Soon, the promised flower will bloom once again to the cheers of many.
Earlier today, Anime Expo announced that they will host the US premiere of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. The film will be screened on July 6, at 6:30PM in Video 1. The show will be followed by a Q&A session with Mari Okada and Kenji Horikawa.
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms hit Japanese theaters on February 24. Eleven Arts will screen the film in the United States and Canada. Anime Limited distributed the feature in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Mari Okada (Anohana, Anthem of the Heart) made her directorial début with the feature. She helmed the film and wrote the script at P.A. Works. Yuriko Ishii (Kuromukuro, Persona -trinity soul-) provided character designs for the project, while Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, A Lull in the Sea) served as chief director.
Rionos performed 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
Eleven Arts describes Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms as:
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.