Fune wo Amu Episode 1 – Something About Dictionaries.

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Ever thought about the process of creating a dictionary? No? Me neither, but Fune wo Amu is here to show us anyways.

Admittedly not the most exciting concept of all time,  Fune wo Amu makes up its oddly specific tagline, mostly, with background information and performance. For one, the mangaka behind this is the same person behind the highly acclaimed Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu which came out earlier this year, based on the award winning novel which later was turned into a film, which eventually won an Oscar in 2013, translated as ’The Great Passage.’

This was more than enough to excite me – mixed with pretty boys on the cover and lust for more josei after the wonderful taste that Genroku left in my mouth, Fune wo Amu closed the debut of the new season off with a calm episode, experimenting with its animation (mixing CGI with 2D, barely noticeable) and holding up to what the NoitaminA block was originally created for. Which means, shows with risk.

Fune wo Amu is a josei title. Anyone who isn’t into that will more likely than not hate it more than they will accept and like it. With a dense subject such as dictionaries and with no explosive fanservice in sight, it’s understandable that this is not for everyone, but if you enjoyed Genroku, I guarantee you will enjoy this, too.

In some moments it reminded me of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, not because it was super duper gay (rather, it was disappointingly lacking of it) but because it’s about an editorial, and the designs look like they should belong in a yaoi, but they don’t. Which makes me wonder how far up the queerbaiting train they’re gonna go. If Genroku is anything to go by, it’ll be beautiful, but so far it hasn’t given any signs of it being about the relationship between the characters, but about the characters themselves, instead.

Either way, you might like this.

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