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The Great Passage Live-Action Series Unveils Additional Cast Members

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NHK unveiled additional casting details for
Fune o Amu ~Watashi, Jisho Tsukurimasu~ (The Great Passage ~I, The Dictionary Creator~), the live-production
series based on
Shion Miura‘s
Fune o Amu (The Great Passage) series of novels, on Wednesday.

The most recent additions to the cast include:

The series is set to debut on the NHK BS and BS Premium 4K channels on February 18 at 10:49 p.m. JST (8:49 a.m. EST).

The ten-part series features Yōjirō Noda as the lead character Mitsuya Majime, a word and reading enthusiast who moves to a dictionary editorial department from a publishing firm, and Elaiza Ikeda as Midori Kishibe, a transfer from the editorial department of a fashion magazine to the dictionary editorial department. The show is directed by Renpei Tsukamoto and Manabu Asou. The script is penned by Naomi Hiruta, and the music score is composed by Face 2 fAKE.


Miura’s literary work was first published in 2011, inspiring a live-action film directed by Yuya Ishii in Japan in 2013. The film was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year in 2013.

The narrative centralizes on the employees at the Genbu Shobō publishing company. Araki, an experienced editor at the dictionary department, is on the lookout for a successor as he nears retirement. When Salesman Majime Mitsuya, who is not a great conversationist, meets the gregarious and casual Masashi Nishioka — Araki’s colleague — Araki overheard their chat and decided to enlist Majime to the team. The series shadows the socially inept Majime and Masashi as they collaborate to compile a mid-sized Japanese dictionary named “The Great Passage” (Daitokai).

Haruko Kumota, known for Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, initiated the manga version of the novel in Kodansha’s ITAN magazine in June 2016. Kodansha released the first compiled manga book in July 2017 and the second and final volume in November 2017.

An animated version, which utilized the original character designs from Kumota, debuted on the Fuji TV Network’s Noitamina programming block in October 2016. It was available for streaming in the United States on Amazon Prime’s now-discontinued Anime Strike paid streaming service.

Sources: NHK, Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web

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