Manavolution: the original Seiken Densetsu characters over time

By Spencer . February 13, 2007 . 12:27pm

Square-Enix has been on a remake spree, but most of the time they stick to the original concept art. The notable exception from this rule is Final Fantasy III DS, which has a new look for the main characters. Seiken Densetsu (aka Final Fantasy Adventure or Mystic Quest Adventure if you’re in Europe) has gone through three remakes, but each time a different set of concept art was used. Brownie Brown handled Sword of Mana and they used their in house art staff to recreate the title, which is why it looks like Magical Starsign. All the way on the right is the most recent remake, Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Adventure for mobile phones goes back to the original concept art, but ditches the super deformed look for the cast. Which one do you think best represents the “hero” in Seiken Densetsu?






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  • I think the art work should be more the superdeformed look. The art used for Seiken Densetsu 3 was perfect along with Sword of Mana art. While art styles and prefrences will difer, its important to keep the tradition of the Seiken Densetsu art style in line with the series. What does everyone else think?

  • Pichi

    I like the Sword of Mana art best

  • rootbeerking

    I like the art of Sword of Mana and SD3 the best. the new art isn’t really my cup of tea

  • After reading about the the new Mana game for PS2…..I worry about the series. Square-enix just doesn’t want to give the fans WHAT THEY WANT. I understand you need to try new things, but come on already. Every mana game after 3 has been pretty fun, but not nearly as great as the series can BE. Lets hope the future MANA GAmes are of better quality. P.S. How about a Soccer MANA game.


  • Leeham

    Sword of Mana changed a lot of the plot as well, mainly to take out everything awesome and replace it with a bunch of stupid crap about vampires. The new mobile version looks to be much closer to the original, and I’m quite happy with the art used in it.

    Not to mention the fact that grey-haired Julius looks about a thousand times cooler than red-headed stepchild Julius.

  • We need a real SEQUEL TO SECRET OF MANA. Square-Enix keeps blowing off its fan base. Square you where once the undisputed RPG game king. Now, you question your true fans, to make quick profits……..truly sad, since their game stories talk of courage, honesty, pride and love.

  • Edge-of-Oblivion

    I guess I’m the odd one out, I prefer the FFA or Mana Mobile art far far far over the Sword of Mana art. I guess I just don’t like the Mana art style, or maybe it’s because I played FFA long ago and can’t stand the fact that SwOM Julius looks too much like Kefka. (Only room for ONE mad clown in this business!!)

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