Genji (ゲンジ,Genji?) is a jockrabbitvillager in the Animal Crossing series. He retains his name from the Japanese version, and both reference the titular character of The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, which is considered by some to be the world's first novel. His initial phrase prior to New Horizons, "otaku," is a formal second-person pronoun in Japanese; it can also refer to someone with an obsessive personality, which reflects on jock villagers' fitness and health obsessions, or a fan of anime. In New Horizons, his new initial phrase, "mochi," refers to a type of Japanese rice cake.
Genji is a white rabbit with dark mahogany brown ears and light pink cheeks. The brown from his ears circles all the way around his head. His paws, feet, and bunny tail are tipped chocolate brown while the rest is white except his ears. He also has tiny, round eyebrows that are brown. He may be confused for a cranky villager because he may look angry or stressed out. He initially wears the misty shirt- a green shirt that has white mist clouds on it. On rainy days, he carries a paper parasol.
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Genji has a jock personality and has a great interest in sports and bodybuilding. Jock villagers are hyperactive and motivated but often come across as egotistical and dense. As a jock villager, Genji is very interested in his hobby, and may compete against the player at catching bugs and fish. Jock villagers get along with peppy, cranky and sisterly villagers, but conflict with the laid-back lifestyle of lazy villagers. Snooty villagers may also be difficult to get along with for Genji.
Genji's house is the style of a Zen Garden, similar in design to Pekoe or Kabuki's house. He has the Sea View and the Shanty Mat. He plays King K.K. or K.K. Folk on his Tape Deck and has a Hearth, a Tall Lantern, and some other pieces to complete his Zen theme.
In New Horizons, Genji's house represents a modern Zen garden. There are several Zen-themed items such as a cherry blossom tree, a Zen partition, a tatami bed, and a bamboo bench. Genji does not have a stereo of any sort in his house, so no music is playing.
Genji can often be found swapping stories with the mayor and running races with Aziz. When he's not hobnobbing with the village brass or racing to beath the band, he's penning poems to his friends. He's a real renaissance rabbit!
Genji's initial catchphrase in Japanese, maro (まろ?), has multiple meanings. It can be a reference to Genji's namesake, as it is a first-person pronoun used by those of noble birth. It is also a slang expression for someone with thin or shaved eyebrows.