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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 11, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 2nd edition (February 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591164087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591164081
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media. "

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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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More depth and better story resolution.
Many characters are afraid of the Ohmu, and it's only through Nausicaa's adventures that we learn to think differently.
Tina Fields
The art is beautiful, the story is good, and most of the characters are likable.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tina Fields on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This graphic novel is as rich a world-creation as any I've seen. It contains surprising plot twists which often hinge on some character's psychological growth, and new and interesting life-forms which evolved from genetic engineering experiments.

"The Sea of Corruption was the new world .. an ecological system born in the polluted wastelands created by civilizations long past. Only the great insects could live amongst the giant fungi and the miasma they exhaled, and so the earth was slowly submerging beneath that decaying sea .. A thousand years had passed since the mammoth industrial civilizations of the past had diminished, and faded into the dark vastness of time. It was the closing of the Ceramic Era."

Set in the post-apocalyptic kingdom of Torumekia, it begins in the Valley of Wind, where our soon-to-be heroine Nausicaä is flying around in her mehve (a glider). She gets a telepathic message of pain and anger, and sets out to find its source. It took me awhile to get into the story, but when I did, I was hooked.

Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind is full of political intrigue, subtle psychological interactions, war strategy, and big explosions in the air. It also contains surprising episodes with the numinous, including encounters with an evil man both in ordinary physical reality and in non-ordinary reality, where he appears as dark energies; a surprising journey down the gullet of a giant bug leading to the Buddhist PureLand; and another trip to a trickster place where nothing is as it seems. Encounters with holy beings are here, as well as with political beings masquerading as holy. The best parts, though, are these:

1) Many of the strongest characters, including the protagonist heroine, are young women and girls.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jay Rogers on August 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I can flip through a typical "trade" graphic novel (usually a compilation of six issues of a monthly book) in less than an hour. I found myself luxuriating in the dense richness of Miyazaki's world and sometimes only getting through a dozen pages in an evening. The concentration of writer and artist in a single voice mean that there are no throwaway panels that serve just to stretch out dialogue, nor dialogue that seems there only to fill up a panel... When you read this work, you'll realize the weakness inherent in the separate writer/artist system so common in comics - writers (verbal people) often just can't pace a story visually like a graphic artist can. True, Miyazaki's dense dialogue is a little forced and unnatural at times, but the story and imagery unfolding before you literally have no precedent in the world of art. There are not many works which reward this level of attention: Maus, or the complete Akira collection, are the only ones that come to mind.

I had avoided this work for years, somehow getting it confused with fluff trash like Escaflowne or something. Not so. Recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Nausicaa takes place in a fantasy world. It is an ecological failure in some post-apocalyptic, post-technological world. The kingdom wrestles its living from the scorched earth, even as the "corrupted" forest advances. A young girl must take control, although women have never ruled. There is a force within her --

The eco-fable gets a bit thick at times. Also, the narrative seems to jump, as if the writer just stepped past some plot hurdle that the reader must leap. Still, the story flows fairly well. Most transitions make sense, or will make sense in a moment.

I value good artwork, and this is good. It's "black and white", but black is replaced by a warm brown. The paper also has that held-back character: unfussy, and not so bright that the ink color gets lost - a thoughtful compromise. The few color spreads remind me of Moebius, but Miyazaki's artwork is unique.

Miyazaki has done some relatively recent movies - notably 'Spirited Away' - that cemented his reputation as visual storyteller. Movies like that, even with computer aid, are expensive, though. Studios want to see a proven performance record before speculating on the next production. Nausicaa, I'm sure, is part of why the studios chose to back his movies, or at least the first.

This comic is enjoyable in its own right. It's even more enjoyable when seen as one piece of Miyazaki's ouvre, and one moment in his career as story-teller.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nolan J. Werner on February 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
There are two versions of this.

The first is a perfect bound edition. The second is the larger version here.

Both are excellent reads but the larger versions allows you to see the brilliance of Miyazaki's artwork (from a guy known more for animation). I have been told that the newer version is a more accurate translation but, not knowing Japanese, I can not confirm that. It is certainly an easier read because one does not have to squint.

In terms of story, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a masterpiece. It blows Lord of the Rings out of the water. And this is coming from a person who hates almost the entire post-apocalyptic genre. I did think the ending came a bit suddenly and it did not necessarily wrap up every question I had.

However, it is still one of the best graphic novels you can get.

Highly recommended.
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