Samurai Sensei

Samurai Sensei

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From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 23 October 2015

TV Asahi

In the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate, Takechi Hanpeita, a samurai of Tosa domain who played a central role in campaigning for the expulsion of foreigners, was ordered to commit ritual suicide by disembowelment. He was supposed to have left his beloved wife and journeyed from this world … … But when he opens his eyes, he finds himself in a completely unfamiliar place. Or rather it is visibly different from the nether world with an amazing scenery beyond Hanpeita’s imagination stretches out before him. He has unwittingly travelled 150 years in time from the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate to present day Japan. He is bewildered by everything he sees from cars coming and going at furious speeds to modern young people in outfits like bandits. It is all incomprehensible to him. Hanpeita creates a commotion at a supermarket he wanders into and ends up being pursued by Saeki Haruka, an employee of the village office who received a report, and the police. He happens to take refuge in front of the private school that former elementary school principal Saeki Makoto runs. A man of integrity, Saeki perceives Hanpeita’s honest character and entrusts him with the role of the school’s part-time teacher. Becoming a teacher in a village in the remote countryside through an unexpected turn of events, this stiff teacher dressed as a samurai with a top knot, communicates with the children and solves all kinds of problems with methods unique to a samurai. Then one day, he is reunited with his good friend Sakamoto Ryoma, who quickly adjusted to modern times after travelling in time to the present slightly before him, and lives in Tokyo as a journalist called Narasaki.

Nishikido Ryo as Takechi Hanpeita
A patriot of the Tosa domain at the end of the Edo era, he advocated the expulsion of foreigners. He was jailed for disrespect to his lord and made to commit ritual suicide by disembowelment, but finds that he has travelled 150 years in time to the modern age. Unable to digest the situation, he runs about in confusion and is saved by a kind old gentleman Saeki Makoto who runs a private preparatory school. He ends up helping at the school while he stays with the Saekis. His respect for decorum, dislike of Western civilisation and stiff character does not change even in modern times, and he acts according to his own convictions.

Kamiki Ryunosuke as Sakamoto Ryoma
A patriot who had been “close friends” with Takechi Hanpeita in the Tosa domain. He travelled in time one year ahead of Hanpeita. Fortunately, he has quickly adapted to modern times because of his flexible thinking. He is now a journalist who calls himself Narasaki and lives in Tokyo. However, he has not lost his sense of mission to change Japan and is secretly proceeding with a plan. In the midst of this, he is reunited with Hanpeita who has come to late to the modern age.

Higa Manami as Saeki Haruka
A civil servant who works for Kamisato Village Office’s section that does everything. There is only her glib boss and herself at the workplace and she handles the chores pushed to them by the villagers with a smile. In private, she lives with her grandfather Makoto and younger brother Toranosuke. She has been leading an ordinary and peaceful life. But the sudden appearance of Takechi Hanpeita, who ends up living in her home, drastically changes her life. At first, she is openly wary of Hanpeita, but her impression starts to change.

Fujii Ryusei as Saeki Toranosuke
Saeki Haruka’s younger brother. An unemployed former juvenile delinquent who leads a frivolous, self-indulgent life. His greatest pride is the time in junior high school when he was the leader of a group of delinquents, but he is only a coward who is no good at fighting and resorts to bravado. However, he is kind by nature and cherishes his girlfriend Sachiko.

Ishida Nicole as Shinohara Rio
Saeki Haruka’s childhood playmate and close friend. She was a well-known delinquent in junior high school to those who knew, but has now taken over the karaoke bar that her mother ran and is raising her young daughter as a single mother. To Haruka, this bar is the only place where she can speak her mind. She would come after she finished work and complain.

Kajihara Zen as Komiyama Kiichi
Saeki Haruka’s boss and the head of the section that does everything. Aiming to be the village assemblyman, he flatters villagers with voting rights and person of influence in the village, and is busy garnering votes every day. However, he is only a glib talker and puts up a good front, but does not carry much weight. He treats Takechi Hanpeita, who suddenly showed up in the village and caused an uproar, like an enemy.

Morimoto Leo as Saeki Makoto
Saeki Haruka and Toranosuke’s grandfather, and raised the two of them after their parents died in a traffic accident at a young age. A former elementary school principal who runs a private preparatory school. He is well connected in the village and adored by children and even their mothers. One day, he saves Takechi Hanpeita who collapsed in front of the house and lets him live for free despite the opposition of his grandchildren.

Kuroiwa Tsutomu (Yokoso Wagaya e, Subete ga F ni Naru)

Original Work
Samurai Sensei by Kuroe Ssuke

#1: A Samurai Travels in Time; Sakamoto Ryoma is There Too …!? Cut Down Present-day Japan!
#2: Working Together with Sakamoto Ryoma as the Strongest Team in Japan Today! Slay the Corrupt Boss!!
#3: Beloved Wife Travels in Time Too!? A Tearful Love of Husband and Wife that Transcends 150 Years
#4: Slay the Wealthy who Look Down on People! The Late Shongunate Era’s Strongest Team Protects a Young Lady’s Pure Love
#5: The School Ghost is a Messenger from the Late Shogunate Era!? Sack the Greedy School!
#6: Save Kamisato Village! The Ties that Transcend 150 Years! … The Fight of the Late Shogunate Era’s Two Strongest Men
#7: Samurai Goes to Tokyo At Last! Ryoma’s Secret and Truth of the Time Travel
#8: A Shocking Truth that Spans 150 Years!! Risking Life to Fight Against Ryoma

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