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Nausicaä, a gentle but strong-willed, young princess, has an empathic bond with the giant insects that evolved as a result of the ecosystem's destruction. Growing up in the Valley of the Wind, she learned to read the soul of the wind and navigates the skies in her glider. Nausicaä and her allies struggle to create peace between kingdoms torn apart by war, battling over the ...more
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Published March 10th 2004 by VIZ Media (first published July 1st 1982)
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Sam
Jul 29, 2007 Sam rated it 5 of 5 stars
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You may be familiar with this title from watching Hayao Miyazaki's film of the same name. The film originated as a manga series, also by Miyazaki. It was released several years ago in a "Perfect Collection" of four volumes. That version wasn't actually perfect, so Viz re-released it in 2004 as a seven volume series which preserved the original format of the manga (back to front, if you don't live in Japan), as well as many other aspects of the original, including the ink color (dark brown) and s ...more
Wylz
This review covers the entire 7 volumes of Miyazaki's Nausicaa.

Despite the silly and virtually meaningless 'description' of this book appended to the data link above, these 7 volumes are actually one of the most profound works of speculative fiction done in the 20th century. The fact that it is also a wonderful work of visual art is just icing on the cake. The whole story was 13 yrs in the writing/drawing; the film adaptation of the first volume spawned Studio Ghibli and established Miyazaki as
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Seth Hahne
Nausicaä by Hayao Miyazaki

Several years back (this was maybe 2002, right before Spirited Away hit American shores) I was finally able to see Hayao Miyazaki's film Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind. I had heard a lot of good things about it both from friends who adored the bastardized American release fifteen years earlier, Warriors of the Wind, and from friends who regularly sought out Japanese fare. Weeks earlier, I was able to get ahold of a Hong Kong set of all of Miyazaki's works up to that point and was slowly working
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Kathryn
I will start out by saying that you could slap a sticker printed with from Hayao Miyazaki! on any form of entertainment and I guarantee I'll enjoy it.

So I haven't seen the movie, but that will soon change as I just purchased a copy. I'll be stuffing popcorn in my mouth come next weekend.

I also just learned that this is book 1 of a 7 book series, as long as I have my volumes correct. Count on me to purchase something for the name and then not have the rest of the series on hand when I really wan
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Zach
The ohmu are one of the all-time best creations in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, and Nausicaa is one of the best protagonists.

There, I said it.
Matt
This was the first and only "graphic novel" I've ever read. I took my time reading the entire seven volume series in about three weeks time, and upon completing it I felt as if I had just returned home from a long journey. The artwork and storyline are both incredible...an epic masterpiece.
Anila
EDIT: Just realized this is the actual edition of the story I've been reading. Fixed.

The first time I saw the movie- years and years ago- I actually wasn't that fond of it. It was the first anime movie (the first anime anything, come to think of it) I had ever seen, and I was a little wierded out by the giant bugs and such.
After seeing a few more Miyazaki films and developing a strong and independent interest in other anime and manga, I found these graphic novels. Not too long after that, I borr
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Kyle Muntz
I almost didn't read this, but I'm so glad I did. The film version of Nausicaa is a solid, but simple story, mostly interesting for its art and in contrast to Hollywood films (which it destroys). But the manga is an epic, and maybe Miyazaki's best work though it has completely different strengths than his films. It's complex, intensely dark, and fits somewhere between Ursula Le Guin, Eden (the manga series), and Evangelion in terms of what it does so well.

This is the only Miyazaki work to have
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Sesana
I'll do a full review after I've read the whole series. It is kind of hard to separate my memories of the movie from the manga, especially since they (obviously) use the same art style. I had thought that I'd read this years ago, but it doesn't match my memories at all. Maybe I'd read some kind of animanga, or maybe looked at an art book, I don't know.
Kirsten
Ooh, I love how these graphic novels flesh out the movie, which is one of my favorites. The world is even deeper and more fascinating in the comics than in the film. I'm really glad that these are fairly large-format books, though, because sometimes the artwork is crammed into such small boxes that it's a little hard to follow the action.
Πέτρος
Nausicaa was one of the most engaging films of my childhood. It managed to transmit a lot of messages and feelings within two hours, something that not so many movies can achieve. I knew it was based on a manga made by Miyazaki himself but for many years I didn’t bother looking into it. When I finally did, I came face to face with a work that is indeed ageless. Not something many manga can achieve as well.

For starters, anyone familiar with the movie must be warned that most of the themes found t
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Pathikrit Basu
This review is for the entire 7 vol. series (and so not limited to the 1st vol. in scope)

I wish I wasn't restricted to giving just 5 stars to this cruelly ignored masterpiece.

Seldom have I been so hooked to a book and enraptured by its power, epic storytelling with a strong human touch. Not since Brave New World and Heart of Darkness (books that are considered among the best of the 20th century) have I pondered so much on the ending and the philosophical questions raised by it. It is naive and a
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Jessica-Robyn
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind holds a very special place in my heart. I feel in love with the story and Nausicaä herself from watching the film when I was thirteen and my grandmother gave me the DVD as a present. Since then I've watched the film more times than I could ever keep track of. Until 2012 I had no idea that this story was also in graphic novel form and written by Miyazaki himself! I always considered him to be a director and screenplay writer so seeing that he has also worked in ...more
Ken-ichi
Woooooaahh, how have I never added this. This is pure Miyazaki ecofantastical magic right here. If you're ever looking for an example of McCloud's minimalist characters backed by maximalist backgrounds, look no further, because this puts Tin Tin to shame. Miyazaki's classically manga-style cartoons *really* pop in front of insane swarms of bugs and fungal forests, an effect that was almost totally lost in the film version, which is sad b/c Miyazaki's linework is second to none. Unfortunately the ...more
Aubrey
Aug 31, 2014 Aubrey marked it as to-read
Recommended to Aubrey by: Mordicai
Mordicai recommended this series to me. This is the writeup he's done on it so far:
http://mordicai.livejournal.com/tag/n...
Allison
I checked this out from my university's library, and because it was by Miyazaki, I expected a lot from it. I wasn't really disappointed, but as far as the manga of Nausicaa has gone in this volume, it's a bit like seeing a zoomed in version of the first chunk of the movie, with the additional material here mostly focusing on Princess Kushana. It's really a beautiful book, with detailed art that holds up panel after panel, and gorgeous drawings of fictional plants and machines.

At any rate, I don'
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Shadowlove3
It is so awesome to read a manga created by Hayao Miyazaki before he made it big as a filmmaker. The movie is my favorite one of Miyazaki and reading this I'm even more in love with this. I don't want to compare the movie to the manga because obviously the movie can't have everything from the manga, but that's something that I looove about the manga is there is so much in the story and there are even more characters to add and more story as well. I would recommend this to everyone who loves Haya ...more
Onessa
Miyazaki never ceases to impress me. I tried to read this on my ereader, but because of the beautiful style and massive amount of details in the drawings I stopped and bought the Manga in A4-size (printed with brown ink, btw -- which is AWESOME) to enjoy it as much as possible.

In the comic store they told me I was lucky to find it because they stopped printing this manga, and I really don't understand why. It's, like I already said, beautifully made but the story is also amazing. It was made in
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David Ramirez

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Volume 1 of Nausicaa does all the major set-up for the series, and also rapidly goes into the first layer of the worldbuilding. It's what most people who are familiar with Nausicaa and who have only seen the movie will know.

The art is detailed and functional, though, in common with his animated movies, the character designs are a little simple--Miyazaki's style results in only a small number of archetypes for faces. Not so noticeable in the space of his movies, very noticeable over the course
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Chris Jones
This is for the entire series of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, not just the first volume. I started on this series after a long hiatus from reading manga and comics in general. I decided to pick this up because Miyazaki is so well respected and I wanted a high quality read. I wasn't disappointed, and the rest of this review outlines what I feel are the main reasons Nausicaa works so well. A combination of unique art style, a fast moving narrative that draws on so many themes, and appealing ...more
Eri-chan
As expected, the art in this series is phenomenal - incredibly detailed, emotional, and atmospheric. Unfortunately, for me that same level of detail occasionally made it difficult to actually see what was happening in certain panels, but surrounding panels would usually clear up any confusion, and I can hardly count a reason to stare at a Miyazaki drawing for extended periods of time as a real problem.

I'm unfamiliar with the Nausicaa movie so I'm coming to this completely blind, but the plot str
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Peter
I've been frustrated for a while with the meager pickings among American Graphic Novels and Comic books. This was referred to me by a friend with a love for Japanese graphic literature and it was a refreshing change.

The story was pretty cool and the pictures were lush. I like character driven plots, and while this wasn't, perhaps, the most engaging story in that regard, the characters certainly had personality and many of them seem to have significant depth. Being a serial there wasn't a lot of
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Jensine
Wow. I loved this book. Some parts were a little gruesome, I have to admit, but that's what made it realistic in that sense. Not only were the human drawings great, but they even had amazing backgrounds too. Most Mangas just have little-to-no detailed backgrounds. I also liked how it was so clear as to what was going on. In most battle scenes in most Mangas, I have no idea what's happening. All I see is a bunch of moves that don't make sense together. But in this you usually know exactly what is ...more
Joy Barr
Jul 17, 2008 Joy Barr rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joy by: Lance Simmons
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This book is by the same fellow who made Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke.
I read this book yesterday at work. I really enjoyed it. Nausicaä is a total badass and a total mystic sweetheart. She takes over her dying father's post as head of their community's defenses, even though she is so young and a female. She also has "special powers" and skillz allowing her to deftly control her glider and to communicate with animals and pla
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Peter E.  Frangel
You might be familiar with Hayao Miyazaki from many of the animated movies he has produced. Some of the most popular are Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle or even Laputa: Castle in the Sky. These are wonderful productions and some of my favorite stories. Miyazaki has a talent at drawing you emotionally into his world and to enchant you with a world so completely different from our own, yet so beautiful. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, his seven volume graphic novel serie ...more
Juneau Public Library
Hayao Miyazaki, found of Studio Ghibli, is best known for his cute animated kids films like "My Neighbor Totoro," "Ponyo," and "Kiki's Delivery Service." This graphic novel series is something else entirely. Similar in plot to his movie of the same name, but having a much longer and more involved storyline, this series is Miyazaki's masterpiece and delves into the issues of good and evil, hope and despair, fate, human nature, and humankind's relationship with the planet. In a radiation-poisoned ...more
Aaron Nickel
Oct 29, 2011 Aaron Nickel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Volume 1 sucked me in and I'm left wanting more.

From the minute you crack the spine and turn to page one, you will be struck by how beautiful the artwork is. The amazing creativity and detail of the strange, alien forest on page two gives you an idea of the visual feast in store. Every individual frame is packed with detail; this is a book (and a series) to be savored.

I can't help but see the shadow of Frank Herbert's Dune within this book, perhaps its influence even reached Japan. The setting i
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Irene
This is for the whole series.

This was the very first graphic novel I ever bought, back in the early 90s. I managed to get the first 5 volumes from this version, but lost track of things when 6 & 7 came out, so by the time I came back to it, I had to opy for Vol 4 of the "Perfect Collection" from Viz whic had a bit of an overlap from where I left off, but I *had* to know how the story ended!

Don't compare this to the anime/movie version. It is SO much better! I only just watched the anime vers
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Rolandofeld
This is the first true graphic novel I've ever read and what a way to start. If you've seen the anime movie then you have a jist of what to expect but the art, while similar is much more detailed and, quite possibly, better.

I do wish I was reading it in a larger format as the details sometimes blur into the page but I suppose that's the nature of the beast.

It's truly a testament to Miyazaki that he was able to put such a huge amount of artistic talent, both with the plotline/charachter developme
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Scott
I had seen the (largely considered unsatisfactory) cut of the film version under the title _Warriors of the Wind_ on an EP VHS from Starmaker purchased for probably about $2 new. I don't remember much about it other than the overall oppressive atmosphere. That is certainly present here. It's not a particularly pleasant read for this reason, but it does have immense power, and that it could evoke such feelings to me is a testament to Miyazaki's skill. The main gripe I had with this is that so muc ...more
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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.

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