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Dated 19 December 2001: Originally posted "December 19, 19101"

I haven't given Nausicaa nearly enough love on this site.

Kaze no Tani no Naushika
1024x768 Nausicaa wallpaper that I got from some other site years ago.
Yes, she is wearing pants. What the fuck is wrong with you people?

Cover of the Nausicaa manga boxed set"Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind" is a great movie and an even better manga by Hayao Miyazaki, the director of "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki's Delivery Service," and "Tonari No Totoro."

This movie is strikingly beautiful. The artistry is amazing, surpassing both the entrenched conventions of American animation and traditional anime.

Nausicaa 800x600 wallpaperOne should also bear in mind that "Nausicaa" was made in the '80s during a time when Disney was churning out stuff like "The Black Cauldron" and "Oliver and Company," (although I am quite fond of this latter film) and, quite frankly, not doing so hot—at least not until they released "The Little Mermaid" (plus that whole deal with Michael Eisner selling his soul to Satan, of course).

Furthermore, nobody creates heroines better than Miyazaki, and the eponymous Nausicaa sets the high mark against which all other heroines are measured. Fearless, beautiful, and deeply empathic, Nausicaa is an infinitely better role model for impressionable little girls than our dear Ariel, a kid who banked on the theory that "the men up there don't like a lot of blather." (Although in Ariel's defense, this theory does have merit at times.)