Maquia When The Promised Flower Blooms Blu-ray/DVD

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About Maquia When The Promised Flower Blooms Blu-ray/DVD

Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms is an anime film directed by Mari Okada.

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 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 also 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.

Special Features: 25 Minute Featurette Called "Making of MAQUIA", Trailer Promo Videos And TV Commercials From Japan


  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 115
  • Year Created: 2018
  • Release Date: 2/5/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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War is hell


Beautiful animation, along with a great story about love, loss, and harsh life lessons. A masterpiece that can be in the same ranks as your name and ghibli movies alike; do not skip this release.

An Absolute Masterpiece


A decades-spanning story about love and loss, Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms is a must watch. I saw this film in theatres when it first premiered in the US, and the ending brought me to tears. With an equally moving soundtrack, Maquia deserves a spot on the shelf of any anime fan who likes emotional storytelling.

Beautiful Story

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I finished watching the move this past weekend and I fell in love with the story,
the story made me feel like I was watching Tuck Everlasting with magic and war.

This is an anime move that needs to be watched as it pours in the feels.

Excellent movie but bad bluray encoding


This is a simply amazing movie about motherhood that will make you feel joyful and sad in turns. 1st time director Mari Okada pulls no punches here. The only problem has to do with the way the bluray was authored-it actually has 2 video tracks. The one that has japanese audio has hard coded subtitles while the one with english audio doesn't-what this does is effectively cut the video bitrate almost in half compared to the japanese release.

An amazing Surprise


I first watched the movie during its English premiere and thought it was a really amazing. Before that viewing, I went in blind since I never even heard of it but I’m so glad to know about it now. The presentation and animation was beautiful, the story was engaging and the main protagonist was amazing and probably the best part of the movie. Overall I highly recommend this and if you enjoy it I also recommend looking up details on its production too.

Emotionally Powerful


Words can’t even begin to describe how this movie made me feel. Emotionally resonant with great animation, this movie is a near masterpiece. The characters, especially Maquia, are riveting and we really feel for their plights. Spanning decades, this movie manages to hit all of the highs and lows of life and parenthood, and is not one I will soon forget. Highly recommended!

A Tale of Motherhood, Love and Freedom, Bolstered by Kenji Kawai's Brilliant Score

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With regards to the quality of the BD, I detected no issues with the sound/visual quality, but there's no menu music, just like in Shout Factory's other recent release, Liz and the Blue Bird. Given the subdued atmosphere of Liz, the silence after the end credits complemented my own contemplation, but I feel that Kenji Kawai's score would have been a boon before/after this outspoken tale of motherhood, love, war and freedom.

I particularly liked Kawai's score, as it underscored the melancholy and longevity of the Iorph people, and, perhaps, even relational bonds. I also liked Manaka Iwami's performance as Maquia since Iwami effectively conveyed the innocence and quiet strength of this young mother. As a lonely girl in Iorph, I think she empathized with the orphaned Ariel, and so decided to weave her life with his. Her journey to raise him into a fine man demonstrated the power of freedom - it grants you the opportunity to find your purpose, and your happiness.

An Amazing Take on High Fantasy

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When I had watched this movie in theaters, I had no idea how it was going to stack up against the multitude of fantasy tales that we are bombarded with. In a time where western fantasy is work like Game of Thrones, and anime fantasy is a glut of of the isekai genre, Maquia is a beautiful story of humanity and how a fantasy world can be used to elevate the narrative to heights not often seen in any media. Maquia is a beautifully written, animated, and told story of the power of togetherness in an awful time, and it does more for it's audience than any other movie that came out in 2018. This is one of my favorite movies now, and I look forward to watching it again!

Underrated gem

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If you liked 5 cm per sec, your name or a silent voice you’ll love this. It’s a great tale of life, love, and hardship. Don’t be suprised if you fight back a tear or two.

10/10 would recommend this movie.


I saw trailers before it was released, then it kind of went under the radar. i generally have a rule that i can only buy stuff after ive watched it(otherwise id be broke lol), but i made an exception for this show, and im sure glad i did.
i went into it blind, except for the trailers a ~year or so before, which is what i recommend. the art is beautiful. it made me cry. if you like shows that make you cry (happy cry or sad cry) this show is one you want to see.

An Utter Gem

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This was a grossly overlooked movie during the season. It's a truly beautiful film visually, auditorily, and plot-wise. You'll know there's only way it can end buy you'll still cry. Everyone should have this film in their collection. Like Ghibli at its finest but more mature.