Is Nausicaä Using an iPad? Wonders Japanese Site

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Years before the Apple iPad tablet ever hit stores, similar style devices popped up in sci-fi movies, manga, and anime. The latest rediscovery of a similar device was recently spotted in the 1982 manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

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In a post titled "Is Nausicaä Using an iPad?", Japanese blog Kojima Piypiyo points out that a "map app" is being used in a gunship in the original manga. "The cover is cool," writes the site. "Is that leather? Want."

Well Kojima Piyopiyo, there are several real world options: here and here, for example.

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The Nausicaä manga, written by Hayao Miyazaki, went on to become a feature animated film in 1984—and the story goes that Miyazaki only wrote it because his producer wasn't able to get anime funding for a project not based on a manga!

Kwinky-dink or not, Miyazaki, however, doesn't seem to be a fan of the actual iPad. Back in 2010, the famed creator compared iPad use to masturbation. Wonder what he thinks about using one on a gunship...

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ナウシカがiPad使ってる? [小島ピヨピヨ via ロケットニュース]


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Greg the Mad

That's not an iPad, or a tablet at all. It's a simply map in a cover.

Back in the old ages maps where made out of paper, and rather valuable actually. The were important in combat and thus got the protection they needed. Around the world wars people created these covers to protect them from water and humidity.

Similar covers still get used in the military today.

To claim that that is a tablet actually shows me how little people know about their past. Well, in that case better get prepared to repeat it....