Nausicaa’s Cultural Mandate

Think Christian | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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Hayao Miyazaki, the writer and director of Nausicaa, captures all of this in his unique animation style, painting the poisonous fungi with detail that rivals today’s computer-generated imagery and inventing costume and creature designs that stand out from other anime films. Miyazaki’s movies often include themes of environmental protection, from Princess Mononoke to My Neighbor Totoro. “I’d like more of the world [to] go back to being wild,” he told The Telegraph in 2009. Yet he also clearly values humanity; his films highlight strong human relationships and almost always focus on a human character’s journey.

Christians understand that God made humanity in his image. Our creator loves nature, but he also highly values humankind. “Consider the ravens,” Jesus said. “They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Humans are valuable and not to be secondary to nature. And yet that doesn’t mean our planet should be ravaged for resources or that animals exist for our exploitation.

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In Miyazaki’s film, Nausicaa’s ideals are tested when she encounters situations where humanity clashes with nature. The film’s antagonist, Kushana, believes that people have the right to destroy nature. On the other hand, Oh-Baba, The Valley of the Wind’s shaman, believes the earth has the right to annihilate humans if necessary....
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