Aki Hamaji, the manga author of Bocchi the Rock!, posted on Sunday an illustration of Hitori Goto (Bocchi) as a happy new year wish on Twitter. The anime adaptation by studio CloverWorks aired from October to December 2022.
In the Japanese zodiac, it’s the year of Usagi (rabbit/hare) among 12 creatures, and the new illustration features Hitori Goto, with an upset look on her face, dressed in a black bunny suit with a headband of the animal’s ears on the head. Below her can be seen Ryo Yamada with “money eyes” imagining the bunny-suited, which shocks the person next to her, Hitori Goto, to the extent that she has a weird look on her face. The text in the background reads “Thank you for your continued support in 2023!! Hamaji.”
Aki Hamaji has been drawing the Bocchi the Rock 4-koma manga in Hobunsha’s monthly magazine Manga Time Kirara Max. The series released the fifth compiled volume on November 26, 2022. The manga inspired a TV anime adaptation by CloverWorks, which aired from October to December 2022 with a total of 12 episodes.
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