Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa was the movie that started Studio Ghibli, created and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. A name of a legendary proportion in the anime scene, so the more you explore the medium the more you will come to love his works. Most of these are considered long-standing classics, and Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa is no exception.
The art is something I know that will be good coming into a Hayao Miyazaki’s movie, From the effects of the Sea of Corruption, the aerial battle scenes, and even the simplest everyday objects are fantastically done. The backgrounds and scenery are all a visual treat, horrifying and beautiful at the same time.
The soundtrack was a moving and almost dream-like experience, with the way it subtly expresses the mood and atmosphere of each scene without drawing the audiences’ attention away from the narrative. The characters were designed really well for an anime of its time. Nausicaä is a gal you can’t help but root for as she struggles with the opposing powers that be.
Nausicaä also features a thought-provoking, complex plot with enough nuances and moral questions to probably make each viewing an increasingly more enjoyable experience. The story had to be vastly simplified from the manga for the sake of time constraints, but it still manages to address the major issues Miyazaki had in mind when he first began to pen the series. Don’t come expecting an action-packed thriller, though. While there’s enough action in this thing to satisfy all but the most monomaniacal anime fans, Nausicaä’s pace is a deliberate one, moving on to the next point only when it knows the time is right.
I highly recommend this movie to you, my readers if you have time.