Local film distributor Pioneer Films has announced on Wednesday that the premiere of Mari Okada’s fantasy anime film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms has been re-scheduled to September 19.
The movie is set to be screened in most major cinemas nationwide, which will be in Original Japanese Audio with English subtitles.
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 Iroha and 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.
The film had won Best Animation at the Golden Goblet Awards, which was held in Shanghai, China last June.
The movie currently has a rank of 100% Fresh by entertainment website Rotten Tomatoes.