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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Movie (2018)
さよならの朝に約束の花をかざろう (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō)


Maquia is from a clan where all the members stop aging in their mid-teens. She has no parents and, although her days are peaceful, she feels lonely. Their peace is shattered when an army invades, seeking the secret to her people’s immortality. Leilia, the most beautiful girl in her clan, is taken away, and the boy Maquia has secret feelings for disappears. Maquia can escape but she loses her friends and her home. Wandering alone in the forest, she finds Ariel, a baby boy who has lost his parents. The story follows the changing relationship between the two as Ariel grows up and Maquia does not.
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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms film serves as Okada’s directorial debut and the first standalone feature-length, theatrically-released production of P.A.Works. The film premiered in Japan on February 24, 2018, as a general release and premiered outside Japan on March 4, 2018, at the Glasgow Film Festival.

Alternative titles

– Maquia: Una historia de amor inmortal
– Sayoasa
– さよ朝
– Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō
– Укрась прощальное утро цветами обещания
– さよならの朝に約束の花をかざろう
– 道別的早晨就用約定之花點綴吧
– 이별의 아침에 약속의 꽃을 장식하자
– Let’s Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Morning of Farewells
– Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
– Maquia
– sayoasa

TL;DR Review

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (さよならの朝に約束の花をかざろう Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarō, lit. “Let’s Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Morning of Farewells”), officially abbreviated as Sayoasa (さよ朝), is a 2018 Japanese animated high fantasy drama film written and directed by Mari Okada and produced by P.A.Works, featuring character designs by Yuriko Ishii adapted from Akihiko Yoshida’s original designs and music by Kenji Kawai.

The animation is beautiful and has that cell-shading style. This is one of those movies I had to watch twice to fully appreciate the subtlety. The movie I would best describe as a slow-burn.

The characters are engaging and likable. We follow these characters over the years as their relationship changes with each passing decade. How would you feel being immortal and watch people you love gradually die off? Would you cut off all ties in order not to feel such grief?

The film may feel like an epic fantasy story at first but it is just a wonderful tale about connections. The gorgeous animation and emotionally heartfelt story may bring some tears to the manliest of man. Of course, I didn’t cry.

Highly recommended for those that enjoy medieval fantasy with a moving humanistic narrative. Be aware this is a rather slow-paced movie. Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms contains graphic violence and is intended for young adults.

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Closing Theme

– “Viātor” by Rionos



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