Dreams Are Drawn To Life In Miss Hokusai

by Tito W. James

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.

Tito W. James

Tito W. James writes action adventure comics for all ages that juxtapose creepy content with beautiful imagery. He is the mastermind behind CROSSBONE JONES and GANGSTERS VS GATORS. Tito’s goal is to create comics that capture the bombastic fun of old comics with the emotional resonance of new ones. ​