Category Archives: Mana/Seiken Densetsu

Mind Your Mana

I don’t recall when I first heard the term “mana,” but it’s present in a lot of video games, especially role-playing ones. I think I used to get it confused with manna, the stuff the Israelites ate in the desert. … Continue reading

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Make Room for Mushrooms

In my last post, I discussed mushroom people, mostly in Oz but touching on other media as well. In video games, the main example is obviously the Super Mario series, which takes place in the Mushroom World. The people with … Continue reading

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Final Fakery

The TV Tropes page on Urban Legends of Zelda (good name, by the way) had a link to this post from the alt.games.final-fantasy newsgroup, which brought back some memories. I read that group pretty regularly back when I started college, … Continue reading

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If I Had a Hammer

We all know about Thor‘s magic hammer, but it’s not the only one to appear in mythology. It was actually while reading through a page on the translation of Final Fantasy IV that I came across a mention of the … Continue reading

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Nooked on a Feeling

One significant video game salesman I didn’t mention in last week’s post is Tom Nook from the Animal Crossing games, a raccoon with a head for business. Well, actually he’s a tanuki, which is sort of a raccoon-like dog, but … Continue reading

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Rabite Rampage

I guess I’m not as familiar with the Mana series (known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu, meaning “Legend of the Sacred Sword”) as I might be, but I did watch my brother play through Secret of Mana. I also have … Continue reading

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