The Mysterious Cities of Gold (TV)

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Alternative title:
As Misteriosas Cidades do Ouro (Portuguese) 
De Mystiska Guldstäderna (Swedish) 
De steden van goud (Dutch) 
Die Geheimnisvollen Städte des Goldes (German) 
Esteban (Italian) 
Esteban, a Boy from the Sun 
Las Misteriosas Ciudades de Oro (Spanish) 
Les Mystérieuses Cités d'Or (French) 
Taiyo no Ko Esteban (Japanese) 
Tajemnicze Złote Miasta (Polish) 
ערי הזהב הנסתרות 
الأحلام الذهبية (Arabic) 
太陽の子エステバン (Japanese) 
Genres: adventure , science fiction 
Themes: historical 
Objectionable content: Mild 
Plot Summary: 1532. Esteban (12) is a foundling from Barcelona, with a mysterious power of ordering the Sun to appear, for which he is called "Child of the Sun". Upon the death of his adoptive father, Esteban learns that he was rescued as a baby from a sinking ship in the ocean. The mysterious medallion that Esteban wears since ever has a trace somewhere in the New World, probably coming from the Mysterious Cities of Gold. Esteban leaves Spain to find his parents and find out who he is. On the way he meets Zia, an Inca girl who was kidnapped from her people years back and has exactly the same medallion as him. Later on they are joined by Tao, a young Galapagos robinson, the last descendant of the Empire of Heva, an Empire said to have built the Cities of Gold. Following Coyolite, the shining star represented on their medallions, the three children travel through the unexplored New World, searching for the Cities of Gold, believing that this way is leading them to their lost parents. 
User Ratings: 190 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 31 votes (sub:9, dub:8, ?:2, others:12
10 French dubbed
2 Arabic dubbed
 Excellent: 49 votes (dub:22, sub:11, ?:4, edit.dub:2, others:10
5 French dubbed
4 Arabic dubbed
1 Arabic edited dub
 Very good: 37 votes (dub:16, sub:10, edit.dub:2, ?:1, others:8
7 French dubbed
1 Arabic dubbed
 Good: 46 votes (dub:18, sub:13, edit.dub:3, ?:2, raw:1, others:9
6 French dubbed
1 Arabic dubbed
1 German edited dub
1 French subtitled
 Decent: 17 votes (dub:9, sub:6, edit.dub:1, others:1
1 French dubbed
 So-so: 5 votes (dub:3, sub:2)
 Not really good: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Weak: 2 votes (dub:1, sub:1)
 Bad: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Awful: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 398 users, rank: #1999 (of 6233)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.942 (Very good), std. dev.: 1.5933, rank: #601 (of 6228)
Weighted mean: 7.840 (Very good), rank: #618 (of 6228) (seen all: 8.07 / seen some: 7.24 / won't finish: 6.08)
Bayesian estimate: 7.820 (Very good−), rank: #451 (of 4685)
Running time: half hour per episode 
Number of episodes: 39 
Episode titles: We have 39
Vintage: 1982-06-29 to 1983-06-07 
Release dates: We have 3
Opening Theme:
"冒険者たち (boukensha-tachi)" by PARU 
Ending Theme:
"いつかどこかであなたに会った (itsuka doko de anata ni atta)" by PARU 
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DVD (Region 1)
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold - The Complete Series (Dub.DVD 1-6) 2009-04-07
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold - The Complete Series [Deluxe Version] (Dub.DVD 1-6) 2009-04-07
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold - The Complete Series (Dub.DVD 1-6) 2012-10-02

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Chief Director: Hisayuki Toriumi 
Original Concept: Akira Hayasaka 
Original creator: Scott O'Dell 
Character Design: Toshiyasu Okada 
Art Director: Mitsuki Nakamura 
Director of Photography: Akio Wakana 

Animation producer: Tadami Watanabe 
Editing: Tetsuo Matsumoto 
Production manager: Yuji Nunokawa (Studio Pierrot) 
Sound Effects:
Masao Tanaka 
Ryuchi Wakui 
Masako Nozawa as Esteban 

Isao Sasaki as Mendosa 
Junko Hori as Tao 
Kenji Utsumi as Casper 
Mami Koyama as Shia 
Motoko Kumai as Tao (second broadcasted version) 
Naoya Uchida as Mendosa (second broadcasted version) 
Rei Sakuma as Shia (second broadcasted version) 
Rokuro Naya as Casper (second broadcasted version) 

Chinami Nishimura as Chiruka (second broadcasted version) 
Daiki Nakamura as Sancho (second broadcasted version) 
Daisuke Gouri as Chihorutoun 
Eiko Masuyama as Next Episode Narrator 
Goro Naya as
Doctor (second broadcasted version) 
Harumi Murakami as Leader (second broadcasted version) 
Haruna Ikezawa as
Mayan Citizen 
Hidenari Ugaki as Waina (second broadcasted version) 
Hidetoshi Nakamura as Brandon (second broadcasted version) 
Hideyuki Umezu as Carmec 
Hiroki Nakamura as Pedro (second broadcasted version) 
Hiroshi Ito as Prez (second broadcasted version) 
Hiroya Ishimaru as
Yupanqui (second broadcasted version) 
Hiroyuki Shibamoto as Tohaka (second broadcasted version) 
Hitoshi Takagi as
City of Gold Priest B 
Father Rodriguz 
Junji Chiba as Apo 
Junkichi Yarita as Prez (1st) 
Junpei Takiguchi as Prez (2nd) 
Kaneta Kimotsuki as Pedro 
Katsunosuke Hori as
Kazuhiko Inoue as Wanakocha 
Keiichi Sonobe as Kecak (second broadcasted version) 
Keiko Han as Yakuna (second broadcasted version) 
Keiko Hanagata as Omro 
Kiyonobu Suzuki as Father Rodriguz (second broadcasted version) 
Kiyoshi Kawakubo as Kuraka (second broadcasted version) 
Kiyoyuki Yanada as
Teteoru (second broadcasted version) 
Wanakocha (second broadcasted version) 
Koichi Chiba as Mayuka 
Kôichi Kitamura as
Papamakayo (second broadcasted version) 
Kouichi Nagano as Chihorutoun (second broadcasted version) 
Kousei Tomita as
Pizarro (second broadcasted version) 
Kousei Yagi as Mayuka (second broadcasted version) 
Kujira as Omro (second broadcasted version) 
Kumiko Takizawa as Leader 
Mahito Tsujimura as
Pach (second broadcasted version) 
Mari Okamoto as Chiruka 
Masako Ikeda as Mackerel 
Masako Katsuki as Marinche (second broadcasted version) 
Masako Uetake as Gwynn 
Masayuki Omoro as Torasushingo 
Mie Odagi as Chushi (second broadcasted version) 
Mieko Nobusawa as Lana 
Mitsuaki Hoshino as Andres (second broadcasted version) 
Mitsuru Ogata as Lucas (second broadcasted version) 
Miyuki Ueda as Yakuna 
Noriko Ohara as Fitration 
Osamu Kato as Kuruga 
Rei Sakuma as Zia 
Reizô Nomoto as Pach 
Rihoko Yoshida as Marinche 
Ryuji Nakagi as Groucho (second broadcasted version) 
Ryusei Nakao as Tohaka 
Ryuuji Saikachi as Apo (second broadcasted version) 
Ryûzaburô Ôtomo as Kuruga (second broadcasted version) 
Shigeru Chiba as City of Gold Priest A 
Shinobu Adachi as Paula 
Shunsuke Shima as
Takeshi Aono as Sancho 
Tamio Ohki as Metnard (second broadcasted version) 
Tesshô Genda as
Gomez (second broadcasted version) 
Yoko Asada as Lana (second broadcasted version) 
Youko Asagami as Mayan Citizen 
Yuji Fujishiro as
Yuko Mita as Chushi 
Yuko Saitou as Gwynn (second broadcasted version) 
Japanese companies
Backgrounds: Design office MECHAMAN 
Broadcaster: NHK 
Development: Tokyo Laboratory 
Editing: Morita Editing Room 
Photography: Studio Gallop 
DiC [France] 
English staff
English cast
Animation: Takao Yamazaki 
Theme Song Performance: Noam 
Shiraz Adam as Esteban 

Adrian Knight as Tao 
Howard Ryshpan as Pedro 
Kelly Ricard as Narrator 
Matt Berman as Gomez 

Anick Faris as
Janice Steinberg as Zia 
Simon Prescott as Captain Perez 
Walter Massey as The Doctor 
English companies
Fabulous Films Ltd. (UK) 
Umbrella Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand) 
VCI Entertainment (2012) 
Licensed by: Virgil Films 
Production: DiC Entertainment 
French staff
French cast
Episode Director:
Bernard Deyries 
Edouard David 
Music Editing: Claudio Ventura 
Theme Song Performance:
Jacques Cardona 
Jackie Berger as Esteban 

Odile Schmitt as Tao 

Anne Rochant as Marinché (3ème voix) 
Annie Balestra as Yacuma 
Bernard Woringer as Sabal 
Celine Monsarrat as Lana 
Denis Boileau as Waina 
Evelyne Selena as Narratrice 
Francis Lax as Sancho 
Georges Atlas as
Henri Labussière as
Hervé Joly as Calmèque 
Hubert Noël as Pichu 
Isabelle Ganz as Zia 
Jacques Ferrière as Pedro 
Jean Berger as le père Rodriguez 
Jean Topart as
Voix-off documentaires 
Jean-Claude Balard as Mendoza 
Jean-Pierre Delage as Dr Laguerra (1ère voix) 
Jocelyne Darche as Reine des Amazones (Saba) 
Jose Luccioni as Viracocha 
Lita Recio as Omuro 
Marion Loran as Marinché (2ème voix) 
Martine Messager as Paula 
Michel Gudin as Dr Laguerra (2ème voix) 
Michel Paulin as
Voix off générique 
Nelly Vignon as Mariche 
Pierre Garin as Gaspar 
Pierre Hatet as Gomez (1st voice) 
Régine Blaess as Marinché (1ère voix) 
René Bériard as Ménator 
Robert Party as
Prophète voyageur/Père d'Esteban 
Roger Carel as Professeur Himada (documentaire) 
Roger Lumont as
Saddy Rebbot as Gomez 
Sady Rebbot as Gomez (substitutional voice) 
Séverine Morisot as
Teddy Billis as Pacha 
William Sabatier as Pizzaro 
Yves-Marie Maurin as Tohaka 

French companies
Dubbing Studio: S.T.A.R.T. 
Soundtrack: Saban Records 
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
Broadcaster: Canal 13 UC TV (Chile) 
Distributor: DiC Entertainment 
Spanish cast
Carmen Olarte as Esteban (Latin dub) 
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Willy Moser 

Dialogues: Sergio Patou Patucchi 
Massimiliano Manfredi as Esteban 

Franco Fortunato as Mendoza 
Rossella Acerbo as Lia 
Sandro Pellegrini as Sancho 
Sergio Gibello as Pedro 
Italian companies
Distributor: MOPS Film 
Dubbing: MOPS Film 
German staff
German companies
Broadcaster: MDR 
Anime-Virtual (dub only) 
Kazé Germany (now) 
German cast
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Broadcaster: BRT (1991) 
Dutch cast
Polish staff
Polish companies
RTL 7 
Polish cast
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
Broadcaster: RTP (Portugal) 
Portuguese cast
Swedish cast
Swedish staff
Staffan Hallerstam as Esteban 

Gunnar Ernblad as
Captain Calmec 
Lena Ericksson as Zia 
Swedish companies
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