Animation Kikou: Marco Polo no Bouken


Marco Polo's Adventures

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Animation Kikou Marco Polo, Animated Travels: Marco Polo's Adventures.
Japanese: アニメーション紀行 マルコ・ポーロの冒険
English: Marco Polo's Adventures
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Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 43
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 1979 to Apr 5, 1980
Premiered: Spring 1979
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NHK
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genre: AdventureAdventure
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 20 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages

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Members: 870
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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Marco Polo leaves his home in Venice on a trip to the little-known country of "Yuan", in the company of his father Nicolo and his uncle Matteo. Their mission is to deliver the sacred oil from the Tomb of Christ and a letter from the Pope to the Kublai.

Background

This was an animated documentary on Marco Polo, mixed in with live-action footage. 43 episodes were broadcast on NHK from 1979 to 1980, but only the first and last episodes survive. While the cel animation was shot on film, post-production and editing were done on videotapes (normal for NHK programs), which have since been wiped.

(Source: Cartoon Research)

Characters & Voice Actors

Polo, Marco

Main
Tomiyama, Kei
Japanese

Mateo

Supporting
Tomita, Kousei
Japanese

Flora

Supporting
Suzuki, Hiroko
Japanese

Nicolo

Supporting
Hisamatsu, Yasuo
Japanese

Staff

Kawajiri, Yoshiaki
Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Kusuba, Kouzou
Storyboard
Hata, Masami
Storyboard
Masaki, Mori
Storyboard


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"Itsu no Hi ka Tabi Suru Mono yo (いつの日か旅する者よ)" by Kei Ogura
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