Aniplex‘s official YouTube channel revealed the opening and ending songs for the anime of Aki Hamaji‘s four-panel manga Bocchi the Rock! on Sunday. The anime’s “Kessoku Band” with Ikumi Hasegawa (voice of Ikuyo Kita) on vocals is performing the opening and ending songs.
Singer-songwriter Ai Higuchi wrote the lyrics, and Otoha, member of the musical group 48foureight, composed the music for the opening song titled “Seishun Complex” (Youth Complex).
The KANA-BOON band’s vocalist and guitarist Maguro Taniguchi wrote the lyrics and composed the music for the ending song titled “Distortion!!”
The manga’s story follows Hitori “Bocchi-chan” (“Loner”) Gotō, a lonely high school girl whose heart lies in her guitar. She does nothing every day except strum her guitar by herself at home. However, she happens one day to meet Nijika Ijichi, who is looking for a guitarist for her group named “Kessoku Band.”
The main cast includes:
Keiichirō Saitō (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Regards) is directing the anime at CloverWorks. Erika Yoshida (Lupin III: Part IV) is supervising and writing the series scripts. Kerorira (animation director for Wonder Egg Priority) is designing the characters.
The anime premiered on the Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV channels on October 9, and it also runs on MRT Miyazaki Broadcasting, MBS, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, and AT-X. Abema streams the anime at the same time as the earliest television broadcast, followed by other services. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.
Hamaji launched the manga in Houbunsha‘s Manga Time Kirara Max magazine in December 2017.
Houbunsha published the manga’s first compiled book volume in February 2019 in Japan. The manga’s fourth compiled book volume was published on August 26.
Sources: Aniplex‘s YouTube channel (link 2), Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web (link 2)