Seiji Matoba
Matoba Seiji
Kana/Kanji 的場静司
Gender Male
Age 22
Birthday November 1st
Height 174cm
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Abilities See Below
Weapons Bow and Arrow
Manga Debut Chapter 23
Anime Debut Episode 32
Voice Actor Junichi Suwabe
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Seiji Matoba (的場静司, Matoba Seiji) is the head of the Matoba clan and Natsume's enemy. He can see spirits, and throughout the series, refers to youkai as 'bait' and 'tools'.


Matoba has long black hair and black eyes. He has a smile, much like Natsume's, except Matoba has a more sinister atmosphere.

He has a scar over his right eye which is covered by a special eye-patch. The reason for this is: a previous head promised his right eye in return for the help given by a youkai, but broke the promise with that youkai and never handed over his right eye. Ever since then, the youkai has been targeting the male family members of Matoba head's right eye. Due to this, he has depth problems.


Matoba is a cold-hearted exorcist. Although he wants to protect the humans, he will not hesitate to get rid of anyone who gets in his way.

He will also readily sacrifice weaker youkai to lure stronger ones in for the catch. Natsume arouses his interest after one meeting, up to the point where he would save Natsume and Madara from being eaten, which is unusual of him. As the story progresses, Matoba seems to start liking Natsume and is seen smiling kindly at him. Matoba acknowledges Natsume's strength and even asks him to join the Matoba clan, promising to protect him if he does, however, Natsume refuses to. He also seems to believe Natsume and sends him a letter once, asking for cooperation.

Unfortunately, Natsume couldn't read it, though it would have been fairly interesting. Seiji himself says in manga : "I wrote an uncharacteristically long letter. Really, I wonder where on Earth it could have gotten to. But anyway, if you didn't read it, then that is that...perhaps this is a fate."

Judging from this, their relationship is slowly changing towards more open one, even though they still have a long way to go.


In the manga and anime, when he first appeared, Nyanko-sensei mentioned that he was some kind suspicious and sinister-aura person.



Shuuichi Natori

Main article: Shuuichi Natori

Intially, it was unknown if they met or knewn each other. But it’s later revealed, they know each other and it’s revealed they both first met, each other when they were teenagers.

Takashi Natsume

Main article: Takashi Natsume

Initially, when Matoba and Natsume first met. Matoba mistaked Natsume for a youkai and attempted to strangled him, but Natsume stratched him. When Natsume got caught and Natsume found out, why Matoba was attacking youkai and the way, he treated youkai Natsume developed a great dislike for Matoba. After escaping from Matoba, by punching his shiki servant out cold this aroused Matoba's interest in Natsume. After he saved Natsume, from being eaten he found out from Nanase, that Natsume is Reiko Natsume's grandson (at that moment Matoba takes a great interest in Natsume).


Main article: Madara

Powers & Abilities

Matoba strong spiritual power, which allows him to see youkai. He uses this power of his to become an exorcist, mostly shown exorcising youkai instead of sealing them. He also has the power to control and command his Shiki Servants.

Being an exorcist, he has a vast knowledge of exorcism techniques, sutras, spells and youkai.

As well as shikigami, sutras, and spells, Matoba is shown to have a bow and arrow for eliminating youkai. He has demonstrated his proficiency in archery several times in the series. He was able to exorcise the youkai that was about to eat Natsume with only one hit of his exorcising arrow, showing that he has great spiritual power.