The Luminous Fairies and Mothra

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The Luminous Fairies and Mothra
The Luminous Fairies and Mothra
Author(s) Takehiko Fukunaga,
Shinichiro Nakamura, Yoshie Hotta
Publisher Asahi Weekly (original)
Publish date January 1961 (original),
September 1994 (paperback)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy
ISBN ISBN-10: 4-480-80329-7
ISBN-13: 978-4480803290

The Luminous Fairies and Mothra (発光妖精とモスラ,   Hakkō Yōsei to Mosura) is a serialized novel written in 1961 by Takehiko Fukunaga, Shinichiro Nakamura, and Yoshie Hotta. It marks the first appearance of Mothra in any form of media, and was the basis for her debut film. It was originally serialized in Asahi Weekly in January 1961, then republished as a paperback in September 1994.[1] Jeffrey Angles, who previously translated Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again for University of Minnesota Press, has translated The Luminous Fairies and Mothra into English, with publication details yet to be announced.[2]


An expedition to a quiet island in the South Pacific by a group of Rolisicans finds a marvel of modern science living among a native tribe: the presence of numerous tiny fairies called the Ailenas (アイレナ,   Airena), who follow and adore their goddess, Mothra. The expedition steals away the fairies, unaware that they have angered the island's goddess. Mothra hatches from an egg and travels to Japan in her larva form, eventually spinning a cocoon and metamorphosing into her imago form, and then flies to Rosilica, destroying New Kirk City and rescuing her fairies, before returning to the island to live out her life in peace.



  • The Ailenas formed the basis for the Shobijin and began a convention which would be maintained throughout both the Godzilla and Mothra film series.


This is a list of references for The Luminous Fairies and Mothra. 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. 発光妖精とモスラをご覧になったお客様は、こんな商品もご覧になっています
  2. "JEFFREY ANGLES". G-Fest. 4 June 2024.


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