• Drama: Iguana no Musume
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr 15, 1996 - Jun 24, 1996
  • Network: TV Asahi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 6.4 (scored by 112 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 230

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Based on a girls' manga by Hagio Moto. Rika is a high school senior with no self esteem. She thinks she is an iguana. Why? Her mother claims that whenever she sees Rika she sees an iguana instead of a real human. Because of this, Rika has never received or was shown any love by her mother. Rika's younger sister, Mami, has been getting all of the love and attention by the mother. Rika likes Noboru a lot but can't tell him her feelings. Kaori is jealous of Rika and refuses to let Noboru go out with her. Nobuko is Rika's friend and is always encouraging her. Will Rika end up with Noboru? Will he turn her away if he finds out she is an iguana? Add Synopsis In Portuguese

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr 15, 1996 - Jun 24, 1996
  • Network: TV Asahi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 6.4 (scored by 112 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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5 people found this review helpful
Aug 16, 2013
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Iguana no Musume is a bizarre 90's drama intended to be viewed as a modern fairytale, complete with magic. (Alternately, it can be viewed as a romantic and family drama studded with devastating mental illness. I prefer to view the show through this lens.)

A high school girl, Rika, has lived her entire life shunned, villified, and verbally abused by her mother. Her mother is disturbingly mentally ill and openly unable to love Rika. This mistreatment all stems from the fact that Rika's mother only sees an ulgy iguana when she looks at her. Rika grows up entirely convinced that she is actually an iguana and that everyone will shun her when they find out the truth.

The story mostly follows painfully shy Rika in high school, finally coming out of her shell, making friends and falling in love. Her mother attempts to sabotage progress at every turn and is quite easy to dislike.

This show very clearly shows its age, is based on a ridiculous premise and has some aggravatingly oblivious and over-simplified characters portrayed by blunt actors. However, it does have its strong moments. Highlights include clear, consistent character growth and an unexpected level of tradgedy. It's a wonderful example of the incessantly victimized heroine of shoujo manga. It's an easy, engaging and entirely bizarre watch.

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