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Animation Kikou: Marco Polo no Bouken

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English: Marco Polo's Adventures
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


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: Unknown
Duration: 20 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


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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.


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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kawajiri, Yoshiaki
Kusuba, Kouzou
Hata, Masami
Masaki, Mori

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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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