Pioneer Films booth at The Best of Anime 2018, featuring the anime movies Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms and My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. (Photo from Red Mendoza / Anime Pilipinas)

Film distributor Pioneer Films has announced during The Best of Anime 2018 event on Saturday that the fantasy anime film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is scheduled to premiere in local cinemas on Wednesday, September 5.

Although the distributor did not gave additional details, the anime film is expected to be screened in most theater houses nationwide.



The people of Iorph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief. (Synopsis from Madman Entertainment)

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is a Japanese anime film written and directed by Mari Okada, who handled scripts of popular anime shows like Hanasaku Irohaand anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.

The movie is the first standalone film production by anime studio P.A. Works, as well as Okada’s directorial debut.

Yuriko Ishii, who handled character designs for Persona -trinity soul- and Another, is the chief animation director for the movie, which was released in Japanese cinemas last February.

The Japanese voice cast are lead by Manaka Iwami (“Teresa Wagner”, Tada Never Falls in Love) as the title character Maquia, and Miyu Irino (“Akito Hyuga”, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) as Erial.


Outside Japan, Maquia had made its debut at Glasgow Film Festival in the United Kingdom in March. Since then, the anime film had its general release in United States, Canada, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Recently, the film had won Best Animation at the Golden Goblet Awards, which was held in Shanghai, China last June.


The local film distributor also announced that they have acquired My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, which is an animated theatrical film adaptation of the popular manga and anime series.

A representative of the distributor has told Anime Pilipinas they have yet to discuss the movie’s premiere date, but it’s “coming soon”.


©2018 My Hero Academia The Movie Project
© K. Horikoshi / SHUEISHA

Our favorite young hero-in-training is in for a wild ride when villains threaten the artificial moving city, I-Island.

Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world’s leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations! Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to hero society, and one man holds the key to it all—the symbol of peace, All Might. (Synopsis from Funimation)

My Hero Academia the Movie: Two Heroes is an anime film adaptation of a Japanese manga series by Kohei Horikoshi, which is being serialized on Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since July 2014. The manga series currently has 19 volumes.


The staff of the television series, including director Kenji Nagasaki, scriptwriter Yosuke Kuroda, and character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi joined together once again for the much-awaited film adaptation, which was produced by anime studio BONES and distributed by Toho.

The Japanese voice cast are lead by Daiki Yamashita (“Sakamichi Onoda”, Yowamushi Pedal) as “Izuku Midoriya” and Kenta Miyake (“Cocytus”, Overlord) as “All Might”.

The anime film premiered in Japanese cinemas last August 03, which earned over JPY500 million (about PHP239.8 million) during its opening weekend.