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. The film marked Okada’s directorial debut and the first standalone feature-length film of P.A.Works.
The film premiered in Japan on February 24, 2018 and at Glasgow Film Festival on March 4, 2018.It was released by Madman Entertainment on June 7, 2018 in Australia and New Zealand. It was released by Anime Limited in the United Kingdom and Ireland on June 27, 2018. It was released by Eleven Arts in North America on July 20, 2018. The film’s English dub premiered on September 21, 2018 in the United States. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 5, 2019. The DVD only has an English track, while the Blu-ray has both English and Japanese tracks.
Though only 15, Maquia knows she will live for centuries without aging past adolescence. She belongs to the Iorph, a clan of ageless beings just like her. Maquia’s elders warn her not to fall in love with anyone outside their realm, lest she wish to encounter true loneliness in the end. But fate pushes Maquia out into the mortal world one night, when an invading territory separates her from the clan. There she discovers an orphaned baby, Ariel, and takes him in as her own child. From this point, Maquia will suffer extreme heartbreak in the name of motherhood, as she watches Ariel grow and seeks to reconnect with her lost Iorph friends, all torn apart by the cruel world of Mesate.