Bocchi the Rock released a new illustration of Nijika Ijichi for episode 11 drawn by So Hamayumiba, the manga author of Dropout Idol Fruit Tart. The official Twitter account has been posting supportive illustrations drawn by various artists for each episode. Studio CloverWorks is animating the adaptation, and the anime airs every Saturday.
The new illustration features Nijika Ijichi in her school uniform as a cover visual on a CD. Her band mates from Kessoku Band, Hitori Goto (Bocchi), Ikuyo Kita, and Ryo Yamada can be seen as can badges attached to her yellow backpack.
Sayumi Suzushiro who played the role of Kei Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War, is voicing the character in the Bocchi the Rock anime.
So Hamayumiba is running the Dropout Idol Fruit Tart four-panel manga in Hobunsha’s monthly MANGA TIME KIRARA Carat magazine. The series released the newest, 6th, volume in February 2022.
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 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