I was not expecting a 13 year time skip… I guess you can call that a Great Passage of Time.
Jokes aside, this episode dealt a massive shock in one hand before bringing us back down to the ground with the other. In all my years of anime, I can’t think of a time jump as severe and sudden as this one. Shin Sekai Yori comes to mind, but that ran over the course of the series. Here, it came out of the blue. I always wondered how we would see the end of this dictionary plot when it was mentioned that it would take several years to finish the project, but I didn’t once think we would actually jump so ahead in time to see that completion unfold. I’m glad to be so shocked, but I’m also a little saddened that we won’t get to see Majime and Kaguya in the early days (or weeks, or months, or years) of their relationship, or watch Majime adapt as the new Chief. Those details would have been satisfying to watch, but perhaps we’re in for greater things with the remaining three episodes.
So Majime and Kaguya are happily married. That’s nice… but I sure do hope we get some flashbacks to their time together, or at least have more scenes with them. I’d like to think their relationship still has that spark that it had when she appeared to him underneath the Moon or when they confessed their feelings for one another. Those are some of the best moments of the series, so I hope we haven’t just skimmed over the best parts of their relationship for the sake of the plot. I’m a little annoyed at that, but I’m going to remain hopeful that this is the best direction for the series, and I assume is what happened in the source material.
The main focus of the episode is actually on the new full-time employee, Kishibe Midori (Hikasa Youko), a girl who has come from a sister fashion magazine but was kicked out for her focus on the importance of words. In essence, she feels like she doesn’t fit in with the dictionary department, but she couldn’t be a better candidate. Her giving the exact same definition of “right” as Majime was a little on the nose, but it serves as a fitting comparison and justifies her staying there without having to over-explain it to the audience. I also found it amusing that Majime lacked delicacy in his own words when asking about “young women” to his own wife. For someone who is a master of words and definitions, he’s still not very good at voicing what he’s thinking. Good thing he’s not the sort to ask that question for the obviously shady reasons, and Kaguya knows that.
So while there were many sudden developments this week, this is still the same Fune wo Amu we’ve come to expect, which I think is for the better. This sudden jump does have me less confident in the direction of the series and whether it will turn out how I’d like it to, but it’s certainly an interesting way to finish this story. Also, RIP to Tora. The new cat is a nice replacement, but the passing of that familiar pet is another detail I’d like to have seen unfold in present time.