Bocchi the Rock got a new illustration of Goto Hitori (Bocchi) and Ikuyo Kita for episode 9 by Yui Hara, known as the author of Kin-iro Mosaic series, which was serialized in Hobunsha’s monthly magazine Manga Time Kirara Max. The official Twitter account has been posting supportive illustrations drawn by various artists for each episode and released an illustration by YuruYuri author Namori last week. The anime airs every Saturdays.
The newly-released illustration features Goto Hitori and Ikuyo Kita in maid costumes. Both of them are holding pieces of cake decorated with a guitar and musical notes, and the name of the series, BTR short for Bocchi The Rock, can be seen on a star-shaped plate. Pale-looking Bocchi is being fed by Ikuyo with a happy look on her face.
Yui Hara serialized the Kin-iro Mosaic manga series from 2010 to 2021 with a total of 12 volumes including one volume for a special arc Kin-iro Mosaic Best Wishes, which was published in March 2021.
Animation studio CloverWorks’ Bocchi the Rock! anime is being animated under Keichiro Saito’s directions based on Aki Hamaji’s 4-koma manga serialized in Hobunsha’s monthly magazine Manga Time Kirara Max. The series released the fifth compiled volume on November 26, 2022. The anime has been airing since October 8.
Crunchyroll is streaming the anime this season and describes the plot as:
Hitori Gotoh, “Bocchi-chan,” is a girl who’s so introverted and shy around people that she’d always start her conversations with “Ah…” During her middle school years, she started playing the guitar, wanting to join a band because she thought it could be an opportunity for even someone shy like her to also shine. But because she had no friends, she ended up practicing guitar for six hours every day all by herself. After becoming a skilled guitar player, she uploaded videos of herself playing the guitar to the internet under the name “Guitar Hero” and fantasized about performing at her school’s cultural festival concert. But not only could she not find any bandmates, before she knew it, she was in high school and still wasn’t able to make a single friend! She was really close to becoming a shut-in, but one day, Nijika Ijichi, the drummer in Kessoku Band, reached out to her. And because of that, her everyday life started to change little by little…
Source: Official Twitter
© Aki Hamaji / Hobunsha, Aniplex © Yui Hara