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This Isn't the Attack Color! (27)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, V by Hayao Miyazaki.

Rolling in the deep,
the fetal God Warrior
blinks twice, hands flexing.

The ramifications of the swarming bugs & the mutated fungus-blobs are dealt with in this volume of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, or at the very least they come to a head. The massive ecological shifts of the world underlie the web of betrayals & alliances among the remaining human characters; the Holy Emperor of the Doroks makes his move on his brother, usurping the psychic-priest with technology & the heedra, who remind me of the Cactacae of Bas-Lag, but have an interesting cybernetic core thing going on...I think? Either way, they are neat monsters & are unleashed in this volume, giving Lord Yupa & Princess Kushana plenty of opportunity to be total bad-asses. Nausicaä's journey goes dark; her sort of road to enlightenment is fraught largely with sorrow, & the massive die-off of the Ohmu tips her over the edge. She's been so brutalized by the narrative that it is nice to see some cracks in her facade; it makes her much more relatable. What can I say? I'm caught up in the storm of these books; I can't wait to tear through the last two volumes! At this point the plot of the movie is almost completely beside the point; I don't know if there will be threads in the end that exist as strains in the film version, but I'm flying footloose & fancy free!

Tags: books, comics, ghibli, haiku, miyazaki, nausicaa

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