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Miyazaki's Action Trinity: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

In 2006, as part of a last-ditch effort to up its rapidly-dwindling ratings, Toonami, Cartoon Network’s action-anime block, screened four of director Hayao Miyazaki’s films over a month. To say the event was successful is an understatement, but it was interesting noting the films it showed off: Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Hmm… (Courtesy of Michael Fernandez.)
These are also my four favourite Miyazaki movies, albeit not necessarily in that order. But it’s worth noting that I was a fan of them before I knew that Toonami had done this marathon (we don’t get Toonami in Canada.) All four are brilliantly-made, and I’d easily recommend them to a novice to Miyazaki as a director. Yet while Spirited Away deserves its own analysis piece, I think it's best to focus on the three films that comprise what I consider “Miyazaki’s Action Trinity”.

So that’s what I’ll do for the next three articles. I’ll even do it chronologically, i.…

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