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"Breaking through the darkness of night, traveling unchained across the atmosphere, the three sacred shooting stars!"
— The Sailor Starlights' introduction

The "Sailor Starlights" are a group of three Sailor Senshi who came to Earth in search of their princess, Kakyuu, after their home planet of Kinmoku was destroyed by Sailor Galaxia. They appear in the manga, 90's anime, crystal, and many Sera Myu.




The Sailor Starlights are searching for Princess Kakyuu, travelling the galaxy and eventually arriving as shooting stars to Earth to find her. They cannot locate her; however, so, they take the public identities Kou Seiya, Kou Taiki, and Kou Yaten, create a band called the "Three Lights", and disguise themselves as men. Since the band's songs, including Nagareboshi He, speak about "finding their princess" this was a tactic to make their identities less obvious while gaining popularity for the band in the hope that Kakyuu will hear them and then make herself known to them.


They notice the coming of Shadow Galactica and take pity on the Earthlings. They fail to arrive in time to warn Sailor Galaxia's first victim. Usagi reminds Seiya of their Princess and the trio help the Senshi of Earth get into the mindset needed to fight Shadow Galactica - to fight Sailor Guardians, and even join Juban High School to get close to them but they remain focused on finding their own Princess.


Their search for Princess Kakyuu brings them into conflict with the Sailor Senshi of Earth, specifically with the Outer Sailor Guardians, who want the Starlights to leave the planet and leave Usagi alone. The reason the Starlights, specifically Star Fighter, are so interested in Usagi is because Usagi carries the scent of Princess Kakyuu, due to an incense burner that Chibi Chibi possesses.

The Sailor Starlights' background is essentially the same in the anime as in the manga. One key difference, however, is that their male disguises on Earth are fully biological (i.e. they literally turn into men), and not just cross-dressing. They only become female when they take their Sailor Senshi forms.


Just like in the manga, the Starlights cross-dressed as men but were actually female.



  • Naoko Takeuchi has stated that only girls are Sailor Guardians and did not like how the Sailor Starlights were re-written into being men who transform into women in the 90's anime rather than always being women like in her manga and the Sera Myu.[1][2]
  • In the manga, each of them can grow a pair of angelic wings, just like Eternal Sailor Moon, Princess Kakyuu, and Sailor Chibi Chibi.
  • Fans speculate that the Sailor Starlights draws inspiration from the Trimurti, or the three principal gods of Hinduism; Brahma the creator (Sailor Star Maker), Vishnu the preserver (Sailor Star Healer) and Shiva the destroyer (Sailor Star Fighter).
  • The Starlights' eye colors matched the secondary colors of their sailor uniform: blue for Sailor Star Fighter, green for Sailor Star Healer, and violet/purple for Sailor Star Maker. It was never established what celestial bodies, if any, the Sailor Starlights represented. In the anime, there was one still image that showed the planet Kinmoku and three nearby planetary bodies that might have been its moons, but whether or not those were the guardian planets of the Sailor Starlights was never explained (but they are). There is some fan speculation that they represented comets or meteors, due to the fact that they called themselves "shooting stars," but again, there was nothing in an actual canon source.
  • In the Italian dub of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, the Starlights' gender switching was not present. Instead, they were said to be the twin sisters of the Three Lights. This explanation was added to the Italian dub after Vera Slepoj, a psychologist, claimed that Sailor Moon made young boys "become" homosexual.
  • In the Korean dub, the Sailor Starlights' sailor uniform was edited so that they covered the entire midriff.
  • The Viz Media English dub spells their group name as the "Star Lights".


  1. Animerica Magazine Vol 6 No 11 - Coverage of Naoko Takeuchi's panel at 1998 San Diego Comic-Con.
  2. Tankoubon Vol. 17 - In Naoko Takeuchi's account of the 1996 Sailor Stars Musical, she mentions the Sailor Starlights looked much better than they did in the anime.