Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
is a 1984 Japanese post-apocalyptic anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his 1982 manga. It was animated by Topcraft for Tokuma Shoten and Hakuhodo, and distributed by the Toei Company. Joe Hisaishi, in his first collaboration with Miyazaki, composed the score. The film stars the voices of Sumi Shimamoto, Gorō Naya, Yōji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Iemasa Kayumi. Taking place in a post-nuclear futuristic world, the film tells the story of Nausicaä (Shimamoto), the young teenage princess of the Valley of the Wind. She becomes embroiled in a struggle with Tolmekia, a kingdom that tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a jungle full of giant mutant insects.
One thousand years have passed since the Seven Days of Fire, an apocalyptic war that destroyed civilization and created the vast Toxic Jungle, a poisonous forest swarming with giant mutant insects. In the kingdom of the Valley of the Wind, a prophecy predicts a saviour "clothed in blue robe, descending onto a golden field". Nausicaä, the 16-year-old princess of the Valley of the Wind, explores the jungle and communicates with its creatures, including the gigantic, trilobite-like armored Ohm. She hopes to understand the jungle and find a way for it and humans to co-exist.
|author||Hayao Miyazaki Kazunori Itō|
|award||Ōfuji Noburō Award|
|editor||Masatsugu Sakai Naoko Kaneko Tomoko Kida|
|genre||adventure fantasy philosophical science fiction|
|keywords||apocalypse apocalyptic attack baby bullroarer disturb fly help kanji mutant nausicaä ohm ohmu seven days sole survivor the king trilobite twin brother warn wound|
|theme||animated anime coming-of-age post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure|