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In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. Thriving industrial societies disappeared. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air.

At the periphery of the sea, tiny kingdoms are scattered on tiny parcels of lan
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Paperback, 130 pages
Published March 10th 2004 by VIZ Media (first published 1982)
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Sam
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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Lara Mi


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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 whic
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Seth T.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
[This is a review of the whole series.]

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 u
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Jerry
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure I understood this volume entirely, but the artwork and action sequences were rather enthralling. ...more
Zach
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathryn
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Andrew
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, comics
This was a slight letdown for me, and it might be one of the rare cases of "The Movie Was Better Than The Book." Miyazaki's designs are of course a marvel, and I love the spiritual and ecological themes, but I found much of the action, particularly the dogfights, difficult to follow. It would also be easier to keep up with the complex political maneuvering (I count at least 6 competing factions here) if everybody's armor didn't look exactly the same. By the end of this volume (which is actually ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've never seen the movie, and didn't even know that it was a manga - let alone by Miyazaki himself - until very recently. Finally decided to give it a read, and so far I haven't regretted the time spent on this endeavor.

It's a solid beginning for a story, with an imaginitive and wondrous setting, high stakes, several shades of moral grey, and strong characterization. All stuff we've come to expect from the author. I'll look forward to see where this goes.
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Diz
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
If you've seen the movie, this first volume basically covers the first half of the movie. There aren't any big changes except for one--in the comic you actually get to see the words that the ohmu are saying. It basically gives the forrest a voice, which is an interesting difference. The art has a soft touch to it, which I really like, and the air combat is really dynamic. ...more
Earnest
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelves: 1990s, manga


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.
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Pathikrit Basu
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sylwia
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I made it 44 pages before I ran out of the steam. I appreciate the details of the artwork, Miyazaki's creativity in terms of world-building, and the way the female character is celebrated and shown as a blossoming leader. But I wasn't engaged in the storyline. I will watch the movie, but the manga isn't for me. ...more
Matt
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Petros
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Alex Khlopenko
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
For some reason, I expected more than I got. Not sure I'm interested in spending time with the next volume ...more
Jessica-Robyn
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ryan
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(My review of the whole series)

An incredibly imaginative and (mostly) coherent manga. The setting is a far future Earth where man has almost been overrun by a toxic jungle filled with giant insects, but continues to subsist in a few fuedal kingdoms that wage war on each other with the last remaining bits of technology. The characters, outlandish creatures, mix of technological and primitive, and quasi-Buddhist spiritual themes reminded me a lot of Star Wars. However, where George Lucas is clunky
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Joshua
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jani
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first volume of the series offers much familiar to fan of Miyazaki's films: fast-paced action, whimsy and magic. However, in this science fiction story this is combined with wonderfully original dystopian world and strong political undercurrents that are discussed through a strong female protagonist (of course, nothing new to a fan of Miyazaki).

Nausicaä is a princess of a city as it is called, or rather one of the remaining human communities surviving in a post-apocalyptic world. Humans have
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Anna-Emilia
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“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
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Kogiopsis
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Alex
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful manga from a master artist. It has exciting action, memorable characters, a compelling plot, and a powerful environmental message. The translation in this Perfect Collection is also very good despite there being two or three moments that felt a little choppy. Considering this volume is 261 pages of indispensable beauty, those few choppy moments are quickly washed away.

Can’t wait to read the other three volumes and to re-watch the film when I’m done. The more I see from Hayao Miyazaki
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Kirsten
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Sesana
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, fantasy, 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. ...more
Jackie
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful story! Loved the movie and love reading this book
Asami
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. ...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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