As one of my all time favorite animes, I figured it was about time I read the manga version. Instead of reviewing all seven volumes individually, I decided to treat this series as a whole.

Story overview:
A gifted young woman named Nausicaä (Na u shi ka) lives in the distant future. The world has long since survived an apocalyptic massacre called the “Seven Days of Fire.” What’s left of modern civilization and technology consists mostly of a few aircrafts, dug up from deep within the earth.

The creatures that are left have been genetically altered, and a poisonous forest spreads across the land, killing mankind in its wake. As the princess of the Valley of the Wind, and the daughter of a man close to death, Nausicaä takes on the responsibility of representing her people.

Called into war under the Torumekian Empire, Nausicaä deviates from her path by seeking to rescue all life, regardless of ancestry, race, creed, or species. She is driven by her love and compassion, yet brings with her a terror and horror like none other.

My thoughts:
I was thrilled to find so much more to this story than what was in the anime. As stated on Wikipedia, “The tale depicted in the film roughly corresponds to only the first quarter of the manga.” It’s like taking your favorite chocolate bar and adding caramel to it, making it even better than before. As a manga, you do lose the illustrious colors and epic music that was in the anime, but if you use your imagination, you can easily put them back into the manga. If you like one (manga or anime), I strongly recommend you look into the other. My only complaint is that, after the finale, the story came to a quick end (I wanted it to close at a more leisurely pace). Overall: Strong, powerful story. Beautiful, brilliant. A+.

Things to consider:
There are no sexual situations or foul language, however there is very graphic and detailed action violence. It’s done in a way that does not glorify the violence. Rather, the story uses it as a strong anti-violence message: showing the bitter results of war and hatred as it really is. Because of this, I would caution some children and age rate this for teens and older. The protagonist is a girl, but I would equally recommend this for both boys and girls.

Opportunities for discussion:
The true heart of this tale is about anger and hatred, and the blindness and death that follows in its wake. Anger begets anger, destruction begets destruction, and violence begets violence. Yet there is one girl who stands against this. She takes no sides with quarrels and wars. She only takes the side of love, kindness, compassion, and sacrifice; turning enemies into friends and allies. It reminds me of the second greatest commandment. Mark 12:31 (NIV) “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Why is this relevant? Because loving your neighbor fulfills all other commandments. If you love them, you won’t manipulate them, steal from them, or cause them harm. Ask your children when the last time it was they showed love in place of hate. If they say never, tell them it’s a feeling unlike any other, and suggest they try it the next time they find themselves in such a situation.

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Comments
  1. Jordan says:

    This is the first post by you that I’ve read and I already love you for it!

    BTW, is the anime a series or a movie?

  2. It was made into a movie, which seems to be Miyazaki’s style. One of his best ones (even if it is a little dated). Be sure to check out his other films too; I have yet to be disappointed with any of them. Castle in the Sky is another top fave of mine.

    Oh, and, glad I could be of help 🙂

  3. Jordan says:

    By your mentioning of a Bible verse in your post I take it you are a Christian? I would love to trade links with you. Just link to http://www.TheOtakuHQ.com in your sidebar and I’ll ink to your blog in mine and on my site.

    Think it over. Thanks.

  4. I tend to tread carefully around the “Christian” label as it often carries with it negative connotations due to constant misrepresentation. I prefer calling myself a man of faith. However, in general, I’m not a big fan of most labels. One of the main purposes of this site is to show the Christian community that fantasy and manga are not tools of the devil, but great resources to teach valuable lessons. Check out the About BFY page for my mission statement: https://booksforyouth.wordpress.com/about/ .

    I tend to avoid reposing links on this site so that I can keep it uncluttered, just as I leave off ads even though I see a fairly high traffic rate (I have links to the books I’ve written as well as my social sites, but that’s about it), but I’ll be sure to check your site out when I have a little more time. Have a great weekend!

  5. Jordan says:

    Okay, post your decision in this thread. I’ll keep following you. I like your writing style.

  6. Jordan says:

    Feel free to delete this thread if you want.

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