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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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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: NAUSICAA (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 2nd edition (June 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591164125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591164128
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,514 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Samuel S. Garland on August 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Miyazaki keeps up the incredible pace he has established in the previous books in this volume. The illustration is very wonderful and unique, a kind of free-hand hatching style, with a tan and white ink instead of just black and white, which adds a different feel to the storytelling. The story, while complex, stays very focused as we follow several different groups, which weave in and out of each others' experiences, as the overall plot continues to build toward an end-of-the-world type of climax. There is very much a sense of a complete, well-developed larger story here, and the author's love for the characters is obvious in the high quality and level of attention put into this work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on May 13, 2010
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a manga written and illustrated by legendary anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. It originally ran from 1982 to 1994; the total work is over 1100 pages (the edition currently in print is seven volumes). The initial chapters were the basis for the eponymous 1984 film. Here, a postapocalyptic Earth is polluted and overgrown with toxic forests and giant insects. As neighboring states go to war, Nausicaä, princess of the Valley of the Wind, works to restore peace and to purify the earth.

It's hard to talk about the manga without mentioning the film, which is one of my all-time favorites. More people are familiar with the film than with the comic, and Miyazaki is far better known as a filmmaker than as a comic artist. Obviously, Miyazaki is more limited in a sensory way here, without the film's color or outstanding musical score. But he is much freer to explore his world: the film features a considerably streamlined story (one nation has been omitted) and a moral conflict that is fairly black and white. The manga is substantially more complex.

Miyazaki has created a rich, deep world, which is worth the investment the reader must make. Particularly early on, there's a lot of exposition in dialogue, like we're accustomed to seeing in American Silver Age comics. And it takes some time for the reader to determine who is on which side and what, exactly, is going on.

Nausicaä is always engaging but rarely gripping. Toward the end of the saga, Miyazaki does manage to generate some genuine suspense, but mostly the story meanders along as Nausicaä herself more or less blows where the winds of war take her. The ending is rife with potential, but it goes out with something of an abrupt whimper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. MERRITT on February 1, 2007
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This is powerful work, deep in its meaning without being condescending. A product of brilliant storytelling and equally excellent art. Highly, highly recommended. It's a shame there isn't a hardcover compendium of all 7 books.
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By Spider Monkey on January 8, 2011
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The collection of 7 books that make up the Nausicaa collection are fantastic. I read them all in about two days as once you start them you cannot stop. The paper quality is a bit low, but what can you expect for the price. You get the full story, plus it has additional stuff to the film and more depth. This shows off Miyazaki's amazing drawing skills and his ability to weave a story with a message is renowned. This has strong environmental themes and manages to make a point without ramming it home. You have to read these in the traditional Japanese way (I.e. back to front from a western perspective) but this only adds to the charm and overall experience. A brilliant intro to Miyazaki's anime.

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if you seen the film- it woud be wise to forget it- do not pace your expectations of events or asume anything, it will make your initial read feel like your on a long journey and you just want to ask- are we there yet? most of what happens in the film is a scratch on the surface of the book (which was not finish then) and could easily have been made into a multi movie series like eva rebuild. the drawing is lively and being pencil, will not look like a typical manga and is quite beautiful. there a more charactors and well just more!
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