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 network La Trois (Belgium), TF1 (France), NHK (Japan)
Original release November 17, 2012 (2012-11-17) – November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)
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: Episode 1 Retour à Barcelone 1re partie 9 November 2013
11 November 2013 (repeat)
17 November 2012 (La Trois)
2 2 Back To Barcelona: Episode 2 Retour à Barcelone 2e partie 9 November 2013
12 November 2013 (repeat)
24 November 2012 (La Trois)
3 3 The Secret of the Drum Le secret du tambour 13 November 2013 23 March 2013 (La Trois)
4 4 In The Hands of the Pirates Aux mains des pirates 14 November 2013 30 March 2013 (La Trois & RTS Deux)
5 5 The Alchemist L'alchimiste 15 November 2013 31 March 2013 (RTS Deux)
6 6 All Aboard! À l'abordage ! 18 November 2013 31 March 2013 (RTS Deux)
7 7 Shaolin Shaolin 19 November 2013 1 April 2013 (RTS Deux)
8 8 The Treason La trahison 20 November 2013 27 April 2013 (La Trois)
9 9 The Prophecy La prophétie 21 November 2013 4 May 2013 (La Trois)
10 10 The Black Pearl La perle noire 22 November 2013 11 May 2013 (La Trois)
11 11 In Search of the Yellow Dragon À la recherche du dragon jaune 25 November 2013 18 May 2013 (La Trois)
12 12 In the Forbidden City Dans la Cité Interdite 26 November 2013 25 May 2013 (La Trois)
13 13 Like a Prince Comme un prince 27 November 2013 1 June 2013 (La Trois)
14 14 The Escape L'évasion 28 November 2013 8 June 2013 (La Trois)
15 15 The Stomach of Buddha Le ventre de Bouddha 29 November 2013 25 August 2013 (La Trois)
16 16 The Labyrinth Le labyrinthe 2 December 2013 1 September 2013 (La Trois)
17 17 The Sleeping Garden Le jardin endormi 3 December 2013 8 September 2013 (La Trois)
18 18 The Son of the Sun Le fils du soleil 4 December 2013 15 September 2013 (La Trois)
19 19 The Oasis L'oasis 5 December 2013 22 September 2013 (La Trois)
20 20 The Fresco of the Damned Eyes La fresque des yeux maudits 6 December 2013 29 September 2013 (La Trois)
21 21 The Separation La séparation 9 December 2013 6 October 2013 (La Trois)
22 22 The Fire of the Dragon Le feu du dragon 10 December 2013 13 October 2013 (La Trois)
23 23 The Expedition L'expédition 11 December 2013 20 October 2013 (La Trois)
24 24 The Nest of the Condor Le nid du Condor 12 December 2013 27 October 2013 (La Trois)
25 25 The Revelation La révélation 13 December 2013 3 November 2013 (La Trois)
26 26 Face To Face Face à face 13 December 2013 10 November 2013 (La Trois)
  • Episodes 1 and 2 were shown on 9 November 2013 as a premiere double bill edition. They were repeated on 11 November 2013 and 12 November 2013 at 6pm on Kix (UK and Ireland) before continuing on a daily basis every weekday until the end of the series. All 26 episodes were written in the United Kingdom by John Hambley and directed in the United Kingdom by Brian Cosgrove and Richard Williams (animator).



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 Galápagos 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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