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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Alt titles: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa

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One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1982 Original Manga
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Hayao MIYAZAKI Director
Hayao MIYAZAKI Original Manga Creator
Isao TAKAHATA Producer

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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
  • Movie (1 ep x 134 min)
  • 1997

With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?

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Both of these films share not only excellent Ghibli animation and production values, but the same central concern of the conflict between man and nature. Miyazaki apparently wasn't satisfied with the optimistic ending of Nausicaa, feeling the complex issues it explored could not be resolved so easily. The slightly darker Mononoke, over ten years later, is his response to this. However, they are both excellent films, and having watched one, you should track down the other to see the slightly different attitude.
Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa have a somewhat simular theme, giant beasts of nature and humankind trying to save them from these beasts. A girl who seems to be able to communicate with these beasts tries to make a truce. From character design to plot, these feel the same, though brought quite differently. Definitely worth checking out.
In both movies you find a similar theme, where man and nature are in somekind of conflict. The leading lady of both movies also share a somewhat similar power, which allows them to communicate with animals and beasts. This power gives them a much higher understanding of the nature and therefor strive to achieve peace and balance between the two. A 'must watch' for all the anime fans out there. Even though Nausicaa is a little older anime, it is still visually absuletly stunning even with todays standards.
Aside from both being beautifully done Ghibli films, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke follow the stories of protagonists protecting what they believe in and working to bring together the worlds of beast and men
Not only are both Ghibli films, but both deal with a girl who can communicate with animals of the forest.

While Mononoke is much more violent then Nausicca, both films share very similar plots: there is great unrest between the world of humans and the world of animals, caused by human technology, which has harmed/destroyed nature.  Now nature has begun to fight back. The main character then tries to restore the balance and peace between the two worlds. If you liked one of the two, then the other will also be right up your ally. 


Both Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke have strong-willed females as the main characters. The girls have the ability to communicate with animals, and both stories have similar plots where humanity is destroying nature (much like real life.)  They are also both wonderful Ghibli films.


Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa are two of a kind; both are placed in a distant time, but are so very contemporary in their quest for harmony between man and his environment. Nature plays a vast role in these two stories, and if you liked the way one of them explores the subject, you'll surely like another view. The main protagonists are torn between their love for the wild and the love for their own kind, and try changing the world they live in. Each is a beautifully drawn saga of lush and exotic realms that echo of our own.


Both films were created by the same director and studio (Studio Ghibli). They also have a similar theme of nature versus mankind, and a similar mood. If you liked one of these you would probably like the other as well. I think both are fantastic.


Both of these strong and independent main characters seem to go on a personal journey that changes the world around them, and they must overcome hardship and death. Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke are set in dark times and are full of strange creatures. With great animation and stories that touch the heart, you'll surely love them both.


Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa are from the same author, and they clearly fit together. In fact, Nausicaa and Mononoke almost look the same!!!!

Both take place in an imaginary world with imaginary creatures. Unlike other films from this author, both contain conflict and as well as 'bad guys'.


In both these Studio Ghibli movies, Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke, you find a similar theme, where man and nature are in some kind of conflict, but while Princess Mononoke shows the origin of the conflict, how man started to exploited nature, in Nausicaa we are shown where this exploitation is leading.


Whilst the obvious connection between these two films is that they are from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, both Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind and Princess Mononoke share some key points. Both are about the struggle between the natural world and the human world, so if you like this sort of story then you're set. Both films are beautifully made and if you like one, the chances are that you will like the other.


Strong ecological themes run through both of these films. Both centre around the lives of two women who have become quite in tune with nature and with the creatures that exist in their world, although we will be introduced to these women in slightly different ways and at different points of the story. Yet this harmony is now threatened, and both of our eco-warriors, Mononoke and Nausicaä, must fight to protect their worlds. Despite both being fearsome fighters they truly yearn for peace.

The threats in both cases come from greedy warlords who want to take without giving, thus upsetting the balance of things. The scale of the God Warrior in Nausicaä and the Forest Spirit in Mononoke are also very impressive and help to give perspective and scale to the lush, rich backgrounds that are displayed throughout. Two epic adventures.


Coming from the same mind, these movies both star strong, brave, and intellegent women who care greatly for their people (or wolves) and want to protect nature. They will always protect what they believe in, even when someone tries to stop them.

Of course, the fantasic creatures that reside in these worlds also push the mind to its sanity limit. Things that you never could have imagined can be found in both Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa. Truly you can't appreciate one and not the other!


Both are created by Miayzaki and studio Ghibli and they contain special view of life, they both deal with environmental problem. Both are about a girl with special powers to help people.


Both Nausicaaa and Princess Mononoke are movies created by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and both feature Miyazaki's classic style of storytelling. Both movies have an underlying environmental preservation message. Nausicaa takes place in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by human advancement that has been reclaimed by nature while Princess Mononoke is set within a forest where the forest inhabitants are battling with the enroaching humans. Both are classic stories and are a must see for any anime fan.


Making recommendations for Hayao Miyazaki films is almost useless. This director has it’s own style in graphics and storytelling which is hard to be muddled. His every film share same ideas and attitude about life. All characters in his films act almost the same, naturally, following their own heart and without hesitation. So if you’ve seen one of Hayao-sama films and get excited go and watch the rest.

Here we go with Mononoke and Nausicaa. Except favorite Miyazaki’s mysteries girls which have special ability (for example to communicate with strange creatures) or artifact you’ll find in these movies his other favorite feature – a relationship between humans and nature. You won’t find explanations about how to prevent global warming or decrease environment pollution. Those films mostly based on special Japanese perception of the world which arise from Shinto. So all battles in reality are only reflection of battles in their hearts.


Both movies have deffinately the studio Ghibli seal on them; they are both classics! That is basicaly one reason why if you liked one you'll love the other, still, I wouldn't say that is the main reason.... Both stories deal with the subject of nature and its destruction. If you felt it was a theme that touched you in Mononoke Hime, you will love Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa.

You'll discover that both movies have lot's of things in common, sometimes tangible and others, not so much!



Not only do Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke exist in exquisite worlds imagined by Hayao Miyazaki but they also address similar themes of environmentalism and explore the effects humanity has had upon nature. Both movies suggest that man will ravage the earth, but also that the bond between man and nature can be reforged even through the devastation.


Both are adventure anime with a woman as one of the main characters. There is no shortage of butt kicking by either female or male characters in either movie. They are also made by the same person so you may see many of the same type of theme's in both.

They both also base around Animal like Monsters/demons. If you like drama,adventure, or females kicking butt then you will love these movies!


Both of the animes has a very similar feeling. In contrast to the others of Hayao Miyazakis films (except Laputa: Castle in the Sky) these two are quite epic.


Both being studio Ghibli films, despite the age differences, we can see many similar animation, music, and story production values. Not only are the production values similar but plot elements and other pieces actually seemed to be reused. However both are still distinctly unique films and if you liked the story in one then you should find common ground in the other.


Both films are greatly done by Miyazaki, and feature themes based around preserving nature and environmental issues caused by humans. 


Nausicca and Princess Mononoke are both the type of movies that talk about humans, nature and animals not living peacefully. They are both fantasy themed with strange creatures. I'm sure you would definately like one if you liked the other. They are also made by the same studio.


Both are Miyazaki films that emphasize the importance of the balance and co-existence between man and nature, following a neutral and kid-hearted character who carries the interest of both sides at heat.


Both Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind are anime concerned with the environment, and feature a strong-willed female protagonist who is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the environment she loves. Although Nausicaa pre-dates the formation of Studio Ghibli, many still consider it to be a Ghibli film.  Since Hayao Miyazaki directed both films and both films have music scored by Joe Hisaishi, these both have the same lush and rich animation feel to them.


Both ar Ghibli, which means both are fantastic.  Both involve nature versus humanity, and a girl trying to bridge the gap.  The art is increidble.

Origin: Spirits of the Past

Origin: Spirits of the Past
  • Movie (1 ep x 95 min)
  • 2006

Agito was born into a world that is quite different than our own. Many years ago a brilliant researcher attempted to save humanity from its excessively damaged environment by altering the DNA of plants. However, these mentally-awakened plants recognized the inherent threat of humans, and attacked them; the end result was a stalemate between the forest and the few remaining human centers. Agito's home city is green with life because the forest controls it. There is an uneasy peace which is facilitated by a small number of humans that allowed the forest to alter them to be in concert with itself. Being that his father is one of those, Agito's view of the forest is not one of fear but rather one that respects the human dependency. Agito will be challenged to prove this relationship when a random event gives the humans, who still see the forest as an enemy, a new perceived advantage in their war.

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"In a futuristic world where nature has won the battle against technology, mankind lives in perpetual fear. Desperate, fading civilizations try to revive age-old superweapons to turn the tide."

This quote would also apply to both movies. It's hard to see one, and not be reminded of the other.


In both Nausicaa and Origin, you find a similar theme, where man and nature are in some kind of conflict - and going back to the roots of the problem and making peace with nature is the solution in both anime.


In both movies the aspect of enviroment is the most important one. They show how nature will defend itself if mankind will not stop to captivate it.


Environmentalism is a theme in both of these movies. Plants and human activity collide. There is some action and tragedy, showing that we can coexist when we choose, preventing such catastrophic occurrences.


Both are beautifully animated features that have to do with man vs. nature. Both having an ecological theme. I will, however, put that Nausicaa is the better of the two. If you've enjoyed Origin then you'll most likely enjoy Nausicaa.

If you enjoyed Nausicaa I'll still recommend Origin for the only reason of the animation really is quite beautiful I think.


Both of these anime are environmentalist pieces. Both have an post apocolyptic world where nature has taken over much of the world. The main character is from a place that lives in relative harmony with nature, and they have to confront a society that lives at odds with nature. Both are beautifully done pieces that have young characters defending their way of life. 


Both have the same nature and same type of solution featuring complexities between nature and the destructive force/toxins/biotech created by human technology.There are two views in both movies:1. Nature will change itself to purify the toxins that were introduced by humans and humankind have to cope with it without trying to revert it....2. Humankind should have (or just 'should' for current scenario) stop tearing the nature so that no appocalypse happened. >>Like that's gonna happen. So just no. 1 it is.And the features that makes both of them similar is that they want humankind to cope with the change form of nature -_-..The difference is that, Origin is fairly new and the characters are more eye candy than typical ghibli film (Yes! I know some people like ghibli characters more). And the antagonists of the film are actually ripped off from Nausicaa's Tolmekia general. So Nausicaa in general is more unique.


These two animes both have very similar plots, with recurring themes of ecological salvation, and the war between humanity and nature. Both have similar heroes, that come from a regal background - Nausicaa and her king father, and Agito's town raising father - that are keen to join the rift between the two sides. Overall, they are both excellent animes, though Nausicaa being the original is definitely better. If you enjoyed Nausicaa, you'll love O:SotP, but beware that you will sit there comparing it to Nausicaa all the way through!


Origin and Nausicaa share a focus on environment. In both, an unusual forest is systematically taking over, and humans have to figure out how to continue living. If you liked either movie, you'd probably like the other.

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1986

Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?

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It is in the Ghibli films Nausicaa, Laputa and Porco that Mikiyazi gives most time to one of his main passions: flying machines (even the name Ghibli is taken from a WWII aircraft). He directed all three himself, and they have some absolutely breathtaking aerial sequences. Beyond this, they share the same high production values, and display pacifistic ideals. Highly recommended.

What two anime could be better suited for one another than "Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind" and "Laputa: Castle in the Sky"? Nausicaa, a production of Tokuma and Miyazaki (the precursors to Studio Ghibli) is a fantastic voyage into the interaction of humanity. In a distinct mimicry of that theme, Laputa follows changes throughout history, both recent and ancient, and is a heartwarming story of prevailing through danger and challenges. Minor differences are found in the tone of the plot; Laputa swings between extremes of serious and playful while Nausicaa maintains a steadier feeling throughout. Two masterpieces from the same creators, both are a must watch.


Both fantasy films were made by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, and have the same kind of optimism. In Laputa, the main character is trying to find out about her heritage. In Nausicaa, the main character is trying to save her kingdom.


I didn't like Laputa nearly as much as Nausicaa, but it's still very comparable. I can't say too much that is not a give away, but it's definitely of a similar style.


If you enjoyed Nausicaa, one perfect choice would be Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Both Nausicaa's and Laputa's story has to do with the concept of flight, whether it be machine-related or nature-related. Both have lush background artwork, overall exceptional animation quality, and similar character designs. Also, both movies show the main characters trying to fight for an underappreciated things and places. The way people learn to understand and accept the things they're unfamiliar with is also very much present in both movies. And of course, both are done by the same studio, Studio Ghibli, and are directed by the same legendary anime director/visionary, Hayao Miyazaki.


Both Nausicaa and Castle in the Sky are more grounded in the physical world than some of studio ghibli's other works (Spirited Away). That's the main reason these get reverse recommendations. Also, if you like both of these, it'd be good to check out the rest of the movies by Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki. They're all good but I'd say Nausicaa and Castle in the Sky are my favorites and have the most in common.


Both of the animes has a very similar feeling. In contrast to the others of Hayao Miyazakis films (except Princess Mononoke) these two are quite epic.


Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind share a sovereign female protagonist trying to protect something dear over the course of the stories. Both carry the concept of flight; artificial and natural, as well as the concept that human interference ruins worlds. The fact they are made by the same legendary director and have a similar animation style just pile on top of the reasons that anyone that has seen either will like both.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 2001

Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.

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I really like all the creatures in Nausicaa. Spirited Away is conveniently, another Ghibli film, with lots more creatures! Far better animation quality as well. A great film.
Both Nausicaa and Spirited Away have strong young female characters who must overcome fantastical obstacles in order to save what is important to them. Both tales are fantasy and adventure with beautiful animation, compelling music and good character development. Though Nausicaa is older, the animation is fluid making it as easy to watch as Spirited Away. Both have tender moments, moments of fear, dread (and at some times, horror) and of course unusual critters/characters. The cause of conflict between the two shows differs but the emotional impact of both on the main characters is quite intense. Character sympathy and/or identification is easy. Nausicaa on the surface has a more serious plotline, but in both shows to both girls, their problems are real and the story gives accordingly. I'd recommend for both adults and children.

Spirited Away, from the same author, also shares a fascinating mystery behind the plot. The art is very well done, and also shares an environmentalist sub-plot which was the theme in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.


Both simply amazing movies by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki with a wonderful plot and message. The music by Joe Hisaishi is magical and truly adds to both movies.


Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Spirited Away are both Hayao Miyazaki films.  This generally means that a film is gorgeously animated with a majestic sweeping musical score from Joe Hisaishi and that is what you do receive with both of these anime.  Both anime feature a female lead who fights to preserve her beliefs and who struggles to protect the ones she loves. Allow yourself to be transported to a magical world of wonder and treat yourself to both of these feel-good anime movies.

Last Exile

Last Exile

In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.

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Nausicaa spends most of her time flying, just like the characters in Last Exile. Both anime focus on flight and its beauty, though they also have sad and beautiful stories with a happy ending.


Liked those weird flying things in Nausicaa or maybe the medieval feeling about it? Want more?

Go and watch Last Exile, because it has all that and even some more.


Wonderful feeling of a flight is a basic component of both "Nausicaa..." and "Last Exie". Style, atmosphere and mood - they are not identical in these titles, but they have a lot in common. And if you liked steampunk-like open skies of "Last Exile", you'll sure like the ecological tale about the Forest, planes and princess. Vice versa.

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