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Sabaku no Tami

Sabaku no Tami

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Synonyms: Desert Tribe, People of the Desert
Japanese: 砂漠の民


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 26
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 1969 to Mar 1970
Genres: Adventure, Drama
Authors: Miyazaki, Hayao (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 6.371 (scored by 132 users)
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Ranked: #128042
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Popularity: #13250
Members: 284
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MangaMiyazaki, Hayao (Story & Art)
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Is a manga which Miyazaki wrote for a newspaper targeted for children. It is more of a graphic novel than a manga, since most of the text are written outside of the frames and there are very few dialogue bubbles (though towards the end of the story, it moved closer to the traditional manga style).

The surprisingly dark story deals with the devastation of war, betrayal, and the ugliness of the human nature under desperate situations, including deaths of several characters. One can see the influence of Tezuka Osamu in the art style of this manga (as in most of the manga written in this time), but you can also clearly see the style and motives you find in Miyazaki's later works such as "Nausicaä." In a sense, this is a prototype of "Nausicaä."


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Apr 13, 2011
Heroes inevitably trample on others in pursuit of their dreams.

People of the Desert is about those others, who are are subjugated and enslaved by ambitious invaders. More specifically it is the story of Tem, a young boy. Like any sane person he has no desire to war, but circumstances form him to fight to survive. As he fights those close to him are endangered, requiring larger and larger force of arms to protect his ever-growing comrades. Tem overcomes the pain of death vicariously through his people, while growing into the hero who may one day lead them to victory.

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