Fans of Aki Hamaji’s Bocchi The Rock! manga are in for a surprise, as the series is getting a stage play adaptation, titled, “LIVE STAGE: Bocchi the Rock!,” in August 2023.
“LIVE STAGE: Bocchi the Rock!” will run from Aug 11-20, 2023, at THEATER MILANO-Za in Tokyo.
According to the official website of the stage play, the LIVE STAGE will feature actors selected through auditions for their musical and acting abilities, “undoubtedly providing a sense of presence as if the characters truly exist, with stage direction that values the world of the original work”.
Further updates and announcements regarding the stage play will be made soon.
Bocchi the Rock! is a Japanese four-panel manga series written and illustrated by Aki Hamaji. It has been serialized in Houbunsha’s seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Max since December 2017. Its chapters have been collected in five tankobon volumes as of November 2022.
An anime television series adaptation produced by CloverWorks aired from October to December 2022.
MAL describes the plot of the manga as:
High school student Hitori “Bocchi” Gotou has no social life or any friends—unless you count her guitar. She dreams of creating a school band in the hopes that using her instrument will elevate her social standing. However, despite spending the last two years diligently practicing guitar, she is no closer to her goal.
Although she has gained a following online for her guitar covers of popular songs, Bocchi’s lack of social skills means that her dream may ultimately be impossible. But one day, drummer Nijika Ijichi spots Bocchi with her guitar alone in a park. Desperately in need of a guitarist, Nijika quickly recruits Bocchi to the band that Nijika has formed with bassist Ryou Yamada—Kessoku Band. Though overwhelmed and left floundering at the sudden social interaction, Bocchi realizes this may be the start of something bigger.