It’s been five years since the debut of Mari Okada’s acclaimed anime film, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, which opened in Japan on February 24, 2018. To celebrate the fifth anniversary, revival screenings have been announced for Japan, with 75 theaters to screen the film for a limited time from February 23 to March 2.
Maquia marked Okada’s first directorial work. Okada is also known for her work as a writer, including fan-favorites such as 2011’s Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and 2015’s The Anthem of the Heart. Maquia was produced at P.A. Works.
Here’s a trailer from the film’s home video release via Shout! Factory:
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 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 also 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.
For more on the film, read our review!
Via Crunchyroll News