In the imaginative, visually stunning animated fantasy Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, an immortal girl and a normal boy meet, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years. The people of Iorph, who survive for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance, live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into fabric. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life 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, named 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. Maquia is the directorial debut of Mari Okada, screenwriter of The Anthem of the Heart, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and Hanasaku Iroha. In Japanese with English subtitles.