Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, Vol. 4 (Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind (Perfect) #4)
A monk warns Nausicaä that omens of an apocalypse, Daikaisho, will appear soon and the forest will boil over to cover the land. His predictions appear to be coming true when she arrives in the Forest in the South and discovers Lord Miralupa has developed mutant spores for biological warfare, but the mould begins growing uncontrollably and there's no antidote.
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What strikes me the most in this story is the level of empathy that the author shows for his characters and for humanity. Characters who at first glance are "evil" are always humanized and understood. It's wonderful how suddenly and naturally hated characters can turn into loved ones. This itself is a major theme of the story, and it's a good and relevant message. The author makes a courageous effort to empathize with absolutely eve ...more
Again, a minor criticism of this format, though - definitely parts in this volume where the size/page layout combination made it really hard to follow the acti ...more
Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.
In 1971, he moved to A Pro with Isao Takahata, then to N ...more