Studio Ghibli Steelbooks for Kiki’s Delivery Service & Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Out August 25, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release Kiki’s Delivery Service and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on August 25, 2020 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.

With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.

Kiki’s Delivery Service and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind now join Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

Kiki’s Delivery Service
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the beloved coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.

It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and fly off into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her new journey with her sarcastic black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where her unique skills make her an instant sensation. Don’t miss this delightfully imaginative and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world, featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Phil Hartman, and Debbie Reynolds.

Bonus features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Ursula’s Painting
  • Creating Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Producer’s Perspective: Collaborating with Miyazaki
  • Behind the Microphone
  • The Locations of Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Kiki & Jiji
  • Flying with Kiki & Beyond
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic masterpiece of sweeping scope and grandeur that remains one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time.

A thousand years after the Seven Days of Fire destroyed civilization, warring human factions survive in a world devastated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects. The peaceful Valley of the Wind is nestled on the edge of the Toxic Forest and led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, whose love of all living things leads her into terrible danger, as she fights to restore balance between humans and nature. Featuring the voices of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos and Shia LaBeouf.

Bonus features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
  • Audio Commentary with Hideaki Anno and Kazuyoshi Katayama
  • Interview with Toshio Suzuki and Hideaki Anno: “Nausicaä and Evangelion! The Whereabouts of the Giant Warrior?”
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Creating Nausicaä
  • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

VIZ Media Announces New Anime and Manga Releases For April 2019

VIZ Media has some highly anticipated new home media and publishing releases debuting in April 2019. New titles include Set 1 of the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, as well as My Hero Academia: School Briefs, a short story collection based on the superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Nier:Automata: Short Story Long is the second novel adaptation based on the video game. Junji Ito’s Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection will contain 13 manga stories and debut later in April 2019.

The last two titles set for release include The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book. Each book features vivid Studio Ghibli art from the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.

New Home Media for April 2019:

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS SET 1
Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN Available April 9, 2019

Meet Naruto’s son. His name is Boruto and he’s just like his dad – unfortunately. He’s rambunctious, rebellious, and more than a handful. He’s joined by the next generation of the Hidden Leaf Village – including Sarada, the daughter of Sasuke, and Mitsuki, a shinobi of mysterious lineage. Boruto and his friends have their hands full when they investigate a dangerous entity known as “The Ghost.” Can Boruto save the village just like dad? Dive into all of the action of Episodes 1-13 of the anime series in its first home media release. Special features include a Boruto OVA, storyboards, art gallery and more.

New Publishing Releases for April 2019:

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS by Anri Yoshi; Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi
MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available April 2, 2019

The U.A. High School Hero Course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the Sports Festival and internships, there’s even Parents’ Day. That’s when all the kids get the chance to show their parents what they’re made of.

NIER:AUTOMATA: SHORT STORY LONG by Jun Eishima and Yoko Taro
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN · Available April 9, 2019

When alien forces invade with an army of Machines, the remnants of humanity must depend on Androids of their own design—the placid 2B and the excitable 9S—to survive.

SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION by Junji Ito
MSRP: $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN · Rated “T+” For Older Teens · Available April 16, 2019

Try not to be noticed when you eat the secret nectar, otherwise you’ll get smashed. What horrific events happened to create the earthbound—people tied to a certain place for the rest of their short lives? Then, a strange haunted house comes to town, but no one expects it to lead to a real hell. Welcome to Junji Ito’s world, a world with no escape from endless nightmares.

THE ART OF NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Available April 16, 2019

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK by Hayao Miyazaki
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available April 30, 2019

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Decay, an enormous toxic jungle filled with mutant insects and poisonous spores. At the edge of the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, home to Nausicaä, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to her people. Studio Ghibli picture books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

GKIDS and Fathom Events Return with a New Studio Ghibli Series Lineup of Animated Masterpieces in U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2019

After kicking off in 2017 and returning for an even more successful 2018, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST is back for 2019. GKIDS, the distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to continue their collaboration and deliver a new and expanded selection of celebrated animated films to U.S. cinemas throughout the year with STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019.

Featuring nine of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces, the series kicks off with the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award®- nominated fantasy adventure Howl’s Moving Castle, and continues with the 35th anniversary of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Whisper of the Heart, the 30th anniversary of Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, The Secret World of Arrietty, the Academy Award®- winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and concludes with the Academy Award®- nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 can be purchased online beginning Thursday, March 7, 2019 by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, www.ghiblifest.com, or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website March 7, 2019 (theaters and participants are subject to change). Weekday showings begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday showings begin at 12:55 p.m. (all local times).

Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 in Canada go on-sale on March 7, 2019. Visit our partners at www.Cineplex.com for more information.

“After two extraordinary years of STUDIO GHIBLI FESTs, we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with GKIDS once again,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “The 2019 anime series gives fans across the nation a unique opportunity to experience these renowned titles together at their local cinemas and we’re proud to be able to make these communal viewings possible.”

“GKIDS is extremely proud to be bringing the beloved Studio Ghibli films back to the big screen with Fathom Events, so fans can discover and rejoice in these wonderful, iconic animated works throughout 2019!” GKIDS Co-Founder and President Eric Beckman said.

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 SCHEDULE:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle: 15th Anniversary – Sunday, April 7; Monday, April 8; and Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: 35th Anniversary – Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Whisper of the Heart – Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service: 30th Anniversary – Sunday, July 28; Monday, July 29; and Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • My Neighbor Totoro – Sunday, August 25; Monday, August 26; and Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • The Secret World of Arrietty – Sunday, September 29 and Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Spirited Away – Sunday, October 27; Monday, October 28; and Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Princess Mononoke – Sunday, November 17; Monday, November 18; and Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Monday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 18, 2019

VIZ Media Announces New Publishing Titles Set to Debut in Early 2019

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog with a variety of new acquisitions announced during its official panel events held at Comic-Con International 2018.

The new titles are scheduled for release beginning early in 2019 and include My Hero Academia: School Briefs, the first of three prose short story collections based on superhero action series created by Kohei Horikoshi. Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series Urusei Yatsura receives a new large trim edition, and Hiromu Arakawa brings us hilarious four-panel comics from the world of Fullmetal Alchemist. Two new Nausicaa books, The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Picture Book were also announced. Each book features Studio Ghibli art from director Hayao Miyazaki.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS by Kohei Horikoshi and Anri Yoshi
Debuts Spring 2019

The U.A. High School hero course teaches young hopefuls everything they need to become heroes. Between killer events like the sports festival and internships, there’s even a Parents’ Day. Life is never dull for the students of U.A. High.

URUSEI YATSURA by Rumiko Takahashi
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2019

Revisit the acclaimed romantic comedy about an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful space alien princess in this large trim size edition with all-new translations and new cover designs. In the series, Ataru Moroboshi’s supernatural encounters with the feminine kind all start when he’s chosen to play tag with an alien princess named Lum who invades the earth on her UFO. Ataru has ten days to touch Lum’s horns or aliens will take over the earth. As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama.

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE COMPLETE FOUR-PANEL COMICS by Hiromu Arakawa
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Spring 2019

Collects all of author Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved four-panel comic strips from the graphic novel series, her bonus strips from the anime DVDs of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and rare strips from Japan. No joke is too cheesy and there are no sacred cows when Arakawa takes up her pen to spoof her own characters in this delightfully zany take on Fullmetal Alchemist.

THE ART OF NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND by Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, based on his own manga, was released in 1984 and has been a cult classic ever since. In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and poisonous spores. Beyond the sea lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens and home to Nausicaa, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes sketches, developmental water colors, cel animation, and more.

NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND PICTURE BOOK by Hayao Miyazaki
Debuts Spring 2019

In a long-ago war, humankind set off a devastating ecological disaster. The earth is slowly submerging beneath the expanding Sea of Corruption, an enormous toxic forest that creates mutant insects and releases a miasma of poisonous spores into the air. At the periphery of the sea, lies the Valley of the Wind, a kingdom of barely 500 citizens; a nation given fragile protection from the decaying sea’s poisons by the ocean breezes; and home to Nausicaa, who risks everything to save her people and bring peace and health to the valley. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film in a double-length picture book.

Anime Film Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a landmark Japanese anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which is based off of Miyazaki’s manga of the same name, was released to Japanese theaters on March 4, 1984. While the film was created before Studio Ghibli was founded, it is still considered by many to be the studio’s first film, since all of the major people in Studio Ghibli were involved with the project. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1984, and is ranked as one of the 50 greatest science fiction films by the Internet Movie Database.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Sumi Shimamoto, Gorō Naya, Yōji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara, and
Iemasa Kayumi

Run Time: 117 minutes
Rated: PG

In the 1980s, a heavily-edited and English-dubbed version of the film titled Warriors of the Wind was released to theaters and on VHS in the United States; however, Miyazaki and fans of Nausicaa tend to strongly dislike this version of the film. An uncut and re-dubbed version was released on February 22, 2005 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

The story of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind takes place 1,000 years after the “Seven Days of Fire”; this catastrophe destroyed human civilization and most of Earth’s original ecosystem. A few scattered human settlements survived, but they are isolated from each other by the Sea of Decay, a lethally toxic jungle of fungus swarming with giant insects that seem to come together only to wage war.

The character of Nausicaa was named after the princess in the Odyssey that assisted Odysseus. Her character was also inspired by a Japanese folk hero that is known as “the princess who loved insects,” as well as by the writings of Bernard Evslin. Nausicaa is a princess of the Valley of the Wind, and she possesses an unusual gift for communicating with the giant insects. In particular, she is able to communicate with the Ohmu, which are armored, caterpillar-like insects that are the most intelligent creatures in the Sea of Decay.

She is also skilled at “windriding,” where she flies with an advanced glider-like vehicle with a jet assist called a mowe. Nausicaa frequently explores the Sea of Decay, while wearing a mask, to conduct scientific experiments in an attempt to define the true nature and origins of the toxic world.

The Valley of the Wind is threatened when the state of Pejite unearths a God Warrior embryo; the God Warriors were one of the giant, biological weapons used in the ancient war. The embryo is stolen by the state of Tolmekia; both states hope to use this weapon against each other, and then, against the Sea of Decay. The Tolmekians are attacked by insects while transporting the embryo to their land.

Their ship crashes in the Valley of the Wind, and the next day, the Tolmekians invade the valley to secure and revive the Warrior. The people of the valley are forced into armed resistance, and Nausicaa must find a way to bring an end to the situation.

There’s no doubt that Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind has a strong ecological message in it. While other anime films, such as Origin: Spirits of the Past, have also tried to include an ecological message, I have yet to see an anime film present this concept as strongly as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind does.

Nausicaa herself is a strong female protagonist. Not only does she care about the people of the Valley of the Wind, but she also cares about the insects who are neighbors with her land. While Nausicaa goes berserk after Princess Kushana and the Tolmekians kill Nausicaa’s father, can you really blame her for acting that way? After Nausicaa is taken hostage along with several of her people, she is able to soothe the insects when the ship they are in crash lands and disturbs some Ohmu. Thanks to Nausicaa’s ability to communicate with the Ohmu, she is able to keep the situations that involve them from getting worse.

This film combines sci-fi, an ecological message, and a strong protagonist to tell a compelling and fantastic story. After watching this film, I could tell why Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is such a highly regarded anime film.

When Disney released this film on DVD, it was released as a two-disc set. The first disc includes three extras. First is a “Behind the Microphone” documentary; it includes interviews with the English dub cast, as well as some footage of the American voice actors recording their parts.

The second is a half-hour documentary titled, “The Birth of Studio Ghibli,” which tells the story about the birth of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, as well as the history of Studio Ghibli. It was a very informative documentary; however, I was a little frustrated that Disney chose not to simply subtitle the documentary. Instead, the translation was as a voice-over done by an English speaker, which ran over the Japanese audio.

The last feature is the original Japanese trailers and TV commercials for Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind; this feature ran for about eight-and-a-half minutes.

The second disc just includes a storyboard version of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Once again, I will state that I don’t understand the appeal of watching a storyboard version of the film.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a film that really should be in the home video collection of anime fans who enjoy the works of Hayao Miyazaki.

I wrote this review after watching a copy Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind that my husband purchased for me as a gift.