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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
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Sep 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: manga, nausicaa-of-the-valley-of-the-wind
Recommended for: everyone
Read 2 times. Last read October 25, 2011 to October 28, 2011.

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 is a post-apocalyptic wasteland reclaimed by a vengeful Mother Nature. A poisonous miasma and a host gigantic bug-like "Ohmu" fear in the human inhabitants, but (like Dune's Great Makers) they might be the key to restoring a healthy earth. Humanity has degenerated back to feudalism and superstition (similar to the Fremen of Dune), and the little remaining technology is largely not very well understood. Two of the large feudal kingdoms find themselves at war, and the outlying areas are drawn into the "plots within plots."

Nausicaa, the titular heroine, is a princess unlike other royalty, or most other humans. She communes with the hostile environment and somehow understands the earth's pain. She is a leader, a warrior and a pilot of reknown, but is still young, impulsive and easily swayed by anger. She is everything you could want in an adventurous heroine.

Gorgeous art, a well-crafted world, a compelling heroine, and the beginnings of an intriguing plot? Bring on Volume 2!

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