- 湘南工科大学紀要 (ISSN:09192549)
- vol.33, no.1, pp.167-175, 1999-03-25
Miyazaki Hayao is one of the major animation directors, representative of Japan. Nausicaa of the Valey of the Wind is his lifework. Miyazaki began the story in 1982 as a manga (Japanese comics) serial in the Japanese magazine Animage. In 1984,he made a movie version of it. The movie follows the story of the first two volumes of the manga. After the movie was released, Miyazaki continued the story in the manga and finally finished it in 1994. The stage in Nausicaa is the post-apocalyptic world. The story is set thousands of years future. The war called "Seven Days of Fire" wiped out almost all the human civilization. After the war, the earth was covered with the forest of fungi called "Sea of Corruption" which emitted poison air. People lived in places around the forest and established small kingdoms. Nausicaa is a messianic princess of a small kingdom named "the Valley of the Wind". She struggles to save people and to save the earth. In this article, I compared two versions of Nausicaa (manga and movie) and I showed that the structure of the movie version is totally different from that of the manga version.