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"All that's left in the world is me."
— Tsugumi after the Inversion in A New Day

Tsugumi Matsunae (松苗 亜実 Matsunae Tsugumi) is a player in NEO: The World Ends with You. She is part of the Ruinbringers with Susukichi.

She first appeared at the end of The World Ends with You -Solo Remix-. She later appeared in A New Day, an epilogue created for The World Ends With You: Final Remix.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Tsugumi is a teenager with long pale blonde hair, pale skin, and dark brown eyes with 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 Shiki Misaki's Mr. Mew plush, although it is unclear if it is the same one as Shiki's. The stuffed animal she carries resembles the mascot of Gatto Nero, a new brand that’s all the rage in Shibuya—but her plush pal apparently predates the establishment of said brand.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Tsugumi seems to be closed off, unwilling to engage with others unless she must.

Contrary to her demure appearance, she possesses powerful psychic abilities and poses a threat to other Players.

Story[edit | edit source]

The World Ends with You -Solo Remix-[edit | edit source]

Tsugumi's first appearance.

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)[edit | edit source]

Tsugumi in Neku's vision.

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[edit | edit source]

Tsugumi is seen introducing herself and staring at Rindo in Shibuya. Very little is known about her role in the plot.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

References[edit | edit source]

Characters of The World Ends with You

Neku SakurabaBeatJoshuaRhymeShiki MisakiSota HonjoNao

777BJCoco AtarashiKoki KariyaMegumi KitanijiMitsuki KonishiSho MinamimotoTenhoUzuki YashiroYodai Higashizawa

Other Characters

AiEiji OjiEriFutoshiItaru YokoyamadaKen DoiMakoto MikiMinaMr. MewSanae HanekomaShuto DanTsugumi MatsunaeWizard of Slam

Characters of NEO: The World Ends with You

RindoFretNagiSho MinamimotoSusukichiTsugumi MatsunaeFuyaKanonMotoi

Koki KariyaUzuki YashiroCoco AtarashiShibaKuboAyanoKaieHishimaShoka

Other Characters

Mr. MewNeku Sakuraba

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