An OP theme video for the upcoming Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal- anime series was revealed on September 23, 2022.
The OP theme song is “Tears of Will” by Saori Hayami (composed by Kevin Penkin).
Take a look:
The Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal- release date is on October 7, 2022, in Japan. The series will be broadcast during the Super Animeism programming block on 28 MBS/TBS-affiliated stations.
The anime adaptation of the Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal action RPG was originally announced in June 2021. It is, in fact, the MANA series’ 30th – anniversary project.
In April 2022, the first teaser PV announcing the main cast was revealed.
The OP theme song “Tears of Will” was announced in June 2022.
On September 16, 2022, the second trailer was revealed.
The Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal- cast and staff
Masato Jinbo (Restaurant to Another World) is in charge of the series scripts and is directing the anime at Graphinica and Yokohama Animation Lab. Taro Ikegami is designing the characters based on the original designs by HACCAN, while Yoko Shimomura is composing the music.
The main cast members include:
- Nobunaga Shimazaki — Shiloh
- Yuichiro Umehara — Ruri
- Kaori Nazuka — Princess Pearl
- Saori Hayami — Serafina
- Yuko Sanpei — Bud
- Shino Shimoji — Corona
- Sachi Kokuryu (Bakugou in My Hero Academia) — Duelle
- Yurika Kubo — Li’l Cactus
The supporting cast members include:
- Hiroshi Yanaka — Rev. Nouvelle
- Chitose Morinaga — Sproutling
- Minami Takahashi — Rachel
- Shinpachi Tsuji — Inspector Boyd
- Wataru Takagi — Niccolo
- Misaki Kuno — Miss Yuka
- Makoto Yasumura — Mark
To commemorate the upcoming premiere, Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal- has teamed up with Kasugai City in the Aichi prefecture, a.k.a. “Cactus Town.” Unsurprisingly, the collaboration features the anime’s mascot, Li’l Cactus.
About the Legend of Mana RPG
As mentioned above, the Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal- (Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal) anime is based on the eponymous role-playing game. More precisely, in the fourth game in Square’s Mana series, titled Legend of Mana.
The RPG was developed and published by Square (now known as Square Enix) for PlayStation in 1999. On June 24, 2021, Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal HD was remastered for PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
The plot of the game follows a young hero named Shiloh who decides to restore the world. Namely, ca. 900 years prior, a catastrophic event saw the Mana Tree (a source of mana and life) burn down, almost to the ashes. Thereupon, a war between the races (humans, fairies, etc.) broke out. The war ended with the Mana Tree falling into a regenerative sleep.
Where the TV anime will start the story remains to be seen, but the premiere date is just around the corner, so, hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for the series to premiere outside of Japan.