Viz has previously published five high-quality, full-color English translated editions of art books based on films by Miyazaki-Japan's premier animation director-including Spirited Awayand Howl's Moving Castle. This latest addition to the series has a slightly different focus: it collects remarkable watercolor artwork by Miyazaki relating to both the manga and the anime versions of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, the story of a brave princess in a dying, far-future Earth. The opening section focuses on the manga, including pieces created for magazine covers, posters, and calendars. Miyazaki's commentary relates the humorous circumstances behind some of the work and reveals his dislike of drawing covers and Nausicaa pin-up illustrations, with some of the most beautiful images among his least favorite. A second section contains preproduction artwork for the 1984 Nausicaamovie, featuring the film's characters, cities, flying machines, and the Sea of Corruption, a monstrous forest spreading over Earth. The final section begins with an interview with Miyazaki on the origins of Nausicaaand includes pre-Nausicaaconceptual artwork. Both the manga and the anime are revered by fans; this lavish hardcover is recommended for all collections.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Watercolor Impressionsby Hayao Miyazaki, Eric Searleman
From the vaults of Academy Award-winning director, Hayao Miyazaki! Original watercolor illustrations used as concept sketches for both the manga and film versions of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Take a peek behind the curtain to see the creative process of the most acclaimed anime director in the world today. This full-color,/i>/b>
From the vaults of Academy Award-winning director, Hayao Miyazaki! Original watercolor illustrations used as concept sketches for both the manga and film versions of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Take a peek behind the curtain to see the creative process of the most acclaimed anime director in the world today. This full-color, over-sized, hardcover book also includes Miyazaki's earliest sketches that eventually became the basis for some of the most beloved anime movies of the past 20 years.
Meet the Author
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In September 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the Festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which is published in English by VIZ Media. Nausicaä, like many of the director's movies, is now available on DVD in the U.S.
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