Sometimes the only way people learn how to feel at ease with, and accept, who they truly are is when they’re expressing themselves in the comfort of their talent. That’s certainly the case with the strong protagonist in the animated film, ‘Miss Hokusai.’ The young lead character starts to realize that she can be completely candid in her artwork, even if she can’t publicly take credit for her paintings. That powerful recognition is highlighted in the movie’s distribution on Blu-ray and DVD today by Gkids.

In celebration of ‘Miss Hokusai’s home release, Shockya is offering one lucky winner a Blu-ray and DVD package. The package will include Great wave socks, a Great wave folding fan, a Great wave bookmark, a Great wave journal, a Great wave green tea chocolate bar and a DVD and Bluray copy of the drama. To enter, email us at Let us know that you’re entering to win the ‘Miss Hokusai’ Blu-ray and DVD package contest in the email’s subject line and message. You have until next Friday, March 17, to enter, and you can enter the contest once daily. After March 17, we’ll pick the winner at random and notify them through email. Good luck!

The coming-of-age animated movie was helmed by award-winning director, Keiichi Hara. ‘Miss Hokusai’ was written by Miho Maruo, and is based on Hinako Sugiura’s comic, ‘Sarusuberi.’ The drama tells the story of the woman behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits-dragons and erotic sketches-are sold under the name of her father, and are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike.

While she’s shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, as she sketches drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art.

‘Miss Hokusai’s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons and conniving tradesmen. Meanwhile O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to the animated tale.

For more information on ‘Miss Hokusai,’ visit the animated film’s page on Gkids’ official website, as well as the distributor’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Check out an image of the Blu-ray package, and watch the official U.S. theatrical trailer, for ‘Miss Hokusai’ below.

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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