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Light Novel Author Tomohiro Matsu Dies at 43

by arsonal
May 2, 10:18 PM | 41 Comments
Editors of Shueisha's Dash X Bunko publishing label announced on Tuesday that light novel author Tomohiro Matsu has died at the age of 43. The editors said that Matsu died suddenly on Monday, May 2, from an illness but did not specify further.

Tomohiro Matsu is best known for his debut work Mayoi Neko Overrun! and the recently completed Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!. Both works were adapted into television anime series in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He was also involved in overseeing the script of Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi.

Matsu is known for his prolific writings, publishing a new light novel volume approximately every other month since his debut in 2008. At the time of his death, Matsu was writing Hatena☆Illusion, which has been publishing since 2014 and released its fourth volume last November, and Isekai Kazoku Hyouryuuki, whose first volume was released in January.

Aside from his writings, Matsu has also been a staff member of the semiannual Comiket doujinshi fair since high school. He recently contributed an article for the 40th Comic Market Chronicle, which was published last year at Comiket 88 to commemorate the fair's 40th anniversary.

Source: Dash X Bunko Twitter

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Br4nd0nHeat said:
I didn't know who he is before, but I'm a fan of Papakiki...Not sure what to feel...It's like attending a funeral of your friend friends just to realize that the deceased is actually your relative...

I sure do understand you, I posted here when the news came out, but now that I m seeing the anime, it feels like reality is so more real this time around, and like it really clicked in, he dead, forever gone. It is a lesson we learn over and over again, we may curse eachother, hate and even fight, but we have to keep ourselves together and fight our individualities, because one day, each and everyone of us will be forever gone too, and that reality will keep engulfing us more and more, until it is our turn, so we have to treasure the time we have together as precious vanishing memories that they will be...

(nice shinobu signature, like it is diving inside my soul and judging me)

Jul 1, 6:25 PM by Playcool

I didn't know who he is before, but I'm a fan of Papakiki...Not sure what to feel...It's like attending a funeral of your friend friends just to realize that the deceased is actually your relative...

Jun 6, 2:46 PM by Br4nd0nHeat

Definitely a shame - Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai is one of my favorite SOL anime

May 9, 11:03 AM by elkensteyin

I actually quite enjoyed PapaKiki, and one of the song is still on my playlist. RIP.

May 9, 6:18 AM by zeroyuki92

I've never heard about him, RIP tho

May 7, 12:13 PM by Satan-sama

Seriously WTF is going on! So many news about young LN writters dying these past 6 years, specially around the age of 40's. Like are then taking drugs or something to keep up with it?? Is cancer just targertting them in specific, or it is just revengefull otaku nerds on the run with an knife?! You gotta wonder, since you most of the news about deaths, just seem to come from these folks.

May 7, 6:20 AM by Playcool

It's always terrible, when people die so young...

I liked PapaKiki quite a lot, such a cute story. I'd love to read light novel version someday as well.

May 5, 9:00 AM by Kitsu-nee

Rest in peace

I just watched Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! and now I hear that its author died.

May 4, 7:21 PM by Fukuoka1999


May The Force Be With You

May 4, 7:19 PM by NotThisShitAgain


We are going to miss Tomohiro Matsu for his great work. Even though I haven't read his novels, the anime adaption was great but now it's time to read the originals.

May 4, 4:09 AM by OtherACTION

Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! was one of the first few anime I watched a few years back, that really sucks :(

May 3, 3:03 PM by Shuhan

RIP, really liked papa no iukoto wo kikinasai.

May 3, 2:39 PM by 12thKnight

As a fellow LN author, may you rest in peace, Sensei.

May 3, 2:18 PM by PrinceLied


Sad to see a few prominent people dying young because of disease these last few months.

May 3, 12:50 PM by bobzanny

That's so sad... He was way too young...

I have yet to read any of his stuff or watch the adaptations, but I've always been interested in seeing Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai eventually. It's a shame that he won't ever be able to finish two of his works.

Rest in peace. :(

May 3, 12:44 PM by Nintendofan204

Dang, I recently finished PapaKiki too

May 3, 12:36 PM by NinjaTuna6

Thats made me very sad. I really like his Works. He was one of my favorite Light Novel Authors. With Papakiki he has make a masterpeice.Also his other Novels are really good.

and thank you for many great memories.

May 3, 11:00 AM by Ichigo-san1

Oh my, what's been happening lately with some japanese people dying so young.

Rest in peace, his works were enjoyable.

May 3, 7:40 AM by Ouroboros

That's really sad, rest in peace.

May 3, 6:37 AM by Shouichi_Kazama

Rest in peace :'(

May 3, 5:16 AM by Ginjiro

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