Novelist Tomohiro Matsu's Memorial Celebrated with Tribute Casket Art, Anime Theme Song
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Mayoi Neko Overrun! and Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! novelist Tomohiro Matsu's memorial service was held on May 8 after his sudden passing from an unspecified sickness on May 2. Many friends and acquaintances came to pay their respects at the service. Special attention was made to acknowledge not only Matsu, but his work as well.
The theme song "Happy New Nyaa" from the anime adaptation of Mayoi Neko Overrun! was played. There ceremony had an open casket which was decorated in artwork by Matsu's colleagues. The service's hosts permitted guests to take pictures of the casket and share them.
松智洋さんの告別式でした。なかじまゆかさん(パパ聞き)、ぺこさん(迷い猫)、矢吹健太朗さん、みつみ美里さんたちのイラストに囲まれて。天国も萌え萌えにしてください 涙 (T ^ T) (撮影と公開はご遺族のご了解をいただいております) pic.twitter.com/BCISvK0n6i— [email protected] (@akibablog) May 9, 2016
ぺこ、ヤス、氷川へきる、みつみ美里、ななろば華、なかじまゆか、矢吹健太朗 、おにくん…(敬称略)。松智洋名義の小説の全挿絵イラストレータが集結した棺って、作者冥利、おたく冥利につきるというほかない(ご遺族の許可をいただいてます) pic.twitter.com/VEMqFeYlF1— 三崎尚人 (@nmisaki) May 9, 2016
「本人はお祭りのように送って欲しいということでしたので大丈夫です!」ということで、アップさせて頂きました。先生のお顔は「ふふっいいだろ」といったご満悦な風に見えてきました。萌棺という新たなジャンルを生み出しましたね、先生。 pic.twitter.com/jwiJ56SSnc— あいざわひろし@単行本3巻発売中 (@aizawahiroshi) May 9, 2016
松智洋先生の告別式に参列。棺桶をみせて頂いて「すごい」と思わず声がでてしまいました。ご遺族から「写真撮影OK、式の後SNSアップもOKですから」と。「そんなバチアタリな事して先生に怒られませんか?」と申しましたら、(続) pic.twitter.com/B3DCTJiuKs— あいざわひろし@単行本3巻発売中 (@aizawahiroshi) May 9, 2016
Matsu is perhaps most well known for his Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Stray Cats Overrun!) and Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!) light novel series, both of which inspired television anime series. He published 12 volumes of the Mayoi Neko Overrun novels from 2008 to 2012, and the anime premiered in 2010. He published 18 volumes of the Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! novels from 2009 to 2015, and the anime premiered in 2012.
Matsu also published six volumes of his Otome 3 Gensoku novel series from 2012 to 2013. His Hatena Illusion novel series remains unfinished due to his death, with the most recent fourth volume released last November. His last published work was his Isekai Kazoku Hyōryūki Fushigi no Shima no Elza (Elsa of the Mysterious Island) novel on January 22.
Matsu is also credited with series composition and scripts for the Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin television anime series, as well as story concept cooperation on the Ixion Saga DT anime.
The official Twitter account of the Comic Market (Comiket) event also mourned Matsu's death, and shared details on the author's work as part of the event's Comic Market Preparatory Committee staff, which he joined when he was still a student. He remained a member even after his professional debut. He appeared in talk events at Comiket Special 5, Comiket Special 6, and last August's 88th Comiket, and also wrote for Comiket's 40th anniversary book.