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4:00 PM on 12.14.2013

Christmas album hints at possible new Mana game

A recently released Christmas album from Square Enix suggests that a new game in the fabled Mana series may currently be in the works.  As seen in the track listings for the X'mas Collections II, track nine -- which...

Wesley Ruscher

6:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Spectrum of Mana tribute album now available

Last month we shared an exclusive sample of Spectrum of Mana, a 3-disc tribute album to Hiroki Kikuta's timeless Secret of Mana soundtrack featuring stemage, Alexander Brandon, Tim Yarborough of The OneUps, and many others. T...

Jayson Napolitano

10:00 AM on 08.14.2013

Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album

It's really been 20 years since Secret of Mana was released. I still listen to the game's amazing soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta on a weekly basis, so it's great news that a group of musical masterminds have combin...

Jayson Napolitano

12:00 PM on 06.13.2013

Secret of Mana illustrator has passed away

Legendary artist Hirō Isono, who is best known for working on Squaresoft's Mana franchise (known as Seiken Densetsu in Japan), has recently passed away. He worked on nearly every game in the series from Final Fantasy Adv...

Chris Carter

Secret of Mana Genesis with composer Hiroki Kikuta photo
Secret of Mana Genesis with composer Hiroki Kikuta
by Jayson Napolitano

We've posted quite a bit about Hiroki Kikuta's repolished Secret of Mana soundtrack released a couple months back. After seeing the album's artwork and hearing the nostalgic samples on the album's website, I was sold and wrote a favorable review in Note Worthy 006.

Fortunately, I've been able to spend some time with composer Hiroki Kikuta, not only to discuss this album and its straightforward "upgrade" approach, but also to have him reflect on 20 years of the Seiken Densetsu franchise -- Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) in particular, given the focus of this album.

As usual, Kikuta proves himself to be a very thoughtful creator, delving into his thoughts and inspirations for writing music as well as script writing and producing, which he did for a time as the founder of his own game company many years ago. That story is for another time, but please enjoy what he has to say about Secret of Mana and let us know what you think of the album.

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12:00 PM on 07.22.2012

Secret of Mana arrange album gets track list, samples

The release of Secret of Mana Genesis is right around the corner, and while we linked to a teaser site last month that didn't tell us a whole lot about what it would sound like, the folks over at OSV have kept an eye out on t...

Jayson Napolitano