Steady progress – 04: Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

Masashi comes bursting in to the office to tell everyone the grave news he over heard in the toilet. That the great passage may get cancelled. They discuss what they can do to avoid the great passage from being cancelled. Some suggestions were thrown in, including sales from their best selling dictionaries. Masashi suggests making contracts for the manuscript, basically selling the idea with a small investment to it, so that should the company shelve the dictionary it will look bad on the company. Not only that, people will lose their money. Mitsuya is impressed with the idea, but falls back in to a slump. He wants to help out his co workers.

Dictionary making costs a lot of money after all

— Masashi

But is unable to think of and even express his thoughts on the matter. Just when things couldn’t get any awkward for him at work, he faces Kaguya back at the boarding house. He explains his situation to his elderly land lady about his work problem. Strangely as Mitsuya cleans his glasses, Kaguya looks at him oddly. Araki has Mitsuya work with Matsumoto on writing the manuscript guidelines. With such enthusiasm the small team of dictionary writers get to work on saving their dictionary.

Point of interests:
  • Araki thinks of using some of the sales figures from the learning dictionary to be used as model
  • Masashi has been working the dictionary dept for the last 5 years
  • Mitsuya is still stiff around Kaguya as ever

Episode 4 - 1G

Episode 4 - 1H

Pretty swell episode. The episode I felt showed development in two halves.

The first half showed just how dedicated and much of a team player Masashi is. Sure he is the ‘hot-shot’ maverick in the group. The one who knows how to get things done when the team is in a bind. He went out of his way to get support for the dictionary, and he was the one that broke the news to the team about the impending cancellation of the dictionary.

It also showed the stark differences he and Mitsuya are. Both are dedicated, but in their own way. Mitsuya is methodical in his approach to his work, he is like the work horse. Whilst Masashi is the one that thinks outside the box, but as one of his colleges said, he stands out too much. And gets alot of attention. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, remains to be seen.

The second half showed more of a subtle development. In pertaining to Mitsuya and Kaguya. As noted above, when Mitsuya went to clean his glasses, Kaguya looked at him with sudden interest. Whilst they only known each other for practically one episode. Their relationship has moved quite quickly. They were set up by Kaguya’ grandmother. Of all people. I do like how dense Mitsuya is when he thought that Kaguya’ grand mother has vision problems, when she was just winking at him to get with Kaguya.

The episode main focus were on the boys and how they can get things done. More so on Masashi than Mitsuya.

Episode Grade: B+

Word of the episode: Steady progress – to move forward step by step


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