Originally published in 1983.
Nausicaä, a gentle but strong-willed young princess, has an empathic bond with the giant Ohmu insects, who open their hearts to her. In her quest to create peace among empires fighting over the world's remaining precious natural resources, will Nausicaä be able to interpret the Ohmus' urgent warning about the southern forest? And what of the war which rages all around her?
Hayao Miyazaki (born 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is a prominent filmmaker of many popular animated feature films. He is also a co-founder of Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company.
Miyazaki's films often incorporate recurrent themes, such as humanity's relationship to nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women; the villains, when present, are often morally ambiguous characters with redeeming qualities.
In 2006, Time Magazine voted Miyazaki one of the most influential Asians of the past 60 years. The previous year, in 2005, he was named one of the Time 100 Most Influential People.