I come back to this image a lot. I like it so much. I don't own The Secret of Mana, and I don't necessarily have enough time to play it all the way through. And also, I don't have a partner to play it with, which is important. But I do have the soundtrack! And I do have this image.
Viewing this image gives me something akin to playing the game. The cartoon characters against a backdrop of lush beauty seems to convey to me the meaning of this game. As if the 30 hours of gameplay can be compressed into a single image.
I decide to look up the author of this image. His name is Hiroo Isono, and he has bunches of very similar work. In fact, the above image is essentially one of his regularly produced images that features the Secret of Mana characters. I really like his stuff!
Now, we in America weren't lucky enough to get Seiken Densetsu 3, which would have been Secret of Mana 2. However, I see that Hiroo Isono's was also hired to do the art in that game, and also Seiken Densetsu 4. This makes me glad, because I really do love his style. Check him out, there are some good galleries online.