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‘Mana’ series gets two new games, anime releases

By Eleanor Escalante Published Jun 29, 2021 6:03 pm

Square Enix has announced that there will be three new projects for the Mana series during a  livestream on Sunday, in celebration of the games' 30th anniversary. 

A mobile game called Echoes of Mana teases characters from previous Mana titles like Adventures of Mana, Trials of Mana, and Secret of Mana may unite to bring back order to the world. It will be released in 2022 on iOS and Android devices.

Anime series Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal, is in the works from Warner Bros. Japan, Graphinica, Inc., and Yokohama Animation Lab. No release date was announced but the anime is planned to air worldwide. 

Mana producer Masaru Oyamada said that the ongoing animation project might have inspired the recent HD remaster of the long-running series.

“When the animation project was first pitched to me, the remastering of Legend of Mana was not even in discussion,” Oyamada said in a statement on the anime’s official website. 

“I initially attended the meeting without deep thoughts, but when Mr. Yawata from Warner Bros. Japan passionately pitched the Legend of Mana animation project (with so much love), I realized I need to created [sic] the game as soon as I can. So rumor has it, that’s how the HD remaster project began,” he added.

One of the projects that fans look forward to is the new untitled console game, Oyamada confirmed during the anniversary live stream.

As these projects continue their development, fans can soon enjoy the 3D remake of Trials of Mana which will be available on July 15 with both iOS and Android releases.

(Images from Square Enix, Mana)