Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

Cover of first volume of Miss Hokusai, reprinted in 1992
Genre Historical
Written by Hinako Sugiura
Published by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Manga Sunday
Original run 19831987
Anime film
Directed by Keiichi Hara
Written by Miho Maruo
Music by Harumi Fuki, Yo Tsuji
Studio Production I.G
Released May 9, 2015
Runtime 90 minutes

Miss Hokusai (百日紅 Sarusuberi) is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura, telling the story of Katsushika Ōi who worked in the shadow of her father Hokusai. It was adapted into an anime film, Miss Hokusai, directed by Keiichi Hara, that was released in 2015.[1]


Katsushika Ōi
Voiced by: Anne Watanabe (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
Katsushika Hokusai
Voiced by: Yutaka Matsushige (Japanese); Richard Epcar (English)
Zenjirō Ikeda
Voiced by: Gaku Hamada (Japanese); Ezra Weisz (English)
Kuninao Utagawa
Voiced by: Kengo Kora (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English)
Voiced by: Jun Miho
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese); Kevin T. Collins (English)


Anime film

The manga is a collection of short stories that are not connected. In producing the adaptation Hara chose to focus on the character of O-Ei due to how her role becomes more important as the original manga progressed. Original sequences were added during the middle and end of the movie.[2]

The film opened in Japan on May 9, 2015. It received its North American premier at the Fantasia International Film Festival between July 12 and August 5, 2015.[3] Anime Limited screened the film in the United Kingdom, with the premiere On October 10, 2015, with Hara in attendance.[4]


The film received a 95% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "an episodic but extremely rich anime."[6]

The film won the Jury Award at the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival. At the Fantasia International Film Festival it won three awards. Keiichi Hara won the Asiagraph 2015 Tsumugi Prize for the film.[3] At the 19th Fantasia International Film Festival, it won the Gold Audience Award for best animated feature film, the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film and the Séquences Award for best Asian feature film.[7] It won the Best Animation Film Award at the 70th Mainichi Film Awards.[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Best Animated Feature — Independent Miss Hokusai Pending [9]
Satellite Awards February 19, 2017 Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature Miss Hokusai Pending [10]


  1. "I.G & Colorful's Keiichi Hara Make Historical Anime Miss Hokusai". Anime News Network. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  2. "MISS HOKUSAI: KEIICHI HARA INTERVIEW". Anime Limited. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Director Keiichi Hara Wins Asiagraph 2015 Tsumugi Prize for Miss Hokusai Film". Anime News Network. August 11, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. "Miss Hokusai". Glasgow Film]]. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  5. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/miss_hokusai/
  6. Boyd van Hoeij (October 30, 2015). "'Miss Hokusai' ('Sarusuberi: Misu Hokusai'): Film Review". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  7. "Miss Hokusai Wins 3 Awards at Fantasia Int'l Film Festival". Anime News Network. August 11, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. "Miss Hokusai Anime Film Wins at 70th Mainichi Film Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  9. "44th Annie Award Nominees". International Animated Film Society. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  10. Kilday, Gregg (November 29, 2016). "Satellite Awards Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2016.

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