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Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä (Manga)

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 59
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 9, 1982 to Feb 10, 1994
Authors: Miyazaki, Hayao (Story & Art)
Serialization: Animage


Score: 8.941 (scored by 5642 users)
Ranked: #122
Popularity: #252
Members: 15,505
Favorites: 1,321
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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)


VIZ Media has published Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä in English as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in five different formats since 1988. The two most recent releases pertain closest to the original format: A 7 volume release under the Ghibli Library imprint from February 11 to September 7, 2004 and a complete box set with two hardcover omnibus volumes published on November 6, 2012. (For more details, see the more info section)

The series was also published in Spanish as Nausicaä del Valle del Viento by Planeta DeAgostini Cómics from May to October 2001 and republished in November 2013 in two omnibus volumes box set.

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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 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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Jun 19, 2013
This series undoubtedly deserves the place among top ten manga titles, which it currently has on MAL.
Though the film is failry good, it does not cover even half of what is depicted in manga. There are a lot of post-apocaliptic series about humankind trying to make ends meet in severe conditions of wreched world. But they are not as deep and moving as this one. Of course, you should keep in mind that bringing up a topic of world's balance, of our race's place in it, is Miyazaki's forte, be it manga or animation.
This series not an easy read, it has a lot of ideological read more
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