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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
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Apr 01, 09

Read in October, 2006

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 the single most profound work 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 a master storyteller and the premier creative artist in Japan.

Nausicaa is speculative fiction of the highest order. Don't be tempted to categorize it as 'manga' and set up preconceptions - one might as well categorize Moby Dick as 'fishing stories'. Nausicaa is a literary venture as widely resonant as Melville's, with a huge scope, accomplished in the graphic novel format. It's not quite sci-fi, nor fantasy, nor is it simply a morality play. Like any great artistic act, it reaches beyond form, style and categorizable content.

The story is about knowledge, vanity, technology, cowardice, loyalty, aggression, wonder, greed, beauty, skill, integrity, death, perception, biodiversity, hope, despair, aspiration, resignation, and the pending fate of the human race. Everyone should read it.
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CeruleanPenguin I LOVE this series as well. The art, characters, storyline, everything really, was amazing! Yet another masterpiece from mr. Hayao Miyazaki :D


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