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The Boston Museum of Fine Arts — famous for its seminal role in the beginnings of the 19th-century Western collection and curatorship of Japanese art — chose to showcase two anime for the first time at its annual Japanese Film Festival this year. One of these was the powerful and sophisticated “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms,” which established Mari Okada as a director next to Isao Takahata in sensitivity and originality.

“Maquia” explores time, mortality and love, using the device of the bond between an immortal, alien being and a human child to explore the brevity and transience of life.

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