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Mana Merch Sightings – October 2023 – Angela Statue

October 27th, 2023 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Merchandise, Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana

After its announcement back around June of 2022 during an Echoes of Mana stream, this item disappeared from the radar for the longest time. It has finally released for preorder, however. I was kind of hoping they were saving this release to pair with a big Mana announcement, but it seems that we are not so lucky.

It’s a statue of Angela! You can preorder from the North American Square Enix Store, or the Japanese Square Enix Store. It’s been popping up other places too, but I’m not about to chase down every link for it.
The U.S. Dollar is very strong against the Yen these days, so I’ve decided to source it from Japan.

If you missed it in the past (I don’t think I posted about it, but I forget), there was also a Riesz Statue released in the past (North American Square Enix Store, Japanese Square Enix Store). She can actually be found relatively cheaper on third party sites now, so if you look around you might score a deal.

I’ve got a couple of the Riesz statues, still boxed up because I don’t really know where I would display something like this. It’s pretty big at almost 10 and a half inches for Riesz, and Angela might be a bit taller it seems. The quality is really nice, not that I know much about what to look for in these statues, but I can’t help but feel these really don’t get the faces quite right. Maybe I am just too used to Nobuteru Yūki’s look for the characters. Can’t really complain though! Back in the day I would have never imagined these characters would get such nice pieces of merch. Now they have the small statues from the special edition, the Bring Arts action figures (A&D, R&H, C&K), and now these big statues. Pretty cool!

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Mana Series 32nd Anniversary

June 28th, 2023 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Adventures of Mana, Children of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Final Fantasy Adventure, Mana Series, Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu, Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana

Happy 32nd anniversary to the Seiken Densetsu series!

A set of Mana Series tracks will release as DLC for Theatrhythm Final Bar Line. Fun fact, this game was made by indies zero who just happen to be the same company behind Legend of Mana Card Duel.

In other news, there will also be a special exhibit of the late Hiroo Isono‘s artwork in Japan. Five of the original arts for the Mana Series will be shown off, awesome! That should be two artworks from Secret of Mana (characters before the tree and the night time image), two artworks from Trials of Mana (characters on the road to the tree and the world map), and one from Dawn of Mana (character before the tree). If you are wondering why the Children of Mana artwork is not included, that is because it was actually done by Nao Ikeda, who masterfully imitated the stipple style art.

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Mana Merch Sightings- Feb 2023 – POP UP PARADE and plushies

February 28th, 2023 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana, Merchandise, Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, The Teardrop Crystal, Trials of Mana

First up, just to follow up on the Jan 2023 Merch Sightings, I got my hands on some of the Flammie and Rabite plushes mentioned there. I’ve got to say, they’re really good and I recommend them to any fans of the series. You can find countless of them on Japanese auction sites, and the prices aren’t bad at all.

The Flammmie plush is a lot higher quality than I expected, Taito did great on these. The Rabite plush is ridiculously soft, and looks a million times better than the one that Taito put out back in 2018.

Next up, the Shiloh and Serafina POP UP PARADE statues are up for pre-order now, between Feb. 28th and March 30th, 2023.

These are looking pretty great, I love how they went with the classic poses for the two.

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Death Queen City Lives Again

September 24th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Final Fantasy Adventure, Merchandise, Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana

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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Trials of Mana 25th Anniversary Concert

July 22nd, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Music, Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana

Courtesy of @ManaGame on Twitter, you can listen to 10 minutes of the Trials of Mana 25th Anniversary Concert.

Hopefully there will be a CD or DVD release available sometime in the near future, I’d love to see more!

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Mana Music Boxes

July 15th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Legend of Mana, Merchandise, Music, Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana, Videos

Up for preorder on the Square-Enix store, you can find three Mana Music Boxes for sale. They’re pretty expensive, and the shipping is pretty high as well, but it’s pretty cool these came to the North American Square-Enix store.

Trials of Mana – Meridian Child

Legend of Mana – Hometown of Domina

Legend of Mana – Bejeweled City in Ruins

Here you can check out some short videos I took of each of them. The Domina one is by far my favorite.

You can also find some other cool Mana stuff there, if you look around. I’d recommend the Li’l Cactus Plushie, but you can also find some very expensive but very cool things.

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Trials of Mana – Android and iOS release

July 15th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Android, iPhone, Trials of Mana

The remake of Trials of Mana has been released, and apparently has some changes made such as adding auto-targeting that make it easier to play on a phone. Controller support, however, has been removed. The game takes up quite some space on a phone, so make sure you’ve got room! The price for either download is $23.99

Get Trials of Mana for Android on the Google Play Store.

Get Trials of Mana for iOS on the App Store.

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Seiken Densetsu 3 Triangle Card Games

July 3rd, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Gallery Updates, Seiken Densetsu 3, Seikens, Trials of Mana

Legend of Mana wasn’t the only Seiken Densetsu game to get a card game! These games aren’t anywhere near as collectable or complicated as Card Duel is, but it’s still fun to see.

Back in 1995, the Prologue book for Seiken Densetsu 3 came with a collection of 22 cards that you could play simple little games with. One game is like War, the other one is more like Uno.

You can read about the games on the Triangle Story Card Games page, and check out all the scanned cards either there or in the Gallery.

I actually scanned all those cards in back in 2012. That’s when I originally made this page, but it got lost when we transferred everything to WordPress. I think it looks pretty nice, all the images on the page are brand new.

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Happy 30th Year Anniversary, Mana!

June 27th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Echoes of Mana, Legend of Mana, Seikens, The Teardrop Crystal, Trials of Mana
A shame I can’t collect some of these!

So the 30th year anniversary presentation was today, and I totally missed it. You can watch the recording here.

I’ve got a brief little summary here though, but I’ll try to get something more informative later.

Trials of Mana will come to smart phones (iOS & Android).
A new game, Echoes of Mana is coming as a free to play game on smart phones as well. It seems to feature characters from the various Mana games. You can check out a video in English by clicking here. It doesn’t show the combat in this video, but it looked kinda hands off.

The original fonts from Legend of Mana on Playstation will return into the remaster. I don’t know if this means just fonts, or also original translation. Also, the Ultimania book will come as an e-book, but I imagine that’s only in Japanese, considering how dense that thing is!
There are some Legend of Mana LINE stickers now.

Apparently a Legend of Mana anime is coming! “The Teardrop Crystal” seems to be the title, so I guess it will go over the Jumi storyline. Supposedly, the whole reason the remaster happened was because Warner Bros. Japan went to Square-Enix to talk about pitching a Legend of Mana anime. That’s very interesting! Some of the animation seems to have been included in the Legend of Mana Remaster opening video.

Finally, a new Seiken Densetsu game is in the works for consoles. That was also stated at the 25th year anniversary, however, so not too sure about the timeline on these things.

The video also showed off some nice new merch, that’ I’ve definitely purchased. That’s all I’ve got!

Image Source: @y_ambe on Twitter

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