Blair's Book Blog

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind vol 6

Author: Hayao Miyazaki

Rating: 5-star

Publisher: Viz Media

Find a copy at a local library

Nausicaä is lost to the world, believing that she died with the Ohmu. But she must face a darkness in her mind before she can be free. Meanwhile her companions and friends race to find her before another war starts.

What I enjoy most about Nausicaä as a character is that she is powerful because she is caring. Her strength is derived from listening to plants, people, and creatures; and helping each to the extent that she can, often at great risk to herself.

I feel that Miyazaki does great credit in depicting Nausicaä as strong using her innate feminine-coded traits. That is, Miyazaki doesn’t fall into depicting Nausicaä as strong in spite of her caring nature; he avoids her adopting masculine traits on her journey.

I find that is very compelling for depicting the heroine’s journey.