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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 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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Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal – Preview Video

Posted on June 28th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Another preview for the upcoming Seiken Densetsu anime, Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal has been released! Check it out below, it’s got English subtitles! It’s pretty exciting to see a lot of these characters. The Heroine, now named Serafina, also appears in the video, but she seems to be interacting with some Faeries, from Niccolo’s Business Unusual 2. Could the two main characters be focusing on different main quests, will she get more involved with the faeries than the Jumi? We’ll have to wait and see, the current release is set for October 2022.


Check out the Character Page of the main site for the anime to see some new art for characters!

You can also find the images in our Gallery.

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LoMCD: Deckbuilding and Sample Decks

Posted on June 13th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Over in the Legend of Mana Card Duel section of the site we have some new content going over the very basics of deckbuilding in the one and only Mana collectible card game. I hope to eventually add various sections discussing useful strategies, but for now this will have to do.

Head over to the Deckbuilding page to check it out.

In addition to that, I’ve also put together two sample decklists that people can play with:


Red Sample Deck

SalamanderJinnWisp

Blue Sample Deck

UndineGnomeAura

The first deck was detailed in Making of Mana, published by Famitsu Bros. on July 29, 1999 (ISBN4-7561-3148-4). It’s a very basic deck, but it gets the job done. The second deck is one I put together myself, and I tried to keep it as similar to the first deck as I could in terms of power level and card selection while branching out into three different elements.

I had a chance to play the tcg with a buddy of mine over the winter holiday. It was really fun! The two decks seem pretty evenly matched and there are a lot of fun interactions. We both ended up winning one game, but we’ll have to run a tiebreaker next time we meet up.

On the deck pages linked above you can find a lot of details about each deck, including strategies to consider if you end up trying to play on your own. Don’t forget, I’ve got all the cards scanned in and translated, and the entire Rulebook is available as well!


Just for fun, I made some late 90s style deck box covers for these two decks. If you ever played with Pokémon cards back in the day, these should jog some memories. The names of the decks “Firestorm” and “Floodwater” come from spells you can cast in Legend of Mana. I thought they seemed pretty fitting given the elements involved in each deck! The names even fit what the decks aim to do; the Red deck wants to wipe out everything their opponent controls while the Blue deck wants to flood the field with Monsters.

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Baba Presents The Legend of the Lampflower

Posted on May 31st, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

I should have posted this a while back, as it’s nearly a month old now, but I figure better late than never!

Over at the Archive of Mana, Babasbackside put together a write-up of one of the scenarios from Friends of Mana. This is a Mana game that very little is known about, and the only info we’ve got will be found in the Archive I linked above. It’s very interesting stuff, so check it out!

Click here to read about the Legend of the Lampflower!

This scenario involves Mark, Jennifer, and Rachel from Legend of Mana (sort of anyway!) as well as a boss from Trials of Mana. What a strange game this was, if only more of it was saved. Baba made use of the sparse details about the game and the scenario from Japanese websites, and filled in the blanks for us as well. I found it very interesting.

If anything, you should check it out just for Baba’s great art. Just look at the piece to the right here. Stylish and clean, this is great!

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the_lep’s Echoes of Mana – Beginner Guide 05 – Gear

Posted on May 9th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

It’s time to learn about gear with the_lep! This is a quick little video explaining outfitting your characters. There is a lot of RNG invovled, so you’ll be messing with gear for a long time coming.

Check out the_lep’s channel here.


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the_lep’s Echoes of Mana – Beginner Guide 04 – Memory Gem – Level & Unleash

Posted on May 5th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Onto the next topic, the_lep has a video explaining what you can do with Memory Gems! These are the other type of drop you can get from a harvest, the first being Allies, and they can give powerful skills and some stats to your team.

Check out the_lep’s channel here.


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the_lep’s Echoes of Mana – Beginner Guide 03 – Ascend / Unleash / Awaken

Posted on May 3rd, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

the_lep came back quick with another video going into more detail about how to power up your Allies. What is ascending? What is unleashing? Who can you do it on and how? Get the answer to all of these questions here!

Again, you can get to the_lep’s channel here.


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the_lep’s Echoes of Mana – Beginner Guide 02 – Allies / Leveling / Mana Board

Posted on May 3rd, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy

Another beginner guide from the_lep has been released! This time going over all the basics of what you need to know regarding the various allies you harvest or find in your adventure. If you only learn one thing from this video, make sure it’s to lock the allies you care about!

You can visit the_lep’s channel here.


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