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Mari Okada’s Gorgeous Directorial Debut Maquia Hits Theaters

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Acclaimed writer Mari Okada (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine) has put her stamp on plenty of memorable anime productions, and the latest marks her directorial debut. Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is a gorgeously-animated tale like no other, and it’s officially open in theaters throughout the United States, with Canada to follow on July 27.


Maquia is an orphaned Iorph, which are a special people who live far away from the lands of men, spending their extended lifespans in solitude as they weave the happenings of each day into a fabric known as Hibiol. Maquia’s lonely but relatively tranquil life is broken apart when the Mezart army invades on a fleet of dragons, prompting her escape into an unfamiliar world.

On the way, Maquia finds an orphaned infant in desperate need of protection, so she bravely opts to save him and raise him on her own. Now Maquia must learn to get by with normal humans who don’t know the pain of extended life and the heartbreak and loneliness that comes along with it. But somewhere along the way the will to fight, overcome, and live life to the fullest begins to take a stronger hold in this gripping, time-spanning saga.


With the deft writing and direction of Mari Okada and razor-sharp production by anime studio P.A. Works, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is not to be missed. Head to the official website to secure tickets today and prepare for a truly moving theatrical experience.

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