When Nausicaa unbuttons the princess' shirt after rescuing her from the Tolmekian airship crash, what does she see that surprises and angers her?

Movie - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

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    I have assumed what she saw was the extent of her injuries. Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 19:19
  • Yeah I'd thought so too, but from the top of the shirt there isn't any sign of a injury visible, hence my doubt.
    – vepzfe
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 5:24

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I think this must be the Control Stone, as is made explicit in the manga the film was based on:

Pejitian Princess Rastel (Lastelle) handing over the Control Stone to Nausicaä

This stone is "a small, ornately carved sphere, in the shape of an egg. It is used to control Ohma, the God [or Giant] Warrior".
In the manga, princess Rastel (Lastelle in the film) of Pejitei hands it over to Nausicaä right before she dies.

Sidenote: The stone doesn't make its appearance in the film at all. Later on in the manga, after the events the film was based on, Nausicaä gains control over the God/Giant Warrior (in Vol. 4 of the Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind Perfect Collection, apparently).


Princess Lastelle's wounds seems to be the alternative and more common explanation. I found one more forum thread where this question was asked, and it offers that same interpretation.
This is repeated in a few more places I was able to find:

A fan-made script:

  • (Seeing the girl's injuries, Nausicaä realizes she is beyond help.)

The book The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki by Dani Cavallaro:

  • Illustrative examples of situations in which eyes play an especially prominent role in Nausicaä are the shots showing the protagonist's reaction to the sight of her murdered father, her apprehensive expression as Yua surprises her in her secluded laboratory, her horrified realization that Princess Lastelle cannot possibly survive her injuries, and her outrage at the scene grimply flaunting the harpooned baby Ohmu.

  • Wow thats a beautiful detail. Never knew that. So, Nausicaa immediately knew what was in the cargo when she saw the Control Stone?
    – vepzfe
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 5:26
  • That is the point where my answer falls short, I'm afraid: I haven't yet found out if or how Nausicaä was able to recognize the stone.
    – Joachim
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 16:26

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