The Light in Darkness (& Tenth Post Celebration)
-Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä, or Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (or just Nausicaa for short), is the epic post-apocalyptic fantasy story by Hayao Miyazaki, founder of Studio Ghibli – revered for its hand-drawn animations. This manga precedes that tradition as well as the company in fact, where absolutely everything down to the individual sticks of furniture in the background is hand-drawn by Miyasaki. Perhaps because of that he spent 12 years completing it, taking intermittent hiatuses for featured films. The 1984 film adaptation is made well before the wrap on the manga (1992), hence it falls short of the vision and scope depicted in the books.
The story takes place 1000 years after a cataclysmic event which destroys the previous civilization and leaves the world heavily polluted and its oceans poisoned. Much of the world is covered by the “Sea of Corruption”, a toxic fungal forest that is steadily encroaching on the remaining open land. Humanity clings on in the lands beyond the forest, periodically engaging in bouts of internecine fighting for the scarce resources that remain. The main character is Nausicaa, princess of the Valley of the Wind, a periphery state drawn in to the battle between two of the largest remaining nations when one invaded the other.
My god, if there’s one manga I’d read for the rest of eternity, this would be it. There is no overstating the thought, creativity, and the overall quality of this manga. One of his earliest works, Miyasaki was able to encapsulate in Nausicaa many of his now time-honored themes – a staunch anti-war stance, environmentalism, and the absence of traditional good-evil dichotomies. I have included in this release the entire Nausicaa manga, a screenplay of vol.1 by an anonymous fan, and the prototype entitled Shuna’s Journey by Sc-Scans (I threw in Inane’s ch1 so you can compare). The Art of Nausicaa – Watercolor Impressions is also available.
10 posts! 17 complete / up-to-date series! Hundreds of volumes! It’s been a pleasure sharing the best of what seinan genre has to offer here at MU. And as we all know, mature mangas are the best mangas. Period. Look forward to the future posts where I’ll continue to match quality for quality, quantity to quality, and manicure to pedicure for the best possible read.
Series in Review
◆ Berserk ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Eden ◆ (Complete)
◆ MONSTER ◆ (Complete)
◆ 20th Century Boys ◆ (Complete)
◆ 21st Century Boys ◆ (Complete)
◆ PLUTO ◆ (Complete)
◆ Happy! ◆ (Vol.1 through 10)
◆ Billy Bat ◆ (Vol.1 through 5)
◆ Bokko ◆ (Complete)
◆ Shamo ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Koroshiya Ichi ◆ (Complete)
◆ Homunculus ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Gunnm ◆ (Complete)
◆ Gunnm Last Order ◆ (Up to Date)
◆ Hajime no Ippo ◆ (Vol.1 through 61)
◆ GANTZ ◆ (Vol.1 through 24)
◆ Nausicaa ◆ (Complete)