Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ, Kaze no tani no Naushika) is a work of Hayao Miyazaki's. It started as a manga, and then later made into an anime.

Summary[change | change source]

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is about a young princess called Nausicaä, and is full of questions regarding right and wrong, and the human world in which we live.

Setting[change | change source]

The world of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is filled with a poisonous jungle that are filled with large, carnivorous insects, and it's slowly growing across the world.

Manga[change | change source]

The manga came out in 1982 and lasted until 1994.

Anime[change | change source]

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by Isao Takahata
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Cinematography Hideshi Kyonen
Editing by Naoki Kaneko
Tomoko Kida
Shiyoji Sakai
Release date(s) JPN March 4, 1984
NA February 22, 2005
Running time 116 min.
Country  Japan
Language Japanese

The movie came out in 1984. It is based on the manga. It follows the same plot as the manga, but it is less developed. It has several famous English actors, including Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf, and Mark Hamill. It sold more than 1 million tickets when it came out, and it first came out in North America in the 1980s, but was called Warriors of the Wind. It was a cut version of the movie, losing 30 minutes of the movie that the editors called "slow-moving", and the voice actors were never told the plot of the movie. The emphasis that the movie had on environmentalism was diluted because of the cuts, and there was next to no character development. Miyazaki dislikes this version of the movie a lot, and made a "no cuts" clause to make sure this doesn't happen again. The uncut version of the movie was re-released in 2005 on DVD, and won a set of 3 film awards in 1985.[1]

Cast[change | change source]

Character Japanese English 1985 dub English 2005 dub
Narrator (none) Hal Smith Tony Jay
Nausicaä/Princess Zandra Sumi Shimamoto Susan Davis Alison Lohman
Lord Yupa Goro Naya Hal Smith Patrick Stewart
Kushana Yoshiko Sakakibara Uma Thurman
Kurotowa Iemasa Kayumi Chris Sarandon
Mito Ichirō Nagai Edward James Olmos
Lastelle Miina Tominaga Emily Bauer
Asbel Yōji Matsuda Cam Clarke Shia LaBeouf
Mayor of Pejite Makoto Terada Mark Hamill
Obaba Hisako Kyōda Tress MacNeille
King Jihl Mahito Tsujimura Mark Silverman
Muzu   James Arnold Taylor
Gikuri Jōji Yanami Jeff Bennett
Lastelle's Mother Akiko Tsuboi Jodi Benson
Gol Kōhei Miyauchi Frank Welker

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