ONKYO DIRECT Opens Pre-Orders For Bocchi the Rock! Wireless Earphones

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ONKYO DIRECT — the store of Japanese electronic company ONKYO — is opening pre-orders for its latest wireless earphones featuring Bocchi the Rock! and its main character, Hitori Gotou. The online store is also selling clear files and an acrylic stand as part of its overall collaboration with the anime series. 

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The AOW01 ANIMA wireless earphones are designed with a Bocchi the Rock! logo on its surface and features wireless Bluetooth microphone capabilities. Users will also be able to customize the automated voice system to hear 11 original vocal lines from Hitori’s voice actress, Yoshino Aoyama. The product is selling for 20,000 yen (US$148.27), which includes the total tax and shipping costs. 

The pre-order period for the wireless earphones is open from December 2, 2022 to February 3, 2023. Each product is made-to-order and scheduled to ship out sometime between early to mid-April 2023. As such, cancellations or returns will not be accepted. The sales period may change without notice, depending on a variety of circumstances. Reservations will close when the planned number of units is reached. 

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Pre-orders for the Bocchi the Rock! wireless earphones can be made on ONKYO DIRECT’s online website or physical store in Akihabara. For visitors who are able to visit the latter, they will receive a special illustrated Hitori Gotou can badge. The item will be limited to one per person. 

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A clear file and acrylic stand with similar designs were also available for purchase, but have sold out on the online store as of the time of this writing. The clear file was priced at 500 yen (US$3.71) while the acrylic stand was on sale for 1,100 yen (US$8.17), with both including tax. 

Overseas buyers will need to use the Buyee proxy service that is conveniently available on ONKYO Direct’s online website. The proxy will activate when you add your selected product in the cart section and will then direct you to international shipping options. More information and instructions can be found on Buyee’s guide

Bocchi the Rock! is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and scheduled to broadcast 12 episodes in total. The first episode aired on October 9, 2022 and CloverWorks handled the animation production for the series. 

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Crunchyroll describes the anime’s synopsis as: 

Hitori Gotou, “Bocchi-chan,” is a girl who’s so introverted and shy around people that she’d always start her conversations with “Ah…”

After becoming a skilled guitar player, she uploaded videos of herself playing the guitar to the internet under the name “Guitar Hero” and fantasized about performing at her school’s cultural festival concert. But not only could she not find any bandmates, before she knew it, she was in high school and still wasn’t able to make a single friend!

She was really close to becoming a shut-in, but one day, Nijika Ijichi, the drummer in Kessoku Band, reached out to her. And because of that, her everyday life started to change little by little…

The anime series has also ranked in first place for two consecutive weeks in Anime Trending’s Top Anime Charts. Hitori Gotou, Nijika Ijichi, Ryou Yamada, and Ikuyo Kita also rank first, fifth, seventh, and twelfth respectively in the Top Female Characters Charts


Source: ONKYO DIRECT press release, ONKYO DIRECT Official Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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