Taiyo no Ko Esteban

Japanese name: Taiyo no Ko Esteban
Japanese name: 太陽の子エステバン
English name: The Sun's Child, Esteban; The Mysterious Cities of Gold
French name: Les Mystérieuses cités d'or
German name: Die geheimnisvollen Städte des Goldes
Italian name: Esteban
Dates: June 29, 1982-June 7, 1983
September 28, 1983 (France)
June 1986 (United States)
Broadcast time: Tuesday, 19:30-20:00 (7:30-8:00 pm)
Number of episodes: 39
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot, DIC (France)
Production Company: Nippon Hoso Kyokai, DIC (France), MK, Studio Pierrot
Broadcaster: Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK-G)
Antenne 2 (France)
Nickelodeon (United States)
Creator(s): Scott O'Dell (novel:The King's Fifth)
Series Director: Katsuhiko Fujita
Episode Director(s): Katsuhiko Fujita, Norikazu Murakami, Kenichi Maruyama, Bernard Deyries, Edourd David
Producer(s): Atsumi Yashima (Nippon Hoso Kyokai)
Writer(s): Jean Chalopin, Bernard Deyries
Art Director: Mitsuki Nakamura
Character Designer(s): Toshiyasu Okada
Animator(s): Hisayuki Toriyumi, Toshiyasu Okada, Mitsuki Nakamura, Yoshiteru Kobayashi, Hisatoshi Motoki, Takemi Tanemoto
Music: Haim Saban, Shuki Levy
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Masako Nozawa (Esteban), Rie Sakuma (Zia), Motoko Kumai (Tao), Naoya Uchida (Mendoza), Oki Nakmura (Pedro), Toshiharu Sakurai (Sancho)
Genre(s): adventure, science fiction, lost civilizations (Mu), historical (Spain, Peru), children, literary adaptation
Home Video
France: DVD (available from Sony)
Note(s): To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Taiyo no Ko Esteban go to the Chronology of Animation.
Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

Last update: August 30, 2008
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