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The Mysterious Cities of Gold (TV)

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Alternative title:
As Misteriosas Cidades do Ouro (Portuguese)
Ciudades de Oro (Spanish)
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)
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: 205 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 34 votes (dub:11, sub:9, ?:2, others:12
10 French dubbed
1 Arabic dubbed
1 French subtitled
 Excellent: 52 votes (dub:25, sub:11, ?:4, edit.dub:2, others:10
5 French dubbed
4 Arabic dubbed
1 Arabic edited dub
 Very good: 43 votes (sub:16, dub:15, edit.dub:2, ?:1, others:9
7 French dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Arabic dubbed
 Good: 47 votes (dub:18, sub:14, edit.dub:3, ?:2, raw:1, others:9
6 French dubbed
1 Arabic dubbed
1 German edited dub
1 French subtitled
 Decent: 19 votes (dub:9, sub:8, 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 429 users, rank: #2337 (of 9314)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.966 (Very good), std. dev.: 1.5723, rank: #686 (of 9418)
Weighted mean: 7.844 (Very good), rank: #814 (of 9418) (seen all: 8.06 / seen some: 7.27 / won't finish: 6.09)
Bayesian estimate: 7.820 (Very good−), rank: #628 (of 7082)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 39
Episode titles: We have 39
1982-06-29 to 1983-06-07
1988 (Colombia)
1990 ( Arabic )
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 (from $49.00)
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold - The Complete Series [Deluxe Version] (Dub.DVD 1-6) 2009-04-07 (from $96.04)
    The Mysterious Cities of Gold - The Complete Series (Dub.DVD 1-6) 2012-10-02 (from $109.99)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Chief Director: Hisayuki Toriumi
Episode Director:
Hisayuki Toriumi (9 episodes
eps 1, 10, 13, 15-16, 20, 32-33, 39

Kenichi Baba (ep 22)
Kenichi Maruyama (Documentaries) 
Kenichi Murakami (Documentaries) 
Mizuho Nishikubo (eps 3, 7, 12.18)
Ryo Tachiba (25 episodes
eps 2, 4-6, 8-9, 11, 14, 17-23 odd, 24-31, 34-38

Original Concept: Akira Hayasaka
Original creator: Scott O'Dell
Character Design: Toshiyasu Okada
Art Director: Mitsuki Nakamura
Animation Director:
Hiroshi Kawabata (17 episodes
eps 6, 8, 10-14, 16, 18, 21, 23-24, 27, 29, 32, 34, 36

Kazuya Uenashi (7 episodes
eps 9, 11-14, 17, 19

Toshiyasu Okada (19 episodes
eps 1-5, 7, 15, 20, 22, 25-26, 28, 30-31, 33, 35, 37-39

Director of Photography: Akio Wakana
Production manager: Yūji Nunokawa (Studio Pierrot)
Sound Effects:
Masao Tanaka
Ryuchi Wakui
Special Effects:
Gō Abe
Shinji Teraoka
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)
Rokurō 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
Gorō 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
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)
Kōichi Chiba as Mayuka
Kōichi 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 Katō as Kuruga
Rei Sakuma as Zia
Reizō Nomoto as Pach
Rihoko Yoshida as Marinche
Ryuji Nakagi as Groucho (second broadcasted version)
Ryūji Saikachi as Apo (second broadcasted version)
Ryusei Nakao as Tohaka
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo 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)
Tesshō Genda as
Gomez (second broadcasted version)
Yoko Asada as Lana (second broadcasted version)
Youko Asagami as Mayan Citizen
Yuji Fujishiro as
Yūko Mita as Chushi
Yuko Saitou as Gwynn (second broadcasted version)
Japanese companies
Backgrounds: Design Office MECAMAN
Broadcaster: NHK
Development: Tokyo Laboratory
Photography: Gallop
English staff
English cast
Dubbing Director: Howard Ryshpan
Animation: Takao Yamazaki
Recording engineer: Doug Parry
Theme Song Performance: Noam
Howard Ryshpan as Mendoza
Shiraz Adam as Esteban

A.J. Henderson as
Captain Gaspard
Kalmec (eps 32-39)
Adrian Knight as Tao
Dean Hagopian as Kalmec (eps 29-31)
Howard Ryshpan as Pedro 
Jane Woods as
Amazon Queen
Kathleen Fee as Omoro
Kelly Ricard as
Matt Berman as Gomez
Maurice Podbrey as Governor Pizarro
Michael Rudder as Pedro
Richard M. Dumont as Menator
Rob Roy as Wynacocha
Terrence Labrosse as Sancho
Vlasta Vrana as
Opening and Documentary Narrator
Walter Massey as Captain Perez

Anick Faris as
Kelly Ricard as Yacuma
Simon Prescott as Captain Perez 
Steven Bednarski as
Incan Child
Mayan Child
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
ADR Director: Jacques Barclay
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
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
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 Ketcha
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
Séverine Morisot as
Teddy Billis as Pacha
William Sabatier as Pizzaro
Yves-Marie Maurin as Tohaka

French companies
Antenne 2 France
France 2 (from 6 June 1993)
France 5 (from 6 January 2003)
Gulli (France)
Ma Planète (from 2006)
Mangas (from 26 August 2019)
NT1 (from 6 October 2012)
Teletoon (from 31 March 2001)
TF1 (from 10 July 2013)
Unis TV (Canada)
Imavision (Canada)
Dubbing Studio: S.T.A.R.T.
Soundtrack: Saban Records
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
Canal 13 UC TV (Chile)
Señal Colombia (Colombia)
T.V. Cable (Colombia)
Distributor: DiC Entertainment
Spanish cast
Carmen Olarte as Esteban (Latin dub)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Willy Moser

Italian companies
Distributor: MOPS Film
Dubbing: MOPS Film
German staff
German cast
Angelika Lietzke as Esteban

Ernst Meincke as Mendoza
Helga Piur as Zia
Peter Reinhardt as Estebans Vater
German companies
Broadcaster: MDR
Anime-Virtual (dub only)
Kazé Germany (now)
Arabic cast
Arabic staff
Afifa Faour as Esteban

Afifa Faour as Marinche
Gamal Hamdan as
Hossam Al-Sabbah as
Tao (eps 25-39)
Ismail Nanoua as
Mendoza (eps 26-39)
Narrator (eps 26-39)
Pedro (eps 26-39)
Khalid Al-Sayed as
Gaspar (eps 1-25)
Narrator (eps 1-25)
Pedro (eps 1-25)
Omar Al-Shammaa as
Mendoza (eps 1-25)
Tao (eps 1-25)
Rola Broche as Zia (2-23)
Sanaa Hamed as Zia (eps 24-39)

Ali Shokeir as various characters (4 episodes
eps 16-17, 19-20

Arabic companies
Dubai TV (1990)
Saudi TV (1990)
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Broadcaster: BRT (1991)
Dutch cast
Polish staff
Polish companies
Polish cast
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
Broadcaster: RTP (Portugal)
Portuguese cast
Swedish cast
Swedish staff
Staffan Hallerstam as Esteban

Gunnar Ernblad as
Captain Calmec
Swedish companies

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