Saki Mikajima (三ヶ島 沙樹, Mikajima Saki) is Masaomi Kida's girlfriend who was hospitalized after being kidnapped by the Blue Squares. Initially, Saki had an almost godlike idolization of Izaya Orihara, causing her to unquestioningly obey him. However, this changes with Masaomi's help as she grows to better understand Izaya and the things he does.
She has grey eyes and short charcoal hair that was previously dyed brown. She usually wears a light pink cardigan, a white shirt, jeans, and a necklace. In the past, she wore a black shirt with a white cardigan and pink skirt. She is seen to be slightly shorter than Masaomi.
Initially, Saki is shown to be a very soft spoken individual and rarely expresses much emotion other than what was needed to get her point across. Much of this is due to Izaya, who had brainwashed her into being one of his many "followers" and used her in several of his plans. Because of this, she obeyed every order given to her without question, no matter how ridiculous or dangerous, such as faking a leg injury for a year in order to keep Masaomi under Izaya's thumb.
After finding the courage to defy Izaya for the first time, Saki begins to show more of who she actually is when not acting as the puppet of someone else. She is very straightforward with how she speaks and rarely minces words, even coming off as blunt at times. Saki is also very perceptive, as shown how she is able to easily see through Masaomi's attempts to hide his loneliness after leaving Ikebukuro and how she is able to predict what he plans to do. Saki also appears to be extremely forgiving, as she immediately returned Masaomi's affections even though he had essentially abandoned her out of cowardice during the Yellow Scarves' gang war with the Blue Squares. According to her, she prefers to judge people based on their actions in the present as opposed to what they have done in the past. She is usually always seen with a lighthearted, closed smile on her face.
BackgroundEditWhile the details are never given, it is implied that Saki met Izaya shortly after getting out of an abusive relationship. Izaya took advantage of Saki while she was still vulnerable and manipulated her until she eventually became a brainwashed follower. Under Izaya's orders, Saki made contact with and began a relationship with Masaomi Kida, the leader of a local color gang, the Yellow Scarves, with the intention of using him as another pawn. At the time, the Yellow Scarves were in a war with another gang, the Blue Squares, who were quickly taking over their turf due to using underhanded tactics.
Saki persuaded Masaomi to ask Izaya for strategic advice which gave the Yellow Scarves the upper hand, eventually causing Masaomi to rely more and more on Izaya's intel. However, Izaya also started aiding the Blue Squares as well to the point to where the two groups had almost wiped each other out. By this point, Saki's feelings for Masaomi had slowly become genuine love and thus wished to help put an end to the gang war so that Kida wouldn't have to suffer any longer. Izaya tells Saki that the quickest way to end the conflict would be to allow the Blue Squares to kidnap her which would most likely force Masaomi to disband his gang and back down.
Saki follows his advice without question but this only causes the battle to escalate as the Blue Squares intend to use her as a lure to kill Masaomi. Ran Izumii, the gang's leader, breaks Saki's leg to prove they mean business which causes Saki to pass out. She is eventually saved by Kyouhei's Gang after they disagreed with Ran's methods and is rushed to the hospital as a result.
She initially believes Masaomi saved her but Izaya later reveals, while mocking him, that Masaomi froze at the last second before he could actually confront the Blue Squares. Izaya further orders Saki to keep up the facade of her leg being broken, even after it heals, in order to keep Masaomi under Izaya's influence. Saki would remain in the hospital for over a year until the second Yellow Scarves incident.
Yellow Scarves ArcEdit
Masaomi makes sporadic visits to Saki in the hospital as the Yellow Scarves become more active. He tries to break off their relationship out of guilt but Saki refuses to believe it's what he really wants, claiming Izaya told her so. Saki takes a back seat to the events that transpire until towards the end. As she realizes the full ramifications of Izaya's plan, her love for Masaomi proves to be stronger than her devotion to Izaya. She contacts Simon and discloses all of Izaya's schemes which in turn causes Simon to seek out Celty to help resolve the issue.After Masaomi is hospitalized, she visits him, revealing she could still walk (although Masaomi had already figured that out a long time ago). Saki is amazed at having finally mustered up the courage to defy Izaya while Masaomi apologizes for not being able to save her in the past. He boldly reaffirms his love for her and the two tearfully embrace. After Masaomi fully recovers, they decide to leave Ikebukuro and start new lives together.
Dollars and Blue Square ArcEdit
After Saki and Masaomi leave Ikebukuro, they started working as field agents for Izaya to support themselves. Their recent job was to gather information on Jinnai Yodogiri and the two of them were sent over to a very remote area to do so. Although Saki didn't mind it at all, Kida was very anxious and nervous through the whole trip. Saki lightly teases him about being to addicted to the internet and also questions why Masaomi doesn't simply just talk to his friends in person. As Masaomi tries to change the subject, Saki deduces that he is lonely.
Masaomi denies it, but Saki can tell he is lying. She states that even though she is Masaomi's lover, she can never be a "friend" to him in the sense that Mikado and Anri can. She says that if his friends are anything like he's described then they won't abandon him and even if they did. She would be there to give him a home to return to. With a newfound resolve, Masaomi packs his bag and goes to meet with Mikado and Anri.
Saki receives an invitation from Masaomi to join the Chat Room, which she accepts. Her handle is simply "Saki."
Volume 12 Edit
Saki decided to visit Anri in order to clarify the relationship she had with Mikado and Masaomi. Anri stated that both of them are important to her but she still is undecided her feelings for them.Suddenly Saki began laughing conffesing that she went to Anri's place to start a fight for Masaomi; and she also claimed that if she were about to answer that she was in love with both of them at the same time, she would have set the room on fire. Anri couldn't tell if she was only joking or not.
After that, Saki proposed to tell Anri about Masaomi's past, and, even though Anri told her that Mikado, Masaomi and herself were willing to tell each other secrets when they get back together, she claimed that she was only using that promise as an excuse to evade any confrontation and decided to hear Masaomi's story.
- Saki makes her first appearance during the Yellow Scarves arc in volume 3 of the light novels. In order for the story to flow a bit better, a few minor scenes concerning her (Izaya briefly visiting her in the hospital, for example) were moved to the Dollars and Saika arcs in the first season of the anime.
- She is the only person to have their real name as their chatroom name.
- She has dyed brown hair in the beginning of the series and then again in the rest of the series. In Japan, dying hair brown is viewed as a rebellious act.