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10 Anime Like Fune Wo Amu (The Great Passage)

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Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

About Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

Because of his ailing wife, Kouhei Araki has planned to retire from his position. He is a highly experienced editor of the dictionary editorial division working at Genbu Publishing. Before leaving his post, he has to find a suitable replacement to finish his latest dictionary named “The Great Passage”. Unfortunately, despite his constant search, he can’t find someone eligible enough to make a dictionary as it demands a lot of patience, dedication, and time.

His luck rises when he meets Mitsuya Majime working in the sales division of Genbu Publishing. Majime lacks in social skills and is not quite observant of other people’s situations. However, he knows how to play with the words, he is a voracious reader and has a careful persona.

His love for words attracts Araki’s attention and he offers him the position. While Majime is excited about his new gig, he is shaken by the politics and behavior of his colleagues causing him to rethink the decision. Despite that, he now has to find a way to co-exist with the new team and get done with The Great Passage.

Corporate life doesn’t come in handy, you need to sacrifice and stay focused to reach the top. Alike Majime, I have some more characters who are struggling to find their place in the horde.

10 Anime Like Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)

1. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

2. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion)

3. Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

4. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind)

5. Shirobako

6. Nami yo Kiitekure (Wave, Listen to Me!)

7. Amanchu!

8. Otome Nadeshiko Koi Techou (Otome Nadeshiko Love Diary)

9. Barakamon

10. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

1. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Similarity

Both the anime are elaborately designed. Each of them features a character who has dedicated their life to a specific art despite the resistance from his surroundings.

Synopsis

An ex-yakuza member, Yotarou is just released from prison and has decided to leave his criminal life behind to pursue a new passion. After watching the performance of Yakumo Yuurakutei, a distinguished practitioner in comedic storytelling, during his incarceration, Yotarou is fixated to be like him. He aims to take on the stage of Rakugo, which is a traditional Japanese form of storytelling.

He approaches Yakumo and constantly pleads him for his mentorship. After multiple denials, Yakumo finally accepts Yotarou as his apprentice. On his very first day of training, he meets a young woman named Konatsu, who is the daughter of the late legendary storyteller, Sukeroku Yuurakutei. Though Yotarou finds one more muse in his journey, his training leads him to recall the time he made a promise with his greatest rival.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu chronicles the past and present life of the characters. It also explores the captivating art of Rakugo and the relationship it forges.

3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion)

3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion)

2. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion)

Similarity

Both the anime has a similar emotional appeal. They explore the intensity of relationships, philosophy, and existentialism. Though the main characters have different goals and lifestyles, their vibes are quite similar.

Synopsis

When Rei Kiriyama was just in middle school, he already attained elite status in the world of Shogi, Japanese chess. With fame comes intense pressure for him both from his adoptive family and the Shogi community. To free himself from the unnecessary tension, he decides to start living in a new apartment in Tokyo. Unfortunately, he is merely 17-year-old and isn’t good at taking care of himself. His solitary life separates him from his schoolmates and Shogi members.

One day, he meets three sisters, Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto. They live with their grandfather, who runs a traditional Wagashi shop. The oldest among them, Akari, has decided to help Rei break free from his seclusion and offer him motherly support.

3-gatsu no Lion follows the sweet and funny journey of these four characters who begin to form a familial bond in no time. While sisters have their own past tragedies and Rei is struggling with his mental and physical health, together they will come forward to make each other’s lives genuinely blissful.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

3. Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Similarity

Both the anime explores the life of a passionate young man, who despite his shortcomings will do anything to achieve his goals. They are focused on their goals, and also indulge in romance alongside.

Synopsis

Despite his nearsightedness, Jirou Horikoshi has dreamt of becoming a pilot since his childhood days. He enrolls at Tokyo Imperial University to study aeronautical engineering for a single purpose: to design and craft planes. He is hugely inspired by Giovanni Battista Caproni, the famous Italian aircraft pioneer.

While traveling to the capital, he meets a young girl named Naoko Satomi whom he saves from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The earthquake caused decades of social unrest. This eventually led to Japan’s surrender in World War II.

Years have passed and Jirou’s whole faith resides on the production of a fighter aircraft named Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Kaze Tachinu follows his career struggles while also exploring his love life with Naoko, whom he later meets at a summer resort.

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind)

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind)

4. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind)

Similarity

Both the anime are inspired by novels written by the same lady. Each of them has detailed character development and exhibits a realistic environment.

Synopsis

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru revolves around Haiji Kiyose’s dream to participate in the Hakone Ekiden, the most prestigious marathon relay race in Japan. However, none of his friends is even slightly interested in his endeavour as they all think it’s ridiculous.

He is a student at Sendai Josei High school. One day, he meets another student from his school, Kakeru Kurahara, who is running away from a shopkeeper after shoplifting his convenience store. Kakeru is a former ace runner and Haiji is deeply impressed by his agility. He invites him to live with him in his run-down apartment along with his eight other friends. Though Kakeru has no interest, he is left with no money after losing it all at a Mahjong parlour and thus, accepts Haiji’s offer.

With an ace runner by his side, will Haiji be able to fulfil his dream, when there are only a few months left to the race?

Shirobako

Shirobako

5. Shirobako

Similarity

Both the anime shows characters working in a creative industry. They have to go through numerous tasks and complete a bigger task piece by piece. Each of the anime shows how they interact and explore their personal and professional lives in a similar fashion.

Synopsis

Shirobako revolves around the life of five friends, Aoi Miyamori, Ema Yasuhara, Misa Toudou, Midori Imai, and Shizuka Sakaki. When they were students in Kaminoyama High School, they shared their common love for anime and thus, formed an animation club. They made their first anime and displayed it at the culture festival. Carrying their passion forward, they aim to pursue careers in the anime industry together and run their own mainstream show one day.

More than two years have passed, Aoi and Ema now work at the Musashino Animation production company. However, the rest is struggling to land their dream jobs. Shizuka is depressed for not finding recognition as a voice actor. Misa works as a 3D designer for a car company but is not satisfied with her life. Finally, Midori is a university student who yearns to be a story writer.

While each of them is facing their own struggles and happiness, they have to learn the path to great achievement that comes with many diversions. However, dreams can still be fulfilled with a blend of hard work and creativity.

Nami yo Kiitekure (Wave, Listen to Me!)

Nami yo Kiitekure (Wave, Listen to Me!)

6. Nami yo Kiitekure (Wave, Listen to Me!)

Similarity

Both are mature anime. They explore the life of characters working in a hectic environment of radio and dictionary. The main characters are suddenly brought to face a new workplace, where being dedicated is the only option. Both of them have similar vibes and give valuable lessons while they, themselves, are learning something new every day.

Synopsis

Minare Koda is a restaurant worker, who is dealing with her recent breakup. One night, while completely sozzled and heartbroken, she babbles all her misery in front of a complete stranger. The stranger is Kanetsugu Matou who is a radio station director working near Sapporo, Hokkaido.

The next day, while working she hears her voice in a recording played over the radio. Shocked and flustered by the situation, she rushes to the radio station to stop the broadcast. She abruptly encounters Matou and the series of events leads her to deliver an instant talk on air with respect to her drunken speech last night. To everyone surprise, she delivers her words with perfect confidence using an impressively energetic voice, which Matou describes as a raw talent.

Not too late, Minare finds herself working as a host for a late-night talk show under Matou’s supervision. Nami yo Kiitekure details her newly discovered life as she learns something new every day while balancing her day and night jobs.

Amanchu!

Amanchu!

7. Amanchu!

Similarity

Alike Fune wo Amu, Amanchu! is also quite a peaceful and smoothly-going type of anime. Each of them explores similar aspects of life in a working environment. They show how a group of people has to learn to co-exist with each other to attain a respective goal.

Synopsis

Futaba Ooki, who belongs to a big city, spends most of her time recording her life through images on her phone. After moving to a seaside town, she is mesmerized by the beauty of the vast sea and is fascinated by its infinite possibilities.

While she is quietly contemplating natural beauty, her presence attracts the attention of Hikari Kohinata, a local diver. The next day, Hikari finds Futaba in the same class as her. She is drawn to Futaba’s quiet and calm personality and cordially begins calling her Teko, thus commencing the start of a new friendship.

While Futaba is struggling to adapt to the changed lifestyle, she is captivated by Hikari’s energetic personality and her love for diving. Together they decide to join the diving club in their school. Here begins an unexpected adventure for the girls who will soon run into new friendships and possibilities.

Otome Nadeshiko Koi Techou (Otome Nadeshiko Love Diary)

Otome Nadeshiko Koi Techou (Otome Nadeshiko Love Diary)

8. Otome Nadeshiko Koi Techou (Otome Nadeshiko Love Diary)

Similarity

Both anime relates to books. Each of them explores romanticism in a similar style. Though Otome Nadeshiko Koi Techou is shorter, it is quite identical in character development and plot shift with Fune wo Amu.

Synopsis

Otome Nadeshiko Koi Techou chronicles the life of a 16-year-old girl who has just found her first love. The story is set in Japan’s Taishou period (1912-1926). It is an anime adaptation of the popular novel, Otome Nadeshiko Love Diary 2 by Miyama Kunoe.

Tohmei Chizuru is the third daughter of the Tomei family. After one month of her birth, she was adopted by the Nagoshi family. When she turned 16, she was sent to Viscount’s wife as a form of debt, pretending to be his sister Kiwako.

On the other hand, Otsu is the eldest son of a money lender. He works as an illustrator for a girl’s magazine. Later, under unavoidable circumstances, he meets Tohmei and the duo falls madly in love with each other.

Barakamon

Barakamon

9. Barakamon

Similarity

Just like Fune wo Amu, Barakamon explores the art of language. Each show explores the concept of writing. While Barakamon explores the art of calligraphy, Fune wo Amu indulges in how to rephrase words and its meanings to craft a dictionary.

Synopsis

Seishuu Handa is an aspiring calligrapher. He is young, talented, way too handsome, and expectedly a narcissist in and out. However, when a veteran calls his award-winning work “unoriginal”, Seishuu’s ego is shattered leading to severe repercussions.

To help him in self-realization and also as a form of punishment, Seishuu’s father sends him to the Goto Islands, a distant place from the comfortable lifestyle of Tokyo. Leaving his comfort behind to dwell in a rural world, Seishuu must work hard to find new inspiration and bring out his own art style. However, he has to face constant bickering of boisterous children and energetic old men. With so many disturbing elements that he can actually handle, the place is far from perfect for Seishuu to work on his mental strength.

Barakamon explores the luxurious-turned-struggling life of Seishuu Handa, who was once a braggart because of his talent. Thanks to his 24/7 annoying neighbors who don’t know how to mind their own business, the aspiring calligrapher will learn much more than he initially intended to.

Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

10. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

Similarity

The anime shares an identical atmosphere with Fune wo Amu. The story revolves around the friendship between two male characters.

Synopsis

Kaoru Nishimi is a brilliant student and a classical pianist, the only problem is his introverted nature. He has arrived in Kyushu as a first-year high school student. Due to his constant travel from places to places, since he was a little kid, he doesn’t desire to fit in anymore and is ready to spend another meaningless year in solitude.

However, when he meets the notorious Sentarou Kawabuchi, a proud delinquent, things begin to change. Sentarou has a great love for jazz music, which inspires Kaoru to learn more about the musical art. As a result, he gradually breaks out of the shell and befriends his first true friend.

During the after-school jazz sessions, he starts playing piano in the basement of a record shop owned by Ritsuko Mukae’s (one of his classmates) family. As he once again indulges himself in the joy of music and is thrilled by the chance to show his talent, this year may turn out to be the most meaningful for him.

Sakamichi no Apollon explores the heartwarming story of music, love, and friendship that brings three distinctive individuals together with a mutual love for jazz.

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