Fune wo Amu

The Great Passage

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 舟を編む
English: The Great Passage
German: The Great Passage
Spanish: The Great Passage
French: Fune wo amu
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Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Premiered: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Zexcs
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, WorkplaceWorkplace
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.611 (scored by 4242942,429 users)
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Ranked: #14652
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1783
Members: 123,206
Favorites: 498

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Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary editorial division at Genbu Publishing, plans to retire in order to better care for his ailing wife. However, before retiring, he must find a replacement to complete his latest project: a new dictionary called The Great Passage. But no matter where he looks, he cannot find anyone suitable, as making a dictionary requires a wealth of patience, time, and dedication.

Mitsuya Majime works in Genbu Publishing's sales division, yet he has poor social skills and an inability to read the mood in most situations. In spite of this, he excels at having an enthusiasm for words thanks to his love of reading and careful personality. It is these skills that draw Araki to him and prompt him to offer Majime a position in the dictionary editorial department. As Majime accepts his new position, he finds himself unsure of his abilities and questioning whether he will fit in with his new co-workers. Yet amid the vast sea of words, The Great Passage will bring them together.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Winner of the New Face Award on the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Mori, Akitoshi
Kuroyanagi, Toshimasa
Director, Script
Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director
Kouta, Fumiaki
Episode Director


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"Shiokaze (潮風)" by Taiiku Okazaki (岡崎体育)

Ending Theme

"I & I" by Leola


Feb 5, 2024
It's true what they say, there really is an anime for everything, and as an anime about writing a dictionary, The Great Passage is proof of that. Though, where most anime which demonstrate this concept are funny or absurd, The Great Passage is slow, beautiful, and genuinely heartfelt. The passion and artistry that goes into a work such as a good dictionary is something most people rarely consider, and the way this anime represents those things highlights the quiet nobility in truly dedicating your life to something, be it big or small. At the end of the day it's the dedication that counts. Beginning with ...
Sep 4, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Fune wo Amu, a story about compiling words for a dictionary, wasn't too niche. The scope of its message was.

There moments of greatness in this story. The discussions on how people choose to define words are genuinely interesting if you can enjoy the show in Japanese, and one of the later discussions about why its actually good that there are no government funded dictionaries were some of the most impactful discussions in the show.

However these scenes are a rarity. They are not related to the core message of the story, and often the same tricks are re-used like stock photos.

The central defining message ...
Jun 7, 2017
(Greetings from Portugal !) (overall Fune wo Amu! 4/10)
“Yet amid the vast sea of words, The Great Passage will bring them together.”

Oh the Great Passage! How I wish you were great. I was expecting a great story with well-built characters. The premise was so seductive – How to complete a dictionary? A show about books, but not just books, the ultimate compendium of words and meanings! And the Gods know, how we all struggle with words and communication. You can never be 100% of the true meaning of my words. That is fascinating, for me. We invented language, only to misunderstand ourselves and others. It’s ...

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