Published September 28, 2015 by

The Monster Exorcist Character Talk: The Late Michael Matsumoto

For my next character talk, I would like to talk about the late Michael Matsumoto and his role in my story The Monster Exorcist  even though he doesn’t make an appearance.

The late Michael Matsumoto was the son of Able Matsumoto, Katrina’s older brother, and the older step brother of Michael Matsumoto who shares the same name.

He was an exorcist genius who was immensely talented and defeated countless monsters with ease. He became famous amongst exorcists around the world, and he really brought about a golden age for the exorcist organization.

He was strong studious and kind, but the truth behind that genius was that he was under immense pressure from his father Able Matsumoto. Able was injured by an S-level monster in his youth which left him incapable of battling high-level monsters. He instead forced his dreams and ambitions onto his only son. Michael Matsumoto was trained from birth by his father to become a great exorcist. Michael had very few talents that weren’t related to battling monsters, and even failed high school. His sister Katrina was also often forced to clean his room and wash his clothes so that her brother could spend more time training.

Michael was an unstoppable exorcist until he was caught off guard and murdered by a pretty girl who was actually a fox monster. Able blamed himself for his son’s death and cut himself off from the world and the exorcist organisation. Many years later he adopted a young boy who he also named Michael Matsumoto after his dead son. This boy is the protagonist of the story The Monster Exorcist.

My thoughts on the character

The late Michael Matsumoto never makes an appearance in the story, so we only hear about him from other characters. Many young exorcists grow up hearing all about him, which is why the young exorcists decided to approach Michael at school after hearing about his name. His sister Katrina was also deeply affected by his death and found it difficult to talk about him at all until Michael entered the exorcist world.

I think the late Michael Matsumoto is an interesting character because he shows how much our lives (and the lives of people around us) can be affected by dead people who we have never met. The late Michael Matsumoto still lives on through his living friends and relatives. I would like to do a short story about him and his youth if I ever get the chance.

You can check out more about the two Michael Matsumoto’s here in my story The Monster Exorcist.

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