animation, manga, theory

1652 – “This is not your world:” Extinction and Utopia in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Gregory Marks (October 2020)

This paper was originally presented for Gothic Nature III: New Directions in EcoHorror and the EcoGothic, in October 2020.

repost from: https://thewastedworld.wordpress.com/2020/10/31/nausicaa-extinction/

“As I will argue, the Nausicaä manga (1982-1994), continued by Miyazaki in the decade following the film’s release, systematically undoes the utopianism of its cinematic adaptation.[2] While the film ends with Nausicaä’s messianic rebirth as the mediator between humanity and nature, the manga continues on to disturb the very notions of an independent ‘humanity’ and an undisturbed ‘nature.’ Nausicaä discovers not only that the ‘natural’ world of the mushroom jungle is itself an anthropogenic creation meant to purify the earth, but that the pure earth would be uninhabitable for she and her fellow ‘humans’—because they too were altered to live in a toxic environment. As the monsters of the antediluvian world emerge from their crypts to destroy the earth once more, Nausicaä battles to save a world without a future.”

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