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
Imagine a world where there instead of the forest, there is a city spreading like cancer, and the only population is the robotized remnants of the crypt of Shuwa, and you're pretty close to the world of Blame. In Blame though, the story is secondary, and it's more of a visual exploration of this vast, alienating landscape. Both mangas are incredible treats for any post apocalyptic connoisseur.
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. read more
AKIRA and Nausicaä are both epics in every sense of the word, both were written in the '80s, and both are extremely influential manga. Whilst themes and setting may be very different, they both give off a similar feel, and had popular movie adaptations that only covered the manga up to a certain point. The two are masterpieces of graphic storytelling.
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.
I am currently reading Nausicaa, and I get a great feeling that Endo's Eden was heavily influenced by Miyazaki's masterpiece. Both are set in post-apocalyptic worlds, that are plagued by an mysterious force; in Eden it is a virus & and in Nausicaa it is a forest of mutated spores and giant insects. Each story follows a young character who emotionally grows throughout the story. One of my favorite similarities between the two is that they have many philosophical points (Although in Eden they are explained, while in Nausicaa they are more hidden), that make you question humanity.
Both Nausicaa and Children of the Sea deal with concurrent themes of nature and environmental awareness, though Nausicaa focuses on a much larger scale and can be interpreted as more of an epic story or fantasy. Whereas Children of the Sea is somewhat more laden and, simultaneously, subtle with its metaphysical themes.
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.
-They both have breathtakingly beautiful artwork, with incredibly detailed backgrounds, very well thought out settings and gorgeous character designs.
-They both have elements of fantasy.
-They both have strong stories that revolve around a young female protagonist.
If you're a fan of Studio Ghibly you should definitely check out Kuro, it's a real gem, and the art and storytelling is straight out from something like Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. its even in color!
Both of them have incredibly imaginative settings, with stunning artwork that can be endlessly creative.
Both of them have a vast amount of fantastical creatures (animals, bugs, plants, etc.)
Both of them have main characters that undergo a lot of development on their adventure and deal with a lot of hardships.
These titles have some similar characters, Edward and Nausiccä, they both are good and gentle persons that valorize all the life forms, even the dangerous, weak or artificial ones, but they found themselves in war/military situations and suddenly have to save the world (only the country in the case of FMA), so they pass for similar internal conflicts. Also Kushana and Olivier Armstrong have similarity in personality and in their relationships with their soldiers. Although these are only minor similarities, the major connection is the philosophy of these titles, both talk about the balance of nature (both even have the phrase “one is all, all is one” in common), about the importance of qualities and defects, about religion and divinities, about manipulation and creation of artificial life, about the search for immortality, I could say more but I don’t want to give any spoilers. For conclusion both FMA and Nausiccä are excellent well packed adventures with great plot and lots of ideological clashes and social/philosophical questions, so I personally think they pass similar feelings.
(I actually don’t read FMA only watched the anime adaptation, so you may think this is worth of consideration)
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! read more
The most important aspect of Nausicaa and Lindbergh is humanity's treatment of fantasy creatures: giant insects called "ohmu" and wingless dragons called "lindbergh," respectively. They often get abused and treated as tools of war. When humans mess with them the wrong way, they can become quite monstrous and violent. Both manga have flying ships, aerial combat, ancient legends, and an aristocratic female antagonist. The main protagonists, Nausicaa and Knit, travel with a cute animal companion that protects them along their journey.
For those who've only seen the movie of Nausicaa may question this reccomendation. however the manga is completely different from the anime.
Both Berserk and Nausicaa are bloody, there's a lot of wars, fighting and action. also a lot of wierd and interesting shit happens. with berserk its demons and monsters, in nausicaa its monsters, giant bugs that have a great link to the earth and immortal kings that breed unhuman warriors. Most importantly they both have a very, very great plot and storyline.
As stated in the description of Sabaku, it is something of a prototype to Nausicaä, featuring locations, factions, character designs, and even plot points that are later used in Nausicaä and much more fleshed out and developed. Both works are tied together by the central theme of 'the tragedy of war', and are great reads for fans of Miyazaki.
When reading Basara it really reminded me of Nausicaa at many moments.
Both mangas have an epic feel and really tough heroines. Both are daughters of their villages' chiefs and have an important 'destiny' that involves healing the world after a lot of destruction. Both characters have a cute pet that follows them around. They also are both very charismatic, easily becoming friends with almost everyone. Basara hints at environmental concerns, while Nausicaa makes it one of the main topics of the story. Sarasa is more inclined to fighting that Nausicaa is.
Both stories have very emotional moments and a large cast of complex characters. Basara however has a more clear cut, and happier ending (in my opinion). Basara is also a romance (where as Nausicaa is not) and it has a lot more silly moments than Nausicaa.
Still, if you enjoyed one I think you might enjoy the other. read more
If you enjoying seeing post-apocalyptic wastelands in style reminiscent of Moebius, take a look at No. 5. The stories and characters a very different and No. 5 prefers deserts, surrealism and action to flying and the jungle.