Taurus Aldebaran (牡牛座 （タウラス）のアルデバラン, Taurasu no Arudebaran) is one of the 12 Gold Saints.
Personality and background
Masami Kurumada introduced Aldebaran in chapter 29, contained in vol.8 of his manga.
Unlike most of the characters, Aldebaran is often depicted as a friendly guy, laughing and being less serious in times of peace. He was a good friend of Aries Mu, and with Pegasus Seiya (as this last is said in the anime adaptation of the Hades Saga, when Aldebaran sacrificed himself with the other eleven Gold Saints to destroy the Wailing Wall).
In a flashback in the anime version of the Hades Saga, he is shown to awkwardly accept the gift of a flower from an unnamed small girl, while Aiolia, Mu and other village girls from around the Sanctuary look on.
Although Aldebaran followed the orders of the Pope, he was growing suspicious of his integrity and tested the Bronze saints during their invasion on the Sanctuary. According to Aries Mu, Aldebaran could have killed all of them if he used his true power, but Aldebaran answered that if his enemies were fighting so hard, then their beliefs couldn't be all wrong.
In Saint Seiya Episode G, Aldebaran is depicted as an easy-going person who likes to buy little mementos. He is also shown as someone who has strong faith in his beliefs and learns from his past errors, seeing them as steps and not sins. Due to that, he was able to easily defeat the Brabeus Talanton that was smashing Leo Aiolia and Capricorn Shura with the weight of their sins.
Being a Brazilian character made Aldebaran popular in Brazil, since he is one of the few Brazilian characters in manga and anime, and Saint Seiya was hugely popular in Brazil (being in that country renamed "Os Cavaleiros do Zodíaco", literally "Knights of the Zodiac").
Aldebaran appears along with other Gold Saints golden at the meeting, who is later accompanies Leo Aiolia and Lithos Crysallis on journey to Jamir . Then take care to Aries Mu after he had his fight with Lapetus Dimension Dimension. It teleported to Greece even with warnings Mu was not quite sure to do something like that. When the body was recovered Cronos, Capicorn Shura and Leo Aiolia had to face the six Titanids, drawing his wounds Temis tried to crush them with their technique Balance The Judge , but Aldebaran came and saved them, ending the three Rea called the ERath Python , but destroyed them with his Aldebaran Steel Arm , so the queen of the titans summoned the legendary Hydra , Shura used his Excalibur to cut some heads but when do Saints were splashed acid blood as and new heads appeared, then used the Taurus Aldebaran Great Horn to attack the main head, which allegedly was immortal, and completely destroyed killing Hydra, incidentally ended Temis technique. In Chapter 78 of Episode G, during the fight against Kronos , Aldebaran and Capricorn Shura face to Mythological Giant Hoplisma nephritis (Jade Armor) . Taurus Capricorn intends to concentrate its cosmos to use Excallibur against deity while he distracts him, so resist Aldebaran says Giant's five attacks. Aldebaran uses his arms to hit nephritis, but apparently invulnerable armor does, but also quite fast they could dodge the attack GReat Horn of Aldebaran, one of the fastest we have Taurus Gold Saints stoically resists even Pelekus Dunnamis supports that as the Giant, has all the power of a God, everything to concentrate all his cosmos Shura. In the end, Shura is ready to attack and reveals the giant Aldebaran with his Great Horn showed that Jade Armor no longer a fortress, then launches Excalibur bringing the game ends and giant dies.
Saint Seiya (1986), Part 1: The Sanctuary
Aldebaran was first seen in the 12 Temples in the Sanctuary. At his Taurus temple, he faced the four Bronze Saints: Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, Cygnus Hyoga, and Andromeda Shun. The four Bronze Saints were no match to Aldebaran since none of them had reached to the seventh sense. His battle stance (with crossed arms) allowed him to attack and defend at the same time; since he moves at the speed of light, he can launch his "Great Horn" and return to defense without being seen. Using his "Pegasus Ryu Sei Ken", Seiya reached to the seventh sense for the very first time, getting Aldebaran out of his stance and making it possible for him to see his technique.
In the end, he cuts Aldebaran's left horn off his helmet. Aldebaran, who had told Seiya that he would let him pass the Temple of Taurus if he could break the horn, kept his promise. Before the four Bronze Saints left his temple, Aldebaran told them that without the seventh sense, they don't stand a chance against any of the Gold Saints. In order to reach to the seventh sense, they must burn their cosmo to the limit.
Later, Aldebaran joined Mu, who was watching over the wounded Saori. Mu asked him why did he allow Seiya and the others to pass through his temple; Aldebaran replied that he saw that the Bronze Saints truly believed that Athena is on their side and had his own misgivings about the Pope's claims that they were traitors. The ensuing conversation allowed him to realize that perhaps the Pope was not as he seemed.
Asgard saga (anime only)
In the anime-only Asgard arc, Aldebaran was the first one to be confronted by one of the God Warriors. After the Twelve Temples arc, Aldebaran was unexpectedly attacked by Mizar Syd, and seemingly defeated. It was later revealed that Syd never landed a single blow; instead, it was his brother Alcor Bud who attacked Aldebaran from behind. Aldebaran confined this information to Silver Saint Shaina, asking her to warn the Bronze Saints who would face Syd in battle. The Asgard saga, however, doesn't exist in the original manga, and therefore is not considered canon.
Saint Seiya (1986), Part 2: Poseidon
In the beginning of the Poseidon chapter, Aldebaran followed Athena to the hospital where Seiya, Hyoga, Shiryu and Shun was. After Athena went to attend some matters, the Marina General Siren Sorento appeared. Upon Aldebaran returning to find Siren on the way on turning the medical equipment down, a battle was eminent. Although under Sorento's music that reduced Aldebaran's power to just one percent of its total, he still was able to knock his enemy away with his Great Horn, but without causing him any injuries. Aldebaran had to puncture his ears for Sorento's music not to come through, but it was in vain and the Siren utilized a final move leaving only the Taurus Cloth behind. Despite this, the saint had actually evaded the attack and used his Cosmo to paralyze the movements of his enemy. Before they could start to fight again, Athena appeared and demanded to be taken to the Sanctuary of Poseidon. Aldebaran could not refuse the wishes of Athena and returned to Sanctuary though helmless, while Sorento escorted Athena. In the anime, Aldebaran just had a cameo appearance in this saga.
Warriors of the Final Holy Battle (movie)
At the beginning of the movie, Aldebaran is taken by surprise by an attack of the four Fallen Angels together. He is badly injured, and he does not appear in the rest of the movie.
- Retro-continuity: The movie was made without Masami Kurumada's consent, and Aldebaran was supposed dead. As he is alive in the 3rd part of the Manga (see below), and at the end of it his soul leaves the Underworld to go to the Nirvana, it can be assumed that in this movie he was just badly injured.
Saint Seiya (1986), Part 3: Hades
In the beginning of Hades Chapter, Mu ran to the Taurus temple while chasing after Gemini Saga, Aquarius Camus and Capricorn Shura. There, he found Aldebaran standing strong in front of him. At first he was relieved to see he is all right. Sadly, after a short while, Mu found that Aldebaran was already killed by Niobe, a spectre of Hades.
With Aldebaran's very last remaining cosmo, Mu was able to move again after Nyobe attacked him with Deep Fragrance. Mu then defended himself with "Crystal Wall" against Nyobe's attack. Afterward, he quietly walked away. Nyobe was surprised, until Mu reminded him that he was, in fact, already dead: Aldebaran's Great Horn had already hit him and destroyed his entire body. Mu thanked Aldebaran for his help and swore on his life that he would protect Athena to the end.
In the manga, Aldebaran was surprised by Deep Niobe because he was deaf after destroying his own eardrums in his battle against Siren Sorrento.
Later, Aldebaran joined the rest of the twelve Gold Saints at the Wailing Wall with his Gold Cloth. He showed his surprised comrades that he remained loyal to his friends and Athena, even after death.
In the official sequel Saint Seiya Next Dimension, Aldebaran appears (together with the other Gold Saints) in the form of spirit to help of Athena.
Techniques and abilitiesHaving mastered the Seventh Sense, Aldebaran is able to fully control his Cosmo energy and make movements at the speed of light. This power allowed him to become one of the Gold Saints, the strongest class among the protectors of the goddess Athena. It is hinted that he achieved the Eighth sense in the Hades saga, so he could freely fight Hades and aid the other Gold Saints. Aldebaran has displayed superhuman physical strength in Saint Seiya Episode G, being able to lift a plate that was crushing two other Gold Saints with one hand. Between his techniques, he has only shown the Great Horn (グレートホーン, Gurēto Hōn) in which Aldebaran sends two waves of massive cosmo toward his enemy. The offensive power of this technique is great enough to pulverize a warrior completely together with his armor.
In order to improve the power and strength of his Great Horn, Aldebaran keeps his arms-crossed posture throughout the series. As noted by Pegasus Seiya this is a strategy similar to iaijutsu: while in this pose, Aldebaran can instantly react to incoming attacks, uncross his arms and counter-attack, so quickly the enemy is unable to perceive the blow before Aldebaran crosses his arms again.
Cloth, Constellation and Temple
Aldebaran's guardian constellation is Taurus, and his Gold Cloth represents it and its associated myth : the Cretan Bull, captured by Heracles as his seventh task.
The temple Aldebaran guarded was known both in manga and the anime adaptation as KinGyuuKyuu, the "Temple of the Golden Bull".
Predecessor and successor
Main Article: Taurus Ox
Main Article: Taurus Harbinger
In Masami Kurumada's current Saint Seiya work, Saint Seiya Next Dimension, the Taurus Saint in the 18th century was known as Taurus Ox (牡牛座のオックス, Taurasu no Okkusu). In the same way as Aldebaran, Ox is a giant, with blonde hair and bushy eyebrows, and also possesses the Great Horn. A recently introduced character that has yet to take a more prominent role in the plot, he is ackowledged by Libra Dohko to be a true Gold Saint. He first appeared in chapter 13, punishing Pegasus Tenma, Libra Dohko and Aries Sion because of their reckless charge against Hades.
- In his manga, Kurumada gave Aldebaran very long blonde hair. In the anime adaptation his hair was dark brown and since his back wasn't often visible, the length of his hair sometimes varied.
- It's never explained how Seiya could break the horn of Aldebaran's helmet with merely his hand, giving the supposed imperviousness of Gold Cloths to physical attacks.
- As revealed by Masami Kurumada in vol.12 of his manga, Aldebaran became a Gold Saint at an early age. He had already been granted the Gold Saint status and the Taurus Gold Cloth by the time he was 7 years old.
- Aldebaran made an cameo in Saint Seiya - Next Dimension (sequel and prequel of Saint Seiya original manga)