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Mysterious Cities of Gold

Alt titles: Taiyou no Ko Esteban

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In the sixteenth century, Esteban is a Spanish orphan who travels the seas with Mendoza - the man who saved him from dying in the midst of a storm, when Esteban was just a child. With Esteban in tow, Mendoza has set forth to the new world in search of the Mysterious Cities of Gold and riches beyond his wildest dreams - but all Esteban really wants is to search for the location of his father. The duo is also joined by the Incan girl Zia, as only she can translate the writings that will help lead them to the treasure. Mendoza, while seemingly caring, has ambiguous motives; though the intentions of Commander Gomez and Captain Gaspard are clear: find all of the gold that they can, and step on anyone that gets in their way...

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Toshiyasu OKADA Character Design
Haim SABAN Music
Shuki LEVY Music
Ryuji SASAI Music

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Mysterious Cities of Gold roriconfan 7/10 Jun 13, 2012
Taiyou no Ko Esteban roriconfan 7/10 Jun 13, 2012
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In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is dejected, tormented, and afraid of the ultimate goal of life: death. After killing his father and stealing an heirloom sword forged by magic, Arren sets forth with his trusty steed into the unknown countryside, experiencing the joys and darkness of mankind. Along with the powerful mage Sparrowhawk, an unlikely friend and his own personal angst, Arren must rediscover his desire to live while evil forces threaten his precious life's existence.

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dunkyrok

In Esteban and Prince Arren we have two very lonely, yet quite intriguing, young characters. They both do not know their place in the world and can not be with their family, whether they wish to be or not. Both boys will also be influenced heavily by two similar character types: In Gedo Senki Sparrowhawk provides the fatherly figure type and Therru is the young girl whom Arren will feel a closeness to, and in Mysterious Cities of Gold it is Mendoza who will try to guide Esteban and Zia as the sweet young girl companion.

As their adventures continue, will Esteban and Arren realize the potential value of friendship as opposed to being alone as they face up to many challenges such as greed-driven enemies, ancient wonders and the unknown?

krukky

I would recommend every Studio Ghibli film to those who enjoyed The Mysterious Cities of Gold - one of my childhood favourites.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

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Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?

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valchan

I believe there is a strong chance that if you enjoyed Laputa: Castle in the Sky, you're certain to take great delight in the very similar venture Mysterious Cities of Gold (and vice versa).

In both, our heroine protects a magic pendant that leads them to the place of their birth. It acts not only as a protectant to the wearer, but a key/map towards finding and unlocking the ancient ruins forgotten so very long ago. Once found, the ruins are destroyed and the protagonists' once-antagonists-now-caretakers bring back their stash of treasure as our heroes leave them, flying off up into the sky.

krukky

I would recommend every Studio Ghibli film to those who enjoyed The Mysterious Cities of Gold - one of my childhood favourites.

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Both series are basically fantasy tales for little children, but what really connects them is unrevaled danger awaiting and unsolved mystery, what creates specific atmosphere.

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Denno Coil

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In both Mysterious Cities of Gold and Denno Coil, the protagonists (Esteban and Yuko) are initially portrayed as lonely characters unaware of the marvels of the greater world around them. But soon they will form a close friendship with other children, and thus the young group begins an adventure together into the unknown.

Esteban and Yuko also possess a hidden skill or power that is quite unique to them, but of course they have no idea how to use it at first and know only that they feel different to other children of their age. The children in both stories are faced with mysteries, technological wonders, strange beings, countless challenges, and many dangers, as well as being guided by figures whose true intentions are a closely guarded secret.

Future Boy Conan

Future Boy Conan

In AD 2008, mankind developed deadly weapons and eradicated most of the Earth and its people. 20 years later, a young boy named Conan and his 'grandpa', one of the last survivors of the devastation, live a peaceful life on Remnant Island. One day Conan rescues a girl on the beach named Lana and learns the true nature of the rest of the world. After Lana is kidnapped, Conan's good nature propels him into the biggest adventure of his life: to find Lana, High Harbor, Dr. Lao, and a way to crush the evil and oppressive city of Industria.

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krukky

I would recommend every Studio Ghibli film to those who enjoyed The Mysterious Cities of Gold - one of my childhood favourites, and Future Boy Conan is Ghibli's own animated series. Both animes have the same feel to them and are about the adventures of groups of young boys and girls.