The Mysterious Cities of Gold (2012 TV series)
|The Mysterious Cities of Gold|
English title card
|Genre||Historical, fantasy, adventure|
|Directed by||Jean-Luc François|
|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– present|
|Preceded by||The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–83)|
The Mysterious Cities of Gold (French: Les Mystérieuses Cités d'or), is a Japanese-French–Belgian animated series. 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
|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.
|This section requires expansion. (January 2014)|
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.
- "TV News: MYSTERIOUS CITIES OF GOLD Season 2 Gets UK Release". Starburstmagazine.com. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- Warr, Philippa. "The Mysterious Cities of Gold game gets English-language Kickstarter (Wired UK)". Wired.co.uk. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
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