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Nausicaa Perfect Collection: Vol 1 (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Pb)) Paperback – 1 Oct 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Communications,U.S. (Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569310963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310960
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis

Nausicaa, a young princess of a future world, tries to bring peace between kingdoms who are battling to claim the last of the world's natural resources.

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Tre translator comments
I've worked on over 20,000 pages of manga, and Nausicaa is one of the two best I've ever translated (the other is Katsuhiro Otomo's "Domu," available from Dark Horse Comics). Dana Lewis and I really put our hearts into this translation, and I hope it shows (Volumes 3 and up were superbly translated by Matt Thorn).


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By A Customer on 6 April 1997
Format: Paperback
I was drawn to this book as a fan of the U.S.-released anime Warriors of the Wind. While I am used to video adaptations not living up to the quality of the printed form, I was unprepared for the brilliance of this graphic novel. The characters are truly involving, the political and ecological backgrounds complex, and the action sequences are exceptional. Following the complexities of the plot is not for read-on-autopilot types; this novel requires some thought. The artwork is accessable, not artsy-obscure, although some of the panels are so busy as to be almost cluttered. There are many levels to this work, and I learn more about it on each re-reading. I became so attached to this story that I can't wait to get the other volumes in this collection. This is a thoughtful, intelligent, and soulful work, far above the slash-and-trash mentality of so many other graphic novels. This is truly a work with heart, an evident labor of love.
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Nausicaa is one of the most artistic, pure-hearted fantasies I have ever read (and that includes Tolkein). The art perfectly blends with the story to create an alternate universe unlike anything else in "graphic" novels or the book world in general. Reading Nausicaa is not like reading a comic book - the pictures are put together with the dialogue in such a perfect way that it is hard to remember that it's not actually a book. If you loved "The Chronicle Of Narnia" or Tolkein's masterpieces, you will never forget Nausicaa. Hayao Miyazaki is, in my very poor opinion, the only living master story-teller. His books and animations are some of the most enjoyable and encouraging things I have ever seen. Also recommended: My Neighbor Totoro by Miyazaki (movie).
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By A Customer on 30 Jun. 1998
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I feel having read the Lord of the Rings, and the Dune series, was preparation of sorts to reading Nausicaa. The details of the characters, the religion, and the world in general are immense. Where Nausicaa differs from most novels is in its ability to show the horror of war, humanities stupidity and how even in her darkest hour mankind still has hope in that of our children. Nausicaa should not be missed by any fans of fantasy, sci-fi, or just good books in general.
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This book deserves more superlatives than the English language has to offer. The heroine, Princess Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, is the most brilliantly-realised female character in world literature since Anna Karenina.
From her very first appearance, a thrilling encounter with an enraged Ohmu leading to a heartwarming reunion with her old mentor, Nausicaa leaps from the printed page to occupy a place in the reader's heart.
Princess Nausicaa's profound love of all living things enables her to overcome her anger at the oppression of her Valley and her natural loyalty to her native people - instead she rises above petty tribal squabbles to address the greater problems facing her world as a whole, doubly ravaged by the devastating weapons of mass destruction of her ancestors and the devastating blind ambition of her contemporaries.
Despite his grand theme, Miyazaki tells a warm, witty and poignant story of ordinary humans in a fabulously-imagined future world, featuring an exceptionally rich and diverse cast of characters, all of whom develop, interact and mature with engaging realism.
This magnificent, visionary book is as resonant and relevant today as it was eighteen years ago. At its heart is the coming of age of a Messiah in a post-apocalyptic world of short-sighted human folly and terrible natural grandeur.
Probably the best novel of the 20th century.
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By A Customer on 9 May 1999
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Naussica is FANTASTIC. Miyizaki is one of the few living fantasy geniuses and the world's greatest visual storyteller along with Speilberg. For the summer of 1999, the second film (after Star Wars, that is) to see IS "Princess Monomoke", the most Naussica-liked of his masterwork animations! Miramax better does a good job promoting it!
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Everything that has already been mention is right on the mark. Nausicaä is a fantastic introduction to manga, and a perfect first buy for new readers (like myself). The only problem is, you should make sure you have the money to buy the lot before you start, as just one book isn't enough!
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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 1998
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My opinion: I read Dune , The Lord Of The Rings,Star wars and many other books. But there was somethign missing... somethig that I can't describe in words .... And there it was . Nausicaa became my favorite book in only 7 minutes .
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