The writer and light novel author Tomohiro Matsu passed away unexpectedly on May 2nd due to illness, the nature of which has been left unspecified. The editorial department of Shueisha’s DX Bunko label made the announcement of his death aged 43. He is best known for his light novels Stray Cats Overrun! (Mayoi Neko Overrun!) and Listen to Me, Girls. I am Your Father! (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!), which were both adapted as anime in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
Mayoi Neko Overrun! ran for 12 volumes from 2008 to 2012, and Listen to Me, Girls. I am Your Father! was collected as 18 volumes between 2009 and 2015. He also published six volumes of his Otome 3 Gensoku novels from 2012 to 2013, and his final published work was the novel Elsa of the Mysterious Island (Isekai Kazoku Hyoryuki Fushigi no Shima no Elza), released on January 22nd. His Hatena Illusion novel series stands unfinished due to his death, and its most recent volume was published last November.
He also branched out into scripts and series composition for anime such as Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin, and was credited for story concept cooperation on the Ixion Saga DT anime series. For his fans, he made appearances at many Comic Market (Comiket) events, and wrote for the dojinshi fair’s 40th anniversary book. Comiket felt the loss deeply and mourned his passing on their official Twitter. In Matsu, they lost a loyal member of the Comic Market Preparatory Committee, which he joined as a student and remained part of even after his professional debut.
Update: Tomohiro Matsu’s memorial service was held on May 8th, and his family, friends and colleagues ensured that he was given a send-off befitting his life’s work and passions. The theme song ‘Happy New Nyaa’ from the Mayoi Neko Overrun! anime was played, and his collaborators and contemporaries – including Mayoi Neko Overrun! illustrator Peco, Listen to Me, Girls. I am Your Father! illustrator Yuka Nakajima, To Love-Ru‘s Kentaro Yabuki and Utawarerumono‘s Mitsumi Misato – customised his coffin.
Guests at the memorial, with Earth Frontier e Yokoso author Hiroshi Aizawa among them, were permitted to share their photos of the moe tribute.
— あいざわひろし (@aizawahiroshi) 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
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
— geek@akibablog (@akibablog) May 9, 2016