Unraveling the history behind the Mana Khemia
/ Atelier Iris
series is a bit like teasing apart the relationship between Final Fantasy Adventure
and the Secret of Mana
series. Although Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy
is the second game in the Mana Khemia
series, it is the fifth game in the Atelier Iris
series. Okay, so maybe that wasn't as confusing as it sounded in my head and something that, in the long run, doesn't matter to most players - but at least it gave me an intro, so that has to count for something, right?
Mana Khemia 2 takes place fifteen years after the first game. The power of Mana is weakening, causing the once prestigious Al-Revis Academy to come plummeting down to the lower world. The teachers and students are able to get the school up and running, but the lack of alchemists causes the school's reputation to take a hit. In an effort to restore the school's status as a top-flight academy, the new chairman introduces new, non-magical courses like martial arts.