Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: The Complete Series by Hayao MiyazakiFar in the future of a world devastated by biological warfare, Nausicaa is the daughter of the chieftain of the Valley of the Wind. When the Torumekian emperor calls upon the Valley to send troops, Nausicaa goes to war against the Doroks. But have mankind learned anything by their past mistakes? And will Nausicaas ability to speak to plants and animals save humanity or destroy it?
Yeah, its way more complicated than that but this slipcase contains not one but two kitten-squishers, totaling over 11o0 pages. Some point in the dim past, around the time the earths crust cooled and hardened, I rented an animated movie called Warriors of the Wind from the video store. It left quite an impression on me. Now, decades later, Ive read the work it was based on.
First off, the art is gorgeous, making me think of Moebius at times. I felt vindicated when I read on Wikipedia that Moebius and Miyazaki influenced one another. Its simple yet incredibly detailed at times, even in black and white. Some of the backgrounds are ridiculously intricate, making me think some panels took a couple days on their own.
The story is a sprawling epic of two nations at war while the world threatens to be engulfed by the forces that nearly destroyed it centuries earlier. Even within the two armies, factions work against each other. The world is an odd mix of fantasy and science fiction. Politically the world is like any number of fantasy Europe analogues. However, there are massive insects, forests of giant fungus, and people using the technology of their long-dead ancestors. Its a curious combination but it works very well.
Nausicaa, aided by a small group of allies, works to unlock the secrets of why the world is the way it is, why an ever-expanding forest of blight releases the Miasma, a cloud of spores, into the air, forcing everyone to wear protective masks. She can also talk to plants and animals, like the Ohmu, whale-sized creatures resembling giant pill bugs. This isnt your grandmas fantasy tale.
Nausicaa makes and loses friends over the course of the tale, starting in her remote Valley of the Wind and ending in a faraway place where the death of the world began centuries earlier. While Miyazaki says he didnt mean the story to have themes, theres a strong current of anti-war and environmentalism in the book, not surprising since the story is set after the world has been rocked by biological warfare. It also has a feminist message to some degree. Nausicaa is a strong character, a leader that isnt stuck in some inane love triangle like so many heroines. While being a telepath, shes also a bad ass warrior when she needs to be. Kushana, the Torumekian princess, is cut from a similar cloth.
By the end, the world is a shambles with the survivors left to clean up the mess. Its a strong ending, one Id rank up there with the Elric Saga or the Amber books. While I was sad it was over, Im glad it ended rather than dragging on forever.
Of all the classic manga Ive read so far in 2018, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is by far the best. Five out of five stars.
The Den opens at 8 a. Skip to main content. Search form Search. Advanced Search. By Marcia Coyle. Description The Roberts Court, seven years old, sits at the center of a constitutional maelstrom.
For eight years, the Roberts Court has been at the center of a constitutional maelstrom. In this acclaimed account, the much-honored, expert Supreme Court .
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Informative, insightful, clear and fair, the book provides sketches of the justices, summaries of dozens of cases, and in-depth analysis of four signature decisions of the Roberts Court: involving race as a "tiebreaker" in assigning children to public schools; the Second Amendment right to bear arms; corporate spending in elections; and Obamacare. Coyle makes a compelling argument that the court now has a confident, albeit slim, conservative majority "with a muscular sense of power, a notable disdain for Congress, and a willingness to act aggressively and in distinctly un-conservative ways," including addressing issues not raised by plaintiffs or necessary to resolve the issue at hand, a refusal to defer to elected officials, and a willingness to overturn precedents. Casting doubt on interpretations of the Second Amendment that declare that the Framers intended to confer a personal right to bear arms, apart from participation in a "well-regulated militia," Coyle implies that the court could have -- and should have -- declined to take on District of Columbia vs. And she disapproves of decisions that require a greater burden of proof for people bringing job-related age or gender discrimination cases. Coyle is at her best, however, when she allows the litigants and the justices to speak for themselves.
Marcia Coyle analyzes the jurisprudential shift in the Supreme Court starting with John Roberts's arrival at the court as its new chief justice. She notes that the court has become significantly more conservative, perhaps the most marked reorientation in decades. She concludes that Roberts, despite his affirmation at confirmation hearings that he believes in narrow rulings with great respect for precedents, has not consistently followed this judicial path. She suggests that it was the departure of Sandra Day O'Connor and her replacement by Samuel Alito that was the most impactful on the court's close decisions. O'Connor was substantially a moderate who often sided with the liberal wing of justices in decisions.