Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms Gets Manga
Cygame's Cycomi manga website unveiled Mito Satō's manga adaptation of P.A. Works and Mari Okada's Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms on Sunday.
Okada, anime screenwriter for The Anthem of the Heart and anohana, will make her directorial debut with Maquia. The film's script was written by her at P.A. Works.
While the film first premiered in Japan on February 24, it will begin screening in the U.S. on July 20. Eleven Arts describes the story as:
The vertical threads are the passing days. The horizontal ones are the lives of mankind. The people of Iorph live faraway from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries, yet maintain their youthful appearance. For this, they are known as "The Clan of the Separated" and are treated as a living legend. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, but 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.
Amidst the despair and chaos, Maquia's friend Leilia, the most beautiful of the Iolph girls, is kidnapped by the Mezarte in their plot to thicken the royal blood with longevity. Krim, a young boy with whom Maquia harbors a quiet infatuation, goes missing. Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home. As she wanders through a dark forest with an empty heart, she encounters a baby who is "alone", his family killed in an ambush. Maquia adopts the baby and names him Ariel, and with the help of some new friends she raises him. But even as time passes, Maquia retains the form of a young girl. 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 find solace in each other.
The filmed sold 32,000 tickets in 76 theaters, earning 48 million yen—US $450,240 and rank #5 on opening weekend. Anime Limited premiered the film in U.K. and Ireland on March 4.
Source: Anime News Network