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The Dragon in Princess from the Moon
Alternate names Sea Dragon,[1] Indian Dragon[2]
Subtitle(s) Legendary Dragon
(伝説竜,   Densetsu Ryū)[3]
Species Ancient dragon
Height 15 meters[1][3]
Length 100 meters[2]
Weight 3,000 metric tons[1][3]
Created by Kon Ichikawa, Teruyoshi Nakano
Played by Puppet, animatronic
First appearance Princess from the Moon

The Dragon (竜,   Ryū) is a kaiju that first appeared in the 1987 Toho fantasy film, Princess from the Moon.


Although usually only referred to as Dragon (竜,   Ryū) in most media, the creature has been given several other names from various publications, such as Sea Dragon (海竜,   Kairyū) from All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book[1] and Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works,[3] and Indian Dragon (天竺の竜,   Tenjiku no Ryū, lit. Dragon of India) from Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works,[2] and Elasmosaurus (エラスモサウルス,   Erasumosaurusu) from Godzilla Fierce Fighting Super Encyclopedia, which flatly states, "the identity of the dragon was the plesiosaur Elasmosaurus."[4][note 1]


Princess from the Moon

While a crew of sailors was sailing aboard their boat in the ocean, they witnessed the Dragon surface near their boat. Their first reaction was to shoot the Dragon with harpoons, landing only a few hits. The Dragon then swam at full speed toward the ship, destroying it and killing all aboard.


Main article: Dragon/Gallery.


  • In addition to a prop of the monster's entire body, special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano also constructed a large animatronic of the Dragon's neck.
  • A popular rumor is that the Dragon prop was originally constructed for the unmade Toho and Hammer collaboration film Nessie, and reused by Teruyoshi Nakano for Princess from the Moon. However, given that Nessie was cancelled nearly a decade before Princess from the Moon was produced, and that no confirmation of this is made in any known official books, this rumor is likely false.


  1. 竜の正体は首長竜エラスモサウルスだった。 (p. 69)


This is a list of references for Dragon. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. pp. 17, 227. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. pp. 212-215. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 9784864910132.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works. Natsumesha. p. 55. 21 December 1994. ISBN: 978-4816317750.
  4. Godzilla Fierce Fighting Super Encyclopedia. Asahi Sonorama. pp. 61, 69. 1992. ISBN: T1001844121004.


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