Kou Yaten

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Character Information
Name: Kou Yaten
Name (kanji/kana): 夜天光
Alignment: Kinmoku
Species: Kinmoku humanoid
Gender: Female (manga, musicals), male (anime)
Lives: Kinmoku; briefly Tokyo
Occupation: Sailor Senshi, idol
Family: Unknown
Associates: Kou Seiya, Kou Taiki, Princess Kakyuu
Aliases: Sailor Star Healer
First Anime Appearance: A Goodbye and an Encounter! The Destiny of Flowing Stars
First Manga Appearance: Act 43 Stars 1
First PGSM Appearance: N/A
English Name: Yaten Lights (TokyoPop manga), Kô Yaten (Kodansha manga)
Actors: Chika Sakamoto
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Kou Yaten

Kou Yaten was one of the three members composing the idol group called the Three Lights, and the civilian form of Sailor Star Healer.

Along with Kou Seiya and Kou Taiki, Sailor Star Fighter and Sailor Star Maker respectively, Yaten came to Earth from the planet Kinmoku in search of their princess. They took on male forms because they felt it would be easier for popular men to attract the attention of women. (In the anime Yaten physically transformed to become male in civilian form, but in the manga she only dressed like a man.)

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[edit] Personality

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Kou Yaten in the anime

According to Naoko Takeuchi's notes in the Materials Collection, Yaten was like a fashion model - a delicate, egotistical, grudge-holding type who "never carried anything heavier than chopsticks."[1]

[edit] Musicals

In the musicals, Kou Yaten was played by Momoko Okuyama and Mikako Tabe. Her personality in that continuity was much lighter and more upbeat than her manga or anime counterparts. She was at times a very silly character, similar to the anime version of Minako Aino.

[edit] Mythology

According to Shinto beliefs, the "san hikari" (三光; lit. "three lights") are the sun, moon, and stars, each with its own associated color and properties. Yaten's name is associated with the stars, and accordingly he is often seen with a yellow rose.

[edit] Trivia

  • Yaten's full name literally means "the light of the night sky."

[edit] References

  1. The Manga of Naoko Takeuchi - Sailor Moon - Materials Collection - Translated by Alex Glover


Civilian identities of Sailor Senshi
Solar System Senshi
Usagi Tsukino | Ami Mizuno | Rei Hino | Makoto Kino | Minako Aino | Chibiusa
Haruka Tenou | Michiru Kaiou | Setsuna Meiou | Hotaru Tomoe/Miss Dream | Chibi Chibi
Luna Tsukino | Shiva Shingetsu Astarte
Kinmoku Senshi
Kou Seiya | Kou Yaten | Kou Taiki | Princess Kakyuu
Shadow Galactica Senshi
Chuuko Nezu/Chuu Rat | Reiko Aya/Half Bird | Akane Karasuma/Manila Karasu | Nyanko Suzu | Miss Butterfly
Senshi in Parallel Sailor Moon
Kousagi Tsukino | Ami Jr | Rei Jr | Mako Kino | Mina Aino