Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Coming to US This July
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms will be coming to US theaters starting July 20th, thanks to ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio, which has licensed the distribution rights.
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is the directorial debut of renowned screenwriter Mari Okada, one of the most prolific writers currently in the anime industry. She is known for such works as The Anthem of the Heart, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Black Butler, and Toradora!. The film premiered in Japan in February, moved on to the Glasgow Film Festival in March, and this summer will premiere in North America.
“Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is what I’ve always wanted to write as a writer,” said Okada. “I feel great pleasure as well as pressure to be able to get involved in all of the works beyond script. The interweaving of people coming together, and their eventual breakup: It is a story onto which I hope everyone will be able to superimpose themselves.”
Here is the official synopsis of the film:
The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels “alone”. But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life. Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home in the chaos. She then encounters an orphaned baby who is “alone”. Maquia raises this boy “Ariel”, with the help of some new friends. But as the era changes, the bond between Maquia and Ariel changes too, amidst a backdrop of racial tensions between the Iorph and the Mezarte. This is a story of irreplaceable time, woven by two lonely people who can only find solace in each other.
Featuring the voice talents of Manaka Iwami (Gamers!, Urahara) as Maquia, Miyu Irino (Haikyuu!!, Koe no Katachi) as Ariel, Ai Kayano (Shokugeki no Soma, Mob Psycho 100) as Leilia, Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan, Black Butler) as Krim, and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Kuroko’s Basketball, Free!) as Lang, Maquia is based on Okada’s own memoir about her relationship with her mother. It tackles the dilemmas of motherhood and adolescence, femininity, racial identity, and leadership.
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms will begin showing in theaters in the US on July 20th. Click here for a list of currently available showtimes and locations.
Check out the trailer below!
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Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from THE Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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