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aka: Hitori Bocchi No Marumaru Seikatsu

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Bocchi Hitori is about to enter middle school. Her one and only friend, Kai Yawara, is going to a different middle school, leaving Bocchi all alone. What's more, Kai tells Bocchi that she's breaking off their friendship— unless Bocchi can befriend her entire class before graduation. Can Bocchi, a girl so incredibly shy that talking to strangers makes her pass out, really fulfill her promise to Kai? Or will she end up, as her name suggests, all alone?

Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu note , also known as Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu, began as a comedic four-panel manga written and illustrated by Katsuwo (the creator of Mitsuboshi Colors), and began serialization in Dengeki Daioh "g" in 2013.

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An anime adaptation was announced at the end of the final episode of the Mitsuboshi Colors anime on March 24, 2018, and premiered on April 5, 2019. It is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll, and can be viewed here.


Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu provides examples of:

  • Always in Class One: Bocchi and company are in Class 1-1, and become Class 2-1 when they go up a year.
  • Brick Joke:
    • When Aru finally decides to be herself in chapter 66, a hanger somehow ends up in her shirt... 61 chapters and two in-universe years after the first one.
    • When Nako gets a bad test grade, Bocchi and Sotoka both fixate on how she got a score of "meat"—29, which can be read "niku"—instead of "Nako," 75. After she retakes the test, she dramatically announces that she got "Nako" this time.
  • Butt-Monkey: Aru, despite her high opinion of herself, is always screwing something up. The first sign she's rather more of a failure than her helpful vice-class rep persona suggests is when she comes to school with her hanger still in her shirt.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: A staple of Bocchi's antics. When Nako passes her a note in class, she decides to "treasure it" and doesn't even read it until Nako turns around and gestures at her. The note says to meet on the roof (after class), but because Nako also doodled an alpaca on it, Bocchi writes some fun facts about alpacas instead of responding to the intended message.
  • Corner of Woe: When Bocchi first tells Sotoka she's not a ninja, her reaction is to collapse to her knees in deep gloom.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Kai only broke off her friendship with Bocchi because she wants Bocchi to conquer her social anxiety. Whenever Kai is around, it's clear that she's very cut up about what she did and even worries that Bocchi will hate her for it.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Besides the opening theme, there's also the special ending song for episode 6, where Bocchi's "School Of Laughs" mini-melody gets expanded into a full song performed by the main characters.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: For both anime and manga; a couple of Bocchi's classmates first appear in volume 1's bonus chapter before appearing in the main story, while the anime has more classmates appearing in the background and opening credits before Bocchi encounters them.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Aru thinks she's kept her classmates outside Bocchi and company from finding out she's a loser, but come their third year it turns out they all know, and it's part of why they like her.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Sotoka's prone to sparkling when she's happy or enthusiastic.
  • Evolving Credits: When Bocchi meets the other members of the main cast in-story, they join the procession in the ending credits.
  • Face of a Thug: Nako looks intimidating and she often speaks rudely, to the point where even her teacher is afraid of her, but she's actually a very kind person and she's the first new friend Bocchi makes.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Bocchi wears a pink flower barrette.
  • The Gadfly: Nako occasionally likes to tease those around her. In one instance, she tells Bocchi that the twins in their class won't want to be her friends if she can't learn to tell them apart, launching a mission by Bocchi to determine how to do just that.
  • Genki Girl: Bocchi is surprisingly upbeat and cheerful for someone with crippling social anxiety, and she's often joyful about the small victories she makes. For example, when Nako calls her "Barf" (after she vomited during her introduction), Bocchi is ecstatic that someone actually talked to her.
  • Giving Up the Ghost: Teruyo has an out-of-body experience after giving Nako a bad grade on a test.
  • Gratuitous English: Bocchi's "Sleep x Sheep" pajama shirt.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: This is Bocchi's biggest goal she wants to achieve.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each manga chapter is called Bocchi.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Bocchi's final strategy for befriending her class, which she thought up when she was worked up one night:
    Notebook: ALL OF HUMANITY IS MY FRIEND!
    Bocchi: I'm finished.
  • Limited Lyrics Song: The special ending for the 6th episode consists only of three lines, repeated twelve times. It's an accurate adaptation of its source.
  • Little "No": Though less dramatic than most other examples of the trope, this is the only response Bocchi can muster when trying to communicate to Sotoka that she's not a ninja.
  • Meaningful Name: Almost every named character is named after a phrase or term that describes them. The most obvious one is of course Bocchi Hitori, whose name is derived from hitoribocchi (all alone). In keeping with Japanese Wordplay, they also double as a Punny Name.
  • No Social Skills: Bocchi has extreme social anxiety, to the point where interacting with strangers gives her nausea and/or leg cramps. Kai making Bocchi get over this in order to be friends again forms the basis of the plot.
  • Oblivious to Her Own Description: When Nako starts talking about the weird girl who's been following her around, Bocchi doesn't realise she's talking about her, instead thinking she means someone else.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Sotoka's a blonde, blue-eyed foreigner.
  • Running Gag:
    • Bocchi has a tendency to faint from happiness every time she officially makes a new friend. Eventually Nako makes a point of explaining to said new friend that this is normal.
    • Aru headbutts Nako every time she pisses her off. Usually because of the related running gags where Nako keeps calling her "omae" (impolite form of "you") instead of her name, or "zannen" ("unfortunate").
    • The teacher's over-the-top fear of Nako, expressed in increasingly ridiculous ways every time they interact.
    • Sotoka obliviously freaking Bocchi out by picking her up, and Nako scolding her for doing it (again).
  • Sensei-chan: Bocchi's homeroom teacher, Teruyo, is called "Teru-chan" by her students. She's actually unnerved at how Nako calls her "sensei".
  • Shout-Out: A "Mitsuboshi Bakery" makes a cameo in episode 2.
  • Shrinking Violet: Bocchi fits this to an extreme T.
  • Sick Episode: Bocchi's off ill in chapter 8 (the last part of episode 3), so the main focus is on Nako, Aru and Teruyo.
  • Spoiler Opening: The opening shows the main cast before Bocchi meets them all in-story.
  • Stress Vomit: One of Bocchi's typical reactions to social situations is to vomit, which is how her first interaction with Nako ends. Nako even calls her "Vomit" ("Barf" in the anime) for a while afterward.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Bocchi is heard humming the opening at the start of episode 4.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Nako and Aru form this dynamic. Even Bocchi can look at them "arguing" and conclude that they get along well.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • In episode 1, poor Bocchi winds up puking when trying to give an introduction of herself to the class. We cut to the show's Eye Catch just as she pukes. (The manga cuts away to the classroom door.)
    • In episode 6, Bocchi ends up puking while trying to present her haiku. We cut to the school's exterior just as it happens.
  • Wacky Homeroom: As Bocchi discovers in her quest to befriend her classmates.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: In the manga, volume 1's bonus chapter takes place before chapter 1. In the anime, however, it becomes the first part of episode 1.
  • Wrong Assumption: Teruyo concludes Bocchi, of all people, is a secret gang leader. Sotoka, meanwhile, thinks Bocchi is a ninja despite her attempts to deny it - after all, a real ninja wouldn't easily reveal they were a ninja, would they?
 
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Alternative Title(s): Hitori Bocchi No Marumaru Seikatsu

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