Mangaka Aki Hamaji is not a fan of the rumors surrounding her Bocchi the Rock series!
The anime adaptation of Hamaji’s series is one of the breakout hits of 2022, surpassing series like Chainsaw Man in popularity polls. With that attention came a lot of speculation and fan theories. In particular, a rumor started on the online media platform Pixiv, causing Hamaji enough trouble to respond on Twitter and correct what she considers to be misinformation. Posts on Pixiv suggested that the series title was inspired by the J-Rock band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, with “Bocchi” referring to lead singer “Gotchi” and “the Rock” coming from the title. title of his 2006 book “GOTCH GO ROCK! “
Bocchi the Rock Creator denies rumors
While the ASIA KUNG-FU Generation is no stranger to the anime industry, with music featured in popular shows like Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist, Hamaji denies any connection between Bocchi and the group. In her tweets, she playfully dismissed the rumors as being made up of urban myths while explaining that she felt compelled to correct these false rumors because there were how many anime fans believe that the content posted on Pixiv is accurate. Although Pixiv does not claim to be a news source, but rather an online community for artists, Hamaji expressed his confusion and disappointment at seeing people fabricate everything about the series and consider them true.
Despite his disappointment, Hamaji also has a lot to celebrate as Bocchi the Rock! has enjoyed many unexpected successes since the anime adaptation premiered in 2022. The film has won the hearts of fans as well as critics, who praised the film for its revived the lackluster life genre and for its portrayal of an all-female cast, who are recognized as inspirational role models for young women. The film focuses on the main character Hitori Goto, an introverted young woman with aspirations of playing guitar on stage, whose life changes for the better when she joins the rock group Kessoku Band. Viewers also welcomed Hitori’s portrayal of social anxiety in the anime, which author Aki Hamaji chose to portray as a strength in her unique personality rather than a weakness.
The second season of Bocchi the Rock! is yet to be confirmed, but all episodes of the critically acclaimed first season are available to stream on Crunchyroll.