Vastness – 01: Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)


Two gentlemen are discussing what is the first dictionary they ever had. Araki is leaving the dictionary editorial department due to his wife’ condition. But not before vowing to find a successor to help out his colleague in the editorial department. Mitsuya Majime (our main lead) is introducing himself to the book store. And thanks the store owner for stocking up on Genbu’ products, this hasn’t gone unnoticed by other people though. One of Mitsuya’ colleague apologies for Mitsuya’ behaviour.


I promise to find my successor before I retire


— Araki

His colleague wanted to tell Mitusya that during his sales call rounds, he shouldn’t be carrying a rival store bag. Otherwise they wouldn’t take him as seriously. His colleague notices that Mitsuya takes interest in to what he said “read the air”. Mitsuya pretty much lives on his own, however he does have a nice land lady. Araki is still on the hunt and he isn’t giving up till he finds his successor. Till he finds his man.

Point of interests:
  • Dictionaries have their own characteristics and meanings of words – no dictionary are the same
  • Mitsuya Majime works for Genbu publishing
  • Mitsuya is a shy, introverted, socially awkward, person – who just happens to a bibliophile & he has a cat called tiger

Episode 1 - 1B

Episode 1 - 1C

Well as mentioned on twitter – this is the new episode series I’m reviewing. Yes this anime aired during the autumn season. So without further ado, let’s get on with review.

Words – hold many meanings, they also have impact. For positive or negative. For they carry weight in conveying what you mean and say. Just reading this post, will carry some weight to you, the readers. As it does to me the author / writer.

I really enjoyed this episode. Sure it won’t be for everyone as it is slow and the main character can be desired for. However that doesn’t bother me. Mitsuya is your typical speckled man who enjoys books. That’s an understatement – he loves books,  as he is your typical bibliophile. He is shy, socially awkward and an introvert. Being a sales person, he isn’t really cut out for the role. As he has to interact with people . This brings mental exhaustion for him, his hunched demeanor says a lot .

Yet he has the uncanny ability to know several definitions of a single word. And put them in to context. Goes to show just how extensive his vocabulary is. This is where it gets interesting, when he has to interact with people – he really doesn’t want to. However whenever words or rather meanings are asked, his confidence picks up.

Personally I already knew that words have several meanings. However what did catch my interests; I didn’t know or rather paid any attention to the fact that different dictionaries have their own characteristics or slant on the meaning of words. No dictionaries are the same!.

As stated, this show isn’t for everyone as it is slow. It is also a seinen. The show is essentially about man coming out his shell and discovering a new purpose or rather meaning in life.


Episode Grade: B+


Episode word: Vastnessthe quality or state of being very large. Immense.

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7 thoughts on “Vastness – 01: Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

    1. It pretty much went under the radar. Even though I had this tagged, i completely forgot about it. By the time I came to it, the airing to this pretty much ended. It’s fairly short, only has 11 episodes. It is slow, so if you don’t mind it – it is a joy to watch. Thanks Raist :D, I also enjoy your reviews too!!.

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  1. I’ve always been curious about this anime. Maybe when I finally catch up with everything I can check it out! I’m glad someone I know is watching it and writing about it. thanks for the insight!

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    1. A very under rated gem from last season. It’s very short as well, even shorts has more episodes; passage has only 11, so you should be able to watch it at a relatively quick pace.

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