From 11.30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 April 2020
Fujiwara Saori comes home from office one weekend, and is dozing off after lighting some incense set that she bought in Bali to relax when a man wearing an ancient outfit appears all of a sudden. Saori thinks he is a suspicious person and even gets the police to come. However, during questioning, she recalls “Genji” and suddenly blurts this name out because the man is handsome and dressed in a costume from the Heian Period. The man embraces her as if to say he is Genji and the police leave under the impression that this is a lovers’ quarrel. Saori believes he is a cosplayer but hears that he has reasons for having no place to return to. She decides to help by putting him up for the time being. Hailing from Heian nobility that lived in refined society, Genji has a world view that is completely different from the present and he alternates between shock and delight at the disparities. However, Saori’s younger sister Shiori finds out that they are living together. Before long, Hikaru’s rival in Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji, Tou no Chujou, also shows up … …
Chiba Yudai as Hikaru Genji
The protagonist in Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji. He is a fictional character and his role is an imperial prince during the Heian era. People call him the shining prince because of his good looks and he has romanced a great number of females. However, he is forced to flee the capital due to a scandal. While he is on the way to Suma, he ends up time travelling to the present Reiwa era.
Ito Sairi as Fujiwara Saori
An office lady who works for a manufacturer’s planning and sales department, and lives on her own. She keeps thinking that she is plain compared to her beautiful younger sister Shiori and has no self-confidence. She initially believes Hikaru Genji is a cosplayer but starts to wonder if he is the genuine Hikaru Genji from his speech and behaviour every day.
Kiriyama Ren as Chujou
A character in The Tale of Genji. Hikaru Genji’s brother-in-law. He feels a sense of competitiveness with Hikaru who is fawned over by the people around him and tries to be his rival in love but is also his good friend. While he is on the road to Suma in an effort to encourage Hikaru who has fled the capital, he encounters something unusual.
Iriyama Anna as Fujiwara Shiori
Fujiwara Saori’s younger sister. A university student who used her beauty to get part-time work at a cabaret club. She seems to be happy-go-lucky compared to the down-to-earth Saori. But in fact, she also has a sensitive side. She is concerned about her sister who is a late developer in romance and tries to give her some encouragement.
Ii ne! Hikaru Genji-kun by Estem
Konaka Kazuya, Tanaka Satoshi