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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful impressions, 15 April 2010
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This review is from: The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Watercolor Impressions (Studio Ghibli Library) (Hardcover)
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Here's the other art book for Nausicaa, the other being The Art of Nausicaa, which is in Japanese (ISBN 4198145601). This one collects all the art created using watercolour for both the manga and film.

About half of the book is on the manga. There aren't any comic panels but you'll see a lot of covers, such as those he did for Animage, a Japanese anime and entertainment magazine. The covers are printed huge, often fullpage. Very beautiful and feels very different from the mainstream manga with the use of watercolour. If you remove the dust jacket, you'll see some of the Animage covers that have been published.

For the film section, there are storyboards, background concept art and character designs. Since I've the other art book as well, I see a bit of duplication of drawings, but printed in different sizes.

There's plenty of accompanying commentary for the art. He talks about everything from his thoughts on drawing covers, which he dislikes, and drawing Nausicaa (character) out of character, which he dislike even more. You'll find a lot of interesting stuff regarding clashes with his artistic vision for the manga and film at that time. At the back is a longer piece of interview which looks at how the idea of making Nausicaa came about.

All the drawings that appear in this book are drawn by Miyazaki, dating way back to 1982. It's amazing to see how far Miyazaki has come.

Nausicaa and Miyazaki fans will find this book to be a nice collectible.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look into the creative mind of Hayao Miyazaki, 18 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Watercolor Impressions (Studio Ghibli Library) (Hardcover)
If you are a fan of Nausicaä you will LOVE this book. Throughout all the artwork runs a translated commentary by Miyazaki himself (there is also a 7 page interview) which is very illuminating. The book is designed to show you the process of creation for Nausicaä starting with the Manga and then the Animated feature film, it is also worth noting most of the pages are full colour (there are plenty of b/w sketches but they are in the minority).

Pages 5 to 97 contain lots of completed covers, sketches, promotional posters and a few detailed maps for the Manga.

97 to 145 contain concept sketches, image-boards and paintings for the Animated Film.

145 to 176 contain motifs that inspired Nausicaä showing the evolution of ideas with early sketches and paintings.

176 to 208 contain a bonus sketch book with 190 extra concept sketches, an interesting time-line matching Animage issues to the collected editions and four autobiographical cartoons that were published in Animage apologizing to fans for long breaks in the serialization!.

I think this is the definitive Nausicaä companion book. I have seen the other `Art of Nausicaä' paperback and it is very good, but in my opinion there are too many cell animation stills and not enough paintings and sketches etc. For my money, the Watercolor version is far superior in the amount of original artwork reproduction and scope- the personal commentary by Miyazaki that runs throughout the entire book adds that extra special content that the earlier artbook lacks.

The Art of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Watercolor Impressions is a beautiful hard-back that is very well produced and offers a fascinating look into the mind of one of Japan's best loved creators.

A must for english speaking Studio Ghibli fans everywhere! A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all Nausicaa fans, 24 Sept. 2011
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I really love Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and this book is perfect for anyone who loves it too. It shows lots of watercolour paintings Hayao Miyazaki has painted and also features his comments on them and what they were used for. Also included are many sketches he drew when designing the film and seeing Nausicaa develop is very interesting. Contains maps, diagrams and sketches for the film too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Nausicaä manga, 16 Dec. 2014
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If you like the Nausicaä manga, this is essential reading. If you are after film stills and cel art, get "The Art Of Nausicaä" ISBN 978-4-19-814560-6 instead (only in Japanese). As the title suggests, this book only contains (beautiful) watercolor art, mostly for the promotional and cover art material related to the manga and concept art for the film.
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