Taiyou no Ko Esteban

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Esteban, Child of the Sun
Japanese: 太陽の子エステバン
English: The Mysterious Cities of Gold
French: Les Mystérieuses Cités d’or
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Type: TV
Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 1, 1982 to Feb 5, 1983
Premiered: Spring 1982
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: DiC Entertainment
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Pierrot
Source: Novel
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.741 (scored by 53085,308 users)
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Ranked: #10562
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Popularity: #5438
Members: 12,487
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1532. Esteban, age 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 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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sasaki, Isao


Nozawa, Masako


Koyama, Mami


Hori, Junko




Tsujimura, Mahito


Aono, Takeshi




Kitamura, Kouichi

Father Rodriguez

Takagi, Hitoshi


Nishikubo, Mizuho
Director, Episode Director
Bernard, Deyriès
Director, Screenplay
Toriumi, Hisayuki
Episode Director
Chalopin, Jean


Opening Theme

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"Boukensha-tachi (冒険者たち)" by Pal

Ending Theme

"Itsuka Dokoka de Anata ni Atta (いつかどこかであなたに会った)" by Pal

Sep 16, 2009
"Children of the sun,
See your time has just begun,
Searching for your way,
Through adventures every day"

For many of us older fans, especially those of us who were kids back in the early 80s, these opening lines represented half an hour of pure, almost magical, adventure, the likes of which we hadn't had access to on a regular basis. I was one of the many, many children who would run home from school, throw my bag on the floor, turn on the TV, and be transported to South America in 1532 for a while.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold was, to myself and many others, the show ...
May 23, 2008
Ok, a little bit of a disclaimer before I start my review. I'll admit it - this review is highly biased in the sense that I'm a highly nostalgic person, and I am giving this anime such a high score mostly because of the great memories it gave me as a kid.

Mysterious Cities of Gold (MCoG) is a personal favourite of mine - a classic anime from yesteryear. A literal gold nugget that popped up admist the overflowing sludge that was children's television programming in general. As Indiana Jones would say: "It belongs in a mueseum!"

The problem with this anime is that if you ...
May 21, 2015
One of the best animated I've seen ... It's my childhood bitch to him I became interested in the pre-Columbian civilizations and history in general ! The senario is really great, one path he looked really top (presence of the Nazca lines, ...). I really committed to this series throughout my childhood. Too bad the incompetant have soiled the image of the series trying to make a Season 2 (especially not if !)

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