Anime Review: Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu

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This was another series that readers pointed us towards, even though the yuri here is practically non-existent. Anyway, lack of yuri aside, this was a nice recommendation that ended up being a lot of fun~


Year: 2019
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life
Studio: C2C

Synopsis: Hitori Bocchi suffers from extreme social anxiety, she’s not good at talking to people, takes pretty extreme actions, is surprisingly adept at avoiding people, her legs cramp when she overexerts herself, gets full of herself when alone, will vomit when exposed to extreme tension and often comes up with plans. Now she is entering middle school and her only friend, Yawara Kai, is attending a different school. This leaves Bocchi alone, surrounded by new classmates with whom she must make friends before Kai will talk to her again.


As that synopsis made very clear, Bocchi’s lack of social skills takes center stage in this anime, which reminded me of another anime about a girl with extreme social anxiety, WataMote. But unlike WataMote, Hitoribocchi is more lighthearted and it feels less mean-spirited, so instead of laughing at Bocchi, we’re laughing with her. Well, sometimes. Seeing her melt down in social situations was always hilarious to me, and just in the way the character was handled, the differences between Bocchi and Tomoko from WataMote couldn’t be more different. This isn’t a dark and depressing anime, Hitoribocchi is full of fluff and when you see Bocchi become so happy to actually talk to someone (so happy that she often passes out), you can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I made it sound like Hitoribocchi was a really sappy anime, but I wouldn’t call it sappy, just really cute. Episode seven was a little emotional, but there’s more than enough comedy to keep Bocchi’s quest to befriend the entire class from getting very serious, and maybe it’s just because I like this topic, but I’m not sure there are many other slice of life anime that I’ve found to be funnier than this one.

To some degree, I think a lot of people can relate to Bocchi’s situation, and it was nice to see her overcome her social phobia and become a happier person. At the end of the day, I feel like Hitoribocchi was fun and funny enough to make up for any narrative shortcomings, and this just ended up being one of those feel-good anime that come along every once in a while.


As mentioned earlier, there really is no yuri, but because the entire cast is comprised of girls, it’s really easy to ship them together.


Moving on to the characters, I really like these girls.

Starting off with Bocchi, she’s just incredibly sweet and endearing, and given her unfortunate situation, you just want to protect her and see her happy. With that happiness comes the fainting, which further added to her charm. Most of the time, I loved her reactions and how she was so ill equipped to handle having friends. Thinking that your friends are going to forget about you when you don’t see them for a whole day? Adorable. In an anime full of adorable girls, she was head and shoulders above them all in terms of adorableness, and as it stands now, she has a place in our Yuri Anime/Manga/Visual Novel Awards for 2019.

Speaking of cute, Nako is also super cute. Bocchi’s first (besides Kai) and best friend, she’s always so great to Bocchi, despite the somewhat intimidating aura she gives off. Nako’s little battles with Aru were great, as was the way that Teruyo was always afraid of her. I just mentioned her, but Aru was another character that was always fun to watch. Her secret status as the unfortunate girl led to her frenemy status with Nako, which was probably one of the most entertaining aspects of ths show, at least for me.

And how can I forget about Rakita, Bocchi’s very own apprentice? Her ninja obsession was so strange and completely out of left field, yet she fits right in with the other girls in the show. On the surface, it seems kind of mean for Kai to just stop being friends with Bocchi like that, but it’s easy to see that she’s only doing it for Bocchi’s sake, so that she can turn her life around and to better ensure her happiness. I was a little surprised that Kai didn’t play a bigger role and become a mainstay among the cast, but her cameos felt appropriate, and it was great to see her be happy that Bocchi was actually trying and succeeding in making friends.

I think I would have liked to have seen a little more of Teruyo, the timid teacher, because her interactions with Nako were pretty great and were always funny to me. Thankfully, there were other girls that ended up being quality characters as well. Mayo is introduced late in the season, but she was yet another cute character, and her situation slightly resembled Bocchi’s, in that she was lacking in the friend department and was generally lonely (since her parents were always overseas on business). Kako brought a little conflict to the show, and I liked how she was trying to achieve the same thing as Bocchi (becoming stronger), but she was doing so in a completely different manner. Deep down, you know she wants to feel needed and wanted, yet she has that prideful stubbornness that just won’t allow it, and I enjoyed it when she’d always put a halt to Bocchi’s hopes of being friends.

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As mentioned earlier, there really is no yuri, but because the entire cast is comprised of girls, it’s really easy to ship them together. Bocchi x Nako, Bocchi x Rakita, Bocchi x Kako, Bocchi x Kai, and Nako x Aru are the ones that are the most obvious. Of course, friendship is at the heart of this anime, but everyone is just so wholesome that it’s no wonder that this is lacking in the yuri department. At the moment, there are only a few illustrations on Dynasty Reader that involve these pairings, but unfortunately, no doujins. Still, for a show with no real yuri, that’s not that bad.

All in all, there’s just so much charisma to go around Hitoribocchi, and and it can’t be understated how important that is for a show like this. Each girl brings a little something different to the table, but they all provide a lot of fun moments, even though you’d prefer to see them be a little more gay. πŸ˜›

Animation-wise, this isn’t anything that great, even by slice of life standards. That said, it was great seeing all the different reaction faces, and if you’re looking for cuteness, look no further.

Musically, this was more or less your standard comedy, with whimsical background music that you sometimes notice, however, it doesn’t ultimately make a major difference. But it’s cute and fun and fits the show, and that’s pretty much all you really need for an anime like this. I thought that the sound effects did add a lot to the comedic timing of the show, however.

You’re going to need some yuri goggles for this show, but it’s pretty obvious that Hitoribocchi was just a super cute and fun comedy that will probably please fans of cute girls doing cute things. The genre is really crowded, but I think this anime did enough to stand out from the crowd a little bit, and the characters are also pretty great, so I’d definitely recommend this for slice of life fans.


Story: 6
Characters: 8
Animation: 6
Sound: 6
Total Enjoyment: 7.5


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13 thoughts on “Anime Review: Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu

  1. Just checked out EP 1 of Hitoribocchi over at Crunchyroll and I second everything that the Rock has said above. If the rest of the series is like the first EP, this is going to be a real delight and pleasure. If you are into super, super kawaii then you will enjoy this one! And like he said, this is super funny where you laugh with Bocchi and not at her. But one obsevation is that a lot of anime speak to extreme social anxiety in Japan and that is just really so foreign to me. I have known a few shy people but most are just the opposite! And I have never met anyone even remotely like Bocchi.
    But this anime looks to a good one and The Rock is rock on point!

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    • You sound like my own personal hype man/woman! πŸ˜€

      The show was definitely super cute, and so was Bocchi~

      I’m definitely an introvert, so that’s probably why I tend to like shows (and characters) like this more than some other people. πŸ˜›

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      • Hard to believe that you are an introvert, but in any case,
        when it comes to Yuri Anime, you are my Senpai (ε…ˆθΌ©)
        and I am your kōhai (後輩)! And in any, any case,
        everyone needs a “praise singer” in their corner.

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  2. Found something for ya guys. There’s this anime called Kiddy Grade. I got recommended the op on youtube and it’s very yuri. Apparently the show just has subtext, but thought you guys might want to look into it.

    (I checked this time to see if you guys have reviewed it yet, lol)

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    • Heard a lot about this one. This show’s been on our radar for a few years now, but we just haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet…

      But now that you mention it, maybe we’ll finally get around to it, so maybe expect a review in a few weeks. πŸ˜›

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  3. This was just a wonderful show. The comedy was funny and well placed. The character development was gradual but very visible. There’s seriously no way you can’t watch this show and not have a big ol smile on your face afterwards. πŸ˜€
    The big draw for me was the relationships they share, with Bocchi of course at the center of it all. After a while it almost feels like they are all family in a way. And Nako was just great with Bocchi, teasing her just enough, supporting and watching over her when needed. She has my pick for favorite character just for this.

    Also, Sotoka (Rakita) totally makes me think of Dekomori from Chuunibyou for some reason. πŸ˜›

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    • Would agree with everything The Shade says here. Hitoribocchi may not have a lot of yuri out ( actually none at all) but it has oodles of yuri in, in the genuine affection which the girls have for Bocchi and each other. And it is very, very warm heartedly funny. Cannot get through an EP without laughing out loud several times.

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    • I haven’t seen Chuunibyou, but since everyone else is agreeing, I agree as well! πŸ˜€

      It’s all just so lovable. I’m guessing that there’s probably not a lot of people that watched it and didn’t end up enjoying it a lot, and those kinds of shows are pretty rare.

      Also, Bocchi FTW! πŸ˜› but everyone else is really nice as well

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      • Well I highly recommend *Love, Chuunibyou and Other Delusions* (full name btw) as it was a hidden gem I was so glad I found and as far as yuri goes, there is quite a small amount but it exists just not in the 1st season (most of it is in the Christmas OVA and movie that ends the series).

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        • It’s been on my to-watch list for a while, mostly due to Dekomori x Nibutani and that “kiss” of theirs~

          Maybe someday I’ll watch it…

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  4. This was maybe my fav anime of the season, given the lack of yuri I had my yuri goggles on too which made it better (still good without the goggles tho). I definitely had my ships this series with my fav one being NakoxAru. It was cute, funny, had a all girls cast and I enjoyed the manga beforehand so this was a great watch for me.

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