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Welcome to the Seikens, the site that covers everything from the Seiken Densetsu / Mana series; from latest news on game releases and developments to in-depth walkthroughs, information guides for class changes, gameplay and inventories, a detailed monster bestiary, an extensive official artwork gallery, and complete soundtrack listings and downloadable remixes.

We aim to bring you all you need to know, and more, about the series from Final Fantasy Adventure right up to the latest Echoes of Mana. Come join us on the Mana Series Discord where you can get in touch with other fans of the series for gaming help or just join in with fun conversation on any topic.

Legend of Mana Anime – Online Exhibition

Posted on October 5th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Linked over at the main site for the anime, you can find this online exhibition link.
It seems to be a 3D interior of the main character’s house you can walk around and look at animation setting drawings, concept art, and storyboarding materials, but I wouldn’t know! My home computer is nearly 12 years old now and it starts to give up on life when I try to look around. I’m running at around 1fps here when I give it a shot.
I’ll take a look at this stuff once I’m back in the office, and report back here about what’s inside.

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Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal – Li’l Cactus Diary 1: Lapis Lazuli

Posted on October 1st, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

There is a new video out for the Legend of Mana anime, it’s a Cactus Diary entry. Seems they will do a number of these. Unfortunately it’s all in Japanese, but you can see a few new shots in the video at least.


You can find all of the trailers and videos on the official site, here.

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Death Queen City Lives Again

Posted on September 24th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

So over on the Japanese side of the web, there was a great site called “Death Queen Ward” that unfortunately went down back in July. The site started out as a “Village” in 2002, upgraded to a “Town” in 2009, later a “Ward” around 2013, and now it is back in “City” form as of 2022. When the site went down, I reached out to the owner over Twitter and that seemed to have spurred them to rebuild the entire thing to bring it back.

So, what is it? Well it’s a great repository for all things retro Square, mostly within the Famicom and Super Famicom era. So Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and the original Trials of Mana fall right in place. The owner of the site, the Mayor Queen, has an extensive collection of merch and print media from that era along with a very impressive Phone Card collection. Trials of Mana in particular has some very rare and very expensive phone cards that I have opted out of collecting, just to save my sanity (and wallet).

Check out the merch Death Queen Mayor has picked up for these Mana games:
Final Fantasy Adventure
Secret of Mana
Trials of Mana
and even the Mana game that never was, Seiken Densetsu: Emergence of Excalibur
Also head over and see all the other goodness at Death Queen City.

It’s a very cool site, the new layout is particularly stylish, and it will be critical in helping me with my own rebuild of the Merchandise section here on Seikens whenever I can find time to get around to it!

I wonder where Death Queen City will go in the future… Death Queen District? Death Queen Metropolis? Maybe someday we’ll even see a Death Queen Ecumenopolis.

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Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal – Title Sequence

Posted on September 23rd, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

You can now watch the title sequence to the Legend of Mana anime coming out in two weeks! Check it out!


Quite some neat things to see in the video! There are some Jumi we haven’t seen before, which is exciting. I have a feeling the blue guy is likely Sappho, Basket Fish’s friend who gets mentioned a few times in game (and a bit more in the Ultimania guide). Then of course we see Esmeralda’s sisters and Alexandrite (we didn’t technically see them before I guess), and an icy Jumi as well. It’s cool to see the Jumi fighting the skeletons, especially Rubens who we know but don’t know much about! Anyway, we can only hope Basket Fish graces the series, it will really be a shame if Legend of Mana’s most compelling character doesn’t get his time in the spotlight. You can find all of the trailers on the official site, here.

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Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal – Another New Trailer

Posted on September 17th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Here is another trailer for the upcoming Legend of Mana anime! This one doesn’t have subtitles unfortunately, but it’s still neat to watch. I was pretty excited to see some monsters appear!


You can find all of the trailers on the official site, here.

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Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal – Commercial and Release Date

Posted on August 19th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

The anime Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal will be broadcast starting October 7th, 2022 on 28 stations affiliated with MBS and TBS in Japan as part of the “Super Animeism” block. Doesn’t mean much to us overseas, but you can read the little details about it here. Now, check out the commercial that starts airing today!


It doesn’t show much we haven’t already seen, but it’s awesome that it’s getting closer! No details yet on streaming, unfortunately.

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Wiki of Mana – Collabs of Mana Information Search

Posted on August 15th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Over at the Wiki of Mana, Rabillion and Swordzman236 have been putting in a lot of work. The wiki opened almost a year ago and is already at over 2000 pages. It’s what you would expect from a Mana wiki: pages and pages of articles covering topics ranging from the games themselves to characters, monsters, items, and anything else you can think of. The wiki is also a treasure trove of images and sprites, some of which were contributed by us here at Seikens!

Currently, they have a big push for documenting the various collaborations the Mana series has had with other games. Did you know Mana characters have appeared in various Square Enix mobile games? Some of the collaborations date back to 2015 and 2016. As you can imagine, this information is not that easy to come by, as transient as mobile game events are, and that’s not even considering any Japan only events or games.

For that reason, they are seeking help! If you know anything about Mana crossovers or about Rise of Mana and Circle of Mana in particular, consider helping out!

Head over and check out what they have so far, here, and consider sticking around and editing! If you’d like to talk to the Wiki crew, you can find them on the Mana Series Discord.

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Starter Deck Opening Video Two (Filmed in 2011)

Posted on August 6th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

In this video, filmed in 2011, I continued my efforts to complete my Legend of Mana Card Duel collection by opening up another Starter Deck. Make sure to watch the previous video if you have not yet for an introduction to the game’s cards. I had some misconceptions about the number of commons, uncommons, rares, and holofoils back when I was trying to complete my collection. I have only found three Japanese sites that actually detail the game, and two of them are only card lists! The list I had found at the point of filming this video had some serious errors, leading me to make the wrong assumptions in some of these videos.


Again, you can read details about the card game, including the translated rule book and fully translated cards, here.

A special thanks to Sevon (Twitter, pixiv) for the awesome “Card Master Sheexy” art included in the video!

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Legend of Mana Card Duel – Introduction and Starter Deck Opening (Filmed in 2011)

Posted on July 30th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Over a decade later, I finally edited and cleaned up some videos I recorded for the site. In this video I give an overview of the types of cards in the Legend of Mana Card Duel trading card game, talk briefly about Boosters and Starter Decks, open a Starter Deck, and finally sort through my collection at the time. This was the third Starter Deck I ever opened, the first two being opened in 2004 and likely 2006. This video was originally filmed in 2011, along with a handful of others where I open more Starter Decks.


You can read details about the card game, including the translated rule book and fully translated cards, here.
Of specific interest to this video is the page where I detail the Starter Decks for the game, here.
On the Opened Starter Decks page you can look at the details for all of the Starter Decks I have opened, here. This video goes over the Third Starter Deck specifically.

A special thanks to Sevon (Twitter, pixiv) for the awesome “Card Master Sheexy” art included in the video!
There is even a specially designed card that Sevon made, check it out below.

Card Master Sheexy
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LoMCD: Starter Deck Functionality

Posted on July 1st, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Perhaps the most esoteric page to ever grace this website, Starter Deck Functionality takes a look at how playable eleven of the Legend of Mana Card Duel starter decks I’ve opened up actually are.

I thought it might be interesting to look at what an introduction to the card game would look like from these starter decks that function as very large and poorly randomized boosters. As it turns out, it would not have been very fun.

Maybe someday in the future I’ll put some of these decks back together and give them a whirl.

If you’ve got a penchant for the pedantic, check it out.

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