- Paperback: 1088 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569313482
- ISBN-13: 978-1569313480
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vols. 1-4 Paperback – Box set, January 1, 2001
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As for this particular listing, the product that I received was different than the picture. It is not a box set (as pictured), nor the complete series. It's listed as volumes 1-4, however it is not the 'perfect collection' as I assumed, so these are merely volumes 1-4 of a 7 volume series. Was greatly disappointed that I didn't have the whole series. Also these volumes are not a normal paperback size, but rather are about the size of a typical sheet of paper- this is listed in the product description.
The books I received arrived in great condition.
Like many long epics, this story follows the classic line of what is called, the "Hero's Journey". Nausicaa a young girl with a kind, determined heart, and a sense of destiny, is the hero. Like most tales of such scope, the hero's call to action, must be precipitated by dire events. The hero is not usually someone who sees him or herself in that role. Like Nausacaa's character, they possess extraordinary characteristics, which are brought to the surface by need or tragedy. Along the way, (Journey) the hero, (heroine in this case) is changed by his/her accomplishments.
This graphic novel set is unlike any other that I own. I can read through a 200-page Ranma 1/2 book in an hour. Many others, whether humor or action, rarely take more that an hour and a half. They are entertaining for sure, but I rarely feel like I've read any real literature. Nausicaa is different, I found that to follow, and enjoy the story, reading 20-30 pages at a sitting was quite fulfilling. The depth of story, detail of the art, inspired my imagination, and I wanted to take a break to digest what I'd read. It took me six months, of off and on reading to complete the four volumes, "Perfect Collection".
I think the author of the graphic novels forward was correct in saying, this is considered to be the greatest graphic novel ever written. This is definitely not for the casual comic book reader. If you want to see big booms, and bangs on every page, pass these books on by. Better yet check out the free pages Amazon.com has posted and determine if you like what you see. You'll rarely find a better value than this, in compiled manga collections.
Mr. Miyazaki has an amazing talent for making palpable the innocent imagination of childhood and the sense of wonder it brings.
Many years later, I purchased this box set and read through each volume with a fervor. It felt as though my imagination had been hibernating under blankets of ice that thawed with each page.
While I wish the books were hardback for posterity, this box set is a great value and fun for all generations. Many friends have asked to borrow these books as they begin their journey with Miyazaki's characters.
The story easily mimics the environmental problems of our days, where human civilization gets its comeuppance from mother nature. The girl Nausicaa represents the very few of us who still care for the crying world ecosystems.