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Anime Limited Licenses “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms”, Unveils English-Subbed Trailer

Soon, this flower shall bloom on the shores of Glasgow.

Earlier today, publisher Anime Limited announced that they acquired the rights to Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō). The publisher will host the film’s international premiere on March 4, at the Glasgow Film Festival.

Anime Limited is planning a wider theatrical release throughout the UK and Ireland in March. More details on the wide release will be announced at a later date.

Tickets to the premiere will go on sale on the Glasgow Film Festival website later this month. Glasgow Film Festival members will be able to purchase passes on January 25, while general audiences will be eligible to purchase on January 29.

In addition to the licensing news, Anime Limited started streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the film.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms will hit Japanese theaters on February 24.

Mari Okada (Anohana, Anthem of the Heart) is making her directorial début with the feature. She’ll helm the film and write the script at P.A. Works. Yuriko Ishii (Kuromukuro, Persona -trinity soul-) will provide character designs for the project, while Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, A Lull in the Sea) serves as chief director.

Rionos will perform the film’s ending theme song, Viātor.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Music: Kenji Kawai
  • Original Character Design: Akihiko Yoshida
  • Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji
  • Art design: Tomoaki Okada
  • Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Chief Animation Direcor: Yuriko Ishii
  • Conceptual Design: Tomoaki Okada

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Maquia: Manaka Iwami
  • Erial: Miyu Irino
  • Leilia: Ai Kayano
  • Clear: Yuuki Kaji
  • Rashine: Miyuki Sawashiro
  • Lang: Yoshimasa Hosoya
  • Mido: Rina Satou
  • Tita: Yōko Hikasa
  • Medmel: Misaki Kuno
  • Isol: Tomokazu Sugita
  • Baro: Hiroaki Hirata

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms revolves around Maquia, an orphaned girl from a special family, whose members all cease to age in their mid-teens. Though Maquia’s days are peaceful, she can’t help but feel lonely, all the same.

The quiet times are brought to an abrupt end one day, when the army descends upon Maquia’s family in hopes of obtaining the secret to their longevity. They take Leilia, the most beautiful of the tribe, away, as the boy Maquia secretly fancied vanishes. Though Maquia escapes, she finds that she’s lost everything. Her friends are gone, and she can no longer return home.

With nobody to turn to, she begins to wander the forest. There, she finds Erial, a baby boy who, like Maquia, lost his parents. Their lives are forever entwined, though their relationships may change as Erial grows into a man, and Maquia remains but a teenager.

Source: Twitter (Anime Limited)

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