“The sun will soon be rising…”
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, vol. 2, by Hayao Miyazaki.
Kushana: Didn’t you die?
Nausicaa: That was an hour ago, things change.
FACTS ABOUT NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984)
While most Studio Ghibli fans consider the first of the company’s films, it was actually released a full year before the studio was officially founded.
Nausicaa is named after a princess in Homer’s The Odyssey. The name itself means “burner of ships.”
The world of the film was heavily inspired by The Lord of the Rings and Dune. It also drew influence from the Earthsea book series by Ursula K. Le Guin. One of the entries in this series, Tales from Earthsea, was later adapted into its own Ghibli film, directed by Goro Miyazaki - Hayao Miyazaki’s son.
The environmental focus in the story came from Miyazaki’s knowledge of the Minamata Bay Disaster. This was a period between 1932 and 1968, where methylmercury industrial waste bioaccumulated in the marine life of Minamata Bay and the Shiranui Sea, which subsequently caused mercury poisoning in much of the local population that ate the fish.