Darcy reviews “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”

Hi guys,
And happy Valentine’s day! I hope you guys remembered the girls and got them lots of flowers. I like candy, btw. I mean if you have some left over. 🙂

I wanted to do something different this time and review one of most favorite things. Anime!!! I LOVE good anime. Like Pixar and other stuff, some can get kinda weird and not all of it is good for kids. I watch some that are, and some that aren’t. But for here I will review ones that everyone can see, because it’s always best when you get to share stuff with your whole family. Also I thought it best to review these in case someone saw them and wanted to buy them, and anime is expensive to buy. So it best to know what’s good and what’s not before you spend money on them. This first one I can tell you is one of the best. It was introduced by one of the Pixar guys who said, “what you are about to see is one of my all time favorite movies.” Dude, when a guy like that says something like that, you just know its good right?

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind —

from the back of the box:  from one of the most celebrated filmakers in the history of animation and the creator of the academy award winning Spirited Away, comes Hayao Miyazarki’s epic masterpiece Nausicaa of the valley of the wind.
A thousand years after a global war, a seaside kingdom known as the valley of the wind remains one of only a few areas still populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called Ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the earth. Nausicaa and her brave companions, together with the people of the valley; strive to restore the bond between humanity and the earth.

The movie takes place 1,000 years after a war has devastated the earth and forced those that survived to live on the edge of a poison filled forest, or fungus really; called the sea of corruption. The story itself is set in one place known as the valley of the wind, which is made safe because the constant wind blows the deadly spores from the forest away from them. The villagers have lived in peace as best they can, but they are also caught off and do not know what is going on elsewhere in the world. Which is very bad, because a war has broken out between the world’s remaining empires. The Torumekians and the Pejite over a old and powerful weapon called a god soldier. You would think with the world bring almost all covered in this poison fungi, they would stop fighting. But nopes. When the weapon is being transported to a safer spot, it crashes. Ten guesses where. Yeppers, the valley of the wind. Now Nausicaa and her friends are caught in the middle of two warring nations. And all the while the fungi just grows and grows.

I loved the main character, Nausicaa. She is smart, strong, and has a love for nature and the world around her. In the first scene we see her rescue a traveler from a maddened Ohmu. Not by killing it, or harming it in anyway; but by reasoning with it instead. That’s something new and it helped to show her love of nature. Now i should tell you, a Ohmu is a huge caterpillar like creature as big as a house! And she uses a flying witch like thing to fly in front and around it while it is chasing the traveler. Later we learn that when she was little, she keep a baby Ohmu as a pet. and she learns that they really arent dangerous. As long as people learn to live with them.

The valley becomes occupied by the Torumekians, and all the people are taken as prisoners. But on the way back to the empire, the ships are attacked by the Pejite, and Nausicaa, the princess of Torumekian, and the prince of Pejite crash land in the middle of the forest. They must work together to get out, and a romance also developes. hehe. But I won’t say more on that. I don’t want to spoil anything if I can help it.

The movie is just wow! It is so pretty in places, and the insects, although a little scarry, are really detailed. This is the first film by this director, and people still say it’s his best work. (see what I said above about the Pixar guys.) This also started out as a Magna. Now Magna is a lot like our comic books here, our or graphic novels. What is really cool is that everyone reads Magna over there. From young kids, to even grand parents. They, like anime movies in general, teach a great deal about morals, and how to treat people, nature and the world around us.

More on the Manga of this Movie can be found here:
http://www.ex.org/articles/2001/2001.07.14-rev_manga-us-nausicaa_of_the_valley_of_wind.html

This is a wicked good movie, and it is one of my very favorites! In fact I think this is the first one Uncle Dave gave me. I had never seen or heard of anime before, and after seeing this I was SOOOOOO hooked.

I managed to find some trailers of it on you tube, so here you go. check it out then look this up on net flicks. You will want to get this one guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rtIcyqssA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXKl0oR5gjs&NR=1

This one is really cool, it shows how the music was recorded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hgyForitkQ

Really guys, this is the best movie ever!

Darcy

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