Let's start with the obvious: Yes I did give this movie a bold 10/10.
I wasn't sure how to feel about it so I watched it twice in cinemas in Japan with a one week cool-off period in between both viewing.
Honestly, the first time it simply blew me away and stayed in my head non stop for like 3-4 days. This is a heavy statement but it is indeed one of the best animated movies I've ever watched. The second watching was in order to try to find flaws and to focus a bit more on small details of the plot and the music.
a bit the mess in my head, here goes:
Well, Mari Okada all right. She is known for her emotional stories and this one indeed enters the category just fiiiine!
The movie feels very long in a good way: The story, the world and places, the character development, the sub plots... All these elements adds up and fill the ensemble to the brim giving the impression to have lived and discovered a lot with the characters ; and that is one of the main strenghts here. Everything is well rounded and the difference of pace in the various plot elements do not leave any space to get bored. There is a well-balanced mix of emotional moments, intense action and everyday life organized in a non generic narrative structure, which I find very refreshing.
The theme developped is that of the relationship between mother and child. It is not a very common subject developped in detail and I really enjoyed the depth and various angles the movie takes to treat the subject.
Here, we have a very prestigious staff making characters and backgrounds.
For the characters, Akihiko Yoshida character designer on Final Fantasy and Granblue Fantasy did a great job in creating the various types of characters. Even with the adaptation done for animation, you still see his strong influence, especially on the astounding work done on the clothes that are very stylish, diverse and inspired. The resulting chara design is very simple and round on the faces which can be a bit unsettling at the beggining but very cute nonetheless.
About the background: the most prestigious animators of PA Works created incredible places helping to create a very rich world to discover. It is without a doubt the most impressive visual aspect on my end.
To conclude this section, the CGI: globally well done and integrated, some rare sequences stand out too much but it isn't much of a problem in my opinion.
Kenji Kawai is quite recognizable as a composer and you get that very easily here with the usual sound and instruments used. Nonetheless it is a very inspired soundtrack that come and goes with some very insistant themes that really shape the movie and the emotions. Also very well paced and used.
I am not gonna go in too much detail here because I don't wanna spoil the story but once again the characters are very well made, the vast majority of them are very logical in their motives, development and thought processes. The whole focus of the movie is obviously Maquia and Erial (or Ariel whatever) and their relashionship. So much so that you may feel that some secondary characters / subplots are not developped enough... Well it is indeed an argument but remember: It is the story of Maquia and Erial, so it is good the movie doesn't dwelve too much in various directions.
Enjoyment + conclusion:
Well I suppose this is clear enough already!
I very deeply enjoyed this movie that awed me and obsessed me for days on end. It has a compelling story with a not so common theme in a fantasy setting including memorable scenes and very well developped characters with whom you grow fond of very quickly. It gets very emotional towards the end, all thanks to that very well paced development and evolution throughout the film.
Beware, it is indeed a tear jerker and both times the whole room was crying at the end.
Also, in case it isn't clear enough already, this is not a family oriented movie, it is geared towards adults and some themes and element are quite dark and mature.
I've been trying to find flaws but putting aside very minor stuff, I don't see any major problems. Add to that the overwhelming impact of all the goodness I developed above and you get a masterpiece to be remembered. Hence the 10/10.
Not everybody is gonna like it the way I did but if you are okay with emotional stories and fantasy, please give Sayoasa a go without hesitation and you won't be disappointed.
Seeing many of these 10/10 reviews and people saying they cried shocked me. I wondered if we had even seen the same movie. I, and seemly many who left the theatre did not leave angry; but we certainly were not raving about it being a masterpiece either. And in the whole theatre, only a single person cried. I overheard many conversations after the movie of it being "okay" and "a lot of stuff didn't make sense" and a few more criticisms. And I agree with them, this movie is no masterpiece. However, it is not bad either. So, here is my review
Firstly, I find the
plot to be all over the place, and it never seems to have enough time to focus on each 'arc' of the story. Due to this, we see a few time jumps that aren't explained and many many many coincidences throughout this animation. So many coincidences it's actually ridiculous. So many unexplainable coincidences made it seem pretty silly many times throughout the film. The best example would be when Maquia one night disappears, and then the next thing we know she's getting her hair cut in some random room and then next thing we know she's heading an invasion of some sort. Like, wtf just happened? I have a general idea, but wow. There is literally no explanation other than she vanishes and then bam shes back again so you're left to put together the pieces. And, of course, the fact that in a massive metropolis city she manages to 'stumble across' every main character multiple times across the entire movie. "The Clan of the Separated"? Yeah right... This for me dampered many scenes that would have otherwise been fairly heartwarming or sad. The overall plot isn't a bad one. It's actually a very interesting concept that I feel was just simply not done right. Or, maybe needed 2 parts and more time to do it correctly.
Animation wise it wasn't bad. Certainly wasn't great either. A few scenes looked quite silly but those were few and far apart. Was up and down throughout the film and sometimes is quite plain and boring but decided on a 7. Overall, not many complaints here.
Here I had no complaints. No song really stuck out and made me really think about it deeper but all the songs seemed to match their scenes and OST was well done. No issues here
Characters were pretty good. Clear development was seen in our two main characters which was nice to see. However, many other characters who seemed like they had importance, or could have had importance were simply forgotten about which was very disappointing. The biggest of which is the Army General Izol who swore to atone for his sins to Leila who was seen after that for maybe less than 5 seconds. In addition, the drunk man whom we never learn much of anything about whi randomly appears to save the day or just simply out of nowhere could have been done a lot better too.
In conclusion, it was a Weak 7. The movie was decently enjoyable but was literally coincidences the animation. Had a good concept with potential but didn't live up to it. However, still created a movie that was appealing and a decently enjoyable watch if you don't think too much about it.
I saw this movie already few weeks ago, but I am posting my review for it delayed because for the first time in several years, I was lost in what to say.
*might contain light spoilers*
Let me start by giving some backstory information: I am huge fan of drama series, but unlike most people who consider themselves a fan of drama: I hate almost every drama that is being made today. No matter how highly praised the series and movies I watch are, they always end up disappointing me. Shallow teenagers cry in them for no reason whatsoever. Emotional depth is at near 0% if
achieved at all. Story telling and characterization rely too much on spoon-feeding the feelings. The world building is miniscule since the sole point of the series is always just to offer some cheap tearjerking for those who never ask for more. Execution-wise, silence; situations where nothing needs to be said are the heaviest possible way to convey drama, but the audience is almost never respected or trusted in this way. So instead, the drama is directed at viewers via over-exaggerated voice acting, crying scenes and downright pathetic yelling sequences which only purpose is to show how much emotions the characters are feeling, but the viewer is always forgotten. What 'When the Promised Flower Blooms' does is different because the feels are not hitting the characters: they hit the viewer instead. For the first time in 7 years, the anime industry has managed to create something that made me cry.
I will keep this as simple and honest as I can.
-Takes place in a world that is a mixture of high-tier utopia fantasy where peaceful beings similar to elves are coexisting with nature and medieval human race in where kings and knights rule their part of the land in highly immoral and not-so-peaceful manner.
-Mixes together political thriller, war, drama and daily life of both races.
-Focuses on interracial willing and unwilling relationships. The main plot line being about elf-woman and a human child starting a family together where she takes the role of a (foster) mother. Another heavy motherhood-related concept is related to another elf-woman who is raped by the human king and becomes a (biological) parent to her child, but never sees her.
-Deals with heavy questions about family, love, living, finding your own place in the world. As well as regret, adapting and one's purpose in life.
-Several different themes are presented via different characters and their circumstances to a point that it is hard to see how at least one of these POV's wouldn't resonate with its viewer.
-All of this is build around a solid story and inside a world so masterfully crafted that despite its drama-heavy content, it could as well be called just a fantasy movie.
-Build together in such an impressive manner that after finishing the 2 hour movie, I felt like I had seen a 24 episodes long tv anime. So much content, hardly any filler, smooth and impressive from writing to directing.
-Simply put: they are genuine, often very lost, trying their best, miserable beings at times, yet developed into something beautiful.
-Most of them struggle to face reality, some simply can't. Ideas such as suicide are brought on the table. In generally, great many characters are put in places that are against everything they would prefer. The best part is how much sense the drama makes in the series and how honest the character reactions to every situation are.
-Elf-people are have close-to-immortal lifespan which creates confusion especially in the main plotline where our mother realizes she is cursed to outlive her adopted son. The son simultaneously has to deal with his own confused feelings where he starts maturing and surpassing this person who no longer starts to seem like a mother to him, but a litle sister.
-Very familiar feel to it. Fantasy world similar to video games such as ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian + also the Disney Movie Atlantis.
-Character movements can look occasionally weird for they can never truly match the backgrounds that are so insanely beautiful.
-No money was saved in the making of this piece of art. It looks cold and brutal at times, yet so often incredibly beautiful. Water surfaces work like mirrors, the lighting and color pallet make details come alive.
-In generally, the art serves the immersive nature of the series so well that it can't really be said to be none less than its very own thing. Something that can't quite be found anywhere else.
-Some of the cast are voiced by annoying "shonen-like" seiyuu's which is a minus.
-The important roles are highly fitting to the characters. They offer personality and practically never go over board with the seiyuu work. Even the rare emotional voice acting feel real and genuine.
-Music is used in the smartest possible way. Otherwise this doesn't have an OST I would listen separately, but it really feels like it was made just for this movie.
-The first 15 minutes made me think this is going to be highly mediocre drama like all the other recent drama.
-Rest of the movie quite literally flew by.
-It left me with a long lasting impact, highly memorable piece.
-My eyes got wet in total of 3 times, and I legit cried during climax of the story where everything went down.
The art for this series is fantastic. Backgrounds, buildings, and landscapes are all works of art. The characters, on the other hand, are not so great. I hope they improve them for the Blu-ray release.
The voice acting was pretty good, but there were a couple places that had me wondering how it passed pre-screening.
The story starts out kinda slow, kinda jumps to a bit of action, then slows again. There is a lot of character growth, and you do get attached to them.
Finally, this movie is an emotional rollercoaster. I usually don’t cry in movies, but this
one had the whole theater (including me) crying at the end.
Overall, I would say it is worth seeing at least once, maybe even worth buying. But I can’t see myself going to watch it a second time in theaters, mainly because I don’t think my heart can take it.
So far I have only seen positive reviews about this movie and everyone is liking it, but it seems everyone have overlooked its bad character writing and not so good character development and character interaction. The only good thing about this movie is that P.A works has done a fantastic job on the animation but unfortunately there is not much good in this movie beside that animation. One would expect a story to develop its characters in a way that it makes sense and feel like real people would behave in story like this one but our two main characters here are not given
time to develop the mother and son story. The development of mother and son should have come from the raising the child and spending the time in childhood of that child but ( spoiler alert ) time skips do not make sense here and are random. Time skips are so random that mess up the mother and son relationship in a big way because we never get the ample time to develop the relationship of our main caste (mother and son) here. The story should have focused more on the childhood of Areil, so later in the story we feel motherly love strongly here but thats not the case here. Some plot holes really take story into weird turn, like those (spoilers) guns and fire arms jump into the story out of nowhere and how location of maquia is found by the king's army is never explained. Its like you are suppose to expect that and makes your assumptions about those plot holes, speaking of plot holes its never revealed or explained how much children of immortal Iorph and normal human will live, I mean was that not key point of some part of the story but hey its a Mari Okada's movie not everything will sense here.
Review 22.11.2018: Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou
Written by SMGJohn
"Every review is subjective, art is subjective your opinion may differ, never trust reviews to make the opinion for you, use them as a guide and make your own journey."
Maquia was one of the movies I wanted to watch after it was announced in 2017 because from the few PV’s and promotional videos we got it looked promising being an original work of P.A Works that have done many great works in the past.
However P.A Works are very often hit and miss, they either make something brilliant, or something very mediocre and
after finally having the Blu-ray release of Maquia I was astonished how overrated it was by everyone and critiques alike.
Your opinion may vary but for me there serious issues within this movie that made it completely lacklustre and I will go into depth why this is was so.
The first issue is the presentation in how time flows for an Iorph, while they live long lives the movie decides to present this as a broken VCR that skips over frankly essential parts, in many sense it be ignorant to claim this is a fluid experience, the movie is presented in parts, which have loose connections with each other, it is the Jarlsberg cheese experience of plot holes.
In many ways I could describe it as trying to cram 12 episodes into a movie but you cut out the odd numbered episodes and only keep the even ones, why this choice was made is illogical.
Because of this we have large plot holes that would otherwise explained much more, it is difficult to explain without spoilers but to put it simple, the relationships with the characters develop unevenly and you are constantly thrown into situations you cannot remember why it happens because you are never given a reason why in the first place.
Another issue with P.A Works is how they write stories in general, the characters do not write the story, the story writes the characters, this works and may not work and in Maquia it just makes it stupid. At the beginning of the movie the Iorph’s are invaded by a small mercenary sized company who captures ONE Iorph who happens to be very close friends with Maquia, of course. We are however never shown this take place only that it had happened.
Why is this a stupid scenario? Firstly, there few of the attacking forces, and there more Iorph’s, why are they not fighting back? If the Iorph’s are hunted in the first place why was it so there no standing army or militia? Why did they even need dragons to capture ONE Iorph’s from them to begin with if they have no army? It is not as if the men of the Iorph’s do not exist because they do we get to see them a few times.
This movie is mostly about Maquia which is the main character and her son, she is clearly the main character in development throughout the movie however the movies extremely poorly executed writing wants to make it about her friend who was kidnapped, Maquia and multiple other subplots, but sadly her friend is given so little screen time it becomes nothing but an afterthought its even hard to categorise her as a side character.
This is another issue with Maquia, its trying to cram too many subplots in such a lacklustre short period of time, there scenes that makes no sense and has no connection to the main cast at all, it just really makes it extremely difficult to understand why these decisions were made to present it this way.
The story of Maquia herself is beautiful while she still is the typical P.A Works damsel in distress and absolutely zero self-confidence a typical trait of almost all characters that P.A Works construct regardless of gender, the story was still good but all these extra bits added onto it drags the entire movie down the drain which is a lost opportunity it is as if they were incapable of writing a proper story surrounding Maquia herself and her experience outside her homeland.
Another issue I had trouble with comprehending is why rape was normalised in Maquia, while the presentation of rape was never shown, it was symbolised constantly throughout the movie, Maquia friend who was kidnapped was done so in order to bear “fruit” to a new prince, as suggested by the movie she was raped multiple times by the prince himself to bear a new son but the movie tries to portray it as a “not a big deal” type of situation.
And you may ask me why I bring this up, the reason is to show why the story is such a mess at one point towards the end of the movie, Maquia herself is suggested to be pregnant suggesting she was raped against her own will because she is literally locked up in a cage, the hair of a Iorph grows long when they are pregnant as explained in the movie but the matter is never pursued, the movie goes on as if nothing has happened, we never get to learn if Maquia was pregnant or not.
The production quality is classical P.A Works, there nothing memorable about its quality but it is not bad either, it is good to put it simple, the art direction is of a typical fantasy setting with unrealistic fantasy architectures and illogical mechanisms but that is the charm of fantasy it does not have to make sense it only has to look impressive and the movie did it well in this regard.
Sound wise P.A Works are being more generous and using better sound design this time around, choosing more original audio to work with, less repetition and other annoyances we have heard of their previous works, it is pretty clear that P.A Works has put effort into the production quality of Maquia as a whole with good fluidity in animation that contains very few animation mistakes that was hard to spot even for myself.
The score of Maquia helps in many ways to lift scenes out of their rather dull settings to a more emotional standing, Kenji Kawai proves just one more time how outstanding his variation in music can be if let free to do so.
To describe it perfect, the music of Maquia is contemporary orchestral score that fits the depiction of fantasy very well.
Summary wise, Maquia as a movie is frankly a poor attempt by P.A Works to create an original work that feels rushed, poorly planned, very poorly utilised writing that would fit better as a 24 episode television animation depicting a beautiful story of Maquia and her son growing up but instead we are only given bits and pieces, towards the end of the movie I genuinely got emotional seeing Maquia and her son being reunited again, but it is wrong to judge movies for their ending, you must judge them whole.
With too many subplots, too many holes in the story, chaotic presentation it is best to perhaps avoid Maquia as a movie if you feel that you are too logical in taste, perhaps it would be wiser for P.A Works to adopt this into a television anime series instead as there would be more time to truly explore all subplots in vastly more details and create a much closer relationship with the viewer and the characters portrayed.
Maybe I wrote for you obviously thing - but crisis of ideas was come.
In our time, when existing pop-culture become part of our life, and where all 36 dramatic situations were used more than once, where have already used all possible settings. Create something new, unrepeatable, something that never made before very difficult, more of then - impossible. But all time possible to show one or another story to another angle, bring something individual, and eventually good play to story.
But it were only some solid facts, lets for review about movie.
"When the Promised Flower
Blooms" is very ambition movie: big budget, quality animation, impressive backgrounds. But how this ofhen happen, wanted to do as best and it turned out as always.
First it's 3D, well can't, can't japanese artists made good 3D animation.
Second season of "Berserk", "Batman ninja", existing proofs of my words.
When in movie appeared dragons, which made in 3D, and this low poligonal models flew and cooperate with perfect 2D. It was sad, and spoiled impression of visual of this movie.
Story weak, characters not to the end revealed, they superficial, and not detailed. Characters have not enough charismas and good motivatons. General heroes all time sad, cry, and feel realy-realy bad, but you don't empathize of them. Because they empty, Ariel - empty, Maquia only cry and thats all. Sometimes they replics was unrealist, artificial and had much pathos. And romantic side between heroes very weak.
It's wrong when this movie, has so much mistakes. Like a part of art, It must be hight in aspect of significance. So much people hard worked and in conclusion made this. It is incomprehensible!
If it masterpiece, it must be don't let any reason to hate this. If somebody said - "the characters didn't develope!" quickly show arguments for him/her, "this", "this" and "this". Again somebody said - "setting is cliche!", again show arguments. And they sit with open eyes and open mouths and don't know what to say. Empty words, nothing else.
Because over time, me will die, you will die, we all will die, but art, art will be "live". And if it's something great, amazing, besides of - perfect, it will be actual and interesting in future. And no one low word can be spoil this.
But it was only my "mindless" stuff.
What about this movie: It's sad or fun? This ... This is a sadly ...
This is the single-handed, worst anime movie I've ever watched. It would've done a whole lot better as a 12 episode anime vs. a 2 hour movie. 3? 4? Time skips? In two hours? I don't even think One Piece has had that many time skips and it's at 900+ episodes.
There's like 900 plot holes. So many unanswered questions. So many things happening at once with no explanation. It was visually stunning, the music was amazing, the Iorphians were an interesting concept, but so many things went unanswered. What is Hibiol? What makes Hibiol so special and valuable? Why are Iorphians able to turn it
into cloth? Is it a life force? A plant? What were those flowers at the beginning? Why were the Renatos suddenly coming down with red eye disease? Why was Leilia kept from Medmel? What was the whole point of any of this?
It's just overall pretty bad. Don't waste your time watching it.
It's world building is done very well and very naturally and feels so legit and lived in. It's done in a way that's very show and don't tell which makes it so easy to fall into. It's a light fantasy setting, which is neat since you don't see that in anime very often. The CG is sparse but does kind of stand out, but still isn't the worst I've seen. There's some very nice animation on display here at times. The premise and some of the ideas I think that hey were going for are interesting, but the way it's presented is disjointed and some
of the character actions confused me, which both hurt some of the intended dramatic emotional beats. On the whole I was conflicted but ultimately didn't like it.
I haven’t watched anime in over a year and I wanted to revisit its form through a good entry point. There was a lot of social media buzz surrounding this movie. People on this site were giving it 9’s and 10’s and even one of my favorite musicians, Porter Robinson, tweeted about this movie and how good it was. And so, I selected this movie on a cozy Friday night with a bowl of soup and high expectations.
Wow. It is disappointing in countless aspects over the course of its two hour runtime. I am writing this review so that you can save yourself the
time I wasted!
To say the least, disappointment started to creep in before the halfway mark had even hit. If you’re looking for a film that dives head-first into a deep, emotional, and realistic exploration of paternal ties, then forget this movie. This introduction starts off with a good premise. The story revolves around an ancient clan isolated from the other factions of the world due to their immortality. This sets up a good framework for the exploration of isolation, segregation, and xenophobia but its actually never explored to its fullest extent. The movie is riddled with ridiculous plot holes, nonsensical character development, and layered with incestual undertones between a mother-son relationship. Often times, many of the side characters introduced are one-dimensional and completely stray from their motives in later sequences to elicit a cheap, emotional response from the audience. Their arcs make no sense in regards to the plot and indicate a lack of respect for coherent storytelling. The only saving grace of this movie is the animation, which is detailed and breathtaking in some sequences.
You’re better off watching Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki than this garbled mess.
Back when the first trailers dropped, I was pumped to watch this movie. The artwork looked so stunning, the premise felt original and full of potential. After waiting for half a year until it finally became available to watch, I have to say it didn’t live up to my hopes.
This review will contain marked sections with minor spoilers, mainly to illustrate certain points that contributed to the overall stale taste that the movie left in my mouth.
The story itself is pretty interesting. A clan of near immortal beings, weaving history into pieces of cloth. A neighboring empire that, when their power fades, tries to obtain
that longevity to regain its foothold. A young girl, that gets caught up in that conflict, is driven from her home and has to find a new place to belong in an everchanging world.
The world design is fantastic. It feels like an actual place, not a set piece. It is well thought out, colorful and an overall joy to see unfold. I found the character design beautiful, though I know that is up to individual taste. The occasional CG used for the dragons is forgivable.
It’s a real shame that despite its stunning visuals and sweeping orchestral music, the movie is lacking relatable characters and a cohesive script.
Maquia is kind of meek, cries a lot and is shown to be burdened by her loneliness. This doesn’t fundamentally change throughout the movie.
Ariel, her adoptive son, is aged up through time jumps so sudden and inconsistent, that it is incredibly hard to grasp his personality or motivation. Some of his actions really came out of nowhere for me and were hardly ever explained.
The bond between mother and son is the main focus of the movie, but with the few glimpses of their relationship shown between the time jumps, it doesn’t feel like they have actually gone through anything together. It’s more of a laundry list of events that gets checked off as the story rushes on.
Mild spoilers in the next paragraph: Neither of the two main characters felt relatable, mainly because their actions often didn’t make sense in the context of the story. Maquia never once tries to go back and find out what exactly happened to her home and her people, which bothered me immensely. Important parts that could have defined their relationship and help the viewer understand Ariels feelings and motivations, like him finding out he is adopted and what Maquia really is, are glossed over quickly. Also, his behavior changes dramatically after the time jump into early adulthood, with his reasoning for lashing out towards his adoptive mother being questionable at best.
The backdrop of the story, more precisely the conflict between multiple nations (which were non-descriptive at best and cartoonishly evil at worst), should have been more important. With all the focus on Maquia and Ariel, the surrounding events that had a lot of potential just got used as a facilitator for an underwhelming finale.
Also, beautiful as the world and the multiple locations shown in the movie are, there is a definitive lack of explanation as to where everything is in relation to each other. People are transported from place to place without establishing from where to where the journey leads, sometimes in between time jumps, so the viewer just gets utterly confused as to how they ended up there – or where “there” is. This becomes worse leading up to the final conflict.
A lot of lore is touched on, but never properly explained or given context. The plot is rushed so much that the whole thing falls flat in the end, since it was – at least for me – hard to become attached to any of the characters.
I think the story would have made a great series instead, with 12 or more episodes to flesh out the characters and their relationships, establish the geography of the world and to give equal importance to the overarching plot of the conflict between the warring nations.
It’s not an awful movie by any means, but it is one with a lot of wasted potential, which sadly leaves it at an average level.
Maquia is a disappointment. If you enjoyed the movie, by all means go ahead and enjoy it - but to me it lacks the space to really drive its narrative and themes home, and as a result characters who should be interesting and compelling come off one dimensional and occasionally annoying as the thematic resolution falls flat. First things foremost, though: I have absolutely nothing against Mari Okada or her work on this project. She has her fair share of haters and her style is not always my thing, but she does a fantastic job with what she is given on this project. Thanks to
P.A. Works, Maquia sports a visual flavor and pace that the shows she wrote just never had, and it allows Okada to try her hand at a larger scope than she's ever dealt with.
My first, second, and third problems with this movie can be boiled down to a single word: time. There's just not enough. I'm sorry, you cannot spin this huge generation-spanning epic starring an ageless lead, dissecting her relationship with the humans around her who age and die before her eyes, and then cram it into barely 100 minutes. When Maquia visits Ariel in the film's epilogue, a moment that should feel poignant and heavy with the weight of almost a century of events leaves little to no impact. This needed likely a full cour to really get the meat out of the story - and get this! If this had been in the form of a 1 or 2-cour TV anime, I probably would have loved it. Drum up the art and animation quality a bit more, sink your teeth in more to Maquia's narrative, and tell the whole story so you can actually feel the time pass. That way the audience can actually invest in the characters, most of all Maquia herself, and you can pursue some semblance of a resolution. Without time, you have nothing with which to hammer home your main themes, and everything you've built falls apart. If you can use your imagination to fill the years-long gaps in the narrative, power to ya, but the film simply does not do enough on its own to convince me of its thematic or character resolutions.
Again: there are legitimate moments of pure inspiration here. 15 year old Maquia sobbing trying to figure out breastfeeding was probably the most moving moment of the whole film, and the final scene was something else (though should the climax of a movie this big have been better? who knows). Okada plays with her motifs in a refreshingly powerful way, and there is clearly thought behind the development of theme ideas as the movie progresses. Maquia just doesn’t have the space to take them all the way.
P.A. Works, or Mari Okada herself, or whoever, made the (wrong) decision that this story was best told in movie format and attempted to recount over ninety years in under two hours. Yes, a large chunk of that time is tacked on in the epilogue, but the main plot covers over two decades of time - still not enough in my opinion, but way too much to be squished into the total runtime of an eight minute short.
I went into this movie with high expectations, after all, it has incredibly high reviews and as of this review is the 21st highest ranked movie on MAL. While others seem to think this movie was incredible I for one was unable to be moved. I want to focus this review on the three main parts of the movie I found to be its downfall; characters, story, and pacing.
This movie is at its heart a character drama dealing with the feelings of love and loss. Because of this it is incredibly important to write your characters in a way that makes them worthy of
the audiences attention. This movie fails to do that. The main reason behind this in my opinion is lack of character development. Our main cast is never properly developed throughout this movies 115 minute run time. The only decent piece of character development we get happens in the first scene of the movie where Leilia jumps off a cliff into the water and Maquia refuses to follow, while Krim lectures Leilia for slacking off. This scene shows us that Leilia is an easy going carefree girl while Maquia is scared and timid and Krim hard working and disciplined. Yet these personality traits are never again exemplified in any of these characters. Through the rest of the movie these characters dont seem to show any unique traits to themselves nor any reason for us as an audience to be invested in them.
For me story was by far the part of this movie which dragged me out of it the most. The overall plot is not my issue but rather the writing and characters motivations for their actions. Throughout this movie many changes in the story are brought upon by a characters decision to do something. Yet, nearly none of these actions seem to make any sense in relation to the characters interests nor do they show any semblance of rational thought. Below are a few examples of awful writing that took me out of the movie.
- Leilia refusing to escape after being rescued by Maquia. She decides this under the guise that Krim wouldnt be able to look at her again, but for her to think this about being pregnant with a child that was forced upon her (and conceived through rape) is nothing but thick plot armor.
- Maquia deciding not to return home to Mido after failing to capture back Leilia. This would have been the objectivly best decision for the welfare of her child and would have avoided the hard grueling life her and Ariel led thereafter.
- Ariel leaving his wife to fight in the battle. This mans wife is nearly expecting to have a child which he himself calls his future, yet he is more than ready to give that all up to risk his life as a foot soldier for a regime which is made clear to be the wrong side of the fight throughout the movie. Usually in a movie if your main character is going to risk their life in battle it should be for something, not at its behest.
Speaking of Ariel leaving, Ariel's ability to leave right before something horrible happens to those he loves most is so timely that it borders on comedic. Whether its leaving Maquia to join the army only for her to be kidnapped minutes later or leaving his wife to fight in the army right before she goes into labor Ariel has a knack for leaving his loved ones when they need it most. For a character whose desires are to be there to protect the ones he loves, he fails at it in the worst ways possible every time.
The last major issue I had with this movie was the pacing. For a movie that covers such a long period of time with a large cast of characters spanning many locations to work the pacing must be effective. This movie fails to do so. Often times I found myself wondering where or when I was at in this stories large world due to the seemingly random cuts in it. These cuts prevent us as an audience from knowing much if anything at all about characters feelings or motivations behind the actions we see them participating in. This is a major error which took greatly away from the flow of the film.
In the end I feel there was lots of room for potential in this story. The world building and animation were incredible and the narrative was quite touching. If PA Works had instead decided to make this story into a TV show with more time to develop their characters and fill in the story I am sure we would have been left with a far greater final product.
this story about the real meaning of the "hebeol" its the connector between the humans and its more than love it self if i see amazing thing in this movie its how he show the feelings between humans in every die how we feel the live itself and lets start :)
story :- 10 /10
this story is amazing i never seen like it before between the slice of life and the fantasy and how its so balanced between this two things i like how story start directly in the drama form the first 10 Minutes all thing is so damn
great and you cant leave your chair just for one moment because every thing go so fast no need to wait the action to start like another story every event happened just make my heart beat so hard i just want to cry with them and want to smile with them and show more then family its self and its called the Humanity in her shape like words and actions also how he use the legend of the pepole that can live foe ever to make Value of the life and memories a in the end its from the best fantasy story i have ever seen.
art :- 10 /10
the art is so damn great i never seen something like this before all picture in this movie its a part from the anime art drawing i cant believe what my eyes seen its so beautiful and its more than this i cant describe how pretty is all drawings from drawing characters to drawings the places with colorful colors also drawing the shadows so real that you feel like you in these place and this time in end i think its on from the best art i have ever seen in the movies if you don't enjoy the story you will just enjoy the art also the cg art not effect the art at all because its so good and you don't believe its cg, i think the art is so great.
sound :- 10/10
from the start the sounds take my heart and my ear with the beautiful relaxing melodies and effect your feelings so hard from the start of the movie they don't stop for one moment but its so good for every action happened when you hear it you want to reply this sounds many times with the saddest senses and life moment even in the war moment they so good i want to hear it again and again with all sense and voice they steel my ear in all happy , sad , painful and relaxing sense they the best and make every thing like its real and you one from the characters inside the story i hope i seen more sounds like this in the movies.
characters :- 10/10
one from the best thing in this story is the characters you feel with them in every moment in the movie and you can find all types from the kind one the is the main character so that make the movie more batter because its show is how they take of each other one for all and all for one and you know whats more amazing is the realty of the characters itself they make there feeling become so real and the best thing is how the characters feel alone in the movie when they miss each other and show is the value of the Relations between the humans how they cry,smile,been angry ,scream,protect what they love and the most important love each other
that amazing how all characters feel in the end you feel in every character in this movie because they have the true feelings.
enjoyment :- 10/10
i enjoy so much in these movie from the first moment on it he take my soul with all actions i feel so happy because i watch this movie and i didn't feel like i waste my time at because its learn me something that i wanted to see it he learn a lot of the things about the Relations that i don't care about in all in my life and for the first time i start rethinking about her value for me how it can be so Precious for the humans i feel like i reborn again from the start with a white heart i enjoy so much and i will like to re watch it more times because i want to enjoy of seen some thing that make my heart beat so hard from the enjoyment in the last i didn't feel the two hours when i watch the movie i feel them like its two minutes
overall :- 10/10
i didn't disliked anything in this movie because its perfect for all things i wanted and i didn't expected i think oh its good movie lets watch it and its surprised me so much when i am finish it i don't anything to say from the shock that i got from this movie in my heart and its good one to make me feel alive again i hope to seen movies like this in the future because i like the good works like this i hope you enjoying reading my review and i hope you will have a good watching for this movie and if you see this helpful tell the others about it in the last sorry for been so long in this review also sorry for the weak english i have and bye bye :) .
Mari Okada is back and back with one of her best works she has ever done.
Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou or Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is a tapestry of the titular character Maquia voiced by Manaka Iwami, being a Iorph, a secret race of humans able to have longer lives than regular humans, when her village is found out by the forces of Mezarte and she flees, she encounters a baby and promises to protect the baby now named Ariel voiced by Miyu Irino. It's a tale of motherhood in all shapes and situations, a tale of what "immortality"
does to someone be it good or not, it's a tale of partings.
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms' core themes and what Mari Okada utterly nailed is the shapes and situations of what motherhood is like and sure LA isn't one AT ALL, but nonetheless, what Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms brings to the table just shows off Mari Okada directing and passion on the themes of the subject matter. Maquia our titular character having the most focus gives us one of an orphan herself taking care of Ariel and if she's an actual "mother" to Ariel or not, Maquia is multi-faceted as her extremely slow aging is also a factor and what this means to their trials and tribulations Maquia and Ariel both on a personal level but also with outer factors also getting in their way. As such Maquia's constant worry of her not being a mother to Ariel due to her having no experience in the matter not to mention her essentially adopting Ariel when she to was a kid at the time and on the other side, as while Ariel is growing up, Ariel's want to protect Maquia with the outer factors getting in the way to the point of war breaking out in Mezarte. Lelia voiced by Ai Kayano is another Iorph, being captured by Mezarte forces to produce a heir to Mezarte line so they can last forever, but being essentially held captive, no able to her daughter and Mezarte themselves shunning Lelia and her daughter brings in the isolationism to motherhood and how this quite obviously fracturing any chance of a relationship between Lelia and Medmel voiced by Misaki Kuno her daughter.
Ariel as a character is something of focal point as well, even though Maquia is our narrative focus throughout the movie. We get to see Ariel from baby to an adult, from his naivete about the world and what Maquia means to Ariel, his defiance and his want to protect Maquia and though his adolescences is him being a rather annoying brat, he is smarter than one looks, even to adult as a character and the burden and love he gives to Maquia though it comes out in not the way he wants to show it and to be honest those reactions that Ariel portrays is extremely relatable in this sense thus his actions though brash at times does mean alot to Maquia.
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms has two major plotlines, the focus on Maquia and Ariel through the times and that of Lelia and Krim voiced by Yuki Kaji another Iorph who escaped the raid of his village and wants everything to be back to normal and was in love with Lelia. Though Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms spends the majority of it's time on Maquia and Ariel which by all means makes sense, LA would like to see more of Lelia and Krim to this regard as seeing what kind of turmoil they both went through through the times would had been interesting. Though this brings up how each of the escaped Iorph lives their lives, Krim wanting life to be back to normal and willing to do ANYTHING to get that...wanting to keep his cloth as it were, Lelia being forced a life she didn't want, shedding her previous personality for the Mezarte and unable to do anything about it being something akin to someone giving you different clothing for the rest of your life and Maquia who weaves her own cloth but with Ariel, so it's a stronger and unique cloth as a result.
For it's animation done by P.A Works, well LA will say this, the animation is gorgeous to the nth degree and expected of P.A Works but the attention to detail, great battles, beautiful background and expressive facial motions were all spot on and executed to amazing degree, huge and major props to the animators of P.A Works bringing us such beautifully detailed and gorgeous animation.
As for voice work, the voice actors were amazingly casted, from Miyu Irino as Ariel, Manaka Iwami as Maquia and Ai Kayano as Lelia all three that might as well of gotten LA's MVP's for this movie hands down, especially Manaka Iwami bringing so much emotions and range from doting mother whilst keeping her innocence and even nailing the more dramatic moments in the movie, Manaka Iwami is showing off what she's capable of as a voice actor and this might as well be her big break as LA remembers her as Chiaki Hoshinomori from Gamers and Kotoko Watatsumugi from Urahara. But nonetheless the voice cast for Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms has a great cast, from Yoko Hikasa, Yuki Kaji, Miyuki Sawashiro and Tomokazu Sugita and Yoshimasa Hosoya.
With such praise, does Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms have any flaws?, well nitpicks to say the least, due to how interweaved and solid it's theming are to it's characters, some of the few nitpicks LA would say to Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms would be that the movie has lots of time skips and LA will defend this at least they subtly but cleverly gives us hints to this showing the entire "show don't tell" but it has some jarring shifts especially early on, the other is something LA aforementioned of LA wanting Lelia and Krim more screentime but this being MAQUIA: When the Promised Flower Blooms LA thinks it makes sense they didn't and even then Lelia has some relevance to the plot when it involves Mezarte so it's partially satisfying at least. Finally and this it the most nitpicky so this is LA but the movie gets pitch dark at points like LA gets it your trying to portray they are in the dark, but we kinda have SEE as well, otherwise it's nothing but darkness with little animation to convey it besides...darkness with little outlines. Nitpicky but this by NO MEANS deter Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms as a whole as it's strong plot and characters especially Maquia and Ariel was enough to hold the movie to it's fullest potential.
LA will say this again and it can't be understated but Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms is one of the best work Mari Okada has done, it was her baby that she scripted, storyboard and directed, showing and executing the themes of motherhood and what the pain of partings and meetings are in it's most natural and visceral degree to the point of LA weeping and it takes ALOT of emotional distraught to get LA to cry and Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms did just that and with the few flaws LA pointed out just barely isn't enough to stain the tapestry of Maquia at all...
Parting is such sweet sorrows...but Maquia will always be there and Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms leaves one hell of a mark for future anime movies to come...
I'll keep this short -- this movie was a huge let-down. The first quarter/half or so was at least fairly interesting and quickly took a downturn in the second act. If you want, you can stop reading here.
The characters pretty much all sucked, with motivations/thought processes that remained as uncompelling as they were transient -- meaning that not only did they not make sense, but they weren't consistent either.
The only truly interesting character was Krim, a side character who functions only as a punching bag for the story to push it's weird theme. Which is namely that...
The story seems to have no other theme
than shoving in our face that motherhood is next to sainthood and that all we should care about is pumping out children.
The animation was really good, but the story didn't live up to it in the slightest. Characters kind of all sucked or were boring, with the exception of Krim, who was barely shown or explored, and who got screwed anyways. Not only was the theme weird and shoved in our faces, but it wasn't interesting explored in the least, making it not only a weird/bad theme, but a poorly executed one as well.
I can see why people cried during the showings -- probably because they lost two hours of their life to this.
Considering this is Mari Okada's debut it is amazing how it turned out to be. That being said I do think it has some flaws which I will get into, which was primarily the story and the characters.
The story is simple and executed greatly but not to perfection which is why I did not warrant it a 10/10. The war sub-plot just doesn't feel important enough. You could replace it with any other real-event conflict and you wouldn't change the overarching themes or characters too much. I think Mari Okada just bit off more than she could chew here. Apart from that,
the story revolves around Maquia, her child, and her friends and her experience with the emotion love. It executes the themes of Motherhood beautifully with great story-telling elements such as the use of symbolism, juxtaposition, and colour to set an appropriate tone and mood for the story. With stories they should always try to immerse you into it, as if you are with Maquia and feeling what she is feeling, which the movie does without any problems.
Not many words to be said. Watch the trailer and you can see for yourself the amazing backdrops and the vivid smooth animation of the characters and how beautiful they all are. Each character feels unique in how they are protrayed from the small meek Maquia to the bold and tall Krim. The CG is fine and doesn't look out of place.
The sound is amazing for sure but it doesn't feel unique. To say something what Mothers Basement had to say about the movie: it doesn't have a unique musical piece. Its the same fantasy music you hear in fantasy anime and JRPG's.
My biggest complaint here were the confusing motivations of one of the characters which I will not name. This character and her relationship with her daughter and the interactions between them just don't make sense. The king is just the stereotypical evil fat king with no actual characterization other than he's a fat slob. This is just nit-picking but Krim's motivations also don't feel too believable and that he is just being too extreme and melodramatic. Other than that though, the main characters and their motivations do truly feel relatable and real and justify their actions. How Maquia interacts with her daughter exemplify the themes of saying goodbyes to loved ones no matter how painful it may be. I cried when I saw Maquia cry because she feels like a real person and I was able to connect to her past a superficial level. I could see what my Mother and what Maquia did for me and I could see myself in Ariel. Aside from that the character growth is the biggest prize here. We get to see Ariel grow up: a kid who loves his mother so much, to a teen that goes through a rebellious phase, to an adult who is able to live without his mother - all because of Maquia and the things that she has taught Ariel.
I was simply looking for something to make me feel alive and this made me feel alive. This review is getting too long.
If you simply skipped to the end to see my overall rating and just want a TL;DR. If you like moms you will like this movie... probably.
Too often are we limited in our perspective to our current circumstances. It's truly a challenge to be able to step out of our shoes and view the world from a different perspective because, quite frankly, our perspective is the one we are most familiar with and the one we own. Our relationship with others are oftentimes influenced by this limited perspective as well. As a child, oftentimes you may be blind to the world at large, to the troubles and responsibilities of adulthood. Growing up, you may be blinded by your personal problems and challenges to see the efforts of and problems faced by
those around you.
Similarly, in anime and manga we are often bound by a limited perspective. We oftentimes follow the protagonist through selective interesting snippets of their life story, we see perhaps the most exciting moments and see them overcome a challenge they come across in the period of the character's lives. Flashbacks are usually brief and in passing, future depictions limited to an episodic epilogue. Similar to our perspective in life, anime or manga presents to us life in a small moment.
In Maquia, Director Okada, I think, accomplishes something that is very unique in this medium. Through this movie she gives us a full and wholistic perspective of life in passing. Okada is able to weave together a beautiful story where you follow the characters and their growth as they age, change, grow from their mistakes, and face truly relatable and human challenges throughout the span of the movie and their lives. You are able to watch and experience as their present slowly turns into their past and ongoing events in their lives slowly turn into their instrinsic motivations.
For me, those entering young adulthood or parenthood may get a little more out of this movie, having more experiences to reflect on and more time to see the gradual change that they have undergone. Being able to see conflicts they had when they were younger and perhaps reconciliations that they were able to make as they grew older and gained life experience allows them to really empathize with the characters featured in this movie as they too go through stages of their life, blindly struggling with the concept of parenthood, age, life and death, and love.
Furthermore, not only does this movie feature lovely art, Director Okada does a striking job of integrating subtle imagery and symbolism in the construction of the scenes and the background. It was as if Okada brought storytelling to life, mixing in metaphors into the flow of the story to the point where it doesn't detract at all from the viewing experience but gives a small enjoyment to those who notice them. It makes you have a greater appreciation for how beautiful anime can be as a medium for artistic expression.
Finally, in the first film Okada directed entirely on her own, she selects an array of truly relatable topics as the underlying themes. The idea of family, the bond between mother and child, what it means to be a parent, what it means to be human, and the oftentimes sensitive topic of life and death are all struggles that we face as we age and are also questions that we may have changing answers for as we reach different stages of life. Going back to the first point, it is precisely that we ourselves may be able to reflect on our changing views towards these topics that makes this movie which features growth and change more relatable. In particular, for me these themes hit very close to home to the point where even as I'm sitting here hours later typing this review, I still think back to scenes and moments from the movie in contemplation and thought.
To me, Marquia is a classic and an experience that I hope I will revisit time and again to relive. It that struck a deep chord and made me so emotional throughout the film, that I found myself full-on crying at three or four separate moments, bottom lip quivering uncontrollably, trying my hardest avoid disturbing other moviegoers with sniffling and tears. It was the hardest and most I've cried in the many years now.
To me, Marquia was nothing short of a masterpiece and I have nothing but praise for this beautiful work that Director Okada has weaved together. It is my hope that, if the director's participation in other titles such as Anohana, Nagi no Asukara, Sakurasou, and Wixoss, or the beautiful cover art and promotional video art, or the reputation that P.A Works has as a quality studio had not already done so, this review and these thoughts will convince you to give this movie a try. And I sincerely hope that you are able to get as much out of this film as I did.
Thank you Mari Okada for directing such a wonderful movie and giving me a chance to add this beautiful experience to my own personal Hibiol.
I gotta say I'm a little disappointing at this movie. It was enjoyable, but i just wasn't really feeling it.
The story, while unique and definitely sounded cool, was going so fast i was left unattached and uninterested in the characters and story. I just couldn't 'get into it'. I would've liked to see this in a series format rather than a movie, because it has a lot of potential but just fell short due to the time constraint of a movie. That aside, it had an amazing ending which definitely boosted my opinion on the movie as it ended on a high note.
and sound were amazing. The characters were cool but as stated above i didn't really feel attached to them. I recommend people to watch this if you have the time, almost everyone else i watched it with absolutely loved it.
I was hesitant about watching this movie as I'm not a very big fan of Mari Okada's other works, aside from her signature move of making the audience cry with a sentimental ending, she often lacked what great story telling should always have- that is the dynamic of the story, plot (especially plot), and characters altogether. If you love watching anime, you either love or hate her, and I tend to dislike her works. However Maquia proved to be, most likely the first step towards the peak of her talent, and what she really CAN achieve
if she really tried hard enough, I was really impressed with her first directorial debut film.
The story itself is quite simple and easy to catch on: Maquia, who comes from an immortal clan, was forced to escape from her home when it was invaded by the neighbouring kingdom who wanted to extend the lifeline of the royalty and use their immortality for themselves. In an abandoned village nearby, she comes across a normal baby boy whose mother was killed and decides to adopt him.
Over the course of the movie, we get to see Maquia attempt, fail, and most importantly, learn how to be a mother to the boy, Ariel. We see her fear and confusion right from the beginning, because their fate was doomed the moment it started. For an immortal being like her, Ariel was probably only a passerby over the hundred years of her life. What people seem to forget is that, Maquia, despite being an immortal being, was only FIFTEEN years of age when she came across Ariel. She was young, naive, and sometimes made irrational decisions; There were multiple times where she broke down and to the viewers, it is really understandable. As she had stated, thinking about Ariel was just like thinking about herself- this is one of the main themes of the movie: Motherhood combined with immortality. But it's definitely not in the way that we are all familiar to.
The characters were all likable and everyone had a fair amount of screentime, although the character designs sometimes made it a little confusing for me to differentiate between them, like Dita and Ariel, but it's definitely not a big problem. Another thing I'd point out is Mari Okada's intentional "I'm just going to throw this idea here and not explain it at all say for the minimum amount of dialogues". The idea of the Immortal clan and the Hibiol they made were great, and I think it would have made a bigger impact on the movie if they expanded on it just a little more. The most we had was the dialogue of the clan's chief and Izol's very short explanation in the beginning. You could call it a loss, or perhaps consider it as the fact that there is still room for improvement. The most important thing when a creator creates a fictional world is that they should definitely understand it to the core- the functions, the system, and the people. This is something Okada should work on.
The timeskip may also be a little confusing to the audience if they weren't paying close attention, because there are no warnings for when it happens. One minute Ariel is 9, and the next, he's suddenly 18, and his personality has a 180 degrees flip. I personally thought it was a smart move of Okada. For Maquia, time passes by pretty fast, but nothing changes for her, especially those things that she considers precious to her, which proves to be quite a contradiction to a mortal being like her son. To Ariel, who has a relatively shorter time compared to her, is suddenly hit with the realisation that he would never find the closure he wanted with Maquia (not in the romantic way), and himself. He goes through quite a big internal conflict with himself, because he doesn't know how to deal with reality, and Maquia. As for other characters like Clim who suffers from his own immortality, will come to question why "time keeps flowing.", despite their forms not changing at all over the decades, and I think that is a pain that all immortal beings share.
The climax of the movie took a while to reach, which had maybe around three or four things happening all at the same time, but it is not messy or hard to catch on to. This is the part where all the characters will meet their (satisfying?) closure: a mother delivers a newborn with the aid of Maquia, Ariel is in war, the King escapes, Leilia and Clim share their final conversation in the abandoned castle, Leilia and her daughter's first meeting and so on. The most important part would probably be Maquia's last conversation with Ariel after the war ends, right before she departs. There are many things the audience should pay attention to, especially how Maquia is quite literally reverted to her first "form", her appearance was still the same as the night she found Ariel as a baby. I'd say that this is ironic and yet sentimental at the same time.
I think Okada made quite a few metaphorical screens throughout the movie, which were all delivered by top notch artists and music composers. The colour scheme constantly changes along with Maquia's growth, to symbolise the changing between her and Ariel's relationship, as well as those around her. In the beginning, to represent Maquia's purity and lack of knowledge towards the world outside, her surrounding had less contrast, and was nearly all white. Towards the end, she wears her clan's clothing, all white, bathed in the golden sunlight, it is really to prove that nothing about her love towards Ariel had changed over the long periods of time; However, the colour is definitely warmer, her smile is different from the 15 year old Maquia, and she has become the embodiment of her own growth towards motherhood and acceptance.
The essential idea of the movie was to emphasise on the importance of things you consider precious to you, and that despite time constantly flowing forwards, nothing will be forgotten. The idea of immortality was more like a metaphor for what Maquia says towards the end of the film: In her heart, nothing will change. Overall, It is really a simple message delivered by a wonderful, artistic, form of storytelling. The movie definitely had a big, fat, satisfying closure, which WILL make you cry! It will seem as if everything had gone back towards the start, I felt extremely nostalgic and satisfied with the ending.
I hope to see Mari Okada's future works that are as promising as Maquia too.