nausicaa of the valley of the wind


January 14 movie: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. I really wish I had written this up in a more timely manner. I remember I had lots to say about it the day we watched it. Oh well, it's probably better for everyone if I keep it brief.

This is a relatively early Miyazaki film and in a lot of ways it seems like a precursor to Princess Mononoke, with a lot of similar themes -- the environment, two communities with opposing relationships to the natural world, a girl heroine with a special ability to communicate with animals -- but not as much depth. There are also visual parallels -- the attack of the Ohms is a lot like the rampage of the boars, for example, and the death of the spirit of the forest reminded me a lot of the death of the giant warrior.

If I had to pick only one, I'd probably watch Mononoke because the characters are more complex. But of course it would be better to watch both!


The movie of Nausicaa has always seemed like a rush job. The comic is much richer and, if anything, more beautiful.

I've still never seen Mononoke. I really must.

I've heard that the comic version of "Whisper of the Heart" is also better, at least at the very end. I really loved the movie version though.

You do have to see Mononoke! I'm one to talk though, I missed Howl's Moving Castle.

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