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This evening, I’m adding another movie to my Hayao Miyazaki’s list. It should be a title that I have to watch first–if we’re talking about the release date–but well, its not my first experience in Miyazaki’s work. The title is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

I have seen others Miyazaki’s work, such as Spirited Away; Princess Mononoke; Howl’s Moving Castle; Porco Rosso; My Neighbor Totoro; Kiky’s Delivery Service; and his recent work Ponyo. So why I’m not talk about his work sooner then? It is said that Nausicaa’s story is first of Studio Gibhli’s line of work, so perhaps it’ll be best for starting with the first reflection of our world in Miyazaki’s mind (in my opinion).

Who is Nausicaa? What happen to the Valley? Just glide in the wind, and you’ll find the answer among the clouds.

My mentor, Mr.Wikipedia, will guide you if you feel the need to see the background of story. The movie itself flow like the wind, slow and steady with both storm and breeze coming separately. What interesting with the movie for me are not how the characters developed, nor also the graphic; nor the sound (even though the back sound will put you on dreamy days), or even the plot. It’s child’s movie for some people, and to much fiction perspective to others. But is it wrong for being so childish and dreamy to capture one’s perspective about the reality? I can say: No.

By being so childish (again, in my opinion) the movie become so honest and pure when talks about mankind’s character and their link to the nature. There are several set of characteristic of human described in it, from ambitious princess of war-lover country; opportunist officer; loyal subordinates; pure children; hard-working villagers; pawn soldiers; hero-in-training; old prophet full of uncertainty; wise traveler; to optimistic heroine.

You can say that almost all the characteristic in it are so common found in any movies, but some secondary traits that follow these characteristics make it more human-like rather than just descriptive roles. As the plot progress, you’ll find that the ambitious armor-clad antagonist were very women; opportunity makes an officer become loyal, and loyalty makes other opportunist; why hero-in-training always hard to their own self; sometime searching not always by travel; and optimistic heroes who save the world by being selfish. Even the beast and nature have its own trait that make them couldn’t be separated from other character. In the end, all of them are both good and bad.

Next thing to share is the morality that comes with the credits. Miyazaki really point his finger to humanity as the reason of any damage to nature. No other party takes the blame, its mankind! 3 way of mankind seeing nature could be seen in this movie: as enemy (as Tolmekian want to destroy the Sea of Decay; tool (Pejite’s people using it to attack other country); and partner (as Valley people work by scavenge from nature). Whatever mankind do to them nature will reply, but in the deep side of it they didn’t really care about us. Miyazaki describe nature as an identity, not only an environment but the living being with many emotions. How about your perspective to our nature?

The last thing I could share is the war itself. People always debated what is the reason to start a war. Is it to save the world, to defend their own self, to pacify danger, to fulfill one’s need, or just to start another war. Nausicaa tells us by doing war nothing could be achieve, because war itself is not a goal. The champion is always the one who doesn’t need to swing their sword. It’s simple. Really?


Yupa: “In the midst of my travels, I heard of an ominous rumor… It said that a monster from the ancient world had been excavated from beneath the city of Pejite where it had been sleeping.”
Mito: “A monster from the ancient world?”
Yupa: “It’s a God Warrior.”
Mito: “A God Warrior? You mean, the ones that burned the world in the Seven Days of Fire…? This thing …!”
Yupa: “All God Warriors should have become fossils. But this one managed to sleep underground for 1000 years.”
Mito: “Now that you mention it, it does seem to have a human form.”
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