Please note that the film has no English dialogue nor English subtitles!
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind is usually seen as Miyazaki’s pivotal work. The 1984 film cemented his reputation as an animator, leading to the birth of the most successful anime studio of recent times. The strip gained its own mythic status, both as a stupendous feat of world-building and a mushrooming epic serialized over twelve years – – fans now view it as a ‘seed’ Ghibli film, the studio being set up in Nausicaa’s wake.
Not only does Nausicaa have the lavish values and realism which became Ghibli’s hallmarks, it involved many future Ghibli staff. Top Craft’s president Hara Toru later became Ghibli’s CEO, while other key names included Isao Takahata as producer and composer Joe Hisaishi.
As an anime, Nausicaa is in many ways the quintessential Miyazaki film.
Andrew Osmond, SF journal Foundation