Iguana Girl

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Iguana Girl
Iguana Girl Cover.jpg
Cover of Iguana Girl featuring Rika
(Iguana no Musume)
Written byMoto Hagio
Published byShogakukan
English publisherFantagraphics
MagazinePetit Flower
PublishedMay 1992
Television drama
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run 15 April 1996 24 June 1996
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Iguana Girl (Japanese: イグアナの娘, Hepburn: Iguana no Musume, also translated as Daughter of the Iguana or Iguana Daughter) is a Japanese one-shot manga written and illustrated by Moto Hagio. It was published in Petit Flower magazine in 1992 and adapted into a television drama in 1996.

It is about a young girl, Rika, whose mother views her as being ugly, and favours her other daughter, Mami. Rika thinks of herself as ugly and as an iguana, but after her mother's death, realises that her mother was also an ugly iguana.

Iguana Girl reflects Hagio's own relationship with her mother,[1] and it took her "years to write this story". Hagio saw an iguana in a documentary on television and identified with it, feeling it was "lamenting its failure to become a human, just like me".[2]



The short story was first published in the May 1992 issue of Shogakukan's josei manga magazine Petit Flower.[3] Shogakukan delivered the tankōbon release not until 1994,[4] and it benefited a re-edition in 2000.[5] It was translated into English and published in the Moto Hagio anthology A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Fantagraphics in 2010.[6]

Television drama[edit]

The screenplay was by Kazue Okada, and the episodes were directed by Kazuhisa Imai and Shinjo Takehiko. The cast included Miho Kanno, Yoshinori Okada, Rena Komine, Hitomi Sato, Koji Yamaguchi, Miyuki Komatsu, Takeshi Izawa, Kanako Enomoto, Naomi Kawashima and Masao Kusakari. The theme tune to the series is Elton John's "Your Song".[7] The television drama was released on DVD in 2001.[8]

Ep# Title[7] Director[7] Original air date[7]
1 (Japanese: のろわれた誕生)Kazuhisa Imai15 April 1996 (1996-04-15)
2 (Japanese: わたし死にたい…)Kazuhisa ImaiTBA
3 (Japanese: 高原の夜、初めての…)Shinjo TakehikoTBA
4 (Japanese: お母さんの秘密…)Shinjo TakehikoTBA
5 (Japanese: 誕生日…母に捨てられたプレゼント)Kazuhisa ImaiTBA
6 (Japanese: 波紋、母が呼んだ家庭教師…)Kazuhisa ImaiTBA
7 (Japanese: 母の告白…あなたを殺したい)Shinjo TakehikoTBA
8 (Japanese: 永遠の友情、死、そしてもう一人の母)Shinjo TakehikoTBA
9 (Japanese: 幸せになる権利…)Kazuhisa ImaiTBA
10 (Japanese: 悲しい家族旅行…)Shinjo TakehikoTBA
11 (Japanese: お母さん!お母さん!…おかあさん!)Kazuhisa Imai24 June 1996 (1996-06-24)


George Gustines, writing for the New York Times on great graphic novels for 2010, called Iguana Girl "oddly appealing and surprisingly bittersweet".[9]


  1. ^ Thorn, Rachel Matt. "The Moto Hagio Interview conducted by Matt Thorn". Rachel Matt Thorn. Archived from the original on 2012-04-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Kawakatsu Miki. "Iguana Girl Turns Manga Legend" (PDF). Japanese Book News Vol. 63. Retrieved 2010-06-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ イグアナの娘. Kotobank (in Japanese). The Asahi Shimbun Company. Retrieved 21 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ イグアナの娘 / 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved March 28, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ イグアナの娘 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved March 28, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Thorn, Rachel Matt (March 9, 2010). "Moto Hagio collection, Takako Shimura's "Wandering Son"". Rachel Matt Thorn. Retrieved March 28, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b c d "イグアナの娘 1996年4月クール連続ドラマ MMJ メディアミックス・ジャパン 映像制作 ドラマ制作 ドラマセミナー" (in Japanese). mmj-pro.co.jp. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00005MIHB
  9. ^ "Graphic Novels and Comics - Gift Guide 2010". The New York Times. 12 November 2010.

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