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Square’s Mana Series To Be Adapted Into Anime

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It’s never been easier to get into Square Enix’s Mana series; all you need is a Switch. The first three Mana games have been rereleased in the compilation Collection of Mana. The third game, Trials of Mana, was not only released in English for the first time through that compilation but got a full 3D remake a few months later. And just this week, the Playstation Mana game, Legend of Mana, got its own separate Switch re-release.

Mana fans (such as myself) have been hoping that all these reprints are signals that Square plans to revive the series with new installments. Looks like we were right…two brand-new, never-before-seen Mana games were announced this morning, along with the reveal that the series would soon be anime-fied.

The show’s title will be Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal. Based on comments from series producer Masaru Oyamada, it sounds like the show will be based around the plot of the game that just hit Switch, and according to him, it’s the whole motive behind its re-release. “When the animation project was first pitched to me, the remastering of ‘Legend of Mana’ was not even in discussion,” he says. “I initially attended the meeting without deep thoughts, but when Mr. Yawata from Warner Bros. Japan passionately pitched the ‘Legend of Mana’ animation project, I realized I need to create the game as soon as I can. So rumor has it, that’s how the HD remaster project began.”

The news comes one week after another Square IP, Final Fantasy IX, was announced to be getting its own animated adaption — though in that case, it’s a French cartoon aimed at children, instead of an anime aimed at…well, probably not children but not specifically adults either; Mana is an E-rated series for a general audience.

Warner Bros. Japan is producing the series, which is being animated by Graphinica in collaboration with Yokohama Animation Lab. Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal currently has no release date.