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Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 7 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #7)

By Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 5 stars

Nausicaä and the God Warrior that she accidentally awoke must go on a quest to seal the Crypt that preserves the technologies that kings and emperors have used over the years for evil, but it seems that even now, her way isn’t easy.

And so Nausicaä’s story finally comes to a close, with a message that is very Miyazaki-ian in nature, and somewhat reminiscent of Laputa. The warning in the tale is reminding us where arrogance can lead and to avoid thinking that we have all the answers and can ‘fix’ the world around us. The plot moves quickly and Nausicaä never stops being a sympathetic character you can’t help warming to, and you feel for her when those around her are in pain.

It’s a well-told (and well-drawn) story with a satisfying conclusion. And the series is inexpensive enough to pick up reasonably quickly and is probably worth buying since I think it certainly has re-read potential.

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ISBN: 9781591163558
Publisher: VIZ Media
Year of publication: 1995

Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 6 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #6)

By Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 5 stars

Nausicaä faces a spiritual journey in the penultimate volume of the series and in the process is able to heal the black soul of the Dorok emperor’s brother and set him free. She also discovers a secret of the Sea of Corruption but when she returns to the land of the living, while trying to protect the people she loves, she accidentally awakens the last remaining God Warrior in the world – one of the genetically engineered giant super-warriors who destroyed civilisation in the Seven Days of Fire, a millennium earlier.

Goodness me, it seems that Nausicaä is turning into a prophet – the scorned Wormhandlers even revere her as a deity. She’s yet to declare her message but people will follow her wherever she goes anyway. Roll on the last volume, as the final revelation in this makes for very unexpected reading!

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ISBN: 9781591163541
Publisher: VIZ Media
Year of publication: 1993

Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 5 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #5)

By Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 4 stars

Princess Nausicaä’s quest to understand the nature of the spores and the Sea of Corruption nears its end in volume five of the series. As the Dorok emperor poisons the younger brother in whose shadow he has lived for decades (due to his lack of supernatural powers) and makes plans to invade the Torumekian empire, this human-scale politics is played out against the backdrop of the apocalypse that has been unleashed and is threatening to destroy the few remaining viable lands that humans can inhabit. The vast, impersonal powers show up the petty human squabbles in a way that is chastening but never preachy.

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ISBN: 9781591164128
Publisher: VIZ Media
Year of publication: 1991

Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 3 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #3)

By Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 4 stars

In this volume, Nausicaä goes to war. She ends up in an uneasy alliance with a princess from a distant empire who is as busy fighting her own family as the people she was sent to fight. These people are using the miasma from the forest of corruption as a weapon of war, effectively cutting off their nose to spite their face, losing their own lands to the corruption.

We also see more hints of a prophecy that Nausicaä is at the centre of and the expanded canvas of the graphic novels gives this much more room to breathe than the film.

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ISBN: 9781591164104
Publisher: VIZ Media
Year of publication: 1984

Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 2 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #2)

By Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 4 stars

The second volume of the story of Princess Nausicaa, this widens and deepens the canvas of the story, showing us some more history of the world and more of the politics and factions that populate it. Nausicaa and the supporting characters are wonderfully drawn (metaphorically and literally) and the story keep hinting at more in an organic way that draws you in.

Miyazaki’s tale of the dangers of ravaging the earth is poignant but never overbearing and I look forward to reading more of it.

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ISBN: 9781417654307
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Year of publication: 1983

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

By Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 4 stars

The inspiration for Miyazaki’s film of the same name this is a beautifully drawn, if fairly short, graphic novel that follow the eponymous Nausicaä, princess of the Valley of the Wind as she is sent to war for the Emperor that ancient treaties have bound her kingdom to.

Nausicaä’s world is beautifully realised, and focuses on many themes that Miyazaki would return to in his anime films, including the role of man in nature, the destruction of the world and awesome giant robots. It’s initially hard to get used to reading right-to-left but it becomes second nature remarkably quickly.

The graphic novel is short, I read it in about an hour, but the series is also cheap, with each one available for under £5 on Amazon so getting hold of the entire set shouldn’t be as sore on the wallet as other graphic novel series.

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ISBN: 9781591164081
Publisher: VIZ Media
Year of publication: 1982

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