The publication of a new dictionary titled The Great Passage progresses. Mitsuya Majime, originally from publisher Genbu Shobo's sales department, has been recruited by Kouhei Araki, a veteran editor of the dictionary department who is looking to retire soon. The dictionary department is known internally as the "money-eating insect," but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor. Mitsuya, who has poor social skills, finds himself working with another man named Masashi Nishioka, who is able to express himself better.
This is an underrated anime series; a hidden gem. I'm a complete sucker for stories that revolve around people who are passionate in their vocations whether its about war, sports, cooking, family, and even compiling a dictionary. Fune wo Amu (aka The Great Passage) is a down to earth, realistic portrayal of a group of dictionary editors who are passionate in their job of compiling a dictionary, which is said to be an endeavor that may span a decade.
While it may sound dull, the process of compiling a dictionary and the struggles that go with it will probably open up a new perspective from viewers on things they usually take for granted. I, for one, never realized making a dictionary could be such an interesting (and also a pain in the ass) process. The interaction between the editors and their nuances are interesting to watch as each have their own issues to deal with without being complete emotards (like, you know, Ikari Shinji or that faggot from Your Lie in April).
I like the MC, Majime Mitsuya. He's an introvert yet doesn't have that emotard aura and he actually thinks about improving himself to mix better with people (and a particular girl! :3), as opposed to typical emotards who get help from everybody else without asking and attract a bunch of hot chicks for no good reason. He's one of the very few main characters that don't annoy me.
I like it because:
1. It's realistic, makes sense, and relatable.
2. No superpower, no 'genius' characters who always win, no weird fantasy, no tit/panty flashes, no moe; no nonsense.
3. I'm a sucker for such genre (see second sentence).
4. Amusing anecdotes by dictionary characters during episodes.
Complaints: Well, maybe one. The MC is too imperfect that he's too perfect for his role in his job. But I think that's exactly the beauty of the story. So, maybe not a complaint, after all.
It's a story purest of form that is meant to be enjoyed by mature audience. I hope you are convinced to watch this series and enjoy it as much as I do. :)read more
It is difficult to put into words just how brilliant this anime is. Fune wo Amu takes the most mundane premise of all time - making a dictionary - and infuses a level of passion and heart into it that anyone can appreciate.
What Karasuno High feels towards volleyball the main cast of Fune wo Amu feels towards forming meaningful definitions. They are all deeply invested in crafting the absolute greatest dictionary the world has ever seen, and won't let any obstacles get in their way of achieving that goal - even a troublesome budget. Each character brings a unique skill to the table, especially our lovable lead character Majime Mitsuya.
Mitsuya is a socially awkward man barely capable of getting out coherent sentences when pressed to perform every day interactions. But when you ask him to describe the meaning of a word under any context....he shines bright with confidence and becomes the best that ever was.
Everyone can relate to this, we all have at least one thing that gives us extreme pleasure to talk about ad nauseam. For most here that is anime, for him it is words. The way that he uses his linguistic skills to paint a concise picture is an absolute joy to watch. This anime is passion in it's rawest form.
There is even a romance subplot void of the all too common hijinks and misunderstandings! Just two adults, slowly learning about one another and growing comfortable together. It is beautiful to watch unfold.
This will likely never be a popular anime because of the premise and non flashy aesthetic (although it is beautifully directed), but I would strongly encourage anyone interested in watching a group of mature people work hard to achieve their goal to give this a try. What may appear to be average on the surface is anything but when you take a deeper look inside.read more
Hello! This is a first impressions review, so it will be shorter and just my general thoughts on the series! Disclaimer: I have never read the novel & my opinions/ratings may change after the anime's completion.
Story & Characters: 8/10
There isn't much depth into the plot, but with that being said it is a realistic story. It's not magical, action packed, sci-fi, etc. It's a Josei anime. And for those of you who don't know what that means, it's basically an anime that's designed to be realistic in story & characters. It's typically slow-paced. Which is probably why this anime is so underrated. MOST, but now all, Josei animes are extremely underappreciated. Examples of this would include but not limited to: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, and Petshop of Horrors. Most iconic titles would be: Chihayafuru, Nodame Cantabile, & Usagi Drop.
Given that, this story is simple, yet endearing. It's about Mitsuya Majime who has a passion for words and is captivated by them. It's extremely refreshing to see something that's not overly done, like how a lot of action shows are. Characters are still in the works of development, but I'm really liking the setting the characters are in. It's not that typical setting. It's slow and developed gradually. To what you may ask? Well the show is still airing, so we'll have to wait and see :)
Art & Sound: 8/10
Art and animation is nothing outstanding but it's nice. It's simple and goes well with the simple story telling. I can't really say much more about it haha. The opening is catchy and a song I never skip with every episode! The ending song is really pretty in my opinion. It's soothing and peaceful. It sets the tone well for the series!
I really live for these shows; it's so lovely to see something so simple yet beautiful. I wish more people appreciated this genre of anime more. But alas, it's not meant for everyone. Not everyone has the attention span to sit through a slower paced anime. Especially nowadays. But I really am enjoying this series so far, and I hope for the best for this series! it's such a hidden gem this season!
Gorgeous episode, interesting premise, it was so peaceful, one of my most anticipated anime of this season and it didnt disappoint.
Looks like an odd concept, but it sounds like an interesting story.
Though just checking, are dictionaries slightly different with the Japanese language, because the description doesn't seem to quite tie up with a western style dictionary. Are they part etiquette guide as well?
Apparently, it's an adaptation of a movie (I could be very wrong, correct me if so)
The basic outline is that this guy sucks at selling stuff but really loves language, and some guys looking to make a really expansive dictionary to bridge the gap between two cultures go, "Eeeeeyyyy," because he has degrees coming out of his ears for linguistics.
Guess we'll have to wait and see if it's anything interesting. The movie has good reviews, 84% so hopefully it's good.
by the way, this is actually based on a Novel.read more
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