Saaya's alter ego is Cure Ange (キュアアンジュ?) and she is known as the Pretty Cure of Wisdom.
As a civilian, Saaya has long navy blue hair with most of her bangs pulled to the left in a bun held by a blue clip and some sections hanging loose. She has blue eyes and wears pink glasses when she's at school. Her dress is sky blue with a cerulean layer underneath and a lavender sash. The sleeves reach her elbows and slightly loose. She also wears blue heels with white socks. During the winter, she wears a blue blouse dress underneath with a navy sash underneath a pastel blue cardigan. She sometimes wears a beige coat. In the movie, she wears a blue dress with a long neckline over a white long-sleeve blouse and a light blue collar along with dark brown loafers and white socks.
In the future after she becomes a doctor, she still ties her hair into a small bun, but her hair is now noticeably shorter.
As Cure Ange, her eyes turn bright blue with thicker lashes and she wears lipstick. Her hair becomes longer and thicker and is now sky blue, with two strands decorated with gold beads. Her headpiece resembles a nurse's cap with white feathers with a gold gradient on each side along with a small blue pearly tiara. Her dress is white with a short white winglike shawl and elbow-length blue translucent sleeves with a hole on the shoulder. The bodice is white and cerulean with a translucent part and a white collar. Around her waist is a cerulean sash tied on the left with her PreHeart attached to a white wing and white and gold ribbons. The skirt is white and lined in cerulean that is longer in the back with a white blue layer underneath. Her boots are sky blue and cerulean with dark blue droplets decorating it, reaching the middle of her calves. She wears white feathery cuffs with a cerulean wrist strap and blue droplet-shaped earrings.
In her Cheerful Style, her hair becomes thicker and longer. Her gold hair pieces slightly change to resemble a butterfly and she now wears a translucent veil held by a rainbow gradient bow with a heart in the middle and gems hanging from it. Her dress is now completely white but keeps the shawl, with the sleeves now reaching her wrists, with the cuffs resembling her wristbands. The winglike skirt opens up to reveal a shorter one resembling her old skirt, but the back part is much shorter. The wing behind her PreHeart pouch changes shape and the ribbons change the resemble feathers. Her boots are the same, but the cuff flares out like wings, with blue ribbon hanging from the back.
In her Mother Heart Style, the cuffs at the end of her boots are larger and longer and she also gains a pair of large translucent butterfly-like wings.
Saaya is a kind girl who is gentle and soft spoken like an angel towards anyone. Despite having been a famous child actor, she was once lost and uncertain of her own future until she realizes her hidden dream of becoming a doctor. She also has some peculiar interests, like a love for spicy foods and enthusiasm towards sets of tools. She also has a hidden competitive streak.
Nono Hana, Kagayaki Homare - As fellow members of the Pretty Cure, the three have been shown to be great friends. Ready to cheer on each other at any given time, the they rely on each other for emotional support during times of hardship.
Ruru Amour - As fellow members of the Pretty Cure, they are good friends. Saaya and Ruru have been shown to have a heater rivalry with each other, usually on trivial matters such as taking care of children.
Aisaki Emiru - As fellow members of the Pretty Cure, they are good friends. Due to the age difference, Saaya serves as an older role model for Emiru.
Yakushiji Reira - Saaya's mother. Saaya is shown to greatly respect her mother, especially looking up to her acting and her actions as a loving parent. Reira can be quite strict to her daughter and is sometimes seen feeling insecure about the fact that Saaya is growing up quickly before her eyes. Nonetheless, the two share a loving bond.
Yakushiji Shuji - Saaya's father. They share a good father-daughter relationship. Shuji often cooks for Saaya, as Reira is usually not home due to her job.
Daigan - Formerly enemies, the two began to share a special bond after Saaya used her powers as Cure Ange to heal Daigan from an otherwise fatal wound.
Yakushiji (薬師寺?) - Yaku (薬?) means "medicine", Shi (師?) means "expert" or "master", and Ji (寺?) means "temple". Yakushi combined (薬師?) also means "doctor". This could mean Yakushiji means "temple of doctors", which might be a reference to Saaya's desire to become a doctor and Cure Ange's healing powers.
Cure Ange comes from the French word ange meaning "Angel".
Meeting Hana and Becoming a Cure
In the first episode, Saaya is first seen in class when transfer student Nono Hana charges into the room, late for her self-introduction. After hearing the cries of a baby, Saaya meets Hana and Kagayaki Homare on the rooftop. Impressed by Hana's energy during her introduction, Saaya offers to show Hana around the school.
In the following episode, Saaya further interacts with Hana. Saaya demonstrates much maturity in her role as the class rep, and the two converse about the Pretty Cure and various other topics as Saaya writes the school newspaper.
After school, Saaya appears at the door of the tree house, drawn by the sound of Hugtan's tears as Hana frantically tries to calm her down. Saaya realizes that Hugtan is likely upset due to hunger, and after a quick internet search, learns how to prepare baby milk. Saaya reveals that she, like Hana, experiences a strange phenomenon where time stops for an instant with the cries of a certain baby. As Saaya calms Hugtan down with the finished bottle of milk, both Hana and Hariham Harry (hiding in a corner) are impressed. Hana compliments Saaya on her kindness, while Saaya believes that on the contrary, her kindness doesn't hold a candle to Hana's courage during her introduction. Hana then concludes that Saaya is courageous as well, as is required of someone to be kind to others. Hana cheers Saaya on as the two laugh.
When an Oshimaida appears nearby, Hana and Saaya rush to the scene. Hana reveals her identity as a Cure by transforming in front of Saaya, which shocks her. As Saaya looks on, concerned, she remembers Hana's cheers from before, which causes her to create a blue Mirai Crystal from her heart. Having found courage from within herself, Saaya transforms into the Pretty Cure of Wisdom, Cure Ange. She fends off the Oshimaida's attacks with Heart Feather!, and her analytical skills allow her to pinpoint the Oshimaida's weak points, lending to the Cures' victory. The sun sets as the two members of the Pretty Cure form a deeper bond.
Career as an Actress
In Episode 7, the girls learn that Saaya has a background as a child actor. Ichijou Ranze appears to challenge Saaya to a face-off in the upcoming auditions, angry that Saaya presumably has an easier career as an actress due to her celebrity actress mother, Yakushiji Reira. Later that day, Saaya returns home to look over her lines, where her father Yakushiji Shuji cheers her on.
The following day, Saaya rehearses her role in a nearby forest. Hana likens her performance to that of an angel, which makes her happy. However, Saaya expresses her anxiety performing in front of others, stemming from the pressure exerted by those who expect her to follow in her mother's footsteps. Despite having a celebrity actress as a mother, Saaya is unsure if acting is the right path for her. Hana and Homare encourage Saaya to give the audition a try, as they'll be there for her, which cheers up Saaya.
On the day of the audition, Saaya becomes more anxious as her turn creeps closer. However, Hana and Homare make sure she doesn't feel this way by constantly bringing her words of encouragement. This gives Saaya the courage to deliver a stunning rendition of her role, despite failing to recite the lines word for word. At the end of the day, Saaya didn't secure the role, but she is glad that she chose to audition.
In Episode 26, it is seen that Saaya is beginning to gain popularity as an actress, but she wants to know what her mother thinks of her career. To do so, Saaya and the others decide to visit a television studio that is currently filming a drama in which Saaya's mother is starring. After witnessing Reira perform in a scene, Saaya decides to approach her: what does she think of Saaya following in her footsteps? Reira simply states, the road of acting is not Saaya's only path, before leaving her alone.
While contemplating this, Saaya meets some of her mother's friends that would take care of Saaya as a baby while her mother was filming. They recount a story where her mother, with baby Saaya in her arms, would come to the studio begging for a role. They state that she was only able to become so successful because of everyone who supported her. When Saaya sees her mother meticulously preparing for her current role, she recalls the times they had spent together. As a child, Saaya had always cheered for her mother from in front of the television screen, which causes her to realize that her desire is to act together with her mother, if only for once, even if she doesn't choose to walk the path of an actress. At the end of the episode, Saaya speaks this desire to her mother, eager to match her mother at the same heights.
Deciding to Become a Doctor
In Episode 23, Daigan from the Criasu Corporation was heavily wounded by Doctor Traum. As Cure Ange, Saaya attempted to use her powers to heal him. In the following episode, it was revealed that Daigan had survived thanks to her efforts, bringing relief to Saaya.
In Episode 27, the cast's teacher, Uchifuji-sensei, reveals that his wife, Inoue Yuka, is expecting a child. When Yuka goes into labor in great pain, Saaya accompanies her to the hospital. There, Dr. Maki assists Yuka in successfully delivering the child. Witnessing the birth of this new life, Saaya is touched. In particular, Dr. Maki states that the wonderful aspect of her job as a obstetrician is bringing each baby into the world. These words resonate with Saaya.
In Episode 35, Saaya and the others visit the hospital where Dr. Maki works. They decide to volunteer in different branches across the hospital, with Saaya and Ruru taking part in the obstetrics branch. There, Saaya meets a young girl named Kawakami Aya. Aya's mother is expecting another child soon and is currently hospitalized in the same hospital. Saaya and Aya spend time with each other, eventually leading to a conversation about Aya's mother. It is here that Aya reveals that she doesn't want her mother to have another child, fearing that the mother whom she loves would no longer belong to her. As Aya breaks down into tears, Saaya pulls Aya into an embrace, stating that Aya's mother would love the new child just as much as Aya, equally. Aya becomes more cheerful, and at the end of the episode, happily welcomes the new child. As the cast leaves the hospital, Saaya remarks on the wonderfulness of being a doctor.
In Episode 44, Saaya finally gets the chance to act with her mother. Initially, Saaya has trouble delivering her lines with conviction, as she had realized that she wants to pursue the path of a doctor, not an actress. After speaking with Daigan, who Saaya had healed before, and Dr. Maki, who reveals that even she was never absolutely certain with her career path, Saaya is determined to break speak the truth to everyone. Saaya reveals to her mother that rather than following her footsteps, she wants to become a doctor. Although her mother Reira initially appears to be happy for Saaya, it becomes evident that she has difficulty accepting this. This causes her to be turned into an Oshimaida by Listol. As the Oshimaida wrecks havoc, Saaya enters its body to confront her mother. Reira reveals she feels Saaya is growing up too quickly, which causes her to have a hard time. Saaya states that she is grateful for the moment she had shared with Reira through acting; they have allowed her to realize her dream of being a doctor. Saaya wants to bring joy to others through her practice of medicine, the same way Reira brings joy to others through acting. The two share a tearful embrace before Saaya exits the Oshimaida, which is then purified. As the episode comes to an end, the two finish their parts, with Reira warning Saaya of the hardships to come and Saaya ready to overcome them.
Around ten years later, Saaya had become a doctor like she hoped. Her assistant Daigan informs her that Hana is going into labour, in which she later helps Hana during the delivery, with Homare being there to help support Hana.
Min'na wo Iyasu! Chie no Purikyua! Kyua Anju!
Cure Ange (キュアアンジュ?) is the Pretty Cure alter ego of Saaya. In order to transform, she needs the PreHeart and her Mirai Crystal. Ange can use the PreHeart and the Melody Sword to utilize blasts of wind cushioned with feathers for both offensive and defensive purposes.
Heart Kiratto! (ハートキラっと! Hāto Kiratto!?)
Saaya holds her PreHeart in its phone mode and inserts her Mirai Crystal onto the device while saying "Mirai Crystal!". She then flips the device into its heart mode as the screen flashes on with a white heart that emits white light. As she says "Heart Kiratto!", she waves her PreHeart gently around until the light turns blue. Covered in a blue glow, she presses the red heart on the PreHeart while saying "Hagyuu~" until blue streams of light fly out to create her dress, sash, arm warmers and boots. She presses the red heart again while saying "Gyuu~" to change her hair length and colour as well as adding her hair accessories. She presses the red heart for the final time to allow her earrings, tiara and cape to appear. She places her PreHeart in its carry bag on her waist and says her introduction phrase while reaching to the heavens before kneeling to the ground to say her name as she poses.
- Heart Feather! (ハート・フェザー！?) is Cure Ange's main attack, which she primarily uses as a shield. It requires the PreHeart and the Mirai Crystal Blue or Mirai Crystal Navy. She first uses it in episode 2.
- Trinity Concert (トリニティ・コンサート?) is an attack Cure Ange performs alongside Cures Yell and Étoile to purify the enemy. It requires the Cures' Melody Swords and the Mirai Crystals Rose, Navy, and Orange. She first performed it with her teammates in episode 11.
- Feather Blast (フェザー・ブラスト?) is Cure Ange's secondary attack that she performs to deflect any attack that comes her or her teammates' way. It requires the Ange Harp and the Mirai Crystal Navy. She first performed it in episode 12.
- In episode 23, it is revealed that she also has the ability to heal others when she tries to save Daigan.
- Cheerful Attack (チアフル・アタック?) is a group attack that she, Yell, Étoile, Macherie, Amour, and Hugtan can perform together. The attack transforms them into their Cheerful Styles and requires the Memorial Cure Clock and Mirai Crystal Cheerful. It was first performed in episode 31.
- All・For・You! (オールフォーユー！?) is the second group attack that she performs with Yell, Étoile, Macherie, and Amour. It requires the Mirai Braces, as well as the powers of all the Pretty Cures in the franchise. It was performed for the first and only time in episode 37.
- Tomorrow With Everyone (みんなでトゥモロー！?) is the third group attack that she, Yell, Étoile, Macherie, Amour, and Hugtan can perform by summoning Mother Heart. The attack transforms them into their Mother Heart Styles and requires the Memorial Cure Clock, Mirai Crystal Mother Heart, and Mirai Braces. It was first performed in episode 39.
Saaya's voice actor, Hon'izumi Rina has participated in several image songs for the character she voices. Many of them include duets with Hikisaka Rie, who voices Nono Hana, Ogura Yui, who voices Kagayaki Homare, Tamura Nao, who voices Aisaki Emiru, and Tamura Yukari, who voices Ruru Amour.
- HUGtto! Future✩Dreamer (Along with Hikisaka Rie and Ogura Yui)
- A Miracle Called Friendship (Along with Ogura Yui)
- It'll Always Be Here (Along with Hikisaka Rie and Ogura Yui)
- HUGtto! Future✩Dreamer (5 PRECURE Ver.) (Along with Hikisaka Rie, Ogura Yui, Tamura Nao and Tamura Yukari)
- HUGtto! YELL FOR YOU (Along with Hikisaka Rie, Ogura Yui, Tamura Nao and Tamura Yukari)
- Friends With You (One For All, All For One Ver.) (Along with Hikisaka Rie, Ogura Yui, Tamura Nao and Tamura Yukari)
- Saaya's birthday is on June 10th, making her star sign Gemini.
- Saaya loves spicy food.
- It was revealed in episode 36 that Saaya is a great fan of Kasugano Urara.
- According to an interview with Kawamura, one of the writers, in the January 2019 issue of the Japanese magazine Animage, the version of Saaya from the future where George and Hugtan came from never got to pursue her ambition as a doctor as she would be pressured by the high expectations set by her mother.
- Saaya's voice actor, Hon'izumi Rina, won the Best New Actress Award during the 13th Annual Seiyū Awards on March 9th, 2019 for her role as Saaya.
- Main Page: Yakushiji Saaya/Image Gallery
|V • E HUGtto! Pretty Cure characters|
|Cures||Nono Hana/Cure Yell • Yakushiji Saaya/Cure Ange • Kagayaki Homare/Cure Étoile • Aisaki Emiru/Cure Macherie • Ruru Amour/Cure Amour|
|Mascots||Hugtan • Hariham Harry|
|Villains||Criasu Corporation • George Kurai • Doctor Traum • Listol • Gelos • JinJin & Takumi • Bicine • Daigan • Papple • Charaleet • Ruru • Oshimaida/Mou-Oshimaida|
|Others||Nono Shintarou • Nono Sumire • Nono Kotori • Anno Tanpopo • Anno Sousuke • Yakushiji Shuji • Yakushiji Reira • Kagayaki Chitose • Mogumogu • Aisaki Haidon • Aisaki Miyako • Aisaki Masato • Tokura Junna • Momoi Aki • Amano Hinase • Chise Fumito • Umehashi-sensei • Ichijou Ranze • Wakamiya Henri • Yoshimi Rita • Dr. Maki • Eri (HuPC) • Kawakami Aya • Mother Heart|
|Movie only||Miden • Usobakka • Dark Onibi|