Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal Anime Streams Opening Theme Song Video
Warner Bros. Japan began streaming the opening theme song video for Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal (Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal in Japanese), the television anime of Square Enix's Legend of Mana game, on Friday. Saori Hayami performs the opening theme song "Tear of Will."
The series is collaborating with Kasugai City in Aichi prefecture, which is also known as the "Cactus Town" and is a leading cactus producer. The collaboration will feature the game's Li'l Cactus mascot character.
The anime will premiere on the Super Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and their affiliates on October 7 at 25:25 (effectively October 8 at 1:25 a.m.).
The anime's latest visual (pictured at right) shows the new character Serafina, which the anime describes as "another protagonist." In the original game, Shiloh is the default English name for the male protagonist, while Serafina is the default English name for the female protagonist. While they are not distinct in the game (the player chooses to play either a male or female protagonist at the beginning of the game), the announcement of the character teases a new portrayal for Serafina in the anime.
The cast includes:
- Nobunaga Shimazaki as Shiloh
- Yuichiro Umehara as Ruri/Elazul
- Kaori Nazuka as Shinju-hime/Pearl
- Saori Hayami as Serafina
- Yuko Sanpei as Bud
- Shino Shimoji as Corona/Lisa
- Sachi Kokuryu as Duelle
- Yurika Kubo as Li'l Cactus
- Shinpachi Tsuji as Inspector Void
- Chitose Morinaga as Kusabito/Sproutlings
- Wataru Takagi as Nikita/Niccolo
- Minami Takahashi as Rachel
- Makoto Yasumura as Mark
- Hiroshi Yanaka as Nouvelle
- Misaki Kuno as Yuka-chan/Miss Yuka
- Minako Kotobuki as Sandra
- Ayane Sakura as Emerald/Esmeralda
- Reina Ueda as Florina
- Manami Numakara as Diana
Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!, Restaurant to Another World) is directing the series and is in charge of series composition. Taro Ikegami (Lapis Re:LiGHTs) is designing the characters based on the original designs by HACCAN (Secret of Mana remake, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky). Yoko Shimomura (Legend of Mana game, Kingdom Hearts) is composing the music.
Graphinica and Yokohama Animation Lab are producing the anime. The two studios previously collaborated to produce the opening cinematic movie for the remastered version of the Legend of Mana game.
Legend of Mana (Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana) is the fourth game in Square's Mana/Seiken Densetsu RPG series, after Trials of Mana, and it debuted on the PlayStation in 1999. The remastered version launched for the PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC in June 2021.
The original Seiken Densetsu -Final Fantasy Gaiden- (Final Fantasy Adventure) game debuted for Game Boy in 1991. Square released the Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) game for Super Famicom (SNES) in Japan and North America in 1993. Square released the Seiken Densetsu 3 action role-playing game for Super Famicom in 1995.
Sources: Warner Bros. Japan's YouTube channel, Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal anime's website, Comic Natalie