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The Great Passage Reveals 5 More Cast Members, Opening Song, October 13 Debut

posted on 2016-09-08 10:40 EDT by Egan Loo

The official website for the television anime of Shion Miura's The Great Passage (Fune wo Amu or literally, To Compile A Ship) novel revealed five more cast members, the opening theme song's performer, and the October 13 premiere date on Thursday.

The newly announced cast members are:

Tetsuo Kaneo as Kōhei Araki, a veteran Genbu Shobō editor assigned to the dictionary editorial department

Mugihito as Tomosuke Matsumoto, an elderly Japanese linguistics expert assigned to supervise The Great Passage dictionary project

Yoshiko Sakakibara as Kaoru Sasaki, a contract worker and the "super madam" in the dictionary editorial department

Chiwa Saito as Remi Miyoshi, a Genbu Shobō employee (not pictured)

Yōko Hikasa as Midori Kishibe (not pictured)

Taiiku Okazaki is contributing his new song "Shiokaze" as the anime's opening theme song. The series will premiere in the Fuji TV network's Noitamina timeslot on October 13. Original character designer Haruko Kumota and Miura will appear at a Tokyo talk show event on October 1, and the event will preview the anime's first two episodes.

The show stars:


Takahiro Sakurai as Mitsuya Majime. He's a salesman in the first sales department at the Genbu Shobō publishing company. Even though he's a salesman, he has a hard time conveying his thoughts in words to others. Starting with his meeting with Masashi, his language abilities begin to grow.



Hiroshi Kamiya as Masashi Nishioka. He works for Genbu Shobō's dictionary editorial department. As his looks imply, he's quite frivolous. He has great communication skills, but he has no interest in compiling a dictionary. When he meets Mitsuya by chance in a bookstore, his skill at compiling a dictionary starts to manifest.



Maaya Sakamoto as Kaguya Hayashi, a woman studying to be a chef. She is the granddaughter of Granny Take, who is the landlady of the building Mitsuya lives in. Kaguya also lives in the building, and begins to take an interest in Mitsuya.

The series follows the employees at the Genbu Shobō publishing company. Araki, who is a veteran editor for the dictionary department, is looking for a successor now that he's approaching retirement age. After Majime Mitsuya — a salesman who's a poor talker — meets Masashi Nishioka — Araki's coworker who is sociable and frivolous — Araki overhears their conversation and decides to recruit Majime into the department. The story follows "the awkward humans" Majime and Masashi as they work together to compile a medium-sized Japanese dictionary titled "The Great Passage" (Daitokai).

Miura's novel originally shipped in 2011, and it inspired an award-winning live-action film directed by Yuya Ishii that opened in Japan in 2013. The film won the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year in 2013.

Source: Comic Natalie


This article has a follow-up: The Great Passage Anime's 3rd Promo Previews Opening Theme Song (2016-09-09 01:10)
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