Nausicaa is Miyazaki's magnum opus, written over twelve years, the forerunner of all his themes and motifs, and maybe because it one of his earlier works, it reads with remarkable freshness.
My thoughts: I was thrilled to find so much more to this story than what was in the anime. If you like one (manga or anime), I strongly recommend you look into the other. Rather, the story uses it as a strong anti-violence message: showing the bitter results of war and hatred as it really is. She only takes the side of love, kindness, compassion, and sacrifice; turning enemies into friends and allies. Because loving your neighbor fulfills all other commandments. Ask your children when the last time it was they showed love in place of hate.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is Miyazaki's masterpiece manga, a collection of comics, but it can accurately be called a graphic novel, more so than perhaps any other epic comic work. You do feel transported to the world of Nausicaa as you read, as in the best fantasy novels, and the story is conveyed through well-drawn frames and a good balance of action and dialogue.
Miyazaki's epic series of graphic novels is terrific science fiction and fantasy storytelling. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is my favorite graphic novel series. I have loved the character and her world ever since I was a little kid and watched the anime video "Warriors of the Wind," a tragically cut version of the story. The expansion of the mythic character of Princess Nausicaa, the truth behind the Sea of Corruption, the realization of the Dorok prophecy, and the final revelation of the God-Warrior are all told in such a wondrous way. (It remains my favorite animated movie of all time.) The graphic novelization is the full epic story, and a great one. From the warring nations to the Sea of Corruption (the true nature of which is hidden until the last volume of the series), the world Miyazaki turns his passionate heroine loose in is beautifully realized.
in the case of Hayao Miyazaki's creations i'm kinda obsessive i have to admit i compulsively hunt for every anime created by him and look for the manga/novel after watching the anime...and Nausicaa has been named as one of the best by him.
I really enjoy Miyazaki's film work like Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro, so when I heard he wrote a graphic novel (i.e. comic book for those worried how that sounds...) I wanted to read it.
Some people have diluted the messages of this book down to cheesy pantheistic cliches, but I think that is an utter distortion; I advise them to recall the end of the book, and many of the revelations there.
Giant bugs roam forests of mold and miasma...Nausicaa lives in the Valley of the Wind, known for its Windriders. Like much of Miyazaki's work, it explores the impact that humans have on the natural world.
The success of the film led to the establishment of a new animation studio, Studio Ghibli, at which Miyazaki has since written, directed, and produced many other films with Takahata. His major work was the Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind manga, an epic tale he worked on intermittently from 1982 to 1994 while he was busy making animated films.