By Andrea Thompson
The story the anime “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” tells isn’t exactly a unique one, but there’s real power in how it unfolds, even if many of its elements are familiar. There’s a timid girl who is accidentally ripped from a beautiful, peaceful home and must find the courage to carve out a place in the outside world. There’s a beautiful princess slowly going mad in a castle. And of course, there is all the pain, heartbreak, madness, and ultimately healing beauty of love.