Nausicaa, American Style


Classic Ghibli anime Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, or “Warriors of the Wind” as early releases were called, seems to yield some insight into national character by way of a comparison of its theatrical posters…

Above it can be seen with some of the original Japanese art.

The UK:




And finally, the American version:

Hopefully there is some mistake.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Good old Americanization, bringing shame to the rest of the Americas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For those who want to know more about this history of this film:

    Miyazaki was livid over the changes the company made to the film. The cutting of the secret garden scene, the rewritten plot, music changes, and the title itself "Warriors of the Wind" were so angering to Miyazaki that he vowed to never let his movies get licensed overseas again. This is why it took Disney and a team of lawyers years of negotiating with Studio Ghibli in order to license his films - he told them to fuck off.

    In the end Disney won out, but it took suitcases of cash, a promise not to change _anything_ about the films except for the dubbing process itself, and absolute veto power by Studio Ghibli on all matters of script, casting, etc. (Ghibli once sent a katana to Disney with the message "no cuts" after an exec suggested changes to Princess Mononoke)

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    Comment by Kyoji Iwakura
    11:08 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I love Miyazaki for stuff like that.
    I wonder why it was this film that gave him so much trouble?

    I remember reading somewhere that Miyazaki vehemently refuses to let any of his stuff be turned into video games, due to somebody making a game (on the MSX, I think) where you shot the bugs. He flipped and swore to NEVER let anybody do that again.

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    10:26 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is ancient old. Didn't Miyazaki say that nobody should mention this localization again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see they have to make Nausicaa into Xena ........

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    10:25 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't this old news? Didn't Miyazaki say that no one should ever speak of the American release of this movie ever again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    IT was the 80's. I blame all the cocaine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don´t really remember saban moon right?

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    Comment by steph
    11:48 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait, what? this is the really old american adaption from years and years ago. it was redubbed, renamed, and given a new cover years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The American poster actually makes sense. They’re marketing to a completely different audience, one who was years away from taking a cute, action girl protagonist seriously. Now, something similar to the original poster could work, but they’d spark more interest with the action-oriented one.

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    Comment by Nono
    07:37 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The movie was also cut down to 80 minutes.
    The us cover looks like a cheap horror movie.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    09:14 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh - OH!! this is so wronk!!

    Warriors of the Wind = was originally cut and edited by a bunch of western hillbillies who had no idea what the original Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind, was about.
    Which is why its such a screwed up farce. & WHY Miyazaki-san wants everyone to consider that that release never existed.

    I can appreciate what Nausicca means to Miyzaki-san, because he was the original artist & author of the original manga.
    What the Anime means to him as well, a lot of sacrafices were made to the saga of the manga, to make the anime. Which is why it doesnb't follow the manga.

    But the mere fact that hillbillies messed up the anime in its first western release - is totally wrong.
    This does not need to be re-hashed and ridiculed.


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're riding on Ultros!!! Don't tease the octopus, kids!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 20/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember this horrible cover and dub... it was like 1984 or so... it was BAD. And of course the cover is completely wrong.

    Its a bad mix of DUNE - StarWars - He-Man's Skelator and Pegasus?! W T F !

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 20/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, I think only the PS2 title "ICO" can top this:

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    Comment by UraSapMrJap
    03:04 20/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The american poster was so awesome that when I actually saw the movie it was kind of a letdown.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not just the cover. They cut out 25 - 30 minutes of the movie. It isn't even possible to understand the plot of the US version, they left the motif out. I think that's why Hayao Miyazaki is so protective about his works and insisted to Disney not to edit anything in Pricess mononoke. They feared a too high age rating would hurt potential sales. (Nausicaa was created before the foundation of Studio Ghibli)

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    Comment by Castronaut
    00:12 20/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is more offensive, the pushing of the female lead into the background, or the false promises of a robotic grim reaper?

    I can't decide.

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    Comment by guarayakha
    23:00 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So...Do we have an American version of the Totoro poster?

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    Comment by RunnerRed
    17:11 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    as european mainstream media have been culturally infeoded for half a century to US', it's not surprising to have euro coutries follow that blindly the "primal" marketing techniques from US

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    14:36 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my god!, the American one is seriously bad.

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    Comment by Sarkazmo
    17:41 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is indeed the US cover for the movie. I've got it on VHS from like forever ago. It's a great movie even in it's hacked state, shows the quality of the product when you can hack it up and it's still good.


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    Comment by Xangam
    21:28 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like a Star Wars ripoff =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You shittin me?
    That last one looks like Paul Atreides from Dune on a big m-f sandworm.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    07:31 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    USA's poster horrible

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why most american artwork for movies, anime, and video games FAILS. Someone punch out the guys doing this. They always never try to bring it even closer to the original. I'm American and I know the USA artwork SUCKS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    better suggest cut their hands off before they create another abomination

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't true. We made Kirby a badass.
    OK, I kid. It's not really that bad but there are definitely some cases where they would replace much better artwork in a questionable move, and a whole lot of this happened in the period before it was safe to leave anime-styled characters on. We did however, give the world the surprisingly awesome Phalanx cover and the so-bad-its-awesome cover for the first Megaman title.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, I own the German Edition of Nausicaa and it has the original (Japanese) cover.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Note that these are the movie posters, which are not necessarily used for the video releases.

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    Comment by WhiteWind
    03:52 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That better not be a macho guy I see on the front of the American poster...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of this pic

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is older than I am!

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    Comment by erochichi
    07:53 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Roman Empire had fallen before i was born! Unbelievable!
    Do you know there was no colors in the world back then in 80s? Colors have been added later to all media from that time.
    Trees we`re gray and water in the sea almost black!
    Ah, those we`re the days!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet we don't have a Sankaku Complex article about those.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    people here must have never seen some of the foreign posters for our movies. it's equally as bad as this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Miyazaki suggested that people should put it "out of their minds." Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki have asked fans to forget its existence and later adopted a strict "no-edits" clause for future foreign releases of its films. On hearing that Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein would try to cut Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable, one of Studio Ghibli's producers sent an authentic katana with a simple message: "No cuts"

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan steals from China. We steal from Japan.

    It's the cycle of theft.

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:55 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When it comes to Japanese styles in animation and maga, Japan has never stolen anything from China. On the contrary.
    Maybe you mean kanji in writing. OK, that`s partially true.

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:58 23/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My comment did not appear to edit, so "maga" in my comment means "manga".

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:06 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    try looking at some bad foreign posters for american movies. we're not the only one who try to market movies misleadingly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, just watch the US trailer for Watchmen, then watch the Japanese version. It almost looks like two different movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolwat, etc. etc.

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    Comment by jabman025
    03:59 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah the 1980's when Hollywood attempted to make everything look like Star Wars..........even if it was nothing like Star Wars

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    Comment by Azure Sky
    03:12 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love the original!! DX

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    Comment by Calzionetti
    03:13 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Care to do a story from this century next time?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A 10 year old feeling out of place?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Owned by anon... Anon applauds

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    Comment by Calzionetti
    08:16 19/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm calling samefag.

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