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Iguana no musume [イグアナの娘]


Drama Details
Title:Iguana no musume
Iguana's daughter
Telecast:1996-04-15 to 1996-06-24
Season:Spring 1996

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TV Station:TV Asahi
Duration:10 Episodes

This is a drama based on the manga strip. Rika (Kanno) is a high school senior with no self esteem. She thinks she is an iguana. Why? Her mother (Kawashima) 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' younger sister Mami (Enomoto) has been getting all of the love and attention by the mother. Rika likes Noboru (Okada) a lot but can't tell him her feelings. Kaori (Komine) is jealous of Rika and refuses to let Noboru go out with her. Mikami (Sato) plays 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?

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Your Song [Elton John]

Actor/Actress Cast (8)
Kanno Miho
Okada Yoshinori
Kawashima Naomi
Kusakari Masao
Komine Rena
Sato Hitomi
Enomoto Kanako
Aoshima Mami
青島 まみ
Komatsu Miyuki

Drama Reviews (10)
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1. Hmmm...weird but nice.... [Rating: 8/10]
I like this drama. Truly I do. Though the plot might be a bit weird, I find it okay. I would say this drama is more like a fairytale story. I have to admit that the iguana's reflection doesn't look too real but hey, I kept telling myself that this is supposed to be a fairytale. Anyway, at first, I really hate the mother. She's so mean towards Rika. Later when I came to know that she doesn't realise that she's an iguana as well, I begin to pity her. Ah...sad ne...Kanno Miho looks so sweet in here. As for the lead actor [the guy who acts as Noboru], I feel that his expression is a bit stiff. Anyway, this is a good drama with good music. Watch it! ^_^
Reviewed by michelle on 5 July 2001
2. Very Touching Allegory about Self-Acceptance [Rating: 10/10]
While many viewers seem to view this show as a fairy tale, I tend to view it as an interesting allegory about self-acceptance. Like many of us, Rika (played brilliantly gloomily by Kanno Miho, only 18 at the time) sees something ugly when she looks into the mirror, and it took much courage and help from her friends and family to undo the damage done by her unloving mother, and for Rika to finally accept and love herself for who she is.
Reviewed by Ming on 23 December 2006
3. heart-warming [Rating: 7/10]
aside from the poor graphics (tragic attempt to portray an oversized iguana, appalling at times :P), this drama is actually quite good. the storyline is quite heart-warming with the mother-daughter issue, and the inferior complex the main character had to overcome, the subtle bond between rika & noboru, nice soundtrack... not award-worthy but not pathetic either
Reviewed by youhei_mito on 21 April 2005
4. Great! [Rating: 10/10]
Kanno Miho and Kawashima Naomi were both excellent in this drama. I can't imagine anyone turning in a better performance. The bizarre and haunting relationship they had was very dark and twisted but you do not walk away from the drama feeling depressed. I was completely entertained the whole time and could not wait to see the next episode.
Reviewed by MonsterZero-65 on 27 March 2007
5. More than a little dark and disturbing but awesome [Rating: 10/10]
Really this drama was pretty disturbing but it is the kind of drama that once you see you will feel a great impact on you. For that reason alone it is worth seeing. Kanno Miho and Kawashima Naomi were simply amazing in this. Bravo!
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 16 August 2010
6. touching enough [Rating: 7/10]
This drama is touching enough, and we can hit her mother if we seeing this drama. Kanno Miho is a beautiful young woman and she had many talents to be a superstar for her acting.
Reviewed by rinarina on 3 October 2002
7. Have a good ... [Rating: 9/10]
This drama have a good story, have a good song, have good places to see.
You must buy the Vcd and watch it !!
Reviewed by red_salvia on 1 June 2001
8. nice~ [Rating: 7/10]
this drama is nice, touching
oh yeah
prepare tissue while watching!
Reviewed by dummyuser3 on 29 May 2001
9. ok [Rating: 8/10]
its nice but i still think its not good that the mother died!!
Reviewed by eiko on 5 June 2001
10. touching [Rating: 6/10]
Touching, but many parts are draggy.
Reviewed by ladyelf on 7 October 2003

Comments From Users (29)
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1. Comments by pash [Rating: 1/10]
Crazy (as in, "batshit crazy"!) premise. Idiotic script. Absurd dialogues. Summing it up: a decent girl who thinks she's a monster, and three REAL monsters (her mom, her lil' sis and a mental classmate) who make her life hell day in and day out (plus two more semi-monsters - her dad and her love interest - who witness all that and simply do NOTHING to stop it). After 4 episodes I just couldn't bear it anymore to see that poor girl crushed and hurt and bullied again and again, so I dropped it (and unless someone tells me that later on some Buffy / Van Helsing / Punisher kind of character suddenly appears and gives all those afore-mentioned monsters a well-deserved, slow, painful, gruesome death...well, unless that happens, I seriously doubt I'll ever consider giving this title another chance, LOL). One of the worst doramas I've ever seen, seriously. Instant top5 of the WCE (Worst Crap Ever).
2. Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 8/10]
A modern fairy tale, and like all good fairy tales it's rich in allegory, in this case exploring the problems of adolescent shyness, low self-esteem, self-acceptance and also the emotional roller-coaster of first love. The young Kanno Miho is simply brilliant playing the rather pitiful lead. She is able generate real empathy and acts everyone else off the screen. Although it didn't help that most of the supporting characters were somewhat under written. You also got the feeling that most of their issues could be solved by simply talking to each other a little more. But this is Kanno Miho's show, and worth watching for her performance alone.
3. Comments by michelle [Rating: 9/10]
-->I've completed up 'till the 5th disc in just one day. Yokatta! This drama is good, 'though somehow, some people [like my mother] feel that it's not realistic, but hey, I like this drama. Miho Kanno can really portrayed Rika well. It is so heartbreaking to see Rika seeing her own reflection on mirror...sigh..."sam thong"...Anyway, looking forward to complete it tomorrow... ^_^
-->Okay, completed it already. The ending is okay. If only they extend it more by showing Rika leaving to Boston to look for Noboru. This scene might not be necessary but if only they shown it... hmmm
4. Comments by eternalblue81 [Rating: 3/10]
I enjoyed this drama up until towards the end, despite some misgivings about some characters and the way they acted towards the heroine, as well as neglect of development with some supporting characters and some wooden acting. The ending, however, left an extremeley sour taste in my mouth. It made no sense to me for the characters I'd been watching all this time to do/say what they did. Throughout the entirety of this drama I hated just about every character at some point or another, but I didn't expect the ending would leave me hating the heroine I'd been rooting for all throughout.
5. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 6/10]
What do you do if your mother doesn�Lt love you? How do you react if a parent is horribly cruel? Finally an interesting topic for a drama, or so I thought. Unfortunately the mother�Ls behaviour is not linked to actual psychological troubles, but to a fairytale. So the real family problems are never properly dealt with (depression, bi-polar personality etc) but it�Ls worth watching once. It's more a seven but the scriptwriters used 3 traffic accidents as deus ex machina - a bit too much for my taste.
6. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 8/10]
Mostly this drama's about accepting yourself for who you are & that everybody has some sadness in the past to overcome. It's a touching & heartwarming story that I suppose everyone can relate to but at the same time it teaches a harsh lesson, that the main responsibililty to become a good & happy person lies on the children regardless how cruel the parents sometimes are.
The drama's great in many aspects but I don't think the ending was satisfying enough. 8+
7. Comments by takuan [Rating: 5/10]
This was horrifically cliched and overly dramatic with it's attempts to be tear-jerking. That said, I actually quite enjoyed watching it. Their heavy handed attempts to sway your emotions got to me. And it's almost impressive how the actresses can get you to buy into their fear/psychosis despite the unconvincing plastic iguana masks/costumes. So if you enjoy over the top dramatics (sort of like most kdrama is) then this might be for you.
8. Comments by jaycee [Rating: 9/10]
i dunno why but... being the 'monster' in her family and her mother who does even care for her really makes the entire story something.... kanno miho played the iguanna's daughter... although it makes no sense on how the father was able to marry an iguanna... but... i totaly love the storyline of the mother and daughter relationship.... *^^* a must watch
9. Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 7/10]
Surprisingly, this drama kept me watching despite its slow pace. The central theme : Who's the iguana? It conveys an important message : You might be what others think you are, but you must accept what you are to step out of depression. Good performance by the young actresses, but not the young actors :(

Humour 5/10 Story 7/10 Actors 8/10 Music 7/10
10. Comments by Sleepingstar [Rating: 7/10]
Fairytale type of story. I'm sure there is people who think story is just too stupid and can't stand it, but I hadn't too much problems with it. Still It's not like this dorama was really great, but I thought it was pretty good and it was also nice to see Kanno Mihos earlier work :). Other cast wasn't too bad either.
11. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 3/10]
Nice to watch this dorama, it reminds you that tere are very bad ones and that you should not watch all of them! So poor story, and the fact that she is an iguana doesn't mean anything. Never watch a so meaningless drama in my life. Unique good point is that he dad is kakkoii .
12. Comments by aramia [Rating: 7/10]
This is the most ridiculous and unbelievable storyline I've ever watched. Watched for kanno miho and i am impressed with her acting even though she was so much younger than. The whole iguana thing is just off. But that aside, not bad storyline.
13. Comments by youhei_mito [Rating: 8/10]
touching fairytale-like drama about an iguana girl. :) one of the first dramas i actually watched on tv and actually went out to buy for my collection. it is quite outdated (dumb attempt at portraying a huge iguana), but i liked the story. ;)
14. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 6/10]
Maybe the strangest drama I've ever seen. Totally unbelievable storyline, but I'm giving it a 6 based on 3 great performances by Miho Kanno, Rena Komine, and Hitomi Sato. Oh yeah, remember to look both ways before crossing the street!
15. Comments by yanie_chan [Rating: 5/10]
I don't really like this drama...the atmosphere is just so weird and 'dark'...and it's just very disgusting whenever the iguana's face showed up >_< The story isn't that good either!
16. Comments by eiko [Rating: 5/10]
Its really sad and touching, however, i would of course recommand buying Beautiful Life than this (For those who loves love story, if you like sort of family stories, this is for you!!)
17. Comments by mizuno_takako [Rating: 5/10]
veri sad ending as the mother dies....but i dun find why they making a big fuss juz for a teenage girl...i mean oni that gal n her mother see her as a iguana....overreacting ??
18. Comments by Lauralye76 [Rating: 9/10]
Something like a fairy tale...a bit far-fetched to happen in real life...but its got a nice story line. Its touching as well..teared while I was watching the show.
19. Comments by Ikuko [Rating: 8/10]
The plot is very intresting and it could be an excellent drama but I thought th story is very long... but very good drama!
20. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 8/10]
i liked tis show..v touching.....the girl so pitiful...keep bulllied n aso canot do anyting...so sad.....bt v nice story!
21. Comments by kamikaze54 [Rating: 3/10]
This is a manga that should never have been made into a drama. Storyline is too unrealistic and incomprehensible.
22. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 10/10]
Great original material!!!! Kanno Miho was brilliant!!!Wish there were more original shows like this one is......
23. Comments by yolande [Rating: 7/10]
based on a manga, this dorama has a fairy-tale feel. fabulous acting from the actors. very touching.
24. Comments by db9paka [Rating: 6/10]
I discovered Okada Yoshinori because of this drama... The story was nice, but Iguana?? WTF??!?
25. Comments by xinyi [Rating: 6/10]
some parts are really draggy . . otherwise, it's a heart touching drama.
26. Comments by K|NK| [Rating: 10/10]
a very nice & touching show.. ^-^
27. Comments by lorac81 [Rating: 6/10]
i love fantasy story...
28. Comments by Andro [Rating: 10/10]
One of the bests.
29. Comments by mogsan [Rating: 5/10]
Not spam!
30. Comments by Yasuko [Rating: 7/10]

Users who voted for this drama (6)
1. Taira-Panku
One of the most roller coster of emotions I have had watching a dorama! The story is so touching that I have felt I also think everyone can understand About finding and accepting ourselfs.
2. sliu
I was just engrossed by the storyline! Till this day Kanno is still one of my fave actresses, mainly because of this drama
3. thyelaine
This is my favourite dorama as it is very unique and Kanno Miho's acting was superb.
4. Sow Mei
5. japanese_lover
6. flintandtas