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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set Hardcover – Box set, November 6, 2012

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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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ VIZ Media LLC; Deluxe edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 1104 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1421550644
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1421550640
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.13 x 3.9 x 7.13 inches
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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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Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork of great character arcs and epic world building
By R. P. Glass on November 23, 2020
Image 1: I first started collecting Animage's NAUSICAA manga in the 1980's since they went way beyond the anime film, but I only found 4 out of 7 volumes. In 2004 VIZ published the 7 volumes with the original Animage size & color covers to be read right-to-left. The text is translated, but not the sound FXs [they're found in the appendix]. The boxed hardcovers follows this format.
Image 2: The VIZ Perfect Collection of 1995 collected the 7 volumes into 4. The pages are from a] the Animage edition, b] the boxed hardcover, and c] the Perfect Collection to compare sizes and to see how much the translated sound FX add.
Image 3: a wraparound images of the box and the two volumes. Volume 1 deals with Nausicaa coping with her environment. Volume II deals with Nausicaa coping with her destiny.
Image 4: VOLUME I -- Chapter 1: Nausicaa flies from the Sea of Corruption to The Valley of the Wind which comes under attack by Princess Kushana; Chapter 2: Nausicaa literally takes up arms at Acid Lake; Chapter 3: Nausicaa again meets Princess Kushana in the crucible of the Dorok War, Chapter 4: (referring back to the first cover), Nausicaa escapes from the war's Catastrophe through the miasma with Chikuku.
Image 5: VOLUME II -- Chapter 5: Nausicaa delves into the depth of the Daikaisho within the miasma's ecosystem; Chapter 6: Nausicaa stands defiant on the burning deck of a warship against a hostile horde of heedra in The Place Dreamed's surrounding nightmare; and Chapter 7: From Emperors to High Priests to the lowly Worm Handlers they all follow Nausicaa as she comes understand the world at the heart of The Crypt.
[These final three covers make a great triptych with Nausicaa facing out to the left, facing out to the front, and facing out to the right protecting both Ohmu and humans from the fire within her while uniting them.]
Image 6: Full color inserts: (left) the two-sided poster of Nausicaa at war and Nausicaa at peace; (center) two-page spreads of maps; and (right) Nausicaa in battle a] with Kai & rifle, b] with sword, and c] with her "son" Ohma.
NOTE: the images below are not in the same order as they are listed above.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Edition Of A Manga I've Ever Seen
By Bruno M on November 11, 2012
The Viz's "Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind Box Set" is just about perfect and everything that a manga edition should aspire to be. I've decided to upload a series of photos so you can appreciate for yourself what a treat this edition is. The package consists of 2 large hardcovers books inside a beutiful and strong slipcase, including a small color poster. Nausicaä was previously published in 7 softcover volumes and is now collected in full in this 2 HC books. So for all of that, the $60 price tag (much less with Amazon discount), is an unbeatable value.

Both story and art is by Hayao Miyazaki, that's right, HAYAO MIYAZAKI: the man who co-founded the internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli, one of the greatest genius of animation this world have ever seen. The art is simply amazing, the storytelling is brilliant, the pages are full of life and detail and magic.

* * * * * These are the highlights of the edition * * * * *

- The format is over-sized (like Akira's volumes), with a trim-size much larger than the one we are used to for mangas: the books are 10,4 by 7,3 inches. This gives you a much better appreciation of the art, and that's exactly what you want, being Miyazaki's pages so full of detail and wonder.

- Book I is 568 pages long and Book II is 552 pages long, adding up to 1120 pages worth of Miyazaki's art!

- Both books are hardcovers with sewn-binding, which allows for a very comfortable reading experience. It's a real pleasure to be able to enjoy a manga in HC format, as opossed as softcovers, it feels like a real luxury.

- The printing quality is excellent, with sharp line-art and a delicate sepia tone ink.

- The paper quality is beautiful and very apt for the reproduction of art. The paper stock is NOT glossy; it's traditional manga paper stock, but it isn't flimsy or cheap at all. It's really nice and proper for the edition.

- Each volume includes 8 pages in color at the beginning of the book. This pages are printed in glossy paper stock and the art reproduction is beautiful, with vivid colors and outstanding detail.

- The slipcase is very solid and well-build, and the books fit perfectly inside of it.

- The box set also includes a small two-sided color poster (16,5 x 11,7 inches), which is a very nice adition to the package.

- The reading order is from right to left, respecting the original page layout.

In conclusion, the Nausicaä deluxe box set is the best edition of a manga I've ever seen. I really hope Viz and other publishers release critically acclaimed titles like Akira or Vagabond in deluxe editions just like this one.
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Miss L
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't even begun to read through these books yet but I am looking forward to it after having them sit in my wish list for some time they became cheaper so I decided to purchase and I am not disappointed. Having not seen the film for some time ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't even begun to read through these books yet but I am looking forward to it after having them sit in my wish list for some time they became cheaper so I decided to purchase and I am not disappointed. Having not seen the film for some time ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2018
Really surprised with the quality of this product. The books are much larger than I was expecting. (Please see my photos with ruler to give an idea of size) Pages are turned from what would been considered the back of the book for standard UK books. I haven't even begun to read through these books yet but I am looking forward to it after having them sit in my wish list for some time they became cheaper so I decided to purchase and I am not disappointed. Having not seen the film for some time now I'm going to work my way through the books before rewatching the film.

The books also come with a double sided poster and are cased together in a cardboard cover.
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Mr Fibbles is very cross.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series that is a must have for fans.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series that is a must have for fans.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2017
Spread over two hefty sized, hard back books this series compliments the original Studio Ghibli animated movie of the same name.
While both books have been translated fully into English, the format and layout are still in the original Japanese meaning you read from the back of the book and from right to left. The artwork is nothing short of amazing and each page is painstakingly drawn with the same love and attention as the movie. To be fair, I never expected anything less from one of the greatest animated studios and the one of the most celebrated animators in the world, Miayazaki.
I didn’t think it was possible to display the same emotions and feelings towards the characters and their world as a fully animated movie could but somehow he does. You feel as if you are part of the adventure and of course, in true Studio Ghiblie style, the main protagonist is female.
The set also contains an A3 double-sided poster and both the two hardback books come packed inside an excellent decorated cardboard box
A fantastic addition to any Ghibli fans collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't recommend this enough
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredible
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredible
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2021
I grew up watching the horrible American VHS copy where they cut a lot of the ecological aspects out, years later I watched the Original, which blew my mind, then the Disney, which obliterated my mind again!
Now I finally got to read the manga.
The art, story and presentation are absolutely sublime and my perception of the Nausicaa universe is forever changed.
The best purchase I ever made.
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J. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Very high quality release for an amazing piece of art and storytelling
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2016
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