| 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 and musicals she only dressed like a man.)
| 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."
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.
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.
- Yaten's full name literally means "the light of the night sky."
- ↑ The Manga of Naoko Takeuchi - Sailor Moon - Materials Collection - Translated by Alex Glover