|Japanese Name||優木 沙々|
"...I'll just have to show those rookies how strong I am. Isn't it only natural for the strong to take what they want?" - Sasa, chapter 1 of Symmetry Diamond.
Sasa Yuuki (優木 沙々 Yūki Sasa) is a supporting antagonist character appearing in Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Extra Story and Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer. She is a magical girl from Kazamino City seeking to claim new territory in Mitakihara City.
- Age: 15 (estimated)
- Eye colour: Blue
- Hair colour: Brown
- Soul gem: Small circular blue-grey gem on the end of the middle part of her harlequin hat. It's smaller than the other two spheres on her hat.
- Weapon: Curved scythe-style staff with 5 jutting points
- Wish: "For people who are better than I am to follow my every command."
- Japanese pronoun: Watashi (私)
- School: Unknown. She appears to be in middle school.
Sasa is a girl who at first appears cheerful and dependable, but her cheerful side masks an incredibly vicious, haughty, and possibly even vengeful side of her. She has a tendency to laugh madly at times, and generally does not act very serious. Sasa is also extremely manipulative, being able to flawlessly fool Oriko Mikuni. Sasa is also not above resorting to tricks such as begging or feigning surrender/cowardice in order to get herself out of difficult situations.
While acting as a fellow friend and classmate to Oriko in Symmetry Diamond, Sasa takes on the personality of a cheerful, chatty, yet reliable girl. She is seen putting down Komaki Asako and her friends for teasing Oriko, and telling Oriko that she should talk to Sasa if she has any problems, claiming that she's on Oriko's side and that she thinks of Oriko as a big sister.
Despite enthusiastically controlling Witches, Sasa turns out to be horrified at the fact that magical girls themselves become Witches; learning this very fact in Extra Story makes her crush her soul gem while screaming how she doesn't want to become a Witch herself, immediately killing herself.
Ironically in Sadness Prayer Sasa found Kirika's complete devotion towards Oriko to be creepy and saw her as too much of a liability to take control of.
Sasa's backstory is currently unknown. All that is known is that she hated people better than her and thus made her wish because of that; is it unknown if she had any ulterior motivations or if there was any major factors behind her feelings.
Sasa in Extra Story
Sasa appears only in Symmetry Diamond.
Sasa arrives in Mitakihara City to claim its territory. She confronts and knocks out Kirika using a Witch (then presumably believes Kirika is dead), and then mind-controls Oriko. Oriko subsequently believes Sasa is a friend and fellow classmate she can depend on. After finding Yuma, Oriko leaves Sasa to take care of her so she can go look for Kirika; Sasa then moves into the next phase of her plan and attempts to kill Oriko, but is interrupted by Kirika which breaks the magic she used on Oriko. Sasa, now angry, attacks the duo using Witches.
After the controlled Witches are defeated and Sasa's plan is thwarted, Oriko reveals to Sasa the fate of magical girls, that they eventually turn into Witches. Sasa, horrified, screams how she doesn't want to become a Witch and crushes her soul gem, thinking it would prevent her Witchification, but ends up killing herself accidentally.
Sasa in Sadness Prayer
Sasa makes a reappearance in Sadness Prayer following Komaki Asako's death. It is revealed here that Sasa hails from Kazamino and has gotten into a conflict with Lina's group as she had been killing others with her Witches in order to feed them. In one of their conflicts Sasa had managed to kill a member of Lina's group named Futaba, earning Mio's hatred for her.
After being cornered by Lina's group, she gets away with a false soul gem and yelling for help from passerby to force the group to flee. Sasa then travels to Mitakihara in order to seek out more victims and find the black magical girl killer she heard about in order to take control of her and get rid of Lina's group.
She is later seen fighting with a Witch against Mio, who is trying to kill her to avenge her friend's death, however Kirika interrupts the fight by killing Mio in a surprise attack. Sasa is then confronted by both Oriko and Kirika, who recruit her in their mission to protect their world. Sasa lies to them about her reasons for being in Mitakihara and uses them in order to take out Lina's group, unaware of Oriko's actual plans. During a stakeout with Kirika, Sasa was disturbed by the other girl's utter devotion to Oriko and secretly planned to kill her as she saw her as a liability and leave Mitakihara after they completed their plans. Oriko also requests from Sasa to find and bring to her a "friend" of hers using one of her Witches and their barrier.
The group ambushes Lina's group and Sasa fights Lina directly with one of her Witches. However Lina managed to destroy all of her Witches, leaving Sasa unable to fight and Lina manages to have her at her and Mai Akane's mercy. Their fighting stops when Miyako Saki is manipulated by Oriko into denouncing Lina's actions and wanting to kill a fellow magical girl. Out of magic and driven to despair by Miyako's words, Lina turns into a Witch in front of the group and kills Miyako, forcing Sasa to work with the others and take down the Witch. After its defeat, Sasa appeared to be shaken up with the revelation that magical girls become Witches and had lost her desire to fight Mai and instead attacked Oriko, who knew about and planned Lina's transformation. She then rants about how she can't trust anyone and that they're all out to irritate her and calls everyone selfish trash when Madoka shows up who is horrified at the situation taking place. Sasa then sics one of her Witches in order to kill her, but is suddenly killed by a bomb explosion planted by Homura Akemi.
After her death, Oriko and Kirika find and locate Sasa's grief seed stash in a storage unit to take for themselves.
Powers and Abilities
Sasa's weapon is a scythe or key-like staff. She appears to be able to fire beams from it, as attempted in chapter 2 of Symmetry Diamond.
She has the ability of mind control, mind-controlling Oriko in Symmetry Diamond as part of a ploy to kill her. The limits of this ability are unknown. Sasa can also mind-control Witches, likely because they're born from humans.
Kirika says in chapter 2 of Symmetry Diamond that "[Sasa] isn't much on her own" and that "[Kirika] could take her down [herself]"; this implies that Sasa is weak and easily defeated without the aid of her Witches. This is backed up by the fact that Sasa is almost never seen not accompanied by a witch of some sort, and how in Sadness Prayer she was unable to defeat Lina, who could still fight her despite exhausting nearly all of her magic.
- Sasa's magical girl outfit taking the form of a harlequin might refer to her manipulative/deceiving nature.
- It also may refer to how clowns use masks, and Sasa wears the mask of a kind person to deceive others.
- In Japanese, her surname "Yuuki" (優木) contains the characters for "gentle" (優) and "tree" (木).
- "Yuuki" could be read as "勇気", meaning courage.
- "優" can also be read as: "actor" and "superiority". The three different definitions may refer to how Sasa acts kind, but is really a vicious girl who wants to become superior to others.
- The first character of her given name, "Sasa", (沙) means "sand". The second (々) is a character indicating that the previous kanji must be repeated. This would make Sasa's name "沙沙".
- "Sasa" could be read as "笹", meaning bamboo grass.
- Sasa is one of only two characters with a "々" in her name, the other being Kagari Hinata.
Oriko Magica: Extra Story cover
- Sasa Yuuki at Pixiv image repository (Japanese)