Anime / Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai is a 2015 Japanese animated feature film directed by Keiichi Hara (who is also known for directing Colorful). It is based on the manga of the same name by Hinako Sugiura and produced by Production I.G.

Set during the Edo era, it is an episodic tale following the life of Katsuhika Ōi, daughter of the renowned painter Hokusai (who is famous for painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa).

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  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The only person who Ōi is consistently expressive to is her blind sister. Otherwise, she's more aloof.
  • Anachronism Stew: At times, the film transitions between traditional Japanese music and a rock/pop soundtrack.
  • Art Shift: At several points when different characters tell stories.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hokusai himself treats Ōi as a mere assistant rather than a daughter, while he abstains from contact with O-Nao because of discomfort with her disability.
  • Drag Queen: Kichiya, who works at a brothel.
  • Geisha: Several can be seen as it is the time period when they were emerging.
  • Jidai Geki: Set during the Edo period.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: O-Nao constantly needs assistance due to her blindness, then she dies from an undisclosed illness.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The anime uses several depictions of fantastic events to illustrate emotions such as frustration, fear, and determination. However, there are times when superstitious characters are subjected to these moments, making it come off as this trope.
  • The Oldest Profession: Brothels and eroticism are a recurring topic.