Last night we watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) for the first time in a while and I discovered a few things I hadn't caught the first time around.


The name Nausicaä, borrowed from Homer's Odyssey, means "burner of ships" according to Wikipedia.

I'd only seen the subtitled version, in the English dubs Lord Yupa is voiced by Patrick Stewart. After the first line: "wait, is that Patrick Stewart??"

It's based on a manga written & illustrated by Miyazaki in 1982 and it pre-dates the founding of Studio Ghibli in 1985.

The most striking thing is how relevant the story is today. Usually scifi feels very much "of its time," in response to themes that are easy to place in a particular moment in history. Pretty depressing how little progress we've made on militarism and environmental destruction since 1982.

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