"Hey Mami see that my wish has been granted."
"There's no way I'll ever regret it."
"And right now this is the happiest moment of my life." - Sayaka Miki, Episode 5.
Sayaka Miki is a main character and Madoka's best friend. Like Madoka, she is also a second-year student at Mitakihara Middle School. Tomboyish, confident, and a little brash, she upholds a strong sense of justice and adopts a heroic attitude as a magical girl.
|Japanese Name||美樹 さやか (Miki Sayaka)|
|Voiced by||Japanese: Eri Kitamura|
English: Sarah Williams
Italian: Gea Riva
Spanish: Carmen Calvell
Cantonese: Sek Zi Cing
French: Gwenäelle Julien
- Age: 13-14 (estimated)
- Height: 158-160 cm
- Eye colour: Blue
- Hair colour: Blue
- Soul Gem: C-shape, similar to a cresent moon or a mermaid's tail
- Weapon: Cutlass
- Wish: To heal the arm of Kyosuke Kamijo (exact wording unknown)
- Witch form: Oktavia von Seckendorff
- Japanese Pronoun: atashi (あたし)
- School: Mitakihara Middle School, Second Year
According to Ms. Aoki's Design Notes:
- "Her personality is so boyish that I had to be careful not to make her look too boyish too. So I gave her hair a diagonal line in back, to straddle the line between short and medium length."
- Magical girl outfit: "Sayaka’s outfit is the closest to combat gear. Since her sword is a melee weapon, I paid attention to that while designing her clothes."
- Her outfit features diagonal-cut skirt and shoulderless top for ease of movement. Add a cape, and she’s a picturesque swordswoman.
Sayaka is a bit tomboyish and acts heroic. She is devoted to her friends, especially when she makes the contract right away and saves Madoka. She has a large girlish side in that she loves classical music, and is very interested in romance. Sayaka seems to have had an extremely black-and-white and idealistic vision of love, which seems to have contributed to her breakdown. After learning the truth about the Magical Girl contract, she felt that she could no longer approach him, and this wasn't helped by Kamijou's obliviousness to her feelings and Hitomi's more assertive behavior that ended up with Hitomi becoming Kamijou's girlfriend, unaware of Sayaka's problem. This is why she falls into deep despair, a self-destructive spiral in which she refused help from others (especially Kyoko, Homura and Madoka), seeking to either die or kill to dull the pain. As a result, her soul gem became corrupted and ultimately caused her to become a witch. When she listens to Kyosuke one last time, she actually feels glad and proud for him that Hitomi will make him happy.
In episode 5, Madoka said she always act before thinking twice, and is easy to conflict with others. But on the other side, she is kind, courageous and willing to work hard for others. Homura commented her good side is fatal for a magical girl. Her kindness makes her ignorant, her courage makes her careless, and she'll get no return on her hard work for others.
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"I'm okay with that. Yeah I'm okay with that. I mean all I ever really wanted was to hear him play again you know? I wanted everyone to hear him play that violin of his the more people the better. Just remembering that again is enough for me. I don't have any regrets anymore."
Sayaka in the Anime and Drama CDs
- The "Sunny Day Life" Drama CD depicts Sayaka checking Hitomi's panties with dubious interest. Making her look like some sort of pervert.
- Even Madoka knows this is wrong.
- The Drama CD "Sunny Day Life" gives the impression that Sayaka is not a bright student.
- It gets worse, even if Madoka's test scores are low, they are higher than Sayaka's.
- Sayaka is normally depicted sleeping in class. No wonder she gets low scores.
- It gets worse, even if Madoka's test scores are low, they are higher than Sayaka's.
Sayaka in Wraith Arc
Sayaka has a smaller role than the other magical girls in Wraith Arc. In chapter 1, Sayaka is hunting wraiths in the city with Mami and Kyoko and is the first to locate the whereabouts of the giant wraith. She fights off a large group of wraiths that were surrounding the giant wraith and then attempts to attack it on her own, worried it would escape before Mami or Kyoko could arrive. Despite this, the giant wraith is able to escape. She and Kyoko have a small scuffle over this with Kyoko being the winner. The next day, Sayaka walks home with Hitomi and talks about Kyoko, leading Hitomi to be glad Sayaka has made a new friend. As they walk, Hitomi notices Kyosuke which triggers her to confess her feelings about him to Sayaka. This causes Sayaka to become distracted in battle which leads to a few crucial mistakes on her part. She rejects the grief cubes that are offered to her and Kyoko admonishes her for being distracted over personal issues. Mami lectures her on the real dangers of fighting wraiths before heading home. Left alone, Kyoko asks if Sayaka is concerned about Kyosuke and Hitomi and tells Sayaka to let a wraith consume Hitomi's feelings as a solution to her dilemma. This angers Sayaka and she challenges Kyoko to another fight, this time beating Kyoko. She tells Kyoko to never talk to her again and leaves.
In chapter two, Sayaka thinks back on the conversation she had with Hitomi in which she was promised a full day to sort through her feelings and decide on a course of action concerning Kyosuke. A wraith is hunting down Hitomi and Kyubey alerts Sayaka to its presence. She dispatches it with relative ease only to find that Hitomi has ran into Kyosuke and is now conversing with him. Despite not hearing anything of the conversation, she fears the worst and wanders off into the city alone. Later for her meeting with Mami and Kyoko, Sayaka inadvertently runs into a large swarm of wraiths which she attempts to destroy all at once. However, there are too many wraiths for her to destroy on her own and she gives up, willing to allow the wraiths to consumer her negative feelings. Kyoko saves her before the wraiths can begin and Kyubey tells the girls to hurry since Mami is in danger. It seems the giant wraith has appeared out of nowhere and is currently targeting Mami. As the three girls work together to defeat the giant wraith, all goes well until the wraith breaks through Kyoko's barriers and captures Sayaka. Inside the giant wraith Sayaka's feelings are consumed as she watches her life flash before her eyes. Thanks to Kyoko and Mami's words of encouragement, Sayaka is able to cut her way out of the giant wraith with the last of her power. She witnesses Kyosuke play the violin once more before God Madoka takes her away.
Afterwards, a mutant wraith disguises itself as Sayaka taunts Kyoko and Hitomi at the station, asking Hitomi to choose between keeping Kyosuke to herself or Sayaka as a friend. Thereafter the wraith spends the rest of the story attacking the remaining magical girls.
Sayaka in The Rebellion Story
|Warning, this section contains spoilers about the movie.|
Prior to the beginning of the movie, the Incubators trap Homura's Soul Gem in an Isolation Field that blocks out the Law of Cycles, causing a barrier to form within the Soul Gem. After Kyubey modifies the Field to allow the barrier to "invite" victims, Sayaka enters the barrier from the Law of Cycles along with Madoka and Nagisa Momoe. (Although the movie doesn't explicitly say this, Sayaka is essentially an angel for Madoka.) To prevent the Incubators from observing the Law of Cycles (which would give them the information they need to reinstate the witch system), Madoka entrusts her memories and powers to Sayaka and Nagisa.
Homura's witch barrier is a false, idealized Mitakihara that alters the memories of the humans trapped in it. Sayaka is unaffected by the memory alterations (either due to being part of the Law of Cycles or because she was entrusted with Madoka's memories), but plays along in order to fool Kyubey. When the movie begins, Sayaka is once again a student at Mitakihara Middle School and fights alongside the other magical girls against Nightmares, monsters created by the barrier specifically to provide an enemy for the magical girls to fight. She is shown to be much closer to Kyoko, who is now Sayaka and Madoka's classmate; in fact Kyoko is staying at Sayaka's house.
Although she is pretending to have her memories erased, Sayaka acts more well-adjusted than she did in the anime. It's implied she has memories of all of the previous timelines. When Hitomi gives birth to a Nightmare out of her frustration with Kyosuke, Sayaka jokes that Hitomi chose an insensitive boyfriend. After the Nightmare is defeated, Sayaka is the one who purifies Hitomi.
When Homura begins to discover the truth of the barrier, she suspects Bebe, Nagisa's disguised form. This puts Homura into conflict with Mami, which ends with Homura incapacitated. Sayaka saves Homura and chides her for picking a fight with Mami and suspecting Bebe. When Homura tries to stop time Sayaka prevents it from happening by thrusting her sword into Homura's shield. She chides Homura again for relying too much on her time magic. Sayaka then discusses the nature of the barrier with Homura, causing Homura to realize the witch must be one of the five magical girls. Sayaka asks Homura if it's alright to kill someone that just wants a world where everyone can be happy. Instead of answering, Homura remembers that Sayaka shouldn't exist, and asks her who she is. Sayaka responds by saying that she's exactly who Homura thinks she is. Homura then sees Oktavia reflected in a puddle the girls are standing on, prompting her to attack Sayaka. Sayaka escapes, but tells Homura to think about whether she really wants to destroy the false Mitakihara, as it would be bad if Homura had any regrets.
Eventually Homura realizes she is the witch and becomes Homulilly. Kyubey tells Madoka to reveal her true powers in order to save Homura, but Sayaka tells Madoka not to listen to him. She stabs herself in order to summon Oktavia and an army of familiars from other witches. The summoned familiars battle Homulilly's familiars, while Oktavia holds off Homulilly herself. The other magical girls either fight off Homulilly's familiars or attack the ceiling of the barrier, cracking it. During the battle, Sayaka is rescued by Kyoko and admits that she regretted abandoning Kyoko at the end of the anime. The two girls then fight off familiars together, and Oktavia even uses Kyoko's spear to punch another hole in Homulilly's barrier. Finally Madoka shatters the ceiling of the barrier and exposes Kyubey's Isolation Field. She reaches out to Homura's remaining Humanity, and together they destroy the Isolation Field from within.
Once the barrier vanishes, Ultimate Madoka descends from the sky to retrieve Homura's Soul Gem. Sayaka and Nagisa descend alongside her in a carriage. However, Homura has been changed by her experience in the barrier and grabs Madoka before she can erase Homura's Soul Gem. Homura's actions tear apart reality and seperate Madoka from her goddess self. Sayaka is engulfed by colors that erupt from Homura's Soul Gem and spread across the universe.
Akuma Homura's Universe
"Even if you say that, I won’t forget this: you, Akemi Homura, have become a devil!"
Now a self-proclaimed demon, Homura creates a new universe. For unknown reasons, Sayaka is the only one who retains her memories. Also, she can no longer return to the Law of Cycles. She confronts Homura, asking her why she stole a fragment of the Law of Cycles. Homura replied that she only stole Madoka's existence as a human. Homura says that as a demon, it's only appropriate she goes against god. Sayaka summons Oktavia again and asks Homura if she wants to destroy the universe. Homura says it's a fine idea once all the wraiths are destroyed, and when the time comes she'll gladly be their enemy. Homura then asks if Sayaka really can oppose her and claps her hands, causing Oktavia to vanish. Homura tells Sayaka that her memories are being altered. Sayaka says she remembers that she was somewhere else and part of something greater, but she can't remember what it felt like. Homura tells her to just let go and accept returning to her human life, but Sayaka says that although her memories are gone, there is one thing she will never forget: that Homura Akemi is a demon. Despite the threat, Homura says that they should at least pretend to be friends in front of Madoka.
Homura vanishes, and Sayaka is greeted by Hitomi and Kyosuke. Even though she lost her memories, she says she feels really happy to be greeted by the two. Hitomi says that Sayaka is saying strange things, and Sayaka agrees with a laugh. A shot of Sayaka's hand reveals that her ring and Soul Gem mark are still present. However, the Runes displaying her name have vanished, indicating her powers are gone or sealed. At the end of the movie Sayaka is seen enjoying pocky with Kyoko, indicating they are still close in this new world.
Sayaka in Madoka Magica: The Different Story
Sayaka acts more like a perfectionist than she did in other media. She often obsesses over the mistakes that she makes and is very conscious of other people's expectations.
- In this manga, Sayaka tries to escape when Mami requests that she study magic to find witches efficiently.
- It is shown that Sayaka can also heal others in this story.
- Sayaka appears in the later part of chapter 4. In chapter 7, it is shown that Sayaka makes a contract and prevents Mami from danger.
- When Hitomi tells her that she will confess to Kyousuke, Sayaka's sense of responsibility as a magical girl prevents her from confessing first. Again, she is unable to bear her own selfishness, especially when she didn't help Hitomi who was in a witch's trap.
- In chapter 8, Sayaka exhausted her magic and becomes a witch. According to Kyubey, she is too weak to gain any good when there are many more powerful magical girls.
- In final chapter, Sayaka is revived by Madoka, who made the contract with Kyubey. Sayaka does not remember being transformed into a witch, just that Madoka saved her from being killed by a witch. Before facing Walpurgis Night, Sayaka apologizes with Homura, saying she had misunderstood her actions and what the two want is to protect Madoka. Also, Sayaka says she owes Homura for saving her life once and she'll find a way to thank her. She is last seen facing Walpurgis Night before Homura restarts time.
Sayaka in the PSP Game
- There is a Sayaka route in the game, which is different from the anime. The scenario is supervised by Gen Urobuchi who wrote the script for the anime series. But there are multiple different 'if' developments. There is a different 'Sayaka route', in which it is possible to prevent Sayaka from becoming a witch. She may fight with other magical girls.
- It is possible to have a better ending, or to have a more cruel one than the anime, depending on the player's choices.
- It is possible to stop Sayaka's insanity and her transformation into a witch in the Sayaka route or Homura route of the PSP Game.
- Kyoko can prevent Sayaka from becoming a witch.
- In the Bonus Route, Sayaka has a confrontation with Hitomi about Kyousuke. After that, she confesses Kyosuke about her feelings and her identity as a Magical Girl.
Sayaka in the The Battle Pentagram
Sayaka in Kazumi Magica
Sayaka's and Oktavia's silhouettes appeared once during Umika's explanation about Witches, as she says that witches are the end state of magical girls.
Sayaka in Oriko Magica
"Madoka, what are you planning to do when you get there? I have no idea why Homura is out there fighting, but...you can't do /a thing to help, right Madoka? You'd end up getting in her way. That's why...'Sayaka-san' is going in as backup."
"We're friends, right? I can't just let her be." - Sayaka Miki, Puella Magi Oriko Magica, Chapter 7.
- Sayaka is mentioned in Chapter 3. She does not appear until chapter 4, however. Sayaka is also protected by Homura so that she never gets contracted there.
- Unlike the other timelines, she considers Homura as a friend, as she declared in chapter 7.
- She helped Hitomi to escape from familiars' attacks from chapter 5-7, when Mitakihara Junior High is covered with a witch's barrier. Madoka reunites with them, and together, they go to help Homura. Madoka is killed by Oriko, and Sayaka and Hitomi are seen mourning her just before Homura resets the timeline.
Powers and Abilities
Due to the nature of her wish, Sayaka has powerful regenerative abilities. She can heal herself much faster than the other magical girls in the series as well as great endurance. In battle, she can combine this self-healing special ability with magical techniques that detach her senses and block all forms of pain, becoming a nearly unstoppable berserker.
While using her magic, circles of notes are sometimes seen around or near her. This is believed to be related to her wish to heal Kamijou. She has also been shown summoning circles of notes in mid-air that she uses to jump off of and change her direction in battle, leaving blue streaks behind her.
- Sayaka's character design depicts her with a two-edged sword that has a scabbard but this was never used in the anime. Rather, she is seen using a katana with a saber-like guard.
- The manga uses the sword from her original design.
- It seems Sayaka does not always contract with Kyubey in all timelines. What happened to her if she does not contract is unknown. But once she get contracted, her fate is always becoming a witch.
- The grief seed, which Madoka used for purifying Homura's Soul Gem in Episode 10's Timeline 3, may be Sayaka herself (likely to be transformed from Sayaka's Soul Gem and recovered after Homura destroyed Oktavia von Seckendorff). This is because the 5 lines being seen on grief seed look like the musical Staff.
- This theory is supported by the fact that the emblem of Sayaka's Soul Gem can be seen at the top of this Grief Seed; furthermore the Grief Seed heavily resembles the depiction of Oktavia's Grief Seed from the PSP Game.
- Sayaka calls other main characters their first names only, except Homura and Mami.
- The way she calls Homura varies in every timeline. This reflects how she sees Homura.
- The Blu-Ray version of Sayaka's transformation is accompanied with a display of musical scores and circles of notes.
- It is suspected that the notes are from Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska's A Maiden's Prayer (乙女の祈り)
- Her first name is written in hiragana, which has no special meaning. The word sayaka (さやか【明か／清か, usually written in hiragana) can mean "clear", "fresh", or "bright" in Japanese.
- Trees are generally associated with witches in the series, especially Walpurgisnacht, and an offering to the gods is a sacrifice. So, Sayaka Miki is a "fresh sacrifice" whose very name foreshadows her becoming a witch.
- The first character in her last name (美) means "beauty". The last character (樹) means "tree". Her name could also be written (幹) "tree trunk" or (神酒) "sake offered to the gods."
- Her last name can also be used as a first name.
- The official Chinese translation uses (沙耶香) as the kanji for her name. The characters also have no particular meaning (沙 "sand" 耶 "question mark" 香 "fragrant") and are used mainly for their phonetic value in Japanese to represent the word sayaka as a name. No official kanji of her name exists in the original Japanese version.
- Sayaka becomes a magical girl in Episode 4; Episode 5 details her debut as a magical girl, including the scene where she makes the contract with Kyubey.
- She describes herself as having been born "petit bourgeois," which is French for "petty bourgeois." This would mean that her family is at least from the middle class, but is by no means from the upper class (despite the fact that, if Japan has even less living space in the future than it does now, her family's apartment is far larger than a normal middle-class family could afford).
- According to recent interview, "Sayaka had her personality based on a 'Gen Urobuchi character'"
- Madoka and Sayaka are childhood friends, the NitroPlus novel goes into detail regarding their encounter and their friendship.
- In the movie opening, it shows scenes of Madoka's life. Sayaka is shown with Hitomi and Kyousuke along the way.
- When Sayaka transformed in the train in Episode 8, the fate of the two hosts was open to interpretation in the original scenario by Gen Urobuchi. While Shinbo has recently confirmed that Sayaka did not kill the two men in the anime, they were in fact killed in the manga version.
- The train conversation scene between the two hosts is actually based on a real event that Gen Urobuchi witnessed.
- Shinbo stated in an interview that he liked Sayaka and asked Gen Urobuchi if something could be done to get her back to life but Urobuchi said that was impossible.
- Sayaka's hairpin disappears when she transforms into magical girl form.
- According to Official Guidebook, both Shinbo and Aoki think it would be better to attach something instead. Aoki has tried adding another hairband with something in star or ball shape, but that would make her look like playing in a serious fight so she gave up such idea. Urobuchi said a cloak is flashy enough, however.
- Manga Time Kirara Magica volume 1 showed Sayaka in her transformed state with a new hairpin in the shape of ƒƒ, the musical notation for "fortissimo" or "very loud." This fits her musical theme and her bold personality. Apparently the staff finally found a design they're happy with.
- And finally the staff have the chance to give her that hairpin in the Madoka Magica Movie. According to Director Shinbo, this can be seem as compensation for her since she is a character always who suffers under fate.
- According with Gen Urobuchi, even if Sayaka won over Kyousuke, she would never be happy with him.
- Her Seiyuu, Eri Kitamura also provided the voice of another Magical Girl whose first name was Miki and whose theme color was blue, in the anime series 'Fresh PreCure'
- In an interview, when asked about Madoka's casual clothes, Shinbo said that he forgot to have a scene where Sayaka also wears casual wears. He feels a little regret.
- As compensation, Sayaka wears casual clothes in Rebellion's OP.
- Water is usually considered to be an element of healing and purification in religion and mythology. Major faiths incorporate ritual washing.
- The "C" Motif could relate to the link between her and music. In Medieval music, the Gregorian Chant system uses a C-like figure to denote a "Do" in a staff.