Haha wo Tazunete Sanzenri

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sekai Meisaku Gekijou, 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother, Marco, From the Appenines to the Andes
Japanese: 母をたずねて三千里
Spanish: Marco
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Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 1976 to Dec 26, 1976
Premiered: Winter 1976
Broadcast: Sundays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Book
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.441 (scored by 39753,975 users)
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Ranked: #20902
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Popularity: #6074
Members: 11,598
Favorites: 53

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Based on a short section of the novel Cuore by the Italian Edmondo de Amicis, Marco is a young boy living in Genoa, Italy, together with his father Pietro. But the family is not complete, for Marco`s mother left for Argentina around a year earlier in order to find work. Letters from her arrive regularly until one day they suddenly stop. Worry for his mother and what might have happened to her overcomes the young boy. Marco thus decides to embark upon a journey to Argentina in the hope of being reunited with his mother. At first, Pietro is opposed to Marco`s plan, but moved by his son's enthusiasm, he eventually allows the boy to go. So begins Marco`s long journey of the heart. Marco encounters many people throughout his travels, and finds maturity and self-acceptance as a result of his experiences.

(Source: Nippon Animation)

Characters & Voice Actors

Rossi, Marco

Matsuo, Yoshiko



Peppino, Fiorina

Nobusawa, Mieko


Mine, Eken


Komamura, Kuriko


Takahata, Isao
Director, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Kuroda, Yoshio


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Sougen no Marco" by Kumiko Ohsugi

Ending Theme

"Kaasan Ohayou" by Kumiko Ohsugi


Mar 25, 2011
Fist of aul sory for my english not are so good (just kidding). But seriously, my english isnt so god, but since nobody got to review this masterpiece, I decided to try.

The story is about an Italian boy who gets separated from his mother who went to Argentina to find work as an imigrant. However in one of the letters of his mother, Marco find out that she was sick. Then begins his painful journey From the Appenines to the Andes.

The story is just so sad, Marco gets screwed for people that he dont even know all the time, but he never get nothing ...
Jan 3, 2014
I often reminisce over those beautiful and irreplaceable moments from my childhood when I was in a loving embrace with my mother, and now that I am 22 years old I feel I need to grow up a little as this appreciation for a loving embrace hasn't budged a single inch. This concept of a child's love, is the foundation for everything that this anime is and about and oh boy does it do it well.

As I mentioned in the introduction. This show is about the importance of being able to be close to those that are important to you, and I don't imagine ...
May 31, 2015
Mixed Feelings
The team of Director Takahata and Layout by Miyazaki are back for round two. After their international success with "Heidi", they tried for another anime adaptation of a novel. This time they cover the story of a young boy named Marco Rossi living a very poor lifestyle in Genoa, Italy during the 1800's. During this era, Italy was going through extreme poverty and immigrants were primarily moving to Brazil and Argentina to find more work, much like the rest of the world. Go to the new world and start a better life.

In the case of the Rossi family, the father runs a free-clinic for the ...

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