Another epic monthly event! Redeemed after a shaky start by all who flooded in with their submissions to make this a focus worthy of the character himself.
The archives will show that Death Note Month of Touta Matsuda was an unparalleled success!
Good fight all.
So what went wrong at the beginning (and most of the middle) to make this event move so slowly? Then in true Matsuda style speed up unfathomably towards the end, and in the nick of time to save the day.
While Death Note News has a plethora of writers, columnists, researchers and the occasional guest penning articles too, it only has one person to actually press the button to publish their considerable output.
If she gets carted off to hospital in the back of an ambulance, then everything grinds to an ignoble halt.
We've spotted the obvious flaw in our administrative set up; and Matti is completely fine now. Once back at her desk, the contributions for Matsuda Month could flow once more and fabulousness ensued.
Thanks are Owed to All Who Participated in Our Matsui Month Event
Sakiko Rau - who kicked us off with an essay on why she (and we) should like Matsuda from Death Note. She will also be jumping on board as a regular columnist writing from a Japanese perspective. You heard it here first.
Lua - who did so much in the background to keep the home fires burning, as well as penning a philosophical analysis of Touta Matsuda's importance within the Death Note narrative.
Aerial Skye - who gave us cosplay advice for Matsuda costume creation.
All on the Death Note News Community Touta Matsuda Pinterest Board, for maintaining a steady flow of interesting images and links whatever the month.
Lei K - who turned her considerable talent to Touta Matsuda artwork especially for this event.
Silent Reaper - who allowed us to share her classic comic strip Matsuda's Rant.
Deacon (and the Tuxedo Team), especially Beyond Infinity/Jin - who let us publish their photographs of an amazing Matsui cosplayer.
Ziferonan - who gave us full rein to plunder an extensive collection of Matsuda fan-art, fan-fiction and cosplay too.
Stella Meyer - who not only sent in her Matsuda artwork, but answered questions providing insight and tips on creating the same.
Liam Dodd - who brought an air of the academe to proceedings with a scientific examination of Death Note's infamous Matsuda rescue with a mattress.
Emerald-Moonlight - who let us loose on her gallery and permitted the republication of three pieces of her Matsuda art.
MRSJeevas - who wrote Matsu fan-fiction for this event, though that's not nearly all, considering that in another guise, she is Matti - who researched, edited, proof-read, wrote and caused a backlog on much else that was published this month.
Tarot Mikami - who took us once again into the depths of the tarot's secrets, this time with a distinctly Matsuda Death Note flavour in regard for his monthly focus.
And, of course, all who read and commented, shared links and discussed these articles elsewhere.