October 15, 2003 - The 1960s was an exceptional time for Japanese Women's Volleyball and to commemorate the era a digitally re-mastered DVD collection of the television series highlighting the exploits of the 1964 team has been reproduced.
The series called Attack, which was also produced in comic books, was an animated classic proving very popular following the gold medal winning performance at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The "Oriental Witches," as they were nicknamed, came up against their arch rival the Soviet Union in the final. Public interest ballooned to record TV ratings of 66.8%, which after 39 years, still remains the highest ever watched sports event in Japan. Backed by huge local support and under the strong leadership of their captain Masae Kasai, Japan steamrolled the Soviet Union 3-0, much to the delight of the whole country.
Now, nearly forty years on, an 18-disc complete collector's edition of the series is available highlighting all that is good about Japanese women's Volleyball at the time.
For further information on the DVD collection go to www.worldcup2003.jp