UPDATE: This story has now been confirmed by Anime Limited, in an email sent to 12 Days of Christmas customers who had pre-ordered the release.
Good evening.I hope all is well.You’re receiving this message as you have pre-ordered the film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms from AllTheAnime.comThis is a quick message to inform you that the intended release date for Maquia has been amended. It is now projected to be released on 25th March 2019. We apologise for the delay to this product, but we wanted to inform you as quickly as possible once this news was confirmed to us by our production team.I do want to add that this date doesn’t change the status of your order whatsoever. It’s simply a case that once the product has arrived at our warehouse near the time of release it will be shipped to you as soon as possible as normal.Once again we apologise for the delay to this but if you have any questions please feel free to ask.Kind regards,Jeremy GravesMarketing Executive, All The Anime / Anime Ltd
Original Article: Anime Limited have delayed their highly anticipated home video release of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, according to listings on retailers Amazon and Zavvi. Previously scheduled for 28th January 2019, Mari Okada’s directorial debut is now listed with a new release date of 25th March 2019.
The first original theatrical anime from P.A. Works (Shirobako), Anime Limited describes the story of Maquia as follows:
The people of Iorph are known for two things: their youthful longevity and peaceful lives weaving tapestry. When that is disturbed and their home thrown into chaos by those believing that their blood gifts longer life, Maquia loses not only her friends, but a place to return to. Lost in both mind and body, she stumbles into a dark forest and happens upon Ariel, an orphaned baby boy. Together, the two embark on an emotional journey of the bond between the ageless and the mortal.
This delay makes the release timing similar to that of SHOUT FACTORY’s planned Deluxe Edition in North America, which is set to be released in March, a month after the 5th February release of the Standard Edition. Anime Limited’s own Standard Edition releases of Maquia however, will release alongside the Collector’s Edition. This is the second delay for Anime Limited’s release of Maquia, which was initially scheduled for December 2018.
Maquia was released theatrically with subtitled-only showings in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 27th June 2018, with an English-language dub having its UK premiere later that year at Scotland Loves Anime in Edinburgh, on 22nd October 2018. Maquia is currently set to be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a Collectors Edition combo-pack, the latter of which was made available to pre-order (with up-front payment) during Anime Limited’s issue-stricken 12 Days of Christmas promotional sale.