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 of the same name. It was originally serialized in Weekly Asahi, and republished as a paperback in 1994.[1]


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 and travels to Japan, eventually metamorphosing into her adult 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 form the basis for the Shobijin, and begin a convention which would be maintained throughout both the Godzilla and Mothra series.

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10 months ago
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Sadly this book is not in English


34 months ago
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Was this book ever translated into English?


34 months ago
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Officially, no.


44 months ago
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Interesting notes on the development of Mothra 1961 (Japanese)



44 months ago
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It's kind of funny how Mothra, one of Toho's most famous and most popular characters, wasn't even made by Toho.
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