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Matsuto
Matsuda-u-boat-japonais
Name Matsuto
Information
Gender Male
Race Japanese
Status Deceased
First Appearance
Anime Episode 04: Die Rückkehr des Adlers
Anime Voice
Japanese Anime Voice Hitoshi Bifu
English Anime Voice Hiro Kanagawa
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A Japanese military officer who came in Germany to study aeronotics during WWII. A personable officer, he socialized with Wentzel H. Ahbe and the rest of the crew of the U-boat U-1324 during their journey to the Japanese-held city of Batavia (now Jakarta), even to the point of teaching them shogi, a Japanese board game similar to chess.

When U-1324 was sunk by depth charges and all hope for survival was lost, he commuted seppuku (ritual suicide) by stabbing himself with his katana, following the code of Bushido.

TriviaEdit

  • Matsuda was based on the Imperial Japanese Navy lieutenant commander Genzo Shoji, who was posted to Germany to study aeronautics as well, and tried to return to Japan as a passenger of U-234. However, when Germany surrendered in the midst of the voyage, the captain of U-234 decided to surrender to the U.S. Navy. Consequently, Shoji committed seppuku—suicide—to avoid capture. This episode was turned into the movie Das Letzte U-Boot in Germany in 1990.

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