To all of his classmates, Masami appears to be a normal teenager, who has many friends and often goes on dates with female students. In reality though, Masami is a twisted and disturbed individual, who doesn't feel anything for other people, and is easily able to kill them. In his own words, Masami is a "indirect suicide fetishist", someone who feels attracted to things that can kill him. This is the reason why he was instantly enchanted by the Manticore, and started to aid it, feeling a twisted sense of love toward the creature. In his day-to-day life, Masami deliberately tries to fit into any situation he is put in, and therefore doesn't stand out until he shows his true colors. Despite his awfulness, the fact that he was willing to end his own life in order to save the Manticore, proving that his love was genuine.
Masami is has a totally normal appearance. He has short, straight black hair and brown eyes. He is shown wearing the Shinyo Academy male uniform, consisting of a gakuran and plain black pants.
In the anime, Masami has spikey, light brown hair and blue eyes. He is shown wearing the Shinyo Academy male school uniform consisting of a blue blazer worn over a white shirt with a tie around the collar, and pale blue pants.
Masami had a totally normal life. However, he never felt like he belonged anywhere. Because of this, he developed a twisted personality. One day, he witnessed the Manticore kill and eat another student. The Manticore initially decided to eat and take his body, but then he advised it to instead take the body of Minako Yurihara. From then on, the two started working together, and developed a disturbing form of love for each other.
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- Masami's last name, Saotome, means "young female rice planter".
- Masami's first name is written with the characters for "justice" and "beauty", and is typically a female's name.