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The Great Passage
Anime visual
(Fune o Amu)
Written byShion Miura
Illustrated byHaruko Kumota
Published byKobunsha
Kobunsha Bunko
Written byShion Miura
Illustrated byHaruko Kumota
Published byKodansha
Original runJune 2016October 2017
Anime television series
Directed byToshimasa Kuroyanagi
Produced by
  • Akitoshi Mori
  • Sōichirō Umemoto
Written byTakuya Satō
Music byYoshihiro Ike
Licensed byAmazon Video (streaming)
Original networkFuji TV (Noitamina)
Original run October 14, 2016 December 23, 2016
Episodes11 (List of episodes)

The Great Passage (Japanese: 舟を編む, Hepburn: Fune o Amu, Weaving a Ship) is a 2016 Japanese anime television series animated by Zexcs, adapted from the novel written by Shion Miura.[1] The series was directed by Toshimasa Kuroyanagi and written by Takuya Satō, featuring original character designs by Haruko Kumota, adapted character designs by Hiroyuki Aoyama and music by Yoshihiro Ike.[2] The anime aired between October 14, 2016, and December 23, 2016, on Fuji TV's Noitamina block.[3]


The publication of a new dictionary called The Great Passage is being constructed. Mitsuya Majime, originally from publisher Genbu Publishing's sales department, has been recruited by the retiring editor of the dictionary department Kouhei Araki to succeed him due to his love and dedication to reading. The dictionary department is known internally as the "money-eating insect" (loss making), but Mitsuya uses his perseverance and attachment to the words in order to become a great editor.


Mitsuya Majime (馬締 光也, Majime Mitsuya)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[2]
Majime is the main protagonist. He is a sales man for Genbu until Araki transfers him to the Dictionary Editorial Department. He is a bookworm and has a hard time expressing his own feelings, though he does make a conscious effort of learning how to. He has feelings for Kaguya which is why he writes a confession letter for her and asks Nishioka to advice him regarding it. After the time skip, it is revealed that he has married her, and has become the Chief editor of the Dictionary Editorial Department.
Masashi Nishioka (西岡 正志, Nishioka Misashi)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya[2]
Nishioka is a good looking and friendly guy who is one of the editors at the Dictionary Editorial Department, before he gets transferred to the PR Department. When he first meets Majime he thinks that the latter is weird, but when they start working together they come to realize that their individual strengths complement each other. They eventually become best friends. After the time skip, it is revealed that he has become the chief of the PR Department, and that he regularly tries to help out the Dictionary Editorial Department to make "The Great Passage" a success.
Kaguya Hayashi (林 香具矢, Hayashi Kaguya)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto[2]
Kaguya is the granddaughter of Take, Majime's landlord. She is training to become a Japanese chef and responds favourably when Majime confesses to her. After the time skip it is revealed that she has married Majime, and now owns her own restaurant.
Kōhei Araki (荒木 公平, Araki Kōhei)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Kanao[3]
He is the former Chief of the Dictionary Editorial Department who has decided to retire due to his wife's illness. He swears to Matsumoto-sensei that he would find someone worthy to take his place, and after he brings Majime in, Matsumoto-sensei and he find Majime to be exactly that. He keeps mentoring Majime and becomes a part-time employee.
Kaoru Sasaki (佐々木 薫, Sasaki Kaoru)
Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara[3]
Sasaki is the secretary of the Dictionary Editorial Department. She is a mild mannered woman, who continues to support the editors at the department.
Midori Kishibe (岸辺 みどり, Kishibe Midori)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[3]
Kishibe is a character who is introduced after the time skip. She is transferred from the Northern Black Editorial Team, and at first finds it difficult to adjust to her new role and environment. But with Nishioka's help she manages that, and also contributes to the completion and publication of "The Great Passage".
Remi Miyoshi (三好 麗美, Miyoshi Remi)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō[3]
Miyoshi works at the PR Department, and is secretly in a relationship with Nishioka, with whom she also went to High School. After the time skip, it is revealed that she has married him (which now makes her Remi Nishioka) and they have two daughters together.
Tomosuke Matsumoto (松本 朋佑, Matsumoto Tomosuke)
Voiced by: Mugihito[3]
Matsumoto, or Matsumoto-sensei as he is called by the others, is a professor who serves in an advisory capacity for the compilation of "The Great Passage" at the Dictionary Editorial Department at Genbu. He is a wise and kindhearted man, who also loves learning new words, which he writes down in a notebook he carries with him at all times.
Take (タケ, Take)
Voiced by: Ikuko Tani[2]
Take is Majime's landlord and Kaguya's grandmother. She is a gentle soul who often stays up late only to converse with Majime and offer him dinner.



A manga adaptation illustrated by Haruko Kumota was serialized in Kodansha's ITAN magazine from June 2016 to October 2017.[4][5]


The series was produced by Fuji TV, Aniplex, Kyoraku Industrial Holdings, Kansai Telecasting Corporation, Kobunsha, Dentsu, and Zexcs. It premiered in the Noitamina programming block on Fuji TV on October 14, 2016, and finished airing on December 23, 2016, with a total of 11 episodes.[3] The opening theme was "Shiokaze" (潮風, Shiokaze, lit. "Tide Wind") by Taiiku Okazaki,[6] and the ending theme was "I&I" by Leola.[7] Amazon simulcasted the series on their Amazon Video service.[8] The series will be released across two home video release volumes which are scheduled for release on January 25, 2017, and March 22, 2017, respectively; the first volume contains episodes 1 to 7, and the second volume contains episode 8 to 11.[9]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date[10]
Transliteration: "Bōyō" (Japanese: 茫洋)
Toshimasa KuroyanagiTakuya SatōOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)[a]
Transliteration: "Hōchaku" (Japanese: 逢着)
Seishirō NagayaToshimasa KuroyanagiOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)
Transliteration: "Koi" (Japanese: )
Miwa SasakiNoriko TodaOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)
4"Steady Progress"
Transliteration: "Zenshin" (Japanese: 漸進)
Shinobu TagashiraYūichirō KidoNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)
Transliteration: "Tayutau" (Japanese: 揺蕩う)
Tatsumi FujiiToshizō NemotoNovember 11, 2016 (2016-11-11)
Transliteration: "Kyōshin" (Japanese: 共振)
Seishirō NagayaToshizō NemotoNovember 18, 2016 (2016-11-18)
Transliteration: "Shinrai" (Japanese: 信頼)
Fumiaki KōtaYūichirō KidoNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
Transliteration: "Amu" (Japanese: 編む)
Midori YuiNoriko TodaDecember 2, 2016 (2016-12-02)
Transliteration: "Chishio" (Japanese: 血潮)
Miwa SasakiNoriko TodaDecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
Transliteration: "Kinji" (Japanese: 矜持)
Seishirō NagayaYūichirō KidoDecember 16, 2016 (2016-12-16)
Transliteration: "Akari" (Japanese: )
Toshimasa KuroyanagiTakuya SatōDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)


  1. ^ The series premiered on Fuji TV's Noitamina block on October 13, 2016 at 24:55 JST, which is effectively October 14, 2016 at 12:55am.[10]


  1. ^ "Fune wo Amu/The Great Passage Novel Gets TV Anime in October on Noitamina". Anime News Network. March 17, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Takahiro Sakurai, Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto Star in Fune wo Amu/The Great Passage Anime". Anime News Network. August 18, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "The Great Passage Reveals 5 More Cast Members, Opening Song, October 13 Debut". Anime News Network. September 8, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  4. ^ 雲田はるこの次回作は「舟を編む」!「落語心中」は6年の連載に幕. Comic Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. June 7, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  5. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 13, 2017). "The Great Passage Manga by Rakugo Shinju's Kumota Ends in 2nd Volume". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  6. ^ "The Great Passage Anime's 3rd Promo Previews Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. September 9, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Great Passage Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals Ending Theme Song". Anime News Network. September 1, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Amazon Video Streams The Great Passage". Anime News Network. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "BD/DVD/CD". Noitamina (in Japanese). Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  10. ^ a b 舟を編む - フジテレビ. Fuji TV (in Japanese). Retrieved December 16, 2016.

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