Anime Document: München e no Michi (partially found Japanese animation/live-action documentary TV series; 1972)
Anime Document: München e no Michi (アニメドキュメント ミュンヘンへの道, translation; Anime Document: The Road to Munich) is a documentary TV show integrating animation and live action that aired on TBS from April 23 to August 20, 1972, produced by TBS and Nippon Television Animation. The show has 16 episodes.
The show focuses on the Japanese men's national volleyball team as a whole and on individual players as they work toward the Munich Olympics on August 26, 1972. According to Sōji Yoshikawa, who directed the show's animation, the project began when Yasutaka Matsudaira, the coach of the Japanese national team, approached TBS through an advertising agency with the idea of raising the team's profile. The reason for the show's method of integrating animation and live action was that live action alone could not be expected to generate viewer ratings, and having amateur players on the show would violate the player regulations.
On September 24, 1972, a special episode was aired to commemorate the national team's decision to win the championship.
- Supervisor - Yasutaka Matsudaira
- Director - Masaaki Ōsumi, Sōji Yoshikawa (animation)
- Producer - Masashi Tadamura (TBS), Takao Yoshizawa (Nippon Television Animation)
- Scenario writer - Seiji Matsuoka, Taizō Takeushi, Masaki Tsuji, Kōei Yoshihara
- Animation Director - Norio Yazawa, Moriyasu Taniguchi, Hiroshi Kanazawa
- Animator - Takeshi Ōtake, Yukimatsu Itō, Shinkei Sakuma
- Artist - Hideo Chiba
- Camera - Hidetoshi Ariyoshi (live action), Kyōji Yoshida (animation)
- Music - Takeo Watanabe
- Akiji Kobayashi as Yasutaka Matsudaira
- Shingo Kanemoto
- Mikio Terashima
- Kōsei Tomita
- Rokurō Naya
- Shūsei Nakamura
- Takeshi Aono
- Hidekatsu Shibata
- Akira Shimada
- Eimei Esumi
- Eken Mine
- Michiko Hirai
- Katsuji Mori
- Hiroko Maruyama
- Ichirō Murakoshi
- Ryō Ishihara as Narration
Currently, episodes of the show are not available online, nor are they available on DVD or other physical releases. The only part of the show that is available for viewing is the intro video that has surfaced on YouTube.