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Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä (Manga)

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

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English: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Synonyms: Kaze no Tani no Naushika, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa
Japanese: 風の谷のナウシカ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 59
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 1982 to Mar 1994
Authors: Miyazaki, Hayao (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.951 (scored by 4969 users)
Ranked: #122
Popularity: #239
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A millennium has passed since "Seven Days of Fire," an apocalyptic war that almost wiped out human civilization. Since then, the earth is covered with an ever-growing "Sea of Corruption," a vast forest of fungi that secretes poisonous miasma and invasive spores, along with large and deadly insects inhabit within.

In order to fight for more habitable lands unpolluted by the Sea of Corruption, the Kingdom of Torumekia has declared war against the Dorok Empire. Nausicaä, princess and heir of a small city-state named "Valley of the Wind" which pledged alliance with Torumekia, is now forced to join Torumekian to invade Dorok Empire. This war will change her life and the fate of human race forever. (Source: ANN)

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May 27, 2009
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is not a very popular manga, and it is a shame at that. For those of you who enjoyed the movie (the film only barley skims the surface of the first and second volume), I highly suggest taking the time to finding the series and reading it, 7 volumes in all.

Nausicaä was written and illustrated by who may be one of the best filmakers of all time, Hayao Miyazaki. That alone should be an incentive enough, but the series itself is monumental.

Taking place thousands of years in the future after all industrial life has come read more
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Aug 5, 2010

Preceded by: Barefoot Gen (1983)
Followed by: Birth (1984)


Nausicaa was one of the most engaging films of my childhood. It managed to transmit a lot of messages and feelings within two hours, something that not so many movies can achieve. I knew it was based on a manga made by Miyazaki himself but for many years I didn’t bother looking into it. When I finally did, I came face to face with a work that is indeed ageless. Not something many manga can achieve as well.

For starters, anyone familiar with the movie must be read more
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Aug 3, 2013
I would like to clarify something before moving on with this review. It is important for my readers to realize that a 9/10 for a manga is not the same as a 9/10 for an anime. Manga’s in my opinion are the superior form of storytelling...I think this opinion of mine needs clarification. Anime as a form of media is saturated with many restrictions. What is allowed to be showed (censorship), how long the animation must be, how many viewers, etc… While manga itself does have some restrictions, they are much more minuscule when compared to anime. This is perhaps the main reason why the read more
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Sep 18, 2010
This review is written assuming that you have seen the movie. If you haven't seen the movie i haven't included any devastating spoilers so read in peace.
The manga version of Nausica was written because couldn't get the funding he needed for am movie that was not based on manga. So in Miyazaki order to make his film he wrote the manga version and after he was able to produce his movie he continued to write the manga for almost a decade after the movie. As such the read more
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The world is ending, facing its imminent demise in the form of a major natural disaster caused by the wrongdoings of humanity. Meanwhile, a considerable amount of characters struggle to survive, understand and restore the world before the imminent Apocalypse takes place, all the while crossing their paths and reflecting about the meaning of life and the faults of human beings, with not-so-subtle religious and philosophical themes and the bellic setting enriching the stories.
After the apocalypse there are still oppresors, refugees, greed and life-missions that will make Killy (BLAME!) and Nausicaä (duh) experience countless of battles in worlds beyond our imagination.

Blame! is more action-oriented and defenetly more nihilist while Nausicaä more idealistic and misantrophic
I know, it may not seem similar but again looks may be deceiving. On a surface level, Akira and Nausicaa were the two momumental animes and mangas of the 1980's with their historical importence almost eclipsed only by the rise of Gegika, Osamu Tezuka, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. On the story, both are layed with socialogical and political themes imbedded into the story. The themes are different, but that really doesn't matter sense since mangas with social commentary are few and far between. The scale of both of them are epic with headscratching ending that are surprisingly dense and the culmination of all of the subtext. On the actual stories, they are very well thoughout and crafted, so everything happens for a reason and nothing comes out of the blue. Artistically, they are both almost unparralled yet share one very rare similarity that few mangas share. Both are profoundly influenced artistically by the french comic artist Moebius (the setting and world of Nausicaa is heavily influenced by Moebius' Arzach and that is where the her glider comes from (I have the picture that is on the cover of one of the editions on my profile page if you don't believe me)). From him, Otomo takes the staggering amount of detail and the emotional moments while Miyazaki takes the surreal world and atmosphere and what Moebius described as quality (see Moebius vol. 4). Overall, both stand at the pinnacle of all of manga. It will be a long time before either of them are ever surpassed.
while Omoide Emanon doesnt share many similarities to Nausicaa in terms of plot, i find Emanon and Nausicaa to be similar as characters. both Emanon and Nausicaa have a sort of connection with the planet in which they inhabit. Nausicaa has her intuition that seems to be almost like telepathy between her and the state of the world, and Emanon has a first hand photographic memory that goes all the way back to when life first appeared on earth. aside from the MC's the art style is rather similar. the moment i first picked this up Kenji's style reminded me alot of Miyazaki. Emanon also has two sequel/prequel volumes called "Sasuri Emanon" and "Sasuri Emanon Episode 1" all three stories are separate mini stories about Emanon and Sasuri is illustrated in beautiful watercolors ; very reminiscent of Miyazaki. its a good short read with a pretty simple plot that has a pinch of scifi aspects that will leave you wanting more. i just wish Tsuruta Kenji would make his own full story out of it!
Even if they belong to different genres, Nausicaä is centered around action (Hayao Miyazaki style mind you), and YKK is a slice of life meditation, they both share the same post apocalyptic theme about how to deal with the humanities dark sides. Both are incredible masterpieces that I can not recommend enough.
While nausicaä is an epic adventure and ai-ren is a "mono no aware" meditation, they are both exploring the existentialistic questions about the nature of humanity. Both are masterpieces.

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