For my film this week I viewed Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. It was produced by Isao Takahata, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1984. It was based off of the manga “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” from 1982. The film was a huge success and is known as one of the most successful Japanese animated films of all time.
This film was made in the style of anime. Anime is a Japanese art form that primarily features characters with very large eyes, a minute nose and a pointed chin. Anime is very easily distinguishable from any other art style. Anime was first made in the 1970’s and is still a very popular art style today primarily in Japan and the United States, but all over the world. It really took off in Japan in the 80’s and became popular in the United States years later.
The film is unique in how great of a reception it received from the general public. It was considered easily one of the greatest films to ever come from Japan. This film had a great influence on Japan and as a result, many great anime studios were created. One of which was Studio Ghibli, one of the most notable anime studios in Japan. It is rare for a movie to have this much influence on a nation. The plot, storyline, and art were so compelling that it changed the way that the Japanese thought about art.