- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Forms and Alternate Versions
- 5 Development
- 6 References
Katsushika Hokusai is a composite Servant.
An ukiyoe artist from the second half of the Edo period.
In addition to "Katsushika Hokusai", he had over 30 other pen names like "Gakyo Rojin" and "Sori".
Known for his terribly fast brush strokes, he left behind 30,000 works in his lifetime. The aforementioned works range from ukiyo-e woodblock prints to paintings done by hand, manga (different from modern manga), and shunga (pornographic art).
In his later years, he was living together with his third daughter, "Katshushika Ōi" who worked as his assistant.
His most important works are the woodblock print series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji“, "Hokusai Manga", the monster paintings from his "Hyakumonogatari" series, the shunga "“The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife“ and others.
He was known as an oddball who stood out with his eccentric behavior, such as changing residence 93 times during his lifetime, or being really careless with money despite living in extreme poverty. On the occasions when he ventured outside, he was constantly reciting incantations and the like.
At some point, Katsushika encountered an Outer God. Most ordinary humans would have been rendered hopelessly insane or turned into mindless thralls by its presence, but sheer stubbornness and dedication to portray what he had seen on his own terms allowed him to keep his mind intact.
The main body is actually Hokusai's daughter Katsushika Oui (葛飾 応為, Katsushika Ōi?); the little octopus is Hokusai. This is because their legend and Mystery extends to both of them courtesy of Oui painting under the name.
- Main article: Outer God (Hokusai)
« You're saying I do not look like Hokusai at all? Well, apologies for the charming appearance. If you want to know the circumstances, you better listen to my story! »
She is always together with the weird octopus she calls “father”.
Hokusai (pops) and Oui (Oei). This father-daughter pair is similar even down to their personalities.
They're raised in Edo with a strong frank attitude.
They put emphasis on style and taste, and don't really bother with small details. Not very good with gloomy moods.
Cleaning, cooking, and basically all house chores are trivial and completely ignored by them.
They love Amazake and sweet bean jam-filled rice cakes. Also of course, beauties.
Strangely, Hokusai doesn't drink nor smoke, meanwhile, Oui is somewhat fond of both, though alcohol only in small quantities, and for reasons, she's currently stopped smoking.
Hokusai has an unconventional nature.
Although he enthusiastically studied the techniques of various painters without being fixated on a single school, he was full of progressive temperament.
Adopting the perspective of Western paintings, he can be said to be the origin of modern-day manga by employing landscape painting that presented a cut-out moment of motion.
Manifesting in this modern age and freed from the rigid shogunate's pressure, Hokusai will probably learn all forms of art with glee, vigorously challenging himself.
Be it shunga, abstract, digital or performance art.
The strange octopus 'pops'.
His daughter and assistant, 'Katsushika Oui (Oei)'.
A pair of Servants that introduce themselves as 'Katsushika Hokusai'.
An octopus that usually just floats about without saying anything, and his daughter Oei who doesn't seem bothered by her father's transformation.
Once she grabs a brush, father and daughter become as one, and they fiercely display the painting talent that conquered all the streets of Edo. Hokusai's desire to master the way of painting, was something that, unlike the limits a normal person could reach in their lifetime, opened up new frontiers. The works he left behind made an impression on many people, and there were countless of those who sought to continue Hokusai's legacy.
However, what moves people isn't just ideals. Greed and delusion, hesitation and madness. 'If I had lived just a bit more...I'd have become a true artist...'. This wish of the mad painter was what the Demon Pillar Raum took advantage of, and gave Hokusai the opportunity to beome enchanted by the god of the abyss that lurked in space.
Hokusai Trial Quest
Oui uses a paintbrush approximately the size of her body to make paintings that can physical interact with the world. She has a collection of smaller brushes she uses as melee weapons, or throw them as projectiles. Her father also aids her by spewing the enemy with ink.
- Existence Outside the Domain (Rank EX): A being who descended from the void of outer space.
Enchanted by the evil god, she possesses and wields part of the god's power.
- Item Construction (Rank B): Capable of creating beautiful paintings laced with mana that enchant people's hearts.
- Territory Creation (Rank D): Capable of creating a territory suitable for working on paintings.
However, she will not clean.
- Divinity (Rank B): Having become the herald of a higher being from space, she has obtained a strong rank of divinity.
There exists an unimaginable danger sealed inside Hokusai's body.
In exchange for this, her father took the form of a strange octopus.
- All Things in Nature (Rank A+): The observing eye that studies the spectacles of nature and sees through that essence.
- Father-Daughter Bond (Rank A): The bond between the hearts of Hokusai and Ōi - who remained together even in the artist's final years - won't be shaken even by the madness of an evil god.
- Pseudonym: Octopus from Another Planet (Rank B): A non-Euclidean geometric style of painting is given form by a state of mind that came to be from harmonizing with the Outer God.
The Great Wave, the famous masterpiece of Mr.Hokusai.
The 21st work in his series of ukiyo-e pieces, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
A mastery of the brush reached by discerning the essence of nature and reaching a state of mind resembling divine possession, and by preparing the mystical essence in painting, she moves and influences the hearts and bodies of those who lay eyes on it.
Then the awakened Hokusai who made contact with the god of the abyss channeled its madness and created unique piece of ukiyo-e. That is 'The Great Alien Sea off Kanagawa'. The original 36 views of Mount Fuji, and the additional 10 reverse views; this forbidden brush has stepped into a state of mind beyond even those.
Forms and Alternate Versions
She doesn’t change whether she’s 3 or 300!
This is the Katsushika Ooi who was addicted to reading books since childhood, and came to admire the smokin’ sick style kind of lifestyle!
“I’m a rare female Ukiyo-e artist who’s astonishingly smart and quick witted! Clad in a glamorous kimono, I’m perfection itself!”
……Aren’t you bragging too much, Oei? (Father is here, too)
The grown up form of Ooi from her childhood, who wanted to be a storybook warrior more than an ukiyo-e artist.
Even as a frustrated painter, she hasn’t yet experienced divorce after marrying, and is confident in her artistic skill, proclaiming, “Eventually I will surpass my father, Hokusai!” with conceit.
With a heart that wants to surpass her father, she calls herself “Katsushika Hokusai,” and is still quite immature. Still, there’s nothing her mature form has that she doesn’t.
There exists a rumor that Katsushika Hokusai is the great-grandchild of Kobayashi Heihachirō, a swordsman and vassal of the Kira Clan who was defeated in the Chūshingura assassination, though the validity of this claim is unknown. If it is true, Ooi would be his great-great-grandchild.
Even if Hokusai’s claim that he has some blood relation to one of the Kira Clan samurai of Chūshingura fame is to be believed, the “swordsman” act is an affectation. Additionally, it’s the result of believing wholeheartedly in delusions wrought by reading things like Kyokutei Bakin’s stories or Chinese novels such as Water Margin.
Ooi uses the Oyo Muhen Tenkai Hishou longsword technique, which she developed when she was inspired by many famous waterfalls. It appears to be a rather acrobatic and agile type of swordsmanship, as she's able to slash her enemies while spinning on the hilt of another sword she impaled with. She is also fast enough to slash with one sword, catch it in a sheath, and immmediately switch to another. Her father also helps by attacking together with her, wielding two of her four swords he borrowed. Ooi also uses ink to either empower her sword attacks, or fire a ink beam from the tip of a sword.