|Lives:||Romani Castle, Transylvania; Tokyo|
|Associates:||Lilith of Darkness, Sailor Moon|
|Aliases:||Astarte, Shiba Shingetsu Astarte, Dark Cain|
|First Appearance:||Kessen / Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi|
Sailor Astarte was a Sailor Senshi exclusive to the Sailor Moon musicals. She was an important character in both Kessen / Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi and its revision, Saikyou no Kataki Dark Cain no Nazo.
Sailor Astarte was the Senshi form of first-year Juuban High School student Shiba Shingetsu Astarte, and the alternate form of the goddess Astarte. She was under the thrall of Lilith of Darkness, and was in the plans the priestess had for the Sailor Senshi and Bloody Dracul Vampir, as well as being the vessel for Lilith's powerful right hand man, Dark Cain, who managed to control her from time to time.
Despite the priestess' power over her, she showed herself to be a Sailor Senshi to the others at the end of the first part of a musical. She was powerful enough that she almost killed Baron Gilles de Rais herself, and he certainly would have died had he not escaped at the last moment. As the play progressed, however, Astarte's power became weaker, until she was no longer able to keep her transformation or her original self, which was increasingly encroached upon by Dark Cain. Ultimately, she lost her soul to Lilith and became Dark Cain once and for all. Sailor Moon, who had believed in her to the end, was unable to save her even when Lilith was defeated. Sailor Astarte was never seen in the musicals after this, though she was referred to, briefly, in Last Dracul Saishuu Shou - Chou Wakusei Death Vulcan no Fuuin.
As Sailor Astarte was a one-time character, her ultimate impact on plots before and after Transylvania no Mori was extremely limited. Even in the musicals she was in, her role was very limited and her total screen time was approximately eight minutes. As a result, much about her is unknown. She had apparently lived for a very long time, but nothing past the little information that was given in the musicals can be confirmed.
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- The only time Shiba Shingetsu Astarte was seen transforming, she was only able to say "Moon Astar-" before being struck unconscious as Death Vulcan's spirit controlled her, so her exact transformation phrase is unknown.
Attacks and Powers
- Solomon Jihad - An offensive beam attack, which Astarte summoned by holding her open hand with her palm towards the enemy.
- Solomon Birth - A power which revived the fallen Sailor Senshi after they were struck down by the Samael Sword.
The goddess Astarte was the Phoenician goddess of war, fertility, love, and the planet Venus, as well as the Moon. She was considered a principal goddess of the Phoenician pantheon, and a ruler of the world at one point, and her centers of worship included Sidon and Tyre in her Phoenician form.
The mythology surrounding the goddess Astarte is complex, as she is connected to many goddesses in other cultures. Astarte was brought into the Greek culture as Aphrodite by ancient Cypriots who came in contact with the Phoenicians. She was also equated with the Egyptian goddess Isis, the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, and the Babylonian god Ba'al. Her sacred day was Friday.
- The correct romanization of Sailor Astarte's civilian name has been a topic of controversy in fandom. In the Sera Myu program book it is written "柴・新月・アスタルテ" (shiba shingetsu asutarute) in Japanese, but also written in English as "Siva Shingetsu Astarte." Because of this, some believe that the kanji "柴," which would usually be "Shiba," is supposed to be written as "Shiva" as a reference to the Hindu god. Others have speculated that it is a reference to Sheba, and therefore her name should be "Sheba Shingetsu Astarte."