Sayaka (さやか) is a Spirit World inspector sent to determine whether Yusuke was a suitable candidate to be returned to life. Her name translates to clear and bright.


Sayaka looked like a small, blue haired, blue eyed girl. However, considering how young Koenma appears and his actual age, it is possible that Sayaka is indeed much older than she appears.


Sayaka is one of the few characters in the series to have different roles in the anime than in the manga. In the anime she is a spirit inspector, (a role different from spirit detective), and she determines whether Yusuke is worthy of ressurection. However, in the manga, she was originally an angry ghost who attempts to steal the soul of a young boy in order to have a playmate. Throughout her life, she was neglected by her parents, who did not even realize that their child had died. While her plan was to go to Heaven along with Shouta, without a proper Spirit Guide, their souls would have been lost forever, unable to go to heaven or hell. When Yusuke attempted to stop her, Sayaka blasted him with a burst of dark energy that knocked him out. When Yusuke attempts to stop them a second time, by that point Sayaka's hatred had weakened due to Shouta's influence and she was unable to access her dark powers. Yusuke spanked her until she apologized for her actions. Then Yusuke and Botan cheered her up by playing with her. Sayaka began crying as it was the first time anyone had ever played with or punished her, while nobody had cared for her before. Sayaka develops a crush on Yusuke and constantly wants to play with him, much to Yusuke's annoyance. She becomes something of a rival to Keiko, inspecting whether or not Keiko is worthy of Yusuke. Once she realizes that Keiko is more worthy of Yusuke than she is, she decides to go to heaven, turning her attention to Koenma instead.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Energyblast

    Sayaka's energy blast

    Dark Energy Blast: In the manga, Sayaka is shown to be able to send Yusuke flying backwards off the ground with a burst of dark energy emitted from her palm, formed from the negative emotions experienced during her life. This attack has quite an impressive radius and creates an air current as the energy is released. Yusuke feels humiliated after being taken down by this surprisingly formidable technique. When she loses this hatred, she also loses the ability to use this attack.
  • She has also demonstrated the ability to sense the presence of fatal curses.


  • Sayaka has very little physical similarities to Rika Furude from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
  • In the Filipino adaptation, she is called Tina.
  • She is voiced by Yuri Shiratori in the Japanese language version and by Susan Huber in the English dub.