Compile – 08: Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

A young lady is entering the dictionary department. She’s carrying a heavy box. It appears she’s the replacement for Masashi. Majime is already stuttering. Majime is so formal that he hands her his card. Her name is Kishibe. Kishibe is surprised to hear that there only two full-time employees; herself and Majime. The office looks more like Majime’ room at the boarding house than an office workspace. So they go about cleaning the place up. Kishibe thinks everything is out of placeness. When Majime comes up to her and inquires as to what she means by it.


Then there are only three people here?


— Kishibe

She’s unsure as to what his intentions are. She states that she used to work in a busy fashion magazine office. Not some rinky dink dictionary office. She thinks she isn’t cut out for it. But Majime corrects her, her orderliness makes her suitable. She thinks he’s a weirdo and leaves. She returns the following day and learns of the great passage. And it’s 240,000 entires.

Point of interests:
  • A new intern has arrived – a young lady. Could be a possible love interest for Majime
  • Kishibe is a transfer from the Northern black editorial team
  • It appears that Northern black editorial team is a fashion magazine

Episode 8 - 1J

Episode 8 - 1M

This episode gave us a new recruit to the dictionary dept. Kishibe. Before I go on. There does seem to be a slight issue for me. There seems to be a time skip. Between episode 7 & 8.

It’s jarring. Prior to this episode, the relationship between Majime and Kaguya were still in the early stages. Now…they are married. So you can understand the gripe I have. It doesn’t specifiy just how much time has actually been passed. I’d hazard a guess and say 6-12 months?. They say they have worked on the dictionary for over 10 years. I say that because Masashi doesn’t look as slick as he did back then. I’m talking about his hair. Same with Majime, his unruly hair is more well tamed now.

Speaking of their relationship. I love that they are still the same. Masashi poking fun at Majime. In a good way. Still friends, despite being in different departments. Araki asking Masahi why is he at the party is just hilarious.

I did think Kishibe came across as snobby at first. However it’s nice to see she settled down. After awhile. I did love the nod back to the first episode as well. When Masashi tested Kishibe. The same Araki did when he tested Majime. The other thing I should note is that she is pretty much the female version of Majime.


Episode Grade: B+


Word of the episode: Compile – to compose out of materials from other documents

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