Hayao Miyazaki Open to Nausicaä Film Sequel by Evangelion's Anno
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
In an interview on Japanese television channel TBS's Ō-sama no Brunch program, Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki revealed that he is open to the possibility of a Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind film sequel. However, he would leave such a hypothetical project in the hands of Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.
When asked if he was interested in making a continuation or part 2 of Nausicaä, he replied, “No, I don't. I don't really feel like doing it, but Anno keeps on saying, 'I want to do it! I want to do it!,' so I tell him now that I've come to think lately that if he wanted to do it, it would be fine for him to do it.”
Miyazaki created the original Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga in Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine before adapting part of the story for the 1984 anime film. The story follows a warrior princess who protects her land amid wars in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Miyazaki has since finished the manga, which Viz publishes in North America. Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Anno was a key animator on the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind film, and he later drew inspiration from the film's Giant God Warriors (and childhood memories of the tokusatsu franchise Ultraman) to create Evangelion. Miyazaki and Anno remained close colleagues over the years and even took overseas trips together. Anno collaborated with Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli on "Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru" (Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo), last year's live-action tokusatsu (special-effects) short:
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