Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu

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Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
ひとりぼっちの○○生活
GenreComedy,[1] slice of life
Manga
Written byKatsuwo
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Dengeki Daioh "g"
Original run2013 – present
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byTakebumi Anzai
Written byJukki Hanada
Music byRyuichi Takada
Hidekazu Tanaka
StudioC2C
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, TBS, BS-TBS, AT-X
Original run April 5, 2019 – present
Episodes7 (List of episodes)
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Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu (ひとりぼっちの○○生活, lit. "The **** Life of Being Alone") is a Japanese four-panel manga series written and illustrated by Katsuwo, which began serialization in ASCII Media Works' Comic Dengeki Daioh "g" magazine in 2013. Four tankōbon volumes have been released and compiled so far. An anime television series adaptation by C2C began airing in Japan on April 5, 2019.

Story[edit]

Bocchi Hitori is a girl who suffers from social anxiety, making it hard for her to talk to others. Upon entering middle school, her only friend Kai Yawara, who is attending a different school, tells Bocchi she is breaking off their friendship until she can make friends with her entire class. Thus, Bocchi is left with the task of befriending everyone in her class before graduation.

Characters[edit]

Bocchi Hitori (一里 ぼっち, Hitori Bocchi)
Voiced by: Chisaki Morishita[1]
A girl whose social anxiety makes it hard to talk to people. When her only friend Kai breaks up with her, she is tasked with trying to befriend everyone in class, usually passing out whenever she does. Her name is derived from hitoribocchi (ひとりぼっち, "all alone").
Nako Sunao (砂尾 なこ, Sunao Nako)
Voiced by: Minami Tanaka[2]
The first friend Bocchi makes upon entering middle school. She has a tough appearance but is actually kind and supportive of Bocchi. Her name is derived from sunao na ko (素直な子, "honest child").
Aru Honshō (本庄 アル, Honshō Aru)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[3]
The vice representative in Bocchi's class. She often puts on an appearance to hide the fact that she is actually somewhat of a loser. Her name is derived from honshō aru (本性ある, "having a hidden nature").
Sotoka Rakita (ソトカ・ラキター, Sotoka Rakitā)
Voiced by: Yūko Kurose[3]
Bocchi's classmate who comes from another country and considers herself to be a ninja. Her name is derived from soto kara kita (外から来た, "came from outside").
Kako Kurai (倉井 佳子, Kurai Kako)
Voiced by: Kana Ichinose[4]
The public morals officer in Bocchi's school. Her name is derived from kurai kako (暗い過去, "dark past").
Ito Kurie (栗枝 衣抄, Kurie Ito)
Bocchi's classmate who is a student librarian. She is shy like Bocchi. Her name is derived from kurieito (クリエイト, "create").
Peko Onaka (尾中 ペコ, Onaka Peko)
Bocchi's classmate who loves sweets. Her name is derived from onaka pekopeko (お腹ペコペコ, "very hungry").
Hanako Yamada (山田 花子, Yamada Hanako)
Bocchi's classmate who is a member of the school's tennis club.
Ino Kawai (河合 依乃, Kawai Ino)
The homeroom leader of Bocchi's class. Her name is derived from kawaii no (かわいいの, "the cute one").
Mayo Ojōsa (小篠咲 真世, Ojōsa Mayo)
Bocchi's classmate who comes from a rich family. Her name is derived from ojō-sama yo (お嬢さまよ, "I'm a rich girl").
Nosaki Futago (二子 乃咲, Futago Nosaki)
Bocchi's classmate who is the older twin. Notsugi calls her Saki. Her name is derived from futago no saki (双子の先, "the elder twin").
Notsugi Futago (二子 乃継, Futago Notsugi)
Bocchi's classmate who is the younger twin. Nosaki says her voice is too loud. Nosaki calls her Tsugu (not Tsugi). Her name is derived from futago no tsugi (双子の次, "the younger twin").
Rau Minagawa (美奈川 らう, Minagawa Rau)
Bocchi's classmate who is the most popular person in the class. Her classmates call her Mīna. She sings bad songs in a loud voice.
She used to go to the same elementary school as Kō Futō and Kō was her only friend then. Since Kō refused to go to school, she has behaved to make her classes fun so that Kō doesn't feel nervous. Her name is derived from mina ga warau (皆が笑う, "everybody laughs").
Kō Futō (布藤 香, Futō Kō)
Bocchi's classmate who refuses to go to school. Her name is derived from futōkō (不登校, "truancy").
Teruyo Oshie (押江 照代, Oshie Teruyo)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi[5]
The homeroom teacher of Bocchi's class who is called "Teru-chan" by her students. She is afraid of Nako. Her name is derived from oshieteru yo (教えてるよ, "I'm teaching").
Kai Yawara (八原 かい, Yawara Kai)
Voiced by: Konomi Kohara[4]
Bocchi's friend from elementary school. Concerned over Bocchi's social anxiety after ending up in a different middle school, she breaks off her friendship with Bocchi in order to encourage her to make new friends. Her name is derived from yawarakai (やわらかい, "soft").

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga series is written and illustrated by Katsuwo. It began serialization in ASCII Media Works' Comic Dengeki Daioh "g" magazine in 2013.[1] As of February 27, 2018, the series has been compiled into four tankōbon volumes.[6]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced after the final episode of Mitsuboshi Colors, the anime adaptation of another manga series by the same author, on March 25, 2018.[1] The series is directed by Takebumi Anzai and written by Jukki Hanada, with animation by studio C2C. Kii Tanaka will be the character designer and the chief animation director. Ryuichi Takada and Hidekazu Tanaka are composing the series' music.[7] The series began airing from April 5, 2019 on the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, as well as AT-X.[2] The opening theme song is "Hitori Bocchi no Monologue" (ひとりぼっちのモノローグ, Lonely Monologue) by Chisaki Morishita, Minami Tanaka, Akari Kitō, and Yūko Kurose, and the ending theme song "Ne, Issho ni Kaero" (ね、いっしょにかえろ。, Let's Go Home Together.) by Morishita.[5]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"My First Confession"
Transcription: "Hajimete no Kokuhaku" (Japanese: はじめての告白)
April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
Shy girl Bocchi Hitori ends up starting her new middle school all alone after her only friend, Kai Yawara, vows to break off their friendship until Bocchi makes friends with everyone in her class. After a failed attempt at abolishing class and a self-introduction that ends in disaster, Bocchi speaks with her neighboring classmate, Nako Sunao, who takes a liking to her despite some initial misunderstandings. As the two chat and exchange texts with each other, Nako officially becomes Bocchi's first new friend.
2"Actually, Thank You"
Transcription: "Hontō wa Arigatō" (Japanese: 本当はありがとう)
April 12, 2019 (2019-04-12)
When Nako suddenly gets upset with Bocchi, class vice-president Aru Honshou tries to help Bocchi figure out what might have caused it. Upon learning that Nako became upset after Bocchi told her the reason she wanted to become friends with her, Aru encourages Bocchi to speak her true feelings to Nako and make up with her. The next day, as Bocchi and Nako discover Aru is rather unfortunate despite her cheerful appearance, Bocchi manages to become friends with her.
3"Getting it Across by Spinning Your Wheels"
Transcription: "Tsutawaru Karamawari" (Japanese: つたわる空回り)
April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
With some help from Nako, Bocchi manages to ask Aru to walk home with them, allowing the three to become closer. Later, Nako comes over to Bocchi's house, where Bocchi's determination to be a good host leads her to get a fever. After finding out that teacher Teruyo Oshie finds her scary, Nako gets some advice from Aru on how to appear more friendly as they pay Bocchi a visit.
4"I'll be Your Apprentice"
Transcription: "Deshi ni Narimasu" (Japanese: 弟子になります)
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
Bocchi is approached by foreigner Sotoko Rakita, who becomes downhearted when Bocchi tells her that she isn't a ninja. Bocchi tries to cheer Sotoko up by making origami shurikens, offering to be friends with her, but this leads Sotoko to believe that Bocchi is a ninja master in disguise and ask to become her apprentice instead. Despite this hurdle, Bocchi begins training Sotoko, asking to be friends with her once their done.
5"Happens All the Time"
Transcription: "Aruaru Aruaru" (Japanese: アルアルあるある)
May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
Aru attempts to save face in front of her friend Hanako Yamada after she accidentally brings an elementary school backpack to school with her. Things become more difficult for her the next day when she ends up wearing a full elementary school uniform. Later, Aru is challenged to a tennis match by Nako, finding it difficult due to all the times she's been skipping tennis club.
6"Summer Comes in 5-7-5"
Transcription: "Go-Shichi-Go de Natsu ga Kuru" (Japanese: 五七五で夏が来る)
May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
Bocchi becomes nervous about presenting a haiku in front of her class while Nako ends up having to take supplemental lessons after failing her maths test. Meanwhile, Teruyo, trying to get over her fear of Nako, makes the assumption that Bocchi is a secret gang leader.
7"Gentle Tears"
Transcription: "Yawarakai Namida" (Japanese: やわらかい涙)
May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Feeling she needs to make one more friend before summer break starts, Bocchi attempts to befriend disciplinary committee member Kako Kurai, only to fail miserably. During summer break, the girls go to the pool, where Bocchi teaches Nako how to swim. When the girls go to karaoke afterwards, Bocchi comes across Kai, who is relieved to see that Bocchi has made some friends and remembers her promise to her. On the way home, Sotoka expresses her desire to become friends with Bocchi to the others.
8"Welcome Back from Elsewhere"
Transcription: "Soto kara Okaeri" (Japanese: 外からおかえり)
May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mitsuboshi Colors Creator's Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, Spring 2019 Debut". Anime News Network. August 26, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Anime Casts Akari Kitō, Yūko Kurose". Anime News Network. November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Kana Ichinose, Konomi Kohara Join Cast of Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Anime". Anime News Network. January 27, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, Songs, April 5 Debut". Anime News Network. February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "ひとりぼっちの○○生活(4) (電撃コミックスNEXT)" (in Japanese). Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu School Comedy Anime Posts 1st Promo, More Staff". Anime News Network. December 26, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2018.

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