Nausicaä / B2 / portrait style / Japan

07.08.13

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Title
Nausicaä
AKA
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (full English title) | Kaze no tani no Naushika (Japan - original title) | Warriors of the Wind (USA - edited version)
Year of Film
1984
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Starring
Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya, Ichirô Nagai, Kôhei Miyauchi, Jôji Yanami, Minoru Yada
Origin of Film
Japan
Genre(s) of Film
Animation | Fantasy
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
Portrait
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1984
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Hayao Miyazaki
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
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A great illustration on this Japanese B2 for Nausicaä, considered to be the first film from Studio Ghibli, the legendary animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki shortly after this film was released. Nausicaä was released in the US retitled as ‘Warriors of the Wind’ and was severely edited with many of the film’s themes and characters diluted.

Miyazaki has publicly stated how much he hates this version and the story goes that when Princess Mononoke was bought by Miramax Films for US distribution someone at Studio Ghibli sent a Katana sword with the simple message: ‘No cuts’. See the Wikipedia page for more details and a picture of the bizarre US poster.

This portrait of Princess Nausicaä with her fox-squirrel companion Teto was painted by Miyazaki himself and  it appears in a book of Nausicaa art titled The Nausicaa Watercolor Collection, which includes annotations by Miyazaki. In his annotation for the image, he attributes himself as the artist, while also complaining about her posture! “I know I’m the one who drew this, but I don’t really like this picture. The Nausicaa inside me would never pose like this.” Thanks to site reader Reynold for confirming this.

The poster is missing an Eirin mark, despite being the standard B2 size, and I suspect it may have been a commercial poster sold in cinemas at the time of the original release.

Nausicaä was the first Studio Ghibli back-catalogue title to be released on blu-ray in 2011.

Here’s the trailer for the film.

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  1. Author
    Posted by Reynold
    Date Posted
    on 7 August 2013

    I have no way to confirm this but I would bet that Miyazaki himself painted the portrait, if not specifically for the B2 poster then more likely as part of the concept art for either the manga or the film. The sketchy line work and painting style certainly matches other artwork I’ve seen by him.

  2. Author
    Posted by eddie
    Date Posted
    on 7 August 2013

    I did wonder this myself but, like you, I had no way of confirming 100%. It might have been another Ghibli concept artist but if it looks like other work of his that you’ve seen I feel confident in crediting him. Thanks.

  3. Author
    Posted by Reynold
    Date Posted
    on 12 August 2013

    I found confirmation that Miyazaki indeed painted this image – it appears in a book of Nausicaa art titled “The Nausicaa Watercolor Collection”, which includes annotations by Miyazaki. In his annotation for the image, he attributues himself as the artist, while also complaining about her posture! “I know I’m the one who drew this, but I don’t really like this picture. The Nausicaa inside me would never pose like this.”

    Here’s the site with the image from the book:

    http://anamnesis-remembranceofthingspast.blogspot.com/2010/12/ghibli-art-books-nausicaa-of-valley-of.html

  4. Author
    Posted by eddie
    Date Posted
    on 12 August 2013

    That’s great, thanks for confirming Reynold. I’ll update the article to reflect this finding.