Kuzumi Haruhiko (Izuka Kenta) is a struggling university student who gets into a seemingly unresolvable situation after inadvertently causing a cycling accident that results in writer Kijima Rio (Takezai Terunosuke) breaking a bone in his arm. Haruhiko is uninsured, has very little in the way of money – and is at his wits’ end when he is ordered to pay Rio compensation for the injury. Rio says that if Haruhiko is unable to pay him back financially, he must instead help him transcribe a story that Rio cannot now type out due to his arm injuries. Haruhiko agrees, but is shocked to discover that Rio’s story is pornographic. Nonetheless, Haruhiko perseveres with his task – and as the two continue to work together, they begin to develop a mysterious attraction to one another. How will Rio’s steamy tale end? And could the accident – and the erotic writing task – draw these two men together? “The Novelist” is a 2018 Japanese drama series written and directed by Miki Koichiro.