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30 years of Hayao Miyazaki

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20/07/2012

30 years of Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

This year is the 30th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s epic, 7 volume, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, graphic novel series. Miyazaki is best known for his critically acclaimed animated films; some suitable for children, such as My Neighbour Totoro, or Kiki’s Delivery Service, and others for older audiences, such as Princess Mononoke.

The Nausicaa series, tells the story of a warrior-princess who lives in a post-apocalyptic world, where nuclear war and environmental disasters have totally destroyed the planet’s original ecosystems. The planet is now inhabited by genetically engineered plants and animals that can survive in extremely polluted habitats.

In this distant future, mankind faces extinction, as the remaining nations fight over what is left of the clean land and water, while the princess fights for peaceful co-existence between the nations, and gradually discovers the hidden truth behind the nuclear war and the secret purpose of the various genetically engineered species.

This series is not recommended for children because of mature environmental and religious themes, and many depictions of graphic violence.

Hayao Miyazaki has also produced an animated film adaptation of the first 2 volumes of Nausicaa, which is a great, accessible, introduction to the graphic novel series.

For more films by Hayao Miyazaki click here.

To check availability of the graphic novel series in English, click here.

For availability in French, click here.

If you would like more information about graphic novels, try our blog post about it: here, and for more information and recommended reading, try Graphic Literacy.org.