Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal: Who is performing artist Saori Hayami? What is the Kisagi City cactus collab?

Key visual for Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal and picture of Saori Hayama.
Key visual for Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal and picture of Saori Hayama. Pic credit: @natalie.mu and @excite.co.jp

On September 23, 2022, the staff for the anime adaptation of Square Enix’s Legend of Manga game titled Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal (Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal) released the OP video, which features the song “Tear of Will” performed by Japanese voice actress and singer Saori Hayami, with arrangement and composition by Kevin Penkin.

You can watch the OP video here:

【先行公開】アニメ『聖剣伝説 Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal-』OP映像 / anime [Legend of Mana] OP
Opening video for Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal

Saori Hayami’s legacy as a singer

Saori Hayami was born in 1991. She made her debut as an artist with her song “Yasashii Kibou” in 2015, which was used as the opening theme song for the TV anime Snow White with the Red Hair.

In 2016, she released her first album “Live Love Laugh” which reached No.6 on the Oricon Weekly Ranking. In 2018, she released her second album “JUNCTION”, which includes the ending theme song “Jewelry” for the TV anime “Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card Arc”.

In 2020, the 5th Anniversary of her debut as an artist she released two mini-albums “Sister Cities” and “GARDEN”, and she held her first streaming live “Glimmer of Hope” in December of that same year.

In 2021, her sixth year as an artist, she began her activities under the theme of “delivering music that brings light to the hearts of those who feel lonely or are having a difficult time”.

In August 2021, she performed “Awake” at the Animelo Summer LIVE 2021 Colors concert, which was written and arranged by TK (from Rin to Shite Shigure). On December 17, 2021, her song “Transparent Singer” written and arranged by Pusu (Tsuyu) was released digitally. In July 2022, the song “Awake” was released digitally and used as the ending theme song for the anime “RWBY Ice Queendom”.

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In July 2022, her song “Guide” was used as the ending theme song for DanMachi: Is It Wrong to try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 4.

On October 7, 2022, her single “Tear of Will” will be released here.

Legend of Mana gets collaboration with Kasugai City

In Japan, there is a city known as “cactus town” aka Kasugai City in Aichi. Kasugai City is one of the largest producers of cacti in all of Japan. The company provides the Japanese with potted cactus to keep in their homes. The collaboration features the mascot character Saboten-kun aka Lil Cactus from Legend of Mana.

Legend of Mana X Kasugai City collaboration.
Legend of Mana X Kasugai City collaboration. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

What is the alleged plot of Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal?

If the anime decides to follow the story in the game Legend of Mana, it is likely the plot will go as follows:

900 years ago, a catastrophe occurred when the Mana Tree, giver of mana and life for the sword-and-sorcery world, Fa-Diel, was almost completely burned down. A war between fairies, humans, and other races erupted as they fought over the last remaining mana in Fa’Diel. The war ended with the Mana Tree falling into a regenerative sleep and the lands of the world were stored in ancient artifacts.

Our story begins in the present day when a young hero named Shiloh decides to make it his self-imposed mission to restore the world and mana to their former glory. Shiloh embarks on a quest to save the Mana Tree and along the way encounters humans, faeries, the jewel-hearted Jumi race, plant-like Sproutlings, Flowerings, Dudbears (small bears), and Shadoles (shadowy beings from the Underworld). Some of these creatures and individuals become Shiloh’s allies – others his enemies.

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When Shiloh eventually investigates the Mana Tree he discovers that it is rotten and that the Mana Goddess has become corrupted. Shiloh is forced to fight against the Mana Goddess in an epic battle. After his victory, a Sproutling emerges from the center of the Mana Tree’s rotten trunk and it calls upon other Sproutlings to join in and together they restore the Mana Tree.

In the game, Shiloh is the name of the “male protagonist” while Serafina is the name of the “female protagonist”. In the anime Serafina will be “another protagonist” but her story will differ from Shiloh’s.

Who are the members of the production team?

Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal’s production team members include:

  • Director and Scriptwriter – Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!, Restaurant to Another World)
  • Animation – Graphinica and Yokohama Animation Lab (Remastered Legend of Mana cinematic opening movie)
  • Character Designer – Taro Ikegami (Lapis Re:LiGHTs)
  • Original Game Character Designer – HACCAN (Secret of Mana remake, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky)
  • Music composer – Yoko Shimomura (Legend of Mana game, Kingdom Hearts)

Where can I play the game?

In 1999, Legend of Mana (Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana) debuted on PlayStation and was the fourth game in Square Enix’s Mana/Seiken Densetsu RPG series after Trials of Mana. In June 2021, the remastered version of Legend of Mana launched for the PlayStation 4, Switch and PC.

In 1991, the original Seiken Densetsu –Final Fantasy Gaiden- (Final Fantasy Adventure) game debuted for GameBoy. In 1993, Square released the Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) game for Super Famicom (SNES) in Japan and North America. In 1995, Square released the Seiken Densetsu 3 action-RPG game for Super Famicom.

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Who are the cast members?

Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal cast members include:

  • Minako Kotobuki – Sandra
  • Ayane Sakura – Emerald/Esmeralda
  • Reina Ueda – Florina
  • Manami Numakara – Diana
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki – Shiloh (hero)
  • Yuichiro Umehara – Ruri/Elazul
  • Kaori Nazuka – Shinju-hime/Pearl
  • Saori Hayami – Serafina (heroine)
  • Yuko Sanpei – Bud
  • Shino Shimoji – Corona/Lisa
  • Sachi Kokuryu – Duelle
  • Yurika Kubo – Li’l Cactus
  • Shinpachi Tsuji – Inspector Void
  • Chitose Morinaga – Kusabito/Sproutlings
  • Wataru Takagi – Nikita/Niccolo
  • Minami Takahashi – Rachel
  • Makoto Yasumura – Mark
  • Hiroshi Yanaka – Nouvelle
  • Misaki Kuno – Yuka-chan/Miss Yuka

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