Last Friday (September 2nd), Fuji TV’s noitaminA programming block released a second promo video for this fall’s anime The Great Passage, revealing and previewing the show’s ending theme, ‘I&I’ by Leola. Now there’s a third promo similarly showcasing the opening theme, ‘Shiokaze’ by Taiiku Okazaki, and you can watch them both below.
Okazaki’s theme song performance for the show was announced on Thursday (September 8th), and along with this news came the reveal of the show’s October 13th premiere date. Five more cast were also revealed as follows:
Tetsuo Kaneo (Concrete Revolutio‘s Daishi Akita) as Kohei Araki, a veteran Genbu Shobo editor assigned to the dictionary editorial department
Mugihito (Evangelion‘s Keel Lorentz) as Tomosuke Matsumoto, a Japanese linguistics expert assigned to supervise The Great Passage dictionary project
Yoshiko Sakakibara (Hellsing‘s Sir Integra Hellsing) as Kaoru Sasaki, a contract worker and the “super madam” in the dictionary editorial department
Chiwa Saito (Puella Magi Madoka Magica‘s Homura Akemi) as Remi Miyoshi
Yoko Hikasa (K-ON!‘s Mio Akiyama) as Midori Kishibe
In August, the anime’s first trailer announced the main cast playing the characters designed by Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju manga author, Haruko Kumota. The anime adapts the novel Fune o Amu, which translates as “Assembling a Boat”, by Shion Mura about a small team editing a 2,900-page dictionary of the Japanese language, known as Daitokai (The Great Passage). Led by Araki, the editor of the dictionary department seeking his successor, it is he who makes the novel’s observation that “A dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words.”
The three lead cast are Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass‘ Suzaku Kururugi) as Mitsuya Majime, at first a salesman at the Genbu Shobo publishing company who has difficulty expressing himself; Hiroshi Kamiya (Monogatari‘s Koyomi Araragi) as Masashi Nishioka, long on conversation but short on actual linguistic interest; and Maaya Sakamoto (Black Butler‘s Ciel Phantomhive) as Kaguya Hayashi, who is studying to be a chef and the granddaughter of Granny Take, Mitsuya’s landlady.
Toshimasa Kuroyanagi, series director of Say, “I Love You”, is directing the series at studio ZEXCS. Takuya Sato, also of Say, “I Love You” as well as Fate/stay night, takes up series composition, as Hiroyuki Aoyama, key animator for Summer Wars, adapts Kumota’s character designs for animation.
Miura’s novel was originally published in 2011. It went on to inspire an award-winning live-action film by Yuya Ishii in 2013, winning that year’s Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year.