I've heard many great things about this movie as well as the manga but never watch the movie nor read the manga. So I had no idea what to expect when I watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind other than the expectation that it will be good. But what is it about the film that makes it good? More on that later.
After finishing the film, I can't help but agree that it is in fact really good. If anything, this tops or on par with my all time favorite Studio Ghibli films (Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Kiki Delivery Service), even though it's technically not a Studio Ghibli but at this point, who cares, it's label as a Studio Ghibli film. Before I crawl off topic again, there are many things to like about this film.
Animation and Art - I loved it, even more so than today's modern day anime. It's hard not to be impress by the level of details especially when the film is handdrawn. The water-colored gives it a soft earth tone which only enhances the experience since the film focuses on nature. There is a nice charm to it and you can really feel the effort put into creating such a masterpiece. It's not a charm that computer drawn animation can hope to capture onto film.
Story - As if the animation wasn't enough to make me fall over the movie, the story is definitely amazing. The story follows Nausicaä, the heroine and princess of the Valley of the Wind, and quickly, you learn she has a gentle and carefree spirit. Shortly after her introduction, you learn that the world is engulf in a Sea of Decay, which are spores that are toxic to humans and now you know the setting. From here, the story unfolds the conflict between the Ohms (giant insects), humans and the Sea of Decay.
Characters - The main character is Nausicaä and she is far better than most story about heroes who saves the world. She has a gentle spirit and not aggressive, she does not resort to violence at all to solve problems except once but quickly learns the error of her ways. And more importantly, she follows and sticks to what she believes in regardless of what the world thinks is right. As for the other characters, they are great in their own rights but are quick to get caught up in her rhythm and pace.
Quality of the Bluray - It has a slightly grainy feel to it but overall, the quality is amazing. You can see the details, and feel as you are watching art move. The sound is also amazing. The Japanese import includes English, Japanese, Chinese (Both Mandarin and Cantonese), French, German, and Korean. Subtitles include Japanese, English, French, Korean and Chinese.
So, what's the lesson to be taken from all this? Insects aren't so bad and I shouldn't harm them since they are part of this world too. *squish a fly* Ugh, damn fly, quit bugging me! I'm trying to write here.
- If you have any recommendation at how I can improve my reviews, feel free to mention it in the comments.