6. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Unofficially part of of Ghibli’s canon, the success of Nausicaa, based on Miyazaki’s own manga and exploring the ecological, anti-war, and feminist themes for which the studio’s future films would be noted, launched Studio Ghibli. Nausicaa herself remains one of the studio’s most iconic and compelling heroines, a physically powerful and feminine hero who must grow into adulthood very quickly while putting aside deep flaws to offer salvation to her people and land. The beautiful landscapes speaks to the epic story, better fleshed out in the manga, while reminding us that Ghibli films are giants not only in animation, but in fantasy and sci-fi realms as well.
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