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...
Moomins are a race of white creatures that somewhat resemble upright-walking hippos. Moomintroll is a curious, young Moomin boy who lives with his family in Moominvalley. Together with his human, Moomin, and animal friends, he plays within the valley and has plenty of adventures and misadventures along the way. While sometimes a little scary and sometimes cute and funny, there’s always a lesson to be learned in Moominvalley.
In a futuristic world, the virtual world is merely a layer on top of reality; within it, cyberpets are abundant and information is plentiful, and it is only visible by wearing special cyberglasses. In Daikoku City, this cyberspace is behaving strangely: cyberpets are going missing, dark entities known as "the Illegal" roam obsolete space that shouldn’t exist, and a large pink antivirus program known as Satchii wanders the streets, attacking both virus and pets alike. Sixth grader Yuko Okonogi has just moved to Daikoku City, and after cyberdetective children help her rescue her lost dog, she soon joins the others in a search for the truth behind these strange occurances.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
It is the 31st century, and mankind has taken to exploring the stars. Ulysses, captain of the spaceship Odysseus, takes his son Telemachus on a space journey for his 12th birthday. When the children onboard the ship are kidnapped by an alien race to be sacrificed to a giant Cyclops, Ulysses rescues his son and in turn angers the Gods. His interference is punished severely – his entire crew are left frozen in stasis, and his ship’s computer, Shirka, has her memory erased so she can no longer plan a route back to Earth. Cast into the depths of space, Zeus commands Ulysses to find the realm of Hades before being allowed to journey back home. Along the way, the scant crew meet travellers who have felt the wrath of the Gods, and others who have been commanded to impede or even kill those onboard the Odysseus. Will Ulysses ever make it home, or do the Gods have a much more twisted plan in mind for the space explorer?
For any British children of the 80's, you will know exactly what I mean with this review. Bringing back memories of a childhood, Cities of Gold and Ulysses starred the kids who had lives you would love to step into. Fantasy and excitement to the rafters, both shows are aimed at a younger audience, but feature enough deeper plot to keep older viewers entertained.