I have the same problem as Blixer (see it). This happened since I removed gnome-shell-maia package. the ‘Quiet splash’ options are available in the /etc/default/grub file. I don’t know how to recover this splash screen since I’ve got a grey screen with four dots in the upper left side of the screen.
when I launch the ‘sudo update-grub’ command line, I see that it use the ‘/usr/share/grub/themes/manjaro/theme.txt’ file. Is Manjaro using a plymouth theme by default ? It is very strange that I have a grey screen with 4 small dots in upper left when the system starts, because when I shutdown the computer, the splash screen is ok.
KDE also now ships with this Plymouth thing… At least my last VM installation had this installed and showing at boot.
The three dots thing also appeared in place of the Plymouth Manjaro boot animation, when the VM default video adapter was selected (and then it wasn’t booting most of the time), and switching to the VboxSVGA one fixes it all.
Check your logs maybe it has issues with video adapter/drivers.
I used the ‘sudo mkinitcpio -p linux61’ command line and it seems to be ok for now. I encountered the same problem with Manjaro Cinnamon after installing plymouth and plymouth-theme-manjaro. I’m waiting some days to see if it is ok and then I will close the topic.