Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu

Alt title: Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu

TV (12 eps)
C2C
3.973 out of 5 from 1,823 votes
Rank #1,531

Hitori Bocchi, a girl with extreme social anxiety, has had only one friend throughout elementary school. When Bocchi learns they'll be split up after graduation, she makes a promise to her: "By the time of my middle school graduation, I'll make friends with everyone in my class." And if she can't do it... they won't be friends anymore?! But Bocchi has a hard time talking to people. When she gets nervous, her legs cramp. She can't look other people in the eye. She doesn't even know how to make friends! Every way she thinks of to make friends ends up failing. Will Bocchi's friend-making plan pay off?! It's a story of the persistence of the lonely girl, Bocchi!

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My First Confession

Episode 1

My First Confession

Actually, Thank You

Episode 2

Actually, Thank You

Getting It Across by Spinning Your Wheels

Episode 3

Getting It Across by Spinning Your Wheels

I'll Be Your Apprentice

Episode 4

I'll Be Your Apprentice

Happens All the Time

Episode 5

Happens All the Time

Summer Comes in 5-7-5

Episode 6

Summer Comes in 5-7-5

Gentle Tears

Episode 7

Gentle Tears

Welcome Back from Elsewhere

Episode 8

Welcome Back from Elsewhere

Perfect Curry Pancakes

Episode 9

Perfect Curry Pancakes

No One Said That Before

Episode 10

No One Said That Before

From Tap-Tap to Print-Print

Episode 11

From Tap-Tap to Print-Print

Maybe I Just Might

Episode 12

Maybe I Just Might

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ClubFoot
7

With Spring 2019, there is plenty of great anime that maybe I can say is a bit of a failure and doesn’t meet my expectations. Or in short, 2019, and 2010s as well, has a lot of great shows and masterpiece. I can talk about anime in this decade, which ones are masterpieces and which aren’t. From my biased perspective, we are still depending with many sequels, the new season of decent series, lack of original anime, and of course, Isekai. In Spring 2019, we got “Carole & Tuesday” which marked the arrival of Shinichiro Watanabe back to the game. Besides, there is the disastrous sequel of “One Punch Man 2” and “We Never Learn” whose second season has just finished. With that a few shows I mentioned, some people may like it or maybe not. And with “Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu”, I can expect if this is another slice of life show and being self-aware with its cute-girl-doing-cute-thing theme. With this show, I have a mixed feeling about this. One because this is a wholesome anime of all anime in that season. Two because it’s got repetitive and becomes annoying in specific parts. However, it’s kind of hard too if you already feel related to this show. Moreover, this is a wholesome anime about anxiety. The plot focuses on the protagonist, Bocchi Hitori (Chisaki Morishita), who is a little bit of introvert and suffers a lot from social anxiety. Similar to Shouko Komi from “Komi Can’t Communicate”, entering her first day at her middle school, she just wants to be friends with the rest of her class. Before that, she only had one best friend, Kai Yawara (Konomi Kohara). Kai goes to a different school because of her family’s circumstances and other reasons. Bocchi was afraid that if there were no classmates who wanted to be friends with her because there was no Kai by her side. Kai told Bocchi that if she couldn’t be friends with the entire class, she would never speak to Bocchi again. So, this agreement made Bocchi even more afraid of herself and her social problems to the people. This is a charming, relatable, quite heartwarming show, like most cute-girls-doing cute-things or else. The plot is very slice of life, so simple, yet the heart of this show is the presentation. Even though it might seem weird when this is just another adorable show put on the screen, I can expect a lot with other characters. It’s not just Bocchi. At the end of the day, the show remains a lot to its main plot. The plot will go like this: Bocchi is trying to find friends. She thought carefully about what she had to do. Then, things didn’t go straight and the friend she wanted to meet approached her the first time. Bocchi ran away because she was very afraid of her anxiety. However, at the end of the day, she finally befriended the person. It repeatedly becomes repetitive with the plot but the payoff for Bocchi is well-development. We saw her at first afraid. But, she could then learn a lot to overcome her social anxiety and how to make friends. As it said from the premise, this is about a person who overcame her social anxiety. And to say at least this is a psychological anime, it might be weird obviously. Yet, we, and me, can relate to the protagonists as well. Taking the first step on the first day, in a new school, or even in a new environment, was hard, to be honest. You should be able to form a good first impression but don’t overdo it. If you can also want to appear to be yourself, don’t be too unique and different from the others. When it comes to this, it’s a bit of fun yet so sticks with us. While the show only focuses on Hitori Bocchi as the main protagonist, this show doesn’t have an in-depth character other than the protagonist. I might be able to like and be more related to the show because of other characters. I might be able to learn a lot from other characters. There is a lot of potential for them. Therefore, we never know them personally and experience other than this is just about Hitori Bocchi. Read the title loudly! In every aspect except for the well-development supporting cast, the chemistry between the protagonist and other characters is well-timed, great, and nice. Yeah, they always used the same gags over and over again. It might lose the charm and tone as well. Just like what we always called them, running gags. But, the comedy has a simple tone to the theme. Although like which, this show sticks with the jokes and personality of the characters. For instance, Bocchi’s personality to her anxiety might be annoying for some people especially me. Aru and Nako gag, the headbutting joke, can also be annoying as well. It got tiring in each episode when you didn’t adapt to it. I don’t know with most of C2C works. Seeing their previous projects, such as “Oneechan ga Kita” and “Harukana Receive”, it could be it’s just a decent studio with decent work. But, in aspect, they create a unique and colorful art style. They have potential with this. The design characters are memorable, like the cast personality, such as Nako’s reliability and her yellow hair. Aru with her typical personality heroine in most of the anime I always see as well as Sotca with typical “don’t judge the book by its cover” personality and style. This anime has beautiful production. While the animation and artwork are stylish and colorful, the soundtrack might not be memorable. The opening and ending themes, regardless of they are catchy, are just not my main things. The cast also is well-performance in their respective roles and expertise. “Hitori Bocchi” can be the most relatable at the season, fun, and always sticks with its theme. Yeah, the show has a lot of flaws. But, to say if the anime doesn’t have anything is not fair. It has potential with all of the characters, but I just want to know more about these characters besides the main protagonist. Maybe, I can’t and won’t.

AustinDR
7.8

This is probably the perfect antithesis to WataMote. I am 6 episodes in, and I just love this series (and of course I am also reading the manga on the side). It is painfully accurate accurate with how social anxiety sometimes feels like, and Bocchi's reactions with interacting with others, especially that one time I changed elementary schools. The initial premise of the show is when Hitori Bocchi goes to a new middle school, she tries to befriend her class to keep a promise she made with her childhood friend, who was attending another school. I mean, I get that she needed to wane her since she was constantly depending on her, but that's a little harsh. But slowly but surely, she makes a few friends with different quirks. The only real negative to the story is that at times, the basic premise can be formulaic. You have a character with social anxiety who tries to make friends only to fail miserably. Another character calls another one out for being "unfortunate" only to then be on the receiving end of a headbutt. The teacher is afraid of one of her students, but she tries to overcome it. But failure is the only option. Aside from that, those are my few issues with the plot. The animation. It fits with the quick action of the series. This is the kind of series where most of the moments are fast paced so the way that the characters move and interact with each other flows smoothly. The sound for the most part is average. Aside from the OP and that one song from episode 6 which consisted of the same repetitive words, the soundtrack is otherwise passable. Now for my favorite part of the series, and that is the characters.  It is hard to really pick a favorite character from a relatively small cast. There's Hitori who is the socially inept protagonist who is most likely one of the most adorable girls of this season. For starters, she cannot manage to speak or let alone socialize with others. Her establishing moment? When called on to introduce herself to her class...she stutters and vomits. Let alone other humorous quirks she possesses is her utter cluelessness. She is unable to detect sarcasm or humor. She constantly falls for Nako's trick of tapping her on the shoulder to make her think it's someone else. She tries to read self help books on how to make friends. Everything about Bocchi is so adorable, it makes you want to give the poor girl a hug. While her cluelessness and clingy nature can potentially make her insufferable, I find it endearing because she never tries to do so out of ill intent. Nako is the more laid-back girl with a "don't talk to me" look on her face. That is not helping how she has a rough way of speaking that makes her out to be a delinquent. She is the first friend that Bocchi makes and at first is taken aback at Bocchi wanting to be her friend and acts abrasive with her, but as the anime progressed, she slowly grows on her to the point she automatically knows what type of things to expect out of Bocchi. Just the fact that she hs some patience with Bocchi is poignant. She also has a fun rivalry with the next character. Aru is the vice president of the class who tries to appear perfect but is otherwise an unlucky girl. She even tried to become the class president but managed to snag the vice president position. She develops a rivalry with teh aforementioned Nako because she was one of the few people who knew that she was two-face. Which of course culminates in her continually giving Nako headbutts out of spite. Aside from that, just her trying to save face when she somehow wore an entire elementary outfit makes her extremely adorable.  Sotoka...is a character that on her own is entertaining, but she is otherwise flat. Her main schtick is she is a foreigner who came to Japan solely for ninjas, and wants to be Bocchi's apprentice because she thought she was a ninja. That's it. I don't know, I've seen this character type frequently in different shows, they don't really add anything new here. The last character to mention is Oshie Teryuo. She is another contendor for one of my favorite characters of the anime. She is timid, fear-stricken, and is utterly hilarious. She is petrified of Nako even though Nako never threatens her. She feels that one day, she could conquer her fears of her pupil. But she never does and always fails. My only problem is that it is repetitive and can get old. Ultimately, it is a very fun series. Not necessarily an absolute most watch, but it is enjoyable.

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