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King Jhil is a minor character in the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind directed by Hayao Miyazaki. He was voiced by Mahito Tsujimura in Japanese and Mark Silverman in English.

He is the king of the Valley of the Wind, a very small nation with fewer than 500 inhabitants (and steadily declining in population). He is a father to Nausicaä.

Appearance

Jihl has a tan beard and Brown Soldier uniform and possibly Brown pants with red necklace.

Plot

King Jhil leads the people of the Valley of the Wind. He had eleven children, but Nausicaä was the only one who survived long enough to become his heir. Throughout his lifetime his health has deteriorated due to the proximity of the valley to the Sea of Corruption and its toxins. Due to his paralysis, he has to transfer most of his duties to Nausicaä.

Eventually, he has to send Nausicaä off to fight with the Torumekians, since he can no longer move. Jhil eventually dies, since his bones are ossifying from the miasma of the forest. His illness causes him to go blind shortly before his death. He recognizes the message Mito brings him from Nausicaä about the Daikaisho and agrees with the other chieftains that they must break of the Periphery Treaty in order to survive a Dorok invasion but orders Mito to find Master Yupa with the Valley Gunship in order to aid Nausicaä. After that, he dies and the Periphery chieftains and the people of the Valley of the Wind mourn his passing.

He is friends with Master Yupa, who often visits the valley. Yupa is a source of news from the outside world and a good counsel.

In the film Jhil has a similar role, but is eventually murdered by the Torumekians.

References

  1. 『ロマンアルバム 映画 風の谷のナウシカ GUIDE BOOK 復刻版』 徳間書店、2010年、pp.34 - 35。