The Mysterious Cities of Gold (2012 TV series)

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The Mysterious Cities of Gold
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English title card
Genre Historical, fantasy, adventure
Directed by Jean-Luc François
Composer(s) Noam Kaniel
Country of origin France, Belgium, Japan
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Running time approx. 22–23 minutes
Original channel La Trois (Belgium), TF1 (France), NHK (Japan)
Original run November 17, 2012 (2012-11-17) – present
Preceded by The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–83)
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The Mysterious Cities of Gold (French: Les Mystérieuses Cités d'or), is a Japanese-French–Belgian animated series.[1] It's the sequel to the Japanese-French 1982 TV series of the same name. The English version premiered on Kix on November 9, 2013. Fabulous Films released it on DVD and Blu-ray on February 17, 2014 in the UK.

List of episodes[edit]

No. in
No. in
English title Original title UK airdate Original airdate
1 1 Back To Barcelona Part 1 Retour à Barcelone 1re partie November 9, 2013 November 17, 2012 (La Trois)
2 2 Back To Barcelona Part 2 Retour à Barcelone 2e partie November 9, 2013 November 24, 2012 (La Trois)
3 3 The Secret of the Drum Le secret du tambour November 13, 2013 March 23, 2013 (La Trois)
4 4 In The Hands of Pirates Aux mains des pirates November 14, 2013 March 30, 2013 (La Trois & RTS Deux)
5 5 The Alchemist L'alchimiste November 15, 2013 March 31, 2013 (RTS Deux)
6 6 All Aboard! À l'abordage ! November 18, 2013 March 31, 2013 (RTS Deux)
7 7 Shaolin Shaolin November 19, 2013 April 1, 2013 (RTS Deux)
8 8 Treason La trahison November 20, 2013 April 27, 2013 (La Trois)
9 9 The Prophecy La prophétie November 21, 2013 May 4, 2013 (La Trois)
10 10 The Black Pearl La perle noire November 22, 2013 May 11, 2013 (La Trois)
11 11 In Search of the Yellow Dragon À la recherche du dragon jaune November 25, 2013 May 18, 2013 (La Trois)
12 12 In the Forbidden City Dans la Cité Interdite November 26, 2013 May 25, 2013 (La Trois)
13 13 Like a Prince Comme un prince November 27, 2013 June 1, 2013 (La Trois)
14 14 The Escape L'évasion November 28, 2013 June 8, 2013 (La Trois)
15 15 The stomach of Buddha Le ventre de Bouddha November 29, 2013 August 25, 2013 (La Trois)
16 16 The Labyrinth Le labyrinthe December 2, 2013 September 1, 2013 (La Trois)
17 17 The Sleeping Garden Le jardin endormi December 3, 2013 September 8, 2013 (La Trois)
18 18 The Son of the Sun Le fils du soleil December 4, 2013 September 15, 2013 (La Trois)
19 19 The Oasis L'oasis December 5, 2013 September 25, 2013 (La Trois)
20 20 The Fresco of the Damned Eyes La fresque des yeux maudits December 6, 2013 September 29, 2013 (La Trois)
21 21 The Separation La séparation December 9, 2013 October 6, 2013 (La Trois)
22 22 The Fire of the Dragon Le feu du dragon December 10, 2013 October 13, 2013 (La Trois)
23 23 The Expedition L'expédition December 11, 2013 October 20, 2013 (La Trois)
24 24 The Nest of the Condor Le nid du Condor December 12, 2013 October 27, 2013 (La Trois)
25 25 The revelation La révélation December 13, 2013 November 3, 2013 (La Trois)
26 26 Face To Face Face à face December 13, 2013 November 10, 2013 (La Trois)
  • Episodes 1 and 2 were shown on November 9, 2013 as a premiere double bill edition. They will be repeated on November 11, 2013 and November 12, 2013 at 6pm on Kix (UK and Ireland) before continuing on a daily basis every weekday until the end of the season.



The main cast of the series includes:

  • Esteban – An orphan who was rescued at sea as a baby twelve years ago by the Spanish navigator Mendoza. He wears one of the two sun medallions. He dreams of adventure and is extremely impulsive. Esteban has a fear of heights which is confounded by the people of Barcelona who believe him to be the "Child of the Sun" and hoist him up high at the port to call out the sun to aid the departing ships. He joins the Spaniards in their search for one of The Seven Cities of Gold in the New World, hoping to find his father.
  • Zia – The daughter of an Inca high priest. She was kidnapped from Peru five years ago, when she was seven, by the Spanish invaders and given as a present to the Queen of Spain for her daughter, Princess Margarita. She met Esteban when she was kidnapped by Mendoza for Governor Pizarro who wanted her to read the golden quipu. Zia wears a sun medallion like Esteban's, with an interlocking sun and moon disc.
  • Tao – The last living descendant of the sunken empire of Mu. He lived alone on the Galapagos islands following the death of his father. Initially he is evasive of the others' company when they wash up on his island, but when the ship Solaris was revealed he joined them on their journey.
  • Mendoza – A Spaniard, navigator for the Spanish fleet. He rescued a young Esteban from a shipwreck during one of his voyages. An experienced sailor, a proficient navigator and a master swordsman, Mendoza places himself in the role of a leader. It is not always clear, however, where his loyalties lie and he is often at odds with the other characters. He is accompanied by two mercenaries: Sancho and Pedro. Mendoza has spent many years searching for information about the Mysterious Cities of Gold, which eventually led him to the sun medallions — one of which he took from Esteban when rescuing him for safe keeping.

Video game[edit]

A video game called The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths for Windows (available on Steam), Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and iOS based on the show was published by Ynnis Interactive.[2]


  1. ^ "TV News: MYSTERIOUS CITIES OF GOLD Season 2 Gets UK Release". Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Warr, Philippa. "The Mysterious Cities of Gold game gets English-language Kickstarter (Wired UK)". Retrieved February 5, 2014. 

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