Following the success of its anime adaptation, Aki Hamaji’s Bocchi the Rock! is now getting a spinoff manga! The big news was shared on Comic Fuz‘s official Twitter account on Saturday, April 1. More details will be relevead at a later date. But for now, a sillhouette of the upcoming manga’s main character was released to tease the fans.
Check out the teaser image below.
Based on the released image, many fans are speculating that the spin-off will center on Hiroi Kikuri, the bassist and vocalist of SICK HACK. Kikuri was portrayed to be an alcoholic who often finds herself in trouble for breaking equipment during concerts whenever she’s drunk.
While the theory is yet to be confirmed, many netizens are already expressing their excitement and support for the upcoming spin-off.
Launched in 2017, Bocchi the Rock started as a four-panel manga by Aki Hamaji. It was released in Manga Time Kirara Max magazine and now has over two (2) million copies in circulation worldwide.
An anime adaptation followed in October 2022. Keiichirō Saitō directed the series at CloverWorks, with Yūsuke Yamamoto as the assistant director. Erika Yoshida wrote the scripts, while Kerorira designed the characters. Tomoki Kikuya composed the music.
Crunchyroll is streaming all 12 episodes of Bocchi the Rock‘s anime adaptation. It describes the story as follows:
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…
Details as to who will lead the spin-off manga, who will write, and what will it be about are expected to be revealed soon.