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7 meaningful words from Mitsuya-san

Mitsuya Majime is a bookworm and salesman for Genbu Publishing. Kouhei Araki, the chief editor of the Dictionary Editorial Department, is retiring. He would like Mitsuya-san to take his place as the Chief Editor of the Dictionary Editorial Department.

Right after his transfer, Mitsuya-san works on The Great Passage, which is a new dictionary project. He is on his way to be a successful editor. First, he must rediscover the power and meaning behind each word.



Noun: the assertion that something exists or is true.

Mitsuya-san has no confidence. Moving into a new job is always a challenge. He feels inept about being pushed into the editorial department. Taking on a significant project is another hurdle to overcome. Mitsuya-san learns that by giving due credit to where it belongs can move things along. People are willing to prove themselves if we only provide them with a chance.



Noun: feeling that binds one to a person, thing, cause, ideal, or the like; devotion; regard.

Mitsuya-san uncovers the gargantuan task in creating a dictionary. Editors devote a lot of time to reading published materials. A word that raises interest is cross-reference, with citations are then reviewed by definers. The definers decide the best course of action. Editors go through a lot of work to get a single word into a dictionary. It is no wonder why editors become attached to the words they add in the dictionary.  



Noun: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.

Mitsuya-san can connect with words. He sees the history, effort, and usefulness that goes behind each of them. Akari-san notices this unique ability. Mitsuya-san’s eyes finally open that he has the gift to make the dreams of many editors in the Dictionary Editorial Department come true. Mitsuya-san takes a brave first step to a publishing adventure.



Noun: an emotional state or reaction.

Mitsuya-san has a hard time expressing his own feelings. He then falls in love with Kaguya-san. But he cannot find a way to tell her. His friend and co-worker, Masashi-san, tells him just to be himself. Mitsuya-san writes a love letter, and as a lover of words, he pours his emotions in it.

Episode: 11

Run: 2016 (Fall)

Written By: Takuya Sato

Directed By: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi

Studio: Zexcs

English: Amazon Video


Volumes: 1

Written By: Shion Miura

Illustrated By: Haruko Kumota

Publication: 2009 (Fall)

Publisher: Kobunsha




Noun: the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.

Mitsuya-san and Masashi-san have the worst first impression of each other. Masashi-san thinks that Mitsuya-san is weird. The more they work together; they discover that they complement each other. Before they know it, they become the best of friends. Masashi-san regularly helps to make The Great Passage successful. As it goes, first impressions can be misleading.




Noun: a great deal of effort or endurance.

Mitsuya-san appreciates the work editors put into making The Great Passage a reality. One has to spend time, have the determination, and work to make their dreams come true. Challenges are part of success. The Great Passage teaches Mitsuya-san and his team the value of hard work.



Noun: persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Mitsuya-san understands that success can only happen if there is hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and perseverance. Perseverance is essential to love what you are doing. The Great Passage is a product of excellent editors working together. The impossible is possible, and continuously trying bear fruits.

Creating a dictionary is an inspirational voyage. Take on Fune wo Amu [The Great Passage]; it will encourage, make you fall in love, and grasp your dreams.   


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