Publisher VIZ Media has announced plans to release a new, deluxe hardcover box set of Hayao Miyazaki's epic manga masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in North America.
The manga series, currently available in a seven-volume "Editor's Choice" edition in North America from VIZ Media, was originally written and illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki over a period of twelve years. The full series ran in Animage magazine from February 1982 to March 1994, although only the first sixteen chapters were used as the basis for the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. After the film's release, interest in the manga in Japan increased dramatically, resulting in sales of more than 10 million copies.
The new North American set will contain the complete manga series in two deluxe hardcover volumes, packaged inside a decorative slip box. Each volume will include illustrations and text printed in classic sepia-tone as well as an additional eight pages of full-color artwork. An exclusive two-sided fold-out full-color poster is also included, rounding out the set nicely.
The deluxe box set is scheduled to be in stores on November 6, 2012 and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The individual "Editor's Choice" editions are also still available and can be found at many online retailers for around $10.00 each.