Encounter – 02: Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

Majime is meeting his colleagues at a bar. As they are all welcoming him to the department. Nishioka, the man who Majime first met in the first episode is being a smartass. Majime spots a list that Matsumoto carries around with him. It’s a list of words that Matsumoto makes whenever a word interests him. Mitsuya accidentally overflows Sasaki’ Kaoru glass. Majime is asked what the word ‘dog’ means to him. Araki is mightily impressed with his new protege. Nishioka just wants to have fun. Majime admits that he rarely has friends / stays in contact with anyone. And that he enjoys watching people going up escalators.


Nishioka is… well as you can see


— Araki

Matsumoto’ biggest desire is to creat a dictionary that is concise, understandable and one where words will reach others with more clarity. Thus he calls it the great passage. Araki is exasperated with Nishioka’ antics. The following day Majime starts his new position in dictionary department. He is to gather words from any sources and make a list of it. Araki gives Majime some simple entry words to begin with. They plan to use 230,000 words for the great passage. However they will narrow down words they will include by using a system they invented. Whilst Nishioka is wondering how long the dictionary will take to create, Majime is looking forward to working on it.

Point of interests:
  • Matsumoto makes a list of words that interest him – he’s been doing it for years
  • Majime has a major in linguistics
  • Nishioka asks Majime if he has a girl friend  – even offers to set him up if he hasn’t

Episode 2 - 2D

Episode 2 - 2E

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