Yoshitaka Waya
Kanji 和谷義高
Rōmaji Waya Yoshitaka
Also known as Zelda
Gender Male
Birthday August 12th
Age 14 (debut), 16 (end)
Blood Group 0
Sign Leo
Occupation Go player
Affiliation Insei
Go Level 2 Dan
Rivals/Friends Hikaru Shindo
Shinichiro Isumi
Kosuke Ochi
Manga Debut Game 29 (as Zelda)
Game 31 (in person)
Anime Debut Episode 15 (as Zelda)

Episode 16 (in person)

Japanese Voice Actor Reiko Takagi
English Voice Actor Matthew Erickson
Image Gallery

Yoshitaka Waya (和谷義高, Waya Yoshitaka) is firstly an Insei who often plays Go on the Internet as Zelda (ゼルダ, Zeruda), then 2 Dan Pro.


Waya anime
In the anime


Waya tends to be hot-headed, short-tempered/quick tempered. and brash, and is very protective of his friends. Especially Isumi. (Proof being that he punch Mashiba.)

He was a bit immature and strongly devoted to go and had a dislike for Akira Toya due to how he treats most of his opponent

He also dislikes school because he considers boring to sit in class for hour every day and that if he passed the pro exam he would not need to attend high school as most pro who are still school mostly skip when there a game schedule for them


Yoshitaka Waya took the Pro Exam three times and failed. The fourth time he began as an Insei he met Hikaru Shindo, who was about to take the Insei Test.


Internet Go Arc

Waya First appear where he plays against an opponent on the internet where Hikaru happen to witness it when the player left the game after making a simple mistake and lost most stone Waya made a reply on this and express frustration how his opponent give up because he just loose some stone

Insei Arc

Waya first walk past Hikaru and notice him as he walks and overheard him stated that he will beat Akira Toya when Isumi noted that the Insei test was today Waya stated that a girl just fail Isumi then ask who current taking the now Waya answer a guy who is a year younger than him is currently taking the test and have a feeling that he would pass.

Training Arc

Pro Exam Arc

Sai vs Meijin Arc

Sai Disappearance Arc

China Go Association Arc

Return Arc

Hokuto Cup Arc


Games Played


Hikaru Shindo

Shinichiro Isumi

Kousuke Ochi

Yuta Fukui






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