Miss Hokusai is an Anime movie directed by Keiichi Hara that adapts the slice-of-life manga by Hinako Sugiura.
The film follows the protagonist Katsushika O-Ei as she works as an artist under the tutelage of her father Katsushika Hokusai (He’s the artist who drew The Wave).
The film is a faithful adaptation of the manga which consists of short stories with recurring characters as opposed to an overarching plot. The film is presented by the company G-Kids, however the subject matter is not intended for young audiences.
The drama is so grounded it felt like I was watching a period-piece documentary. Supernatural elements come and go like lapping tides–pushing our characters forward but never enacting permanent change. The characters are so real that I couldn’t help falling in love with them.
As someone who usually can’t stand slice-of-life anime or movies without a plot, I still thoroughly enjoyed the film. The movie plays like a series of short stories to illustrate different aspects of O-Ei’s life. Miss Hokusai is a meditative and moving film and I was sad when it was over.