My daughter Phoenix joined me to discuss a movie that deeply influenced my thinking of central characters as a writer – Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds. There are two english versions available the “Warriors of the Wind” and the later official version. Despite a lot of people dumping on the Warriors of the Wind, it’s a pretty true version and in many ways tighter because it doesn’t try and bridge between the mythology Miyazaki developed in the Manga version. As such the story is more direct but lacks some of the environmental themes Miyazaki was very passionate about. It’s also a bit hokey on the voices which basically makes it a very “80’s” version. Either way I leave it open to the listener to choose, there are faults in both versions but it’s a brilliant story none the less.