The Great Passage

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (494)

The Great Passage is a Japanese anime television series that aired in 2016. It is based on the novel "Fune wo Amu" by Shion Miura. The show revolves around a team of lexicographers who are working together to create a new dictionary called "The Great Passage." The protagonist of the show is Mitsuya Majime, a socially awkward man with a deep love for words. He is given the task of leading the dictionary team and finding a replacement for his former boss who has retired. Despite his lack of social skills, Mitsuya is a gifted linguist and has a passion for language that drives him to work tirelessly on the project.

Mitsuya's team includes talented and quirky individuals, such as Masashi Nishioka, a young man who is more interested in women than words, and Kohei Araki, an older man who seems to know everything about language. They are all passionate about their work and are determined to create the best dictionary possible.

However, the road to completion is not easy. The team faces numerous obstacles, including budget cuts, strict deadlines, and personal conflicts. In addition, Mitsuya struggles to express his feelings for Kaguya Hayashi, a woman who has joined the team as a dictionary editor.

The Great Passage is not only about creating a dictionary but also about the power of words to connect people. The characters' passion for language brings them together and helps them overcome their personal and professional challenges. The show explores the importance of communication, the beauty of language, and the value of hard work and determination.

One of the highlights of the show is the attention to detail given to the process of dictionary creation. The audience gets to see the team researching, debating, and testing different words to determine their inclusion in the dictionary. The animation captures the intricacies of the dictionary-making process, which makes it both informative and entertaining.

The voice acting in the show is outstanding, with Takahiro Sakurai delivering a nuanced performance as Mitsuya Majime. Hiroshi Kamiya brings humor and charm to the character of Masashi Nishioka, while Tetsuo Kanao provides gravitas and wisdom to the role of Kohei Araki. The rest of the cast also delivers strong performances that bring the characters to life.

The Great Passage is not a show for everyone, as it can be slow-paced and focused heavily on dialogue. However, for viewers who appreciate linguistic and cultural explorations, the show is a fascinating journey through the world of language. It teaches the audience about the complexities of word creation, meaning, and usage.

In conclusion, The Great Passage is an excellent anime television series that explores the power of language and the human connection. It is a beautifully animated show that delves into the intricacies of dictionary creation and the passion that drives people to pursue their dreams. The characters are well-developed, relatable, and inspiring, making the show a must-watch for anyone who loves language and discovering new things.

The Great Passage is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on October 14, 2016.

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11. Torch
December 23, 2016
Majime and Araki visit Matsumoto with an advanced copy of Daitokai. Matsumoto is pleased, but he tells them he has cancer.That spring, the team gets a call informing them of his death.Daitokai is completed, and they throw a party to celebrate. Araki reads a moving thank you letter from Matsumoto.Later, Majime reflects on Matsumoto's message as he walks with Kaguya, finding peace and solace..
10. Pride
December 16, 2016
The editorial team is dumbfounded by the discovery of an omitted word. Majime decides to recheck all 240,000 words. During all of this, Matsumoto is hospitalized. Majime frantically works to complete Daitokai.The team works tirelessly day and night under the same roof.Time passes, and the rechecking is finally completed. Nishioka comes to help celebrate. Daitokai is nearly completed, but...
9. Blood
December 9, 2016
Kishibe is back and ready to work. She is enamored with Matsumoto and Majime€™s talk on words and dictionaries.The team is on the final phase, as a special paper is also being developed specially for Daitokai. The team unify in this home stretch.After roughly a year, the paper is finally finished. Daitokai is inching closer to being completed.However, a grave mistake is discovered.(C)GDED
8. Compile
December 2, 2016
Thirteen years pass and a new employee Kishibe arrives. With a fashion magazine background, she wonders why she has been transferred here.The team throw her a welcome party. Majime tells her he thinks she's someone who values words. But she runs out of the restaurant saying she's not cut out for the job.Nishioka runs into her and assures her she is.The next day, Kishibe turns up ready to work.
7. Trust
November 25, 2016
Spotting issues with a professor€™s manuscript, Nishoka and Majime propose amendments. Majime reaffirms that they need Nishioka. But Nishioka reassures Majime that he will always be there for him.A few days later, the professor is livid with the changes, and Nishioka goes to apologize. The professor is upset, but Nishioka manages to win him over.Nishioka and Majime go down their separate paths.
6. Resonance
November 18, 2016
The morning after handing her the love letter, Majime runs when he sees Kaguya. That afternoon, Nishioka reveals his transfer to the shocked team. Majime worries over losing Nishioka.That night, spurred by Nishioka, Majime presses Kaguya for a reply. She's overwhelmed and retreats to her room. Majime thinks it's over, but after rereading the letter she comes back and tells him she likes him too.
5. Waver
November 11, 2016
The director informs Nishioka the conditions for Daitokai's continuation, which are the revision of another dictionary and Nishioka€™s transfer to the marketing department.Nishioka's shocked, but seeing the team's joy with the sample copies of Daitokai, and Majime starting the revision work, he vows to do all he can before his transfer.Later, Majime works up the courage to hand Kaguya his letter.
Steady Progress
4. Steady Progress
November 4, 2016
To stop the rumored cancelation of Daitokai, the editorial team unites to implement Nishioka€™s plan. Nishioka has never felt more alive.A few months later, Majime has a day off and Take pushes him to go out with Kaguya. The two of them make their way around Tokyo. Kaugya passionately talks of cooking. Majime is moved.That night, Majime begins to write a letter to express his feelings to Kaguya.
3. Love
October 28, 2016
It's discovered that Majime has fallen for Take€™s granddaughter Kaguya. The editorial team decides to visit the restaurant where she is learning to become a chef.Majime is enamored with Kaguya as she answers Nishioka€™s questions.Majime admires Nishioka and his ability to engage people. Nishioka finds Majime's awkwardness entertaining.Nishioka hears a rumor about Daitokai being canceled.(C)GDED
2. Encounter
October 21, 2016
After Majime transfers to the dictionary editorial department, he learns of Araki and the supervisor Matsumoto-sensei€™s passion for dictionaries, and tell him of Daitokai, the dictionary they are working on.Majime is consumed with worry about living up to their expectations. His landlady Take tells him to simply depend on each other. That night, Majime encounters a beautiful girl on the balcony.
1. Vastness
October 14, 2016
Nishioka is in a book store when he spots a salesman named Majime from Genbu Books doing a poor job. Meanwhile, the veteran dictionary editor Araki is searching for a successor as he prepares for retirement. Nishioka mentions his encounter with Majime. Araki heads to the sales department to meet this Majime.Upon meeting him, Araki sees Majime€™s potential and recruits him on the spot.(C)GDED
Where to Watch The Great Passage
The Great Passage is available for streaming on the Anime Strike website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Great Passage on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 14, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (494)