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mysterious cities of gold

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The Mysterious Cities of Gold was a 39-episode animated serial produced in 1982. It was a French/Japanese co-production, primarily for French television (where it's known as Les Mystérieuses Cités d'Or), based very loosely on Scott O'Dell's book The King's Fifth. Character designs for the series are widely rumoured to be by Hayao Miyazaki of Laputa & Nausicaa fame, however this rumour is itself widely rumoured to be complete llama droppings. The excellent music was provided by Haim Saban & Shuki Levy, who more recently stooped to bringing us the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

MCoG begins in the year 1532, telling the story of three children - Esteban, an orphan raised in Barcelona; Zia, a young Inca girl; and Tao, last descendent of the empire of Hiva, a continent which sank beneath the Pacific centuries earlier. The children are accompanied by the Spanish navigator Mendoza and two comic-relief sailers - Pedro and Sancho - on their search across the New World for the legendary Cities of Gold.


This the first lj community dedicated solely to MCoG. Please feel free to post anything relating to the series.. favourite episodes, memories, pictures, news on the sequel, merchandise, etc..