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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vols. 1-4 Paperback – Box set, January 1, 2001

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  • Paperback: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569313482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569313480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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This is undoubtedly the best graphic novel EVER.
Your Mom
A movie of Nausicaa was made, and the Japanese version is considered a classic.
Courtland J. Carpenter
The art is spectacular and the writing is very good.

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119 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Thorn on October 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I translated the last 3/7 of this series, and in nine years of translating about 5000 pages of manga, this was the best and most important title I worked on. If you go way back to the earliest reviews here (1998), you'll find some very nice comments by Toren Smith about my translation, but I must say Toren and Dana's was a hard act to follow. They did an excellent job on the first 4/7, and my biggest challenge was to maintain both their tone and their level of quality. I give it four stars here only because I'm a bit disturbed by the way fans treat this work as a sacred text, flawless and beyond criticism. It is a great work, but, no, it is not the Lord of the Rings. Tolkein spent his entire life creating the world of Middle Earth (and not doing much else, itseems, other than teaching linguistics). For Miyazaki, the Nausicaa manga was a side project he worked on in between his many brilliant animated films. There were often long breaks, and many fans feared he would never finish it. As a result, yes, there is some inconsistency in tone and even theme. But the story only gets better and better as Miyazaki matures and his thinking becomes more nuanced and complex. The Nausicaa we see here in the later volumes is not the two-dimensional messiah figure of Miyazaki's (excellent) 1983 animated film of the same name. She is wracked by doubts, is sometimes ready to give up, and even experiences what might be a nervous breakdown. But what I want to talk about here is the experience of translating Nausicaa and the almost religious devotion of non-Japanese fans to this work. I never got so much e-mail about anything else I ever translated. For example, one time I had to translate an episode while I was on the road, and I didn't have the previous translations with me.Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By taka(Japanese on March 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am surprised that USA people watch this comic series in addition to the same title movie.
As you know, Naushika's story don't finish to the movie. The truth story start from reading this comic. Even if Japanase read them, the story is a little difficult, but there are more wondeful things than the minus point.
For instance, the drawing ways. Generally comic(Japanese MANGA) is simple drawing. But the comic is very detailed drawing. They is like art rather than comic.
And in addition to the wonderful drawing,the expression of the character's face is very excellent, for instance joy, sarrow, longing, anger... Mr. Miyazaki can write their expressions very well. There are writers that can write comics very well in the world, but there will not are writers that can write their expressions of face very well.
If there are people that was moved when watched the movie, absolutely we recommend this series.
You will not waste your money by buying this arts series.
I am sorry for my poor English.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kiko on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm japanese and I'll tell you that Japan is flooded with comic books also known as Manga.Threre are hundreds of weekly all comic magazines published and almost EVERYBODY is into some sort of those things. And I'm not. I can't stand reading and gazing at drawings at same time, it almost seemed like impposible to me. Until I saw this. I saw the animated film version of the same title and was blown away! I had to read the Manga version. The story is deep. There is a lot more going on here than in the movie. Way more complicated, and made me cry so many times. You won't understand in 1 read. I've read it like a thousand and one times, but every time you read it you find more to it. Another message here, different meanings there.....
Mr. Miyazaki took like 16 or so years to complete this. It's a masterpiece. only 1 thing is towards the end it feels like he rushed himself to end it, like very anxious to finish it and get it over with.It could've been 50 more pages to have it ended more dramatically. But well it might've taken him another 3 years for that so.... that was enough for him I guess. Anyway...
I think it's great and this is the only manga book I own and love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "hc57" on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a rule of thumb, I never consider comics or mangas as serious or deep literature material even though I read them every now and then for pure laugh. But this manga series is the exception to my rule, and the only one as far as I know.
The quality of the artwork is quite good when compared to other mangas on the market. I'm impressed by how Mr. Miyazaki capture the 'big picture' of an incident such as a battle (check the battle scene in book 2) with his sketches. Most other artists neglect that, instead focusing on the hero/ine. Yet I must admit that several other artists, such as Tsukasa Hojo of 'City Hunter', drew better pictures in terms of realism, details, light contrast, etc. However, considering Mr. Miyazaki drew all the panels ALONE (almost every other manga artists have several assistants to draw the background and such) and the fact that he has worked on several movies over the 13 years it took to complete the series, I must say he did a damn super job. I doubt more than a hand-full other artists could produce such good artwork given equivalent workload. I must note here that the English version is laterally inverted from the Japanese version, because in the Far East, people read from right to left. As a result all the drawings are laterally inverted too. Not that it's a big deal ...
But the series really shines with its character developments and storyline. The main characters display complex personalities; you just can't describe them with one word. And their characters develop after each incident in which they learn more about the world and/or themselves. I particularly like how Kushana the 'ice queen' gradually rediscover her gentle inner-self through Nausicaa and her own troops. despite growing up in the 'viper's nest'. The series also possess rich themes.
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