Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu was one of the most popular comedies of the Spring 2019 season, filled with relatable gags, eccentric high school girls, and lots of headbutting. But for those of you who aren't as familiar with the Japanese language, you may have missed out on an extra layer of comedy displayed in the show: almost every character's name is a pun associated with their personality or circumstances.
Note: This article only covers characters who appear in the anime adaptation.
Our titular character, the cripplingly shy Hitori Bocchi, enters middle school with the daunting task of making friends with everyone in her class.
Derived from hitoribocchi, her name means "loneliness" or "solitude." But thankfully, her name was only a brief curse.
She may have a tough-looking exterior that scares her homeroom teacher, but Nako is a kind and supportive friend who always speaks her mind (especially toward Aru).
Derived from sunao na ko, her name means "honest child."
As the vice-class representative of Bocchi's class, Aru strives to maintain an appearance of perfection and elegance despite being clumsy, forgetful, and overall zannen (unfortunate).
Derived from honshou aru, her name means "has a hidden nature." Her young alter ego, Honshou Mieru, means "hidden nature is visible".
Sotca Luckythar (Sotoka Rakita)
Obsessed with ninjas and making paper shuriken, Sotcais a foreign student who becomes Bocchi's disciple before eventually befriending her.
Derived from soto kara kita, her name means "came from outside."
Kako is perhaps Bocchi's greatest challenge: because of her desire to be strong enough to survive alone, she has a policy against making friends, teasing some kind of tragic backstory that led her to this mindset.
Derived from kurai kako, her name means "dark past."
When she isn't stressing over how to deal with the "delinquent" Nako, Oshie-sensei is busy being the homeroom teacher to the series' ensemble of characters.
Derived from oshieteru yo, her name means "I'll teach you."
Worried about Bocchi's social anxiety when they end up going to separate middle schools, Kai decides to break off their friendship to help Bocchi make new friends, even if it hurts them both in the short term.
Derived from yawarakai, her name means "gentle."
Shy like Bocchi, Ito is a student librarian who is best friends with Peko Onaka.
Derived from kurieito, her name means "create."
Peko adores desserts and snacks and is always seen hanging out with her best friend Kurie Ito.
Derived from onaka pekopeko, her name means "I'm starving."
They sadly don't get their turn in their spotlight in the anime adaptation, but the Futago twins still make a short appearance in the first episode as the witnesses of Bocchi's failed attempt to escape her new class.
Derived from futago no saki (saki = previous), Nosaki's name means "the elder twin."
And of course, Nosaki's twin sister. Admittedly, I don't know which is which...
Derived from futago no tsugi (tsugi = next), her name means "the younger twin."
We didn't get to witness Rau's tone-deafness in the anime adaptation, but we do see her confidently introduce herself in the first episode with a humorous flourish.
Derived from mina ga warau, her name means "everyone laughs."
We first see Mayo being dropped off by her chauffeur, which quickly demonstrates her family's wealth. Mayo does her best to help Bocchi avoid having to switch classes away from her friends, but it was just an adorable ploy to get close to her in the end.
Derived from ojou-sama yo, her name means "I'm a rich girl."
Even though she was only briefly introduced in the final episode when Bocchi pins a corsage on her, Nakanai Karane also has a name that's a pun, just like everyone else.
Derived from nakanai kara ne, her name means "I won't cry."