Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
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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
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, SupernaturalSupernatural
Authors: Miyazaki, Hayao (Story & Art)
Serialization: Animage


Score: 8.851 (scored by 1231612,316 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #262
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #237
Members: 39,245
Favorites: 2,941


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May 27, 2009
MelonSama (All reviews)
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
Aug 3, 2013
IronBerserk (All reviews)
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
Jun 19, 2013
zybactik (All reviews)
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
Dec 12, 2017
Otaku1985 (All reviews)
Are comics allowed to call themselves literature? That's a question that has been asked for along time. The obvious answer is to mention Watchmen (a good answer) and Maus (a better answer).

But in manga circles, the first thing people would do was mention Osamu Tezuka and his most famous works (Astro Boy, Black Jack, Kimba etc). Sorry, but as revolutionary as they are, they fall short. Sasameki koto may be a life-affirming love story, but it's not true literature either.

But there is one title I can think of which says, quite loudly, YES. This one.

The art is immaculate, the characters are Miyazaki characters (which should read more
Jun 22, 2020
Krankastel (All reviews)
There might be no bigger challenge in a review than properly conveying impressions on works I cherish as masterpieces, all while clearly stating elements that might persuade or dissuade other people.

Nonetheless, I finally proceed with Nausicaä. Two points before we get started:

1.) First, it’s neither easily digestible nor your typical manga, for it is highly complex and brimming with ideas, as well as too packed with dialogues.

2.) Second, it’s Hayao Miyazaki on his most unfettered. Not a single sample of his lifework conveys everything he stands for more vividly.

[1. Beginning with the story…]

“The greatest of the mind is determined by the depth of read more
Sep 18, 2010
JephCassidy (All reviews)
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
Jul 20, 2019
Quazar (All reviews)
It appears no one has criticized this manga on here yet I believe it is my civic duty to do something in the realm of critique although we shall see if this doesn't end up being a positive review in the end. Now I won't sing Nausicaa's praise despite my affection for this manga and as you can tell by my score that I would have a lot to say in that aspect. However, I would like to write this review to clarify an egregious, arguably an unforgivable flaw of Nausicaa that has troubled me for some time now. Nausicaa herself is an absolutely terrible read more
Sep 2, 2020
rectified_rascal (All reviews)
While many anime viewers and especially Studio Ghibli enthusiasts have seen Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind movie, much fewer have read the original manga that served as the template for the movie. While the anime movie continues to holds up well even after 35 years since its release in 1984, the manga version of Nausicaä – serialized from 1982 to 1994 – is a mammoth work of both art and storytelling in the manga genre that is even more relevant even after all these years since its release.

However, before I start the main review – permit me to take two detours.

Detour 1: read more
Nov 24, 2020
YourLocalRoadie (All reviews)
‘Prepare yourselves, this is going to be a long one...’- Mito




Hundreds of years in the future, mankind is threatened by the spawn of its mistakes. Huge insects roam the decaying, vast cluster of fungi, called the Sea of Corruption. Many believe it was created as a punishment by God for the destruction mankind had caused to the earth in the ancient past. The Sea of Corruption spreads with each passing year, and some believe it will eventually engulf the entire continent.

However, a small kingdom, consisting of little over 500, is protected from the harmful spores of the Sea by the read more