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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind #1)

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Nausicaa, a young princess who has an empathic bond with the giant Ohmu insects and animals of every creed. She fights to create tolerance, understanding and patience among empires that are fighting over the world's remaining precious natural resources.
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Published February 11th 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published 1982)
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Sam
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 T.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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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Mi
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ghibli fans or fans of the movie - people who like meaningful stories


Volume 1-7 - Series complete



A thousand years have passed since modern civilization collapsed leaving most animals extinct and humans living under almost medieval conditions. The pollution of the world has raised a toxic forest which none but the giant insects can inhabit. Small kingdoms have formed where the remainder of humanity now lives and where life is filled with fear of the toxics reaching them. Despite the constant decline of the population, humans still wage war against each other in wh
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Kathryn
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nərmin
I would give the first volume 3 stars but it is Hayao Miyazaki, so 4 stars...
The main problem was the construction of texts and panels. There were so tiny pictures and letters that it was hard for me to read it. I'm reading scanlations on my phone so it is extra hard and eye-tiring.
The next problem was too much detailed drawings for small panels. Mostly I have seen that on small panels the images are not too detailed, so it was hard to follow what was going on.
Apart from that the story and sett
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Zach
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Earnest Natividad
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-comics
The movie Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was released during the publication of the manga. As such, it is easy to assume that the manga contains the more complete and satisfying version. Sometimes what may seem oblique in the movie becomes clear as the story progresses along to how Miyazaki envisioned it. Of course the movie is still a beautiful thing, as Miyazaki's talents are in full display in the film. The kinetic energy and dazzling visuals that he employs are doubled to that of the alr ...more
K.N.
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, 1990s


I love how much more complex and involved the manga is compared to the film. I need to get myself the entire series. This is top-tier for this genre.
Pathikrit Basu
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Rosa
Scifi-kerhon lukupiiri sai minut lukemaan ensimmäisen osan Hayao Miyazakin Tuulen laakson Nausicaä -mangasta, josta on tehty myös samanniminen elokuva. Miyazakin piirrostyyli on kaunista ja muistuttaa luonnollisesti hyvin paljon Studio Ghiblin animaatioiden tyyliä. Juonen kulkua on kuitenkin mielestäni välillä vaikea seurata, koska piirrokset ovat mustavalkoisia ja toimintakohtauksissa on vaikea erottaa, kuka tekee mitäkin. Väitän, että epäselvyyteen vaikuttaa osaltaan myös suuri sivukoko, joka ...more
Matt
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Simoa
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I can hear a voice in my heart, all the time. Go forward, it tells me. So all I think of now is of going forward, as far as I am able."

I love this girl. An action packed epic with this gentle girl going bravely into battle. Kick ass heroines who lack softness or compassion are not interesting to me. Neither are their male counterparts. But Nausicaä, the Chosen One as it were, is a gentle soul. So gentle that other characters fear she might be destroyed. But does this quality diminish her abilit
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Anna-Emilia
“The greatness of a mind is determined by the depth of its suffering.”

I've seen the anime adaptation of this series when I was young but I hardly remember anything of it and I think I was just a bit too young to understand this story, it's characters and themes.

But now after being a fan of Miyazaki's work for a long time I finally reached for his beloved manga, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and guys, I am in love. And this just makes me wonder if I should pick up every book ending with 'o
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Kogiopsis
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Sesana
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopian, comics
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.
Asami Uchiha
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know that there was a manga for Nausicaä so this was a great discovery! I can't wait to see what happens in volume 2! I really liked how the manga goes more in depth with the world building.
Petros
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Joshua
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hayao Miyazaki is probably going to to be remembered as one of the greatest enviornmental artists in history, not to mention one of the greatest anti-war artists. Each of his works manages to balance an incredible depth while also exploring the complexities of individual characters and often the consequences of "development." Human are often creatures that are wreaking havoc with the natural world, either by polluting the natural beauty of the world, discounting the biological systems in place, ...more
Grace Roberts
i struggle how to rate this. i didnt care for it because its outside my preferred genres but that doesnt mean it wasnt a good story
Todd Glaeser
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This really should be mentioned in the same circles as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones"
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
Mallory (toweroftomes)
Find this review and more fantastical things at The Leaning Tower of Tomes.

The mini-review:

This was excellent, as I knew it would be. This is the original Nausicaa manga that Hayao Miyazaki later adapted into his classic anime film we all know and love. (Hey, go check out my thoughts on the movie here.) Therefore, there’s almost nothing new to me in Volume 1, just a few different plot points mostly dealing with how Nausicaa gets from, say, Point A to Point B. Probably the biggest different betwe
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Naoé
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After seeing the movie 154826473 times I finally decided to read the manga and I loved it not a big surprise here I love the message of it and l love this story and I love Nausicaä who is a character I wanted to be when I was younger I will read the rest of the books soon because I wanted to know how this is different from the movie
Kyle Muntz
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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P.H. Wilson
Real rating: 5.7/10
Manga/GN rating 7.2/10
The artistic beginning of Hayao Miyazaki's illustrious career is great for fans of the man, but sadly reading Nausicaä is like rooting through Rembrandt's rough sketches one is going to be amazed by the vision that would soon become something magnificent, yet still be slightly disappointed knowing the greatness that is hidden behind the rough lines.
Nausicaä can be quite dialogue heavy at times which is not a killer, however when an artist is putting up pa
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Celine
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, manga
Nausicaä is a whimsical story of a girl who lives in a hostile world filled with deadly spores and giant insects, but who sees the goodness and beauty in all of it. From reading other reviews I was afraid it might be too tree-huggery for me, but I think Miyazaki never once strayed into kitschy territory. The worldbuilding so far has been fascinating. On one hand there are minutely drawn nature scenes and wonderfully detailed creepy-crawlies, which contrast so well with the gunships and medievali ...more
Ken-ichi
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: escape, comics
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
Starbubbles
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
when i was reading this, i felt that it was a little slow on the uptake. i couldn't tell if that was because miyazaki was creating a world different from our own and therefore needed more time to set up, or if it was me being so excited about reading the series and being a slow reader was frustrated that i wasn't consuming the literary-fun-ness that is nausicaa fast enough. by the end of the book, you're left going, "wow this is so good, why did i wait to read this?"
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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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