is known for flashy, large-scale productions such as Wonder Egg Priority and The Promised Neverland. Though not as popular as the other shows they’ve worked on, CloverWorks has also produced anime with the school and music genres in the past such as Her Blue Sky and Akebi’s Sailor Uniform. Audiences can largely expect a high quality series produced by experienced anime professionals that combines the same themes of Watamote, A Place Further Than The Universe, and Love Live into one — Bocchi The Rock!
It’s been confirmed that the opening song of the series will be “Seishun Complex,” performed by the four voice actresses, under a group with the same name as the in-universe band, Kessoku Band. The Bocchi The Rock! manga series currently has 4 volumes published and is ongoing, meaning there is a possibility for multiple seasons for the anime adaptation of Bocchi The Rock! At the moment, it is unknown how many episodes the series will have, however, audiences can expect the slice-of-life comedy to premiere October 8th, 2022. Bocchi The Rock! is the anime fans of K-On, Love Live, and J-Rock don’t want to miss.