Kaze no tani no Naushika Review
“Hey, Ohmu, It's Your Time To Shine!”
July 19th, 2012
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 animated film made by the one and only, Hayao Miyazaki. This film set in the future, in a post-apocalyptic place. It tells the tale of a young princess called Nausicaä and she tries to stop the conflict between the forest-dwellers and her people.
In the future, a form of conflict happened between the kingdoms all over the pollution that was caused. The war lasted for a gruesome seven days until these mysterious golem-like God Warriors destroyed nearly all of the human race. To make matters worse, the insects have enlarged due to the pollution. Even some small caterpillars have grown to be huge, armored, pissed off monsters!
It's up to Princess Nausicaä, a kind young lady who does not believe in war and somehow cares for the armored caterpillars, the Ohmu. She even tries to save the Pejite princess from a crashing airship that holds a baby God Warrior but fails. Unfortunately, the troops in war with the Pejites, the Tolmekians, invade Nausicaä's land so they could get the God Warrior. Now, it's up to Nausicaä to stop the conflict before the humans are wiped out again!
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a very heart-warming film as it tells the audience that conflict will make matters worse. I did like the Ohmu as they are nice creatures when un-provoked and they are an unbelievably humongous size. I also thought Nausicaä's pet fox-squirrel, Teto, was the next Pikachu as he clung on her shoulder. I also said, "Awesome insult!" when she calls the Tolmekian queen, Kushana, a fox-squirrel.
But, I did find this film a little bit gruesome for the kiddies. Not Princess Mononoke gruesome; I'm just saying that it's a bit violent as such scenes when Nausicaä accidentally stabs Master Yupa in the wrist when she was aiming at the Tolmekian knight. I also found the Ohmu and Kushana quite scary and harsh for young viewers. But, I enjoyed the film's sinister plot and wars.