"The stars, the galaxy, the universe . . . It's no use. I can't write one line. Since coming to Earth, I've looked at lots of different poems. But there are many poems that entrust their hope to the stars. I can't do that. Because I remember that my home is no more."
Although he is the tallest of the Three Lights, Taiki is actually the middle child as far as age goes. He is a quiet, intelligent, and studious individual. He enjoys writing poetry, and is fond of quoting passages by William Blake. Despite his professed love of poetry, Taiki sees the world in logical, scientific terms. He can be cold and calculating, and does not have much patience for "romance and dreams."
"Nothing is born from tears. Everything begins from smiling faces. Nothing is born from opposition. Everything begins from trust. I understand. I've realized that. Only we are in pain, only we are unhappy, only we are sad . . . "
Taiki does not enjoy being a celebrity, and wishes that he could be alone more often. He is an aloof person who values peace, quiet, and solitude. He would much rather be studying or writing poetry than performing with the other two Lights. But he willingly sacrifices his solitude, and even his happiness, for the sake of the Starlights' mission. Although he doesn't often show emotion, there are a couple of heart-wrenching scenes in the anime when Taiki reveals his despair and his hopelessness. For him, there is nothing else but the search for Kakyuu and Galaxia. That's all that there can be. If he lets himself stop concentrating on the mission, he opens up doors for the demons of doubt and pessimism to creep in. Often, Taiki turns to his poetry to vent his feelings.
"My loving of poetry is because I can finally let out my pain, and experience feelings of gentleness and honesty. My writing of poetry is because I want to finally let out my pain, and write down feelings of gentleness and honesty. And because I want to feel me now in this instant . . . I want to feel Taiki Kou."
Taiki's exposure to Mizuno Ami's sympathetic intellect, and Kino Makoto's kindness and compassion, change him considerably. When Makoto and Usagi finally succeed in making Taiki laugh, Seiya and Yaten comment that they haven't seen Taiki laugh in a long time, but that they are glad about it.
Nobody would view Taiki Kou as one of the most powerful warriors in the galaxy, but there's no mistaking her when Sailor Starmaker enters the scene.
"Maker Star Power, Make Up! A wandering shooting star piercing through the darkness, Sailor Starmaker, stage on!"
At first, Maker is even more cold and calculating than Taiki Kou is. "It's not our job to protect your planet," she snaps at Sailor Moon. A fierce fighter, Maker is reluctant to join forces with the other Sailor Senshi that inhabit the planet Earth. Eventually, however, the growing emotional side of her begins to take control. In episode 179, she saves Sailor Moon's life, though later admits to not understanding why she did so. She later rejects a partnership with Sailor Moon, but only because she believes that Sailor Moon brings bad luck upon the Starlights, especially Seiya. Maker's fierce protectiveness of the injured Seiya in episode 189 only highlights her emotional sensitivity. And, finally, she admits that she believes in Sailor Moon and has faith that she will defeat Galaxia.
"In the battle with Galaxia, I've lost my feelings of faith. Perhaps I've been becoming a lonesome soldier. I understand, Sailor Moon. I've realized that, Tsukino-san. You made me laugh. I was able to laugh again . . . There is only one enemy we are after! It may not be much, but may I lend you my strength as well?"
At the end of the season, Taiki comes to realize the value of human compassion. He also understands that faith and hope are what keep people alive when all else seems lost. Taiki's character undergoes the most dramatic change of all three Lights, but it is a slow and gradual process that spans many episodes. Although Taiki sometimes exhibits more despair than the other two Lights are willing to show, when he starts shaking his shoulders, squinting his eyes, and giggling in his high-pitched voice . . . That's when we know that despite the trials and hardships ahead, everything will work out all right in the end.
Name: Taiki Kou
Name Meaning: discussed here
Voice Actress: Tsunoda Narumi
Birthday: May 30th
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Blood Type: AB
Club Membership: Literary Club
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite School Subject: Literature
Least Favorite School Subject: None
Has Trouble With: Arguments
Band Responsibilities: Guitar (Keyboard, Writing Lyrics)
Henshin Phrase: Maker Star Power, Make Up!
Attack: Star Gentle Uterus
Height estimate made by me. In the Materials artbook, Naoko Takeuchi's own height comparison shows that Taiki and Setsuna are the same height. 0.0 In the Nakayoshi Sailor Moon S Movie album, Setsuna's height is listed as 5'7". So that's the number that I'm sticking with, based on the only two official-ish sources available. Although I know that a height of 5'7" is a little bit unbelievable when Taiki is so often drawn as some sort of seven-foot giant who towers over all the other characters. M'eh, blame it on the inconsistency in the animation.