Welcome to our Reference Degustation where we take you through a 5 course menu of Miyazaki masterpieces. Fourth course: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Hold onto your skin coloured panties and put away that bug spray.


Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Music Composed By: Joe Hisaishi
Budget: $1,000,000
Worldwide Gross: $2,340,981

Themes/Tasting Notes

  • Planes/Flying: This is integral to the film with our protagonist having her main mode of transport being her beloved glider. We also see all humans utlising planes.
  • Anti War: A strong theme in this film between the humans and animals but also amongst the humans themselves.
  • Environment: It has the WWF logo at the start of the film. Mic drop.
  • Female lead/kids: Nausicaa is front and centre, leaps and bounds a perfect protagonist.
  • Ambiguity between good/evil: Similar to Lady Eboshi in Princess Mononoke,  Kushana has interesting character development through the course of the film.
  • Pigs: Sadly no. The first in this menu not containing the most endearing creatures.
  • Whimsical/Fantasy: Can the vehicles and symbols used to convey real world messages be considered fantasy? Oti says no. Compared to other of Miyazaki’s works, there are no whimsical/fantastical elements.

Breakdown and Analysis

  • It was a great experience to incorporate this film in our menu as it helps provide a reference point for Miyzaki’s work.

Unrelated but vital points

  • KT and Oti are working on their video game. Please express interest through email.