Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Seinen ー 青年, Shonen ー 少年
Tokuma Shoten | 徳間書店
Hayao Miyazaki, 宮崎 駿
Paperback ー Wideband
Volume 01, Volume 02, Volume 03, Volume 04, Volume 05, Volume 06, Volume 07
風の谷のナウシカ －Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind －Wideband
Nausicaä is the princess of the Valley of the Wind, a state on the periphery of what was once known as Eftal, a kingdom destroyed by the Sea of Corruption, a poisonous forest, 300 years ago. An inquisitive young woman, she explores the territories surrounding the Valley on a jet-powered glider, and studies the Sea of Corruption.
When the Valley goes to war, she takes her ailing father’s place as military chief. The leaders of the Periphery states are vassals to the Torumekian Emperor and are obliged to send their forces to help when he invades the neighboring Dorok lands. The Torumekians have a strong military, but the Doroks, whose ancestors bioengineered the progenitors of the Sea of Corruption, have developed a genetically modified version of a mold from the Sea of Corruption. When the Doroks introduce this mold into battle, its rapid growth and mutation result in a daikaisho (roughly translated from Japanese as “great tidal wave”), which floods across the land and draws the insects into the battle, killing as many Doroks as Torumekians. In doing so, the Sea of Corruption spreads across most of the Dorok nation, uprooting or killing vast numbers of civilians and rendering most of the land uninhabitable.