Anime News Network is reporting that Shout! Factory has confirmed that its first run of DVDs for the Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms anime film incorrectly listed a Japanese track with English subtitles, but this has been corrected for subsequent runs.
Shout! Factory told Anime News Network that the non-inclusion of the Japanese language track was due to a requirement from the licensors. The licensor required English subtitles to be hard-coded (unremovable) on the Japanese track, so any release would require two video tracks: one clean for the English dub and one with subtitles for the Japanese dub. Shout! Factory said the DVD does not support the inclusion of both versions, so it is English dub-only.
Shout! Factory also released a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on the same day, February 5, 2019. The Blu-ray Disc offers both English and Japanese audio, with the subtitles hard-coded on the Japanese language track.
Shout! Factory’s initial press release for the home video release says, “This release is presented in Japanese with subtitles, and with an English dub,” but does not clarify that this line only refers to the Blu-ray Disc, not the DVD.
Right Stuf will also release the film on a deluxe edition Blu-ray Disc in March 2019. Eleven Arts Anime Studio holds the license for the film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of 25 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. A maximum of five films from the list will receive the nomination.
Eight anime films are included in the list:
- Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird
- Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Akiyuki Simbo, and SHAFT’s Fireworks
- Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Lu over the wall and Night is Short, Walk On Girl
- Isamu Imakake and HS Pictures Studio’s The Laws of the Universe: Part 1
- Studio 4°C and Ankama’s MFKZ
- Mari Okada and P.A. Works’ Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms
- Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s Mirai
The Academy will reveal the nominations on January 22, 2019. The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019.
Shout! Factory has announced that it will release P.A. Works and Mari Okada’s Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms anime film on a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on February 5, 2019. In addition, Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced that they will release a deluxe edition Blu-ray Disc that will include additional bonus features, an 80-page booklet, a short scenario written by Okada, and an art box. The deluxe edition is slated for March 2019 through Right Stuf instead of Shout! Factory.
Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory announced a home video distribution deal in October 2018. Eleven Arts also announced a home video distribution deal with Right Stuf in August 2018.
Eleven Arts Anime Studio began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada with English subtitles on July 20, 2018 and with an English dub in the United States on September 21, 2018.
Eleven Arts Anime Studio has announced that it will screen Liz and the Blue Bird and Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms at LA Femme International Film Festival. Maquia will screen on October 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and Liz and the Blue Bird will screen in competition on October 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., both at the Regal Theater Stadium 14 at LA Live.
Liz and the Blue Bird is scheduled to open in American theaters on November 9, 2018. Eleven Arts Anime Studio began screening Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms in U.S. theaters with subtitles on July 20, 2018, and with an English dub on September 21, 2018.
The LA Femme International Film Festival will be held October 11-14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California with the goal of highlighting the work of female producers, writers, and directors.
Box Office Mojo is reporting that P.A. Works and Mari Okada’s Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms anime film grossed US$160,988 during its two-week English subtitled run in United States theaters. The film was screening in 221 theaters during its widest release.
Eleven Arts Anime Studio began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada beginning on July 20, 2018. The company will begin screening the film with an English dub in the United States on September 21, 2018.
Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms is the directorial debut of anime screenwriter Mari Okada.
The English cast has been announced for the Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms anime film:
- Xanthe Huynh is Maquia
- Eddy Lee is Ariel
- Ryan Shanahan is Teen Ariel
- Barnaby Lafayette is Child Ariel
- Cherami Leigh is Leilia
- Kevin T. Collins is Krim
- Michael Schneider is Lang
- Allegra Clark is Mido
- Ryan Bartley is Dita
- Lipica Shah is Racine
- Marc Thompson is Izor
- Brooklyn Nelson is Medmel
- Courtney Chu is Young Medmel
- Daniel J. Edwards is Barou
- Spencer Rosen is Young Lang
- Catie Harvey is Young Dita
- Micah Gursoy is Young Deol
- Mike Pollock is Mazarte King
- Michael Schneider is Prince Hazel
- H.D. Quinn is Darel
- Ryan Bartley is Old Woman
- Lolita Lafayette is Proprietress
- Marc Thompson is Baiera King
- Pheobe Quinn is Millia
- AnnaBelle Deaner is Lily
- Wayne Grayson is Hyke
- Graham Halstead is Riko
- Christian La Monte is Jack
- Ben Phillips is Eido
Additional Voices include Ryan Bartley, Camden Carter, Courtney Chu, Allegra Clark, AnnaBelle Deaner, Michael Deaner, Daniel J. Edwards, Wayne Grayson, Graham Halstead, Christian La Monte, Lolita Lafayette, Eddy Lee,Ben Phillips, Mike Pollock, Spencer Rosen, Michael Schneider, Ryan Shanahan, Jason Simon, and Marc Thompson.
The dub of Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms will premiere in U.S. theaters on September 21, 2018.
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival awarded P.A. Works and Mari Okada’s Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms original anime film with the Children’s Jury Award. The festival took place from July 12-July 22, 2018 in Bucheon, South Korea.
The film is the directorial debut of anime screenwriter Okada.
Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms premiered in Japan on February 24, 2018 and Eleven Arts began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada beginning on July 20, 2018. U.K. anime distributor Anime Limited premiered the film in the U.K. and Ireland on March 4, 2018.