Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 Paperback
Illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki
Part of the NAUSICAA series
Nausicaa, a young princess who has an empathic bond with the giant Ohmu insects and animals of every creed.
She fights to create tolerance, understanding and patience among empires that are fighting over the world's remaining precious natural resources.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 136 pages
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 11/02/2004
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781591164081
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Review by AlbinoGrimby
The graphic novel Nausciaa is Hayao Miyazaki's Lord of the Rings. If you watched the old 1980's animated movie Nausicaa, and found yourself longing for more, definitely check these out. The movie is only the first volume and a half of this seven volume series. You won't be let down with this one!
Review by the_croupier
If you come to this from the movie you will be very pleased by what you find but also surprised. Miyazaki seems to have put tremendous effort into the this version of the story, and it's both one with the spirit of the film but also even more epic. The larger trim size of this edition is a big improvement over the old digests too, allowing the art to make a stronger impression.
Review by Shimmin
An interesting and vibrant story, full of fantastical things (and also melancholy). Miyazaki's drawing style is quite soft, without the hard lines of other artists I've read, but I liked it. It reminded me of the illustrations in some children's books when books I read still tended to have illustrations. It also seemed somehow appropriate to the story and the world.
Review by othersam
You know the films of Hayao Miyazaki, of course. My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, Laputa: Castle in the Sky and others are renowned the world over as some of the most beautiful and thrilling animation (cinema, even) ever made. But do you know his manga?In a near future humanity struggles for survival after almost destroying the world. Swathes of the Earth have been turned into vast, encroaching fungal jungles, crawling and swarming with giant insects, the air thick with spores lethal to humans. In the last habitable areas between, ordinary people try to get by as best they can but their leaders remain locked in factional feuds - scrabbling for power, squabbling over resources and attempting to salvage and revive the horrifying war technology that caused the catastrophe in the first place. One young woman, Nausicaa, has found the key to a different future. But as war breaks out once more and humanity's final self-destruction appears inevitable, can she survive long enough to convince anyone else to believe her dangerous ideas?If there's one 'classic manga' - one pinnacle of the form that's also a gateway to the rest - then Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind might just be it. To call it manga's The Lord of the Rings seems apt but actually a disservice: I've loved LOTR most of my life but I think that with Nausicaa Miyazaki surpasses Tolkien in charm, thrills, cleverness, passion, characterisation and scope - and Miyazaki does it while drawing all the art as well.Nausicaa's world is impeccably detailed; the battles are huge, the monsters terrifying and beautiful. The message that we must all find a way to coexist with nature or perish could not be stronger - yet is 'only' one more aspect of a fresh, warm, human tale of heroism, romance and soaring imagination.I adore Miyazaki's movies but I think Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is his masterpiece. These seven astonishing, wonderful volumes belong in every library.
Review by questbird
I have been reading a bit of science fantasy recently. This is an intriguing post-apocalyptic setting set in a valley at the edge of a poisoned forest habitable only by fungi and mutated insects. The survivor states scrabble for old technology in the ruins, and make war on one another. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I found the right-to-left reading (I am a native English reader) puzzling and confusing at times, with panels occasionally so chaotic I didn't even know what was going on. I am certainly inspired to see the movie of this and/or read more of the series.
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