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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018)

Sayonara no asa ni yakusoku no hana o kazarô (original title)
An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years.

Director:

Mari Okada

Writers:

Mari Okada, Christian La Monte (english script adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Manaka Iwami Manaka Iwami ... Maquia (voice)
Miyu Irino ... Erial (voice)
Yôko Hikasa Yôko Hikasa ... Tita (voice)
Hiroaki Hirata ... Baro (voice)
Yoshimasa Hosoya ... Lang (voice)
Yûki Kaji ... Clear (voice)
Ai Kayano Ai Kayano ... Leilia (voice)
Misaki Kuno Misaki Kuno ... Medmel (voice)
Rina Satô Rina Satô ... Mido (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ... Rashine (voice)
Tomokazu Sugita ... Isol (voice)
Xanthe Huynh ... Maquia (voice)
Eddy Lee Eddy Lee ... Ariel / Additional Voices (voice)
Ryan Shanahan Ryan Shanahan ... Ariel (Teen) / Additional Voices (voice)
Barnaby Lafayette Barnaby Lafayette ... Ariel (Child) (voice)
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Storyline

In the land of Iolph, all the people stop aging in their mid-teens and can live for hundreds of years. One resident, Maquia, feels lonely despite the peaceful and idyllic land she lives in. But one day, the Mesarte army invades Iolph, seeking the peoples' blood for their immortality. Maquia manages to escape the destruction and chaos of war, but with no home or people, she becomes a wanderer in a dark forest. She comes across Erial, an infant mortal boy who has lost his parents, and becomes his guardian. The story follows the relationship that evolves between the two as Erial grows up while Maquia does not.

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Taglines:

Aishite, yokatta. (It was good to have loved.) See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

24 February 2018 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of screenwriter Mari Okada. See more »


Soundtracks

Wiâtoru
Lyrics by riya
Music and arrangement by rionos
Performed by rionos
Courtesy of Lantis (as Rantisu)
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Beautiful Meanings... Behind a Piece of "Artwork?"
2 November 2018 | by kvang145See all my reviews

A masterful creation of what is a mother's love. This movie carries action and drama from the viewpoints of struggling people. Time flies by quickly in the plot, but the ends justifies everything, so on that note, yes, it has a complete ending that fullfills satisfaction. Definitely a good classic or child-memory lane movie to watch. Good artwork and music, with only one bad CGI (within anime?) scene.

Now to the negatives, which should not be a deterrent to watching, but understand why it's not the best: 1. Theme of the movie is motherhood, but what you ended up with is teen pregnancy... yeah. What some people strongly feel is not empathy but pity. 2. A lot of character brush-offs. Each character development is very limited, scenes are spread to multiple characters, meaning there is no main character focus on. 3. Lots of unknown background. The story has a strong history, which is the action and adventure side, but what the movie focused on is the side-story of Maquila. 4. Action and drama not a good mix. Action fans want a little drama, but drama fans won't appreciate action... wierd huh?

Final note: 7/10 - it's like a Shakespeare's play/book. You "can" or "have to" emphasize on each and every action in order to enjoy the work... like a painted art. If you watch it, you didn't waste your time. If you didn't watch it, you're not missing out on anything.


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