Song of the Week – 4/19/18 – “Kaikou – Lilith to Astarte”

Welcome back to Song of the Week! This week’s song is one from the Miyukimoon era — Lilith’s song “Kaikou – Lilith to Astarte” (“Fateful Encounter – Lilith and Astarte”) from Transylvania no Mori and its Kaiteiban.

This song, sung primarily by Lilith (with Astarte chiming in for a few lines as well), outlines Lilith’s ambitions for the Earth and for Astarte. Lilith tells Astarte that she is the “true goddess of the moon,” its true incarnation, presumably instead of Sailor Moon. (Astarte’s Sailor Senshi form is tied to the new moon, tying her to Sailor Moon, and Queen Serenity states in the manga that humans identified her with Selene, a Titan and goddess of the moon in Greek mythology, sometimes thought to have been supplanted by Artemis once Zeus took over, so this idea makes sense). Thus, Astarte should destroy the current Earth and bring about a new land (the lyrics use the term joudo, which refers to the Pure Land in Pure Land Buddhism, a very commonly practiced form of Buddhism in East Asia, which is a sort of nirvana ruled over by the Buddha Amida) ruled over by a “Mother Goddess” (likely a blanket term for a ruling goddess, which many ancient traditions have).

Lilith claims that she was stuck in Hell for so long, waiting for this opportunity, that she even forgot the phases of the moon, but now the time has come for Astarte to rise. Astarte agrees, declaring herself the true incarnation of the Moon. (Though she says it with no real emotion, as though under a spell – which in fact she is, cause in this form she’s completely in Lilith’s thrall). Lilith declares Astarte will be crowned a goddess, then adds (almost as an aside, since no one reacts to it) that she, not Astarte, will be the mother of this new world. (Whether this means she will help bring it about by supporting Astarte, and thus be the new world’s mother in a figurative sense, or whether she means she will really be the one to bring about the new world, and Astarte is just her pawn, isn’t quite clear. The latter seems more likely though, given Lilith’s character).

Lilith then goes on a short tirade about how the goddesses were thrown down from heaven and humiliated by the male gods. This tirade makes sense both in the sense of the song (which seems to be pushing the power of the female) and also if you know the mythology behind Lilith. In one Jewish tradition, Lilith is thought to have been Adam’s first wife (before Eve), who left Eden because she refused to be subservient to Adam. She is also identified as a demon who steals children, suggesting a hidden desire to be a mother (probably because in the tradition where she is Adam’s wife, she is condemned to lose 100 of her children a day as punishment for leaving Eden). This would fit with the Lilith of SeraMyu not wanting to be subservient to men and seeking the rule of goddesses instead.

Lilith ends her tirade by declaring the present world atrocious and saying again that Astarte can and should destroy it. Astarte asks, almost in shock, if that means she has the power of a god. Lilith says that Astarte is the only true God. Astarte then declares that if she is going to be a goddess, she will rule over everything. (In the light of Lilith possibly being Adam’s wife, this is telling, since according to Genesis, humans were originally meant to be God’s vice-regents on Earth, ruling and subduing the Earth, before the Fall). Lilith agrees, saying Astarte will be Earth’s true sovereign, before repeating her affirmation that Astarte will become a goddess and she (Lilith) will be the mother of the new Earth to come.

“Kaikou – Lilith to Astarte” only appeared on one CD, the soundtrack for Transylvania no Mori (Memorial Album of the Musical 9). It did not appear on any special videos. Its only fan event appearance was on the first day of the 10th Anniversary Festival, when Matsuoka Miki (Lilith’s actress) and Hosoda Aya (Astarte’s actress) sang it during the Talk Show portion, complete with fancy gowns. This performance seems to only be part of the song, though. It can be seen in the Talk Show footage included on the Ai no Sanctuary pre-order VHS.

That’s it for this week! Tune in next week for another Song of the Week!