- "All that's left in the world is me."
- — Tsugumi after the Inversion in A New Day
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Story
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Etymology
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
Tsugumi is a teenage girl with long pale blonde hair, pale skin, and brown eyes. When she is possessed, her eyes are slightly darker and they have a red ring around the pupil. She wears a white button-up blouse with a plaid red-and-white ribbon around the collar and a matching plaid red-and-yellow skirt with a small black ribbon on the front. She wears dark grey stockings. She has wired white and red headphones, sleeker than Neku Sakuraba's headphones.
She carries Mr. Mew with her. Neku noticed this in A New Day but was unsure if it was Shiki Misaki's Mr. Mew. By the time of NEO: The World Ends with You, Mr. Mew is the Gatto Nero mascot, a new brand that’s all the rage in Shibuya, but her Mr. Mew predates the brand's establishment as it truly is Shiki's.
Tsugumi seems to be closed off, unwilling to engage with others unless she must. She speaks in a very cold, emotionless, and robotic tone. She is generally not very expressive, and only shows emotion when she is in a particularly desperate situation. When troubled, she will become openly distressed. She only shows negative emotions in these rare instances, such as fear and anger. She is very stubborn and refuses to accept defeat in battle until she is completely incapable of continuing to fight.
When she is freed from her affliction and is returned to her normal state, she becomes much more cheerful and kind. She smiles often and is very grateful to the people who restored her. She is rather softspoken, but can be assertive when the situation calls for it. She is good at communicating with others, and was even able to convince Shiba to lend his aid to the Wicked Twisters. She actually sought to help save Shibuya by sending visions to players, which displays her kinder true nature.
Tsugumi and her brother were Reapers in Shinjuku. They presumably died in Shinjuku and won the Reapers' Game, choosing to become Reapers. Her brother eventually become the Conductor of Shinjuku. Tsugumi and her brother likely had high Imagination, with Tsugumi's latent ability called "Trailer" which lets her emit visions to others with high Imagination such as Neku Sakuraba and Rindo Kanade.
Around three years before the events of NEO: The World Ends with You, Shinjuku Composer Hazuki Mikagi wished to "cleanse" the city and recruited Angel Tanzo Kubo to carry it out. Instead of Hazuki getting his Conductor's permission, Kubo infiltrated the Reapers and manipulated Shiba Miyakaze to be his pawn. Tsugumi was suspicious of Kubo and allied herself with her brother. Tsugumi kept her friend Coco Atarashi updated on the situation. Somewhere around this time, a "Reaper from Shibuya" gave Tsugumi a Mr. Mew doll, implied to be the very same one that Shiki used during her own Game.
Eventually, in revenge, Kubo stripped her of her Soul and Reaperhood, causing her to became a Player. Kubo later succeeded in bringing about the Inversion upon Shinjuku, erasing the entire city and its citizens, though the Reapers managed to flee. Tsugumi met up with her brother in the midst of the city's erasure and tried to escape with him, but her weakened brother used the last of his power to help Tsugumi escape by sealing her Soul within the Mr. Mew plush. As the rules of the city decree that a Shinjuku Reaper is erased after losing their status, this was the only way for her to survive. She acted through no will of her own, with Kubo using this opportunity to trap her Soul further with a Plague Noise. However, her true mind was still able to send messages to Neku and Rindo using her latent Trailer ability. A possessed version of Tsugumi's soul was brainwashed by Shiba and inhabited her body after he granted her back her Reaperhood. The other Reapers noted that it seemed like Tsugumi had changed her personality, with no idea of what happened to her.
Out of entertainment, Shiba would make Tsugumi be a member of the Ruinbringers and rig the Reapers' Game dozens of times so that the Ruinbringers would always win, spreading a half-truth that the Ruinbringers merely wanted to keep playing for the thrill; while it was true for Shiba and Susukichi, it was not for Tsugumi.
The World Ends with You -Solo Remix-
At the end of the secret ending (the ending once all secret reports are obtained), there is a single screenshot of Tsugumi Matsunae at the scramble crossing. This marked her first ever appearance in the series.
The World Ends with You: Final Remix (A New Day)
She is first seen in a mysterious vision seen by Neku, following a vision where Shinjuku is erased. In it, she is seen wandering down Meiji-Dori Avenue in Shibuya after Shinjuku is Inverted. While Neku is unable to determine who the girl is, the Mr. Mew in her grasp prompts him to seek out Shiki in Shibuya.
During the chapter's ending, Shinjuku is subject to an Inversion, whereupon the city is Erased and Noise are set upon the RG. Tsugumi is the only survivor of the incident, and Joshua and Hanekoma speculate that she formed a psychic connection with Neku that resulted in his future visions. It is reasoned that she is the cause of the visions that Neku sees throughout A New Day.
NEO: The World Ends with You
Tsugumi is first seen after the Susukichi boss on Week 1, Day 7, although she simply stares and wanders off.
Tsugumi is seen again on Week 2, Day 2, where the day's mission is to find a mysterious individual presumed to be Neku Sakuraba. The Wicked Twisters seek to recruit "Neku" to their team, but Tsugumi manages to find and defeat "Neku" before the Wicked Twisters can. Before Tsugumi erases "Neku," Rindo uses his Replay ability to turn back time, narrowing the possible location of Tsugumi and "Neku"'s battle to the West Exit Bus Terminal. They save "Neku" from Tsugumi by fending off her Mr. Mew dolls, after which "Neku"'s identity is revealed to be Beat.
On Week 2, Day 7, the Variabeauties assist the Wicked Twisters in a plan to defeat the Ruinbringers, distracting Tsugumi while the Wicked Twisters go after Susukichi. At first, Susukichi manages to delay the Wicked Twisters long enough for Tsugumi to defeat the Variabeauties, but after Rindo turns back time, the Wicked Twisters defeat Susukichi quickly enough to arrive before Tsugumi defeats the Variabeauties. Tsugumi fights them with her Mr. Mew dolls again, but after the dolls are defeated, she refuses to concede defeat and transforms into Grus Cantus. The Wicked Twisters prevail again, only for Shiba to reveal that the Ruinbringers, Tsugumi included, are composed of Reapers and that they had been rigging the Game in their favor. Soon afterward, Coco Atarashi discovers Tsugumi's Mr. Mew doll, heavily damaged.
On Week 3, Day 5, the group learns about Tsugumi's situation through Coco who has somehow discovered that Tsugumi's Soul was trapped in Mr. Mew. The cat doll was greatly damaged, and Coco worried that Tsugumi's Soul would be trapped if it was not repaired, making the group hope that Shiki Misaki would repair it with her seamstress abilities.
On Week 3, Day 7, Tsugumi and Hishima Sakazuki help reason with Shiba. In the ending, Shiba tells Tsugumi about how he plans on rebuilding Shinjuku and she decides to return to Shinjuku to help the rebuilding, along with Hishima. Tsugumi thanks Shibuya and wishes to return someday.
- Main article: Ruinbringers
- Main article: Susukichi
- Main article: Wicked Twisters
- Main article: Rindo
- Main article: Fret
- Main article: Nagi
- Main article: Minamimoto
- "I am Tsugumi Matsunae. A Ruinbringer."
- "I can't lose. I must fight. I have orders. I'll complete them! Target acquired!"
Like many characters in the series, her name is not common and it could be said essentially no one in Japan uses the name Tsugumi or Matsunae. Tsugumi is also written with the katakana ツグミ. Her name Tsugumi is the same as a type of bird known as thrush. Her surname Matsunae means pine seedling. Her full name creates the imagery of a small bird on an extremely small tree, and it may be a reference to her short statue compared to Susukichi.
- There are some plot holes regarding Tsugumi. It is currently unclear why Tsugumi has Shiki's Mr. Mew. The Secret Reports vaguely say "A Shibuya Reaper must have taken it to Shinjuku" and it is unknown why Shiki would part with a doll that meant a lot to her. Additionally, during the ending of A New Day, Shiki herself mentions still being in possession of her Mr. Mew, despite that event occurring nigh-simultaneously with Shinjuku's inversion. One can assume that, due to her connection to Tsugumi, that it was Coco who somehow stole Mr. Mew at some point and gave it to her, though the reason for this so far is unknown. Another plot hole apparently not explained is why Rindo finds her familiar.
- Nomura drew Tsugumi with the assumption that she would be the new heroine, however, her role was later scrapped and Shoka became the new heroine. Despite this, Nomura still considers Tsugumi to be the heroine of the Shinjuku side of the story.
- Prior to the reveal of NEO: The World Ends with You, Tsugumi had no official name and was often called "Hype-Chan" by fans due her appearances in Solo Remix and Final Remix being used to create excitement for NEO. Her name was revealed as Tsugumi Matsunae in the NEO: The World Ends with You announcement trailer released November 23rd, 2020.
|Characters in The World Ends with You|
|Neku Sakuraba • Shiki Misaki • Beat • Joshua • Rhyme • Sota Honjo • Nao 777 • BJ • Coco Atarashi • Koki Kariya • Megumi Kitaniji • Mitsuki Konishi • Sho Minamimoto • Tenho • Uzuki Yashiro • Yodai Higashizawa Aily Ueno • Akira Yoshii • Anna Aoi • Ayu Hamaguchi • Banzai Ayanokoji • Fumi Gotoda • Fumiko Nishimura • Hideki Kikuchi • Hikaru Koike • HT Matsuoka • Jun Odajima • Keiichi Okada • Ken Doi • Kyo • Makoto Miki • Masanori Ito • Miki Kosaka • Nana Majima • Princess K • Rayca Hoshi • Rikako Toda • Sanae Hanekoma • Shigemori Iwata • Shinta Iwata • Tatsuya Omura • Tsubasa • Yoji Iwata • Yosh Ishino • Yumi Sheena • Yuu Narumi Ai • CAT • Eiji Oji • Eri • Futoshi • Itaru Yokoyamada • Ken Doi • Makoto Miki • Mina • Mr. Mew • Pin Prof • Sanae Hanekoma • Shrimp • Shuto Dan • Tsugumi Matsunae • Wizard of Slam • Vice Wizard of Slam|
|Characters in NEO: The World Ends with You|
|Rindo Kanade • Fret • Nagi Usui • Beat • Shoka Sakurane • Neku Sakuraba • Sho Minamimoto Shiba Miyakaze • Susukichi • Tsugumi Matsunae Fuya Kawahara Kanon Tachibana Motoi Anazawa Koki Kariya • Uzuki Yashiro • Coco Atarashi • Sho Minamimoto Shiba Miyakaze • Tanzo Kubo • Ayano Kamachi • Kaie Ono • Hishima Sakazuki • Shoka Sakurane • Susukichi • Tsugumi Matsunae Aadiv • Aika Kuribayashi • Akari Minamino • Akira Ishiwa • Aoi Kyobe • Genzo Koitabashi • Hirofumi Itoguchi • Hiromu Takahara • Izumi Ariyoshi • Jo Makita • Jun Sonobe • Kana Inada • Keiichi Okada • Ken Doi • Kohei Suzukawa • Linda Watanabe • Mai Iseya • Masaya • Miharu Nakano • Miki Saionji • Miko Yamamoto • Mitsuhide Tojo • Momoko Owada • Naoto Kuwata • Rei Mogi • Renka Sakuma • Rieko Kawahara • Rina Todo • Rintaro Nakagawa • Ryoji • Ryoma Utsumi • Sakura Koga • Sayoko Morohoshi • Shinobu Sato • Sumire Chiba • Suzu Ito • Takumi Miyano • Tamao Sasai • Tomoko Hirasawa • Tomoyuki Kondo • Tsukihime • Wataru Koketsu • Yotsuba Sano • Yudai Miki • Yumi Takita Eiji Oji • Eiru • Hazuki Mikagi • Honoka Kondo • Itsuki Kaneda • Joshua • Ken Doi • MKN • Mr. Mew • Rhyme • Ryoji • Shiki Misaki • Swallow|