The Great Passage
Fune wo Amu (JP)
Season: Fall 2016
Premiere Date: October 14, 2016
Fune wo Amu (lit. To Compile a Ship) was originally a story written by Shion Miura that was serialized in the women’s fashion magazine CLASSY from 2009 to 2011. The story was compiled into a novel with cover art by Haruko Kumota in 2011. The story inspired a live-action film adaptation that premiered in 2013, with the film receiving multiple awards. A television anime adaptation of the story was announced in March 2016.
By complete coincidence, a man who’s a salesman despite being bad with words named Mitsuya Majime and a man who is a member of a dictionary editorial department despite his gaudy looks named Masashi Nishioka meet each other for the very first time in town.
Publisher Genbu Shobo is currently in the process of compiling a new medium-length dictionary titled Daitokai. Close to retirement, an editor at the company named Araki desperately searches for a successor. After hearing about Majime from Nishioka, he scouts him to assist in the creation of the dictionary.
“Compile words that connect people together.”
Words that don’t get across. Feelings that can’t be expressed.
This is the tale of a group of awkward human beings.
Voice: Takahiro Sakurai
A worker in the first division of Genbu Shobo’s sales department. Despite being a salesman, he’s bad with words and he has difficulty expressing what he’s thinking to others. After meeting Nishioka, his skills with words begin to blossom.
Voice: Hiroshi Kamiya
A worker in the dictionary editorial department of Genbu Shobo. Appearances don’t lie: he’s a jokester who is very skilled when it comes to communication. He has no interest at all in dictionary editing. After meeting Majime at a bookstore while on the job by complete coincidence, however, he starts to put his skills to good use in order to make the new dictionary.
Voice: Maaya Sakamoto
The granddaughter of Take, the old landlady of the “Souun House” where Majime lives. She ends up also living at Souun House and begins to hold interest in Majime.
Voice: Tetsuo Kanao
A man who works in Genbu Shobo’s dictionary editorial department. Although he has worked on the “Daitokai” dictionary’s creation for some time, he finds himself getting closer and closer to retirement age and begins to search for a successor. Kouhei is a man who has dedicated his life to dictionary creation.
An elderly linguist who has been entrusted with the task of overseeing the creation of the dictionary, “Daitokai.” Along with Araki, he has participated in the planning and creation of many dictionaries. A man of conviction who wants to create a new dictionary for a new age, he is the one who came up with the concept for “Daitokai.”
Voice: Yoshiko Sakakibara
A contract worker who is stationed at Genbu Shobo’s dictionary editorial department. She’s a super secretary and an unsung hero who takes care of all of the department’s clerical work.
Where to Watch
Original Creator: Shion Miura (Kobunsha Bunko)
Original Character Designs: Haruko Kumota
Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi
Series Composition: Takuya Satō
Character Design: Hiroyuki Aoyama
Art Director: Yuka Hirama
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Music: Yoshihiro Ike
Animation Production: ZEXCS
Production: Genbu Shobo Jisho Henshu-bu
Opening Theme Song: “Shiokaze” by Taiiku Okazaki
Ending Theme Song: “I&I” by Leola
Takahiro Sakurai as Mitsuya Majime
Hiroshi Kamiya as Masashi Nishioka
Maaya Sakamoto as Kaguya Hayashi
Tetsuo Kanao as Kouhei Araki
Mugihito as Tomosuke Matsumoto
Yoshiko Sakakibara as Kaoru Sasaki
Chiwa Saitō as Remi Miyoshi
Yōko Hikasa as Midori Kishibe
Azuki Shibuya as Kai-kun
Sarah Emi Bridcutt as Hiroshi
Yō Taichi as Rinta
Satsumi Matsuda as Sen-kun
©Genbu Dictionary Editorial Dept.