Touta Matsuda is a character in the manga Death Note. A young Japanese police-officer who volunteers to enter the task force investigating Kira.
The youngest and most cheerful member of the task-force, he often acts the clown. This led to a popular internet meme around the catchphrase, 'Matsuda, you fool!'
Sometimes this tomfoolery was acted out in favour of the investigation, for example when Matsuda played the role of talk-show host in a bid to trap the Death Note using Yotsuba Group.
A family friend of the Yagami family - of whom patriarch Soichiro is his direct supervisor at work - Matsuda loyally stands by Light, refusing to believe that the teenager could be Kira.
One of the key dramatic points of the climatic scene revolves around Matsuda's shock that this loyalty had been exploited. It is Touta Matsuda who shoots Light Yagami, thus saving Near's life.
The Names of Touta Matsuda
This Death Note character is alternatively known as:
Matsuda's Vital Statistics
Key Dates for Matsuda
December 14th 1978:
December 14th 1981:
Touta Matsuda born
Touta Matsuda born
Matsuda's Lifespan Through Shinigami Eyes as Seen by Mikami
Auguries of Matsuda
Born on December 14th, astrologically Touta Matsuda is Sagittarius
Matsuda's birth date of December 14th 1978 (manga) also factors into Shēngxiào. He is an Earth Horse in the Chinese Zodiac
However, the time-slip of the anime would have him born in 1981 instead. That means that now in the Chinese Zodiac Touta Matsuda is a Metal Rooster
How to Read: Death Note 13 reveals that Touta Matsuda's blood group is B
An Unpredictable Clown? The Personality of Death Note's Matsuda
Tsugumi Ohba, in How to Read, states that Touta has an innocent heart (hence his loyalty and compassion in believing that Light is not Kira) and an inferiority complex. The latter is due to his constant exposure to quite brilliant people.
His excitable, hasty actions label him as somewhat of a trouble-maker within the Japanese Kira task-force. However, these same traits may manifest as daring, courage and quick-thinking. Matsuda is able to extract himself and others from dangerous scenarios by exploiting how others view him and through applying some of that daring speed of mind.
Also in How to Read, Matsuda's ability chart scores highly for unpredictability, with lesser scores - but still a mention - for creativity, intelligence, initiative, social skills and emotional strength.