Often mentioned in favorable comparison to the anime film Princess Mononoke and authored by one of the most loved manga authors in Japan, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind combines heart-thumping battle action with struggling for honor and a strong ecological message. Nausicaä is a passionate defender of the natural world on a ravaged Earth where plant spores and massive insects roam wild and few humans survive in pockets of safety. Intrigue between the ruling family’s brother and sister drag Nausicaä into the politics which may mean the end of humanity unless she can find a way to take control.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, vol. 1
by Hayao Miyazaki