The Legend of Mana game from Square Enix is getting an anime adaptation called Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal (or Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal for the original Japanese title). An English subtitled trailer has dropped that tells us more about the cast and crew. The anime will come out sometime in 2022, but the trailer unfortunately doesn’t give us an exact date.
Nobunaga Shimazaki plays Shiloh, Yuichiro Umehara plays Ruri/Elazul, and Kaori Nazuka plays Shinju-hime/Pearl.
The anime is being directed by Masato Jinbo of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!, Restaurant to Another World. Credit for original designs goes to HACCAN, and Taro Ikegami of Lapis Re:LiGHTs has the task of designing the characters for the anime. The music is being composed by Yoko Shimomura. It’s all being produced by Graphinica and Yokohama Animation Lab.
In addition to the English subtitled trailer, this visual was released to give fans an idea of what to expect with the art and characters.
Nintendo gave this description of the original Legend of Mana game:
“Set off on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, before discovering… the world map is empty! During your travels, you’ll acquire special artifacts; place these wherever you’d like on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life and advance the story.
Meet a colorful cast of characters, square off against fearsome monsters, and complete quests in the vast world of Fa’Diel. Not only has the music been rearranged for this remaster, you can also alternate between the new and original soundtrack. Other features have also been added, including the ability to turn off enemy encounters, and the never-before released mini-game ‘Ring Ring Land’.”
Is this an anime you’d be interested in checking out once it’s released later this year?
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