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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
"Kaze no tani no Naushika" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  11 March 1984 (Japan)
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sumi Shimamoto ...
Nausicaä (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
Jihl (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ...
Oh-Baba (voice)
Gorô Naya ...
Yupa (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Mito (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Goru (voice)
Jôji Yanami ...
Gikkuri (voice)
Minoru Yada ...
Niga (voice)
Rihoko Yoshida ...
Teto / Girl C (voice)
Masako Sugaya ...
Girl A (voice)
Takako Sasuga ...
Girl B (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Boy A (voice)
Tarako ...
Boy B (voice)
Yôji Matsuda ...
Asbel (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Rastel (voice)
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Storyline

In the far future, man has destroyed the Earth in the "Seven Days of Fire". Now, there are small pockets of humanity that survive. One pocket is the Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaä tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic Jungle. Note that the old US release titled Warriors of the Wind is an entirely kiddiefied version which edits the original movie heavily, thus creating an entirely different story. -Andre Written by Alan Takahashi <takahash@ntmtv.com>

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A band of young warriors on the wings of their greatest challenge! (USA 1986 "Warriors of the Wind") See more »


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Trivia

Nausicaä is the name of a character in Homer's Odyssey. See more »

Goofs

During the climactic battle scene, the design of Ohbaba's headband changes several times. It sometimes has gold beads instead of gold-circled turquoise beads on the end-pieces, and alternately terminates with a single or a double line of cord. See more »

Quotes

Nausicaä: It's so beautiful. It's hard to believe these spores could kill me.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll we see life returning to normal in the valley: Kushana, Kurotowa and the Tolmekian fleet leave peacefully, after Nausicaä has unheard words for Kushana. The denizens of the Valley of the Wind replant trees in the burned-down forest. Lord Yupa and Asbel ride Yupa's beasts to the Toxic Jungle and explore it. When the text "The End" appears on screen we see Nausicaa's discarded helmet in the forest, alongside a green, non-Toxic Jungle sapling. See more »

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THE film to challenge people's assumptions about anime.
19 February 2004 | by (The wilds of New Mexico) – See all my reviews

I saw the dubbed version years ago and, even in that form, was taken by the imaginative visuals, interesting storyline, and worthwhile characters. I was also impressed by the fact the lead character was a strong young woman, who was a "warrior" yet whose greatest strength lay in her compassion (rather than striving to become a female Rambo.)

I tracked down a copy of the VHS and sent it to my young nieces, pleased with a "kid's" movie which provided a positive role model without being dumb. The movie captivated them as well -- they wore the tape out, and it started them on a lifelong interest in anime. It was they who sent me the uncut subtitled version years later, completing the circle.

Nausicaa is decent science fiction, often breath-taking animation, and unusually *human* characters, and every time I see it I am glad I returned. Everyone should give it a chance, especially those who have written off anime as "round eyed kids and lots of explosions".


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