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Miyazaki's pre-Ghibli masterpiece still has a lot to teach us.

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From Spirited Away to Totoro, Miyazaki’s films use the concept of ancient spirits to make one idea crystal clear: "The Earth doesn't belong to you."

“Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.”― Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

The story follows Nausicaä, a princess from one of the few remaining nations, who’s determined to study and understand the toxic forest — rather than fight back against it.

Nausicaä is full of all the Miyazaki hallmarks: incredible animation, thrilling action, heart, comedy, and great voice acting. It’s no surprise this movie united the team that went on to form Studio Ghibli.