Mario Nakano 64

Mario Nakano 64

It's a me. I'm an aspiring light novel writer hoping to one day see my works in anime form. I hope that my works at least brighten up your day and give you something to look forward to.

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    May 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #85:

    Time to talk about Chapter 85: True beauty.
    If there's one thing this chapter made clear, it's that the main villain of this arc is a truly nefarious woman. Not only did she warp the personalities of the SPCMs, but she also made it so that if they lost a DESPER match, they'd be freed from their brainwashing, but either killed or permanently injured. Unlike in the previous chapter, there is no backstory for either Safumi or Mizuse. For Safumi, I have plans for her and as such, her backstory will gradually be revealed in the story. All I'll say about it is that it is sad. As for Mizuse, I didn't really think of much of a backstory for her. She was the head of one of the world's largest beauty brands and while she did still gush about her beauty, she was a kindhearted woman that sought to help everyone bring out their inner beauty. However, her legacy will now be tarnished thanks to the false maestro.

    As for the game, it was really fun to write. While it is much harder to write 4-player chess games, I definitely wanted to have some in the series. Even after this arc, I feel like there will be more 4-player games in the series.

    However, the next chapter will feature a slight break from the 4-player chess action in order for Mimoko to have a 1v1 match against Doraaki, the one SPCM she has yet to beat. Plus, I also want every SPCM to have at least one 1v1 chess match. If Mimoko beats her, which seems likely, she'll be the one most likely to challenge Ai Kamuro in hopes of saving everyone.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    Chapter:85

    May 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #37:

    Time to talk about Chapter 37: The Madagascar incident.
    There truly is a lot to talk about this chapter. First off, the history of this chapter itself. Believe it or not, this chapter was actually one of the earliest ideas I had for a story line in the series. Obviously, there were some major differences like Rebelle and Cyril, the lemur, not being present. Masaru was also originally going to be present and the one to do the cook-off against the poachers, however, Rika getting attacked by the poachers and killing them was still present in the original draft.

    As for Cyril, he's Rebelle's pet lemur she got as a gift from her mentor shortly after she left Britain. He's highly trained and one of the big reasons Rebelle has so much blackmail material. シリル is how his name is spelled in katakana.

    His birthday is October 30th. The reason I chose this is because it is a day that World lemur day could be celebrated on. Since the day is celebrated on the last Friday of October, I decided to choose this date to be his birthday.

    While this will likely be Cyril's only major appearance in the story, I might end up doing something with his character in a different novel.

    In the original Spice of life, this chapter was more of a minor chapter, but here, I decided to make it more important, mainly via the inclusion of Hinari Nozomi. First off Hinari's bio.

    陽愛 望 (Nozomi Hinari) is how her name is spelled in kanji. 陽愛 means "positive" and "to love" while 望 means "hope".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is July 28th which is world nature conservation day.

    Her favorite food is rice.

    In the original, Hinari also ended up being killed by Rika, but the circumstances were much different. There, Hinari was suicidal and was preparing to hang herself when Rika stopped by her place. Since she hated Rika for flirting with Masaru, a member of the Makihara faction, she attempted to kill Rika, but ended up getting accidentally kicked into the noose by Rika and hung to death as a result.

    Since I was going to submit Spice of life to a contest, I felt that chapter was too dark and decided to rewrite Hinari's role in the story. It ended up working out much better in the end as rewriting Hinari's role in the story not only allowed me to not have Rika infiltrate the remedial course disguised as a student, but also make the Madagascar chapter more of a major plot point in the story.

    Speaking of Rika, the time has finally come to reveal her favorite food, and as stated in the chapter, her favorite food is snakes. Due to her assassin training, she was often fed various venomous animals in order to build up immunity. As a result, she ended up developing the 3rd highest poison resistance amongst her family as well as a genuine appetite for snake meat. Snakes are actually on the menu at Ryokoma, but naturally they're the of the safe-to-eat variety. Of the snakes on the menu, rattlesnakes are by far Rika's favorite meal.

    While the hyped up Madagascar chapter has finally been released, this arc is still far from over. In fact, there's still a few chapters left before the catering gig begins. I hope you look forward to it.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    May 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #29:

    Time to talk about Chapter 29: Reminiscence.
    Honestly, I kind of struggled to come up with a title for this chapter, but decided to go with "Reminiscence" since the chapter is primarily focused on the characters reminiscing about past events.

    This chapter is completely remake original. I originally planned for this to be two chapters and to have all the events be told in flashbacks, but ultimately decided to just merge all my ideas into one chapter. For the part about Mochi, I realized there wouldn't really be much in the flashback since Matcha wasn't really there to witness any of the events, thus it made more sense to just explain what happened from her point of view.

    As for the bit about Yuni working part time, I was actually considering making that it's own mini-arc, however, I ultimately decided to just do the small flashback with Rika offering to help Yuni and Yuni quitting after being offered to become a detective. While it may feel rushed, I'm at least happy I was able to put the small flashback with Rika and Yuni into the story. Speaking of Rika, since this will be her last major appearance in the story, I feel now is the time to give her bio.

    稜之 俐佳 (Ryono Rika) is how her name is spelled in kanji. 俐佳 means "sharp" and "beautiful" while 稜之 means "peak" and "to reach".

    As for Ryokoma, りょうこま is how it is it is written in Japanese, though it might be written in katakana instead as リョーコマ. Since Ryokoma is actually a combination of the names Ryono and Komachi, I'm assuming hiragana would be used, but since I'm not 100% sure, I included the name in katakana.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is April 12th, which is also the day Ryokoma first opened.

    And with that, we are now one chapter away from the final arc of season 1. In the original, I struggled a lot with writing said arc, due to a certain plot point. That plot point being Nadea and Vanessa. Ultimately, I ended removing them from the arc and rewrote certain parts of it to make it flow better. Of all the arcs from the original, I'd argue this upcoming one received the most editing and revisions. I hope you look forward to it.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    May 17, 2024

    Author's Commentary #28:

    Time to talk about Chapter 28: A chat with Rika.
    This chapter was largely original to the remake, and as such, I ended up having to write most of it from scratch. However, it was worth it as this chapter helped give more character development to not just Serika and Yuni, but also showcased Rika in the role I originally intended for her to have in this story.

    To give a bit more context as to why Rika knew Fubuki was Yuni's mom, on the day Fubuki first stopped by Ryokoma, Rika noticed that she looked and sounded similar to Yuni's aunt, Hitomi. However, what truly made her realize she was Yuni's mother was the meals she ordered. The two meals she ordered were egg rolls and Col Masaru's chicken to go. Since egg rolls were Hitomi's favorite meal and Col Masaru's was Yuni's, Rika was able to piece together that Fubuki was likely Yuni's mother.

    Finally, Matcha has properly made her debut in the story, She did cameo back in Chapter 5, however, now she'll have a larger role in the story. She's actually the middle sister of the Myouchi family and tends to be a more serious and no-nonsense type of person.

    名智 抹茶 (Myouchi Matcha) is how her name is spelled in kanji. 抹茶 means "to erase" and "tea".
    She was obviously named in reference of matcha tea which is why her hair is also green. Funnily enough, pink is her natural hair color, but she decided to dye her hair green.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is May 2nd which is is national matcha day, and while she does enjoy drinking matcha tea, her favorite food is actually yakisoba.

    Like this chapter, the next chapter will feature remake original content. Content which I have yet to write as of this commentary. While I was able to keep up the daily upload streak, I'm unsure if I'll be able to. Then again, I did say something similar in the previous commentary, so who knows.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    May 17, 2024

    Author's Commentary #84:

    Time to talk about Chapter 84: Tenju and Taira.
    This chapter was brutal. Poor Tenju just ended up suffering and Taira was killed off in brutal fashion. It just goes to show how vile the main villain of this arc truly is.

    As for why Okisato said what he said to Tenju, unlike the other SPCMs, Tenju was not brainwashed. However, instead of seeking better ways to truly try and save Taira and stop the false maestro's plan, she decided to aid her and as a result, became complicit in her scheme. To be honest, I don't think I was properly able to convey that in the writing properly, due to how quickly events are proceeding in the story.

    Another thing I'm unsure if I nailed, was making readers care enough about the SPCMs. To be honest, I went back and forth on whether I wanted to have more character moments with the SPCMs before they got brainwashed. I ultimately decided not to, since I felt it would be forced and bloat the story. I did try to give them some time to shine, which is why I ended up writing the lighthearted fanservice chapter featuring all of them, Chapter 71 to be precise, and Chapter 70 where Okisato faced off against Safumi. I did however want readers to feel bad for Tenju and Taira which is why I decided to include their backstory here. I was originally going to make the backstory its own chapter, but since the game was so short, I decided to include it in the chapter with the game.

    Speaking of which, the first 4-player chess game has finally graced the story. The game was heavily inspired by a team 4-player chess game between Gothamchess, Eric Rosen, Hikaru Nakamura, and Agadmator. In the game, the team of Gothamchess and Eric Rosen checkmated the team of Hikaru Nakamura and Agadmator in two moves. Since this game is essentially the fool's mate of 4-player chess, I decided that Okisato and Iori would be the ones to play it, and that Tenju would be the most likely to blunder it.

    As for the upcoming 4-player chess games, I will confirm that they are both much longer than the one here and will be far more thrilling than this one.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    Chapter:84



    May 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #35:

    Time to talk about Chapter 35: Zuina's older sister.
    Rebelle Milverton Adler, blackmailer extraordinaire, has made her debut. There's actually a funny story as to how she came to be. Believe it or not, the reason she became a character in the story was simply due to the fact that I liked her character design, mainly how her hair turned out.

    To give some better context, I was fiddling around with some character designs and after drawing her hair in a unique and creative way, I decided that she would be a character in one of my novels. After deciding said novel would be Spice of life, I then settled on making her an antagonist as well as Zuina's sister. In case you're curious about what she looks like, I actually uploaded a collage of all the character portraits to the gallery of the original Spice of life. Feel free to check that out if you want. Now let's talk more about Rebelle.

    レベル・ミルヴァートン・アドラー (Rebelle Milverton Adler) is how her name is spelled in katakana. Obviously, she is heavily inspired by both Charles Augustus Milverton and Irene Adler from the Sherlock Holmes series. Speaking of which, Zuina's middle name, Morsten, is a reference to Mary Morsten, another character from Sherlock Holmes. Speaking of which, Rebelle actually changed her name, however, I won't talk about that until it's touched on in the story. All I'll say for now is that her original middle name was Watson, which is obviously a reference to Watson from Sherlock Holmes.

    Her birthday is March 26th, which is the day The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton was first published.

    Her favorite food is rainbow quinoa salad. Like Zuina, she is a vegetarian. She also enjoys skateboarding.

    While the chapter ended with a bit of a cliff hanger, it does seem like another cook-off is inevitable. In fact, I'll happily confirm a cook-off will occur next chapter.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoy it.

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    May 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #82:

    Time to talk about Chapter 82: The secret revealed.
    Before we talk about the big reveal of this chapter, I first want to talk about 4-player chess. This is the first chapter where 4-player chess, whch is referred to as 4-way chess in the story, is properly explained. Believe it or not, notation is possible for 4-player chess games, though as stated in the chapter, some squares don't exist due to the board's layout. While there will be a few 4-player chess games, they won't be very long in terms of number of turns, though keep in mind this is largely due to the fact that 4 different moves are played in each turn. Nonetheless, I had lots of fun making those games and I hope you enjoy them when they eventually debut in the story. Now onto the big reveal of the chapter.

    First off, massive spoiler warning! I don't normally put these in the commentaries, but I decided to for this one since this commentary will largely focus on discussing a major plot point in the arc. With that out of the way, let's discuss the big secret.

    The big reveal of the chapter is that Ai Kamuro is not the real Maestro Himitsu. There were actually lots of hints both in the context of the story and my commentaries hinting at this. In my commentaries, not once do I refer to Ai as Maetro Himitsu nor Maestro Himitsu as Ai. Obviously, this is because they are two different people. Even Ai's character bio art hints that she's not the real maestro as the background for her bio is the same turquoise color as the standard WWCF card rather than black like the maestro's. In fact, the entire reason I decided to give Xiao Lin and Ai character bio art was to offer a hint that Ai was not truly a maestro as if she was, the background color for her bio would be black instead of turquoise like Xiao Lin's.

    In the story, the biggest hint that Ai was not truly the maestro was how Taira reacted to her back in Chapter 72. This was why converting her was such a high priority as she was close with the real Maestro Himitsu.

    Of course, that naturally raises the question; if Ai isn't the real maestro, then who is she really and what is her true rating? It obviously isn't 3200, though that is Maestro Himitsu's rating. Speaking of which, Xiao Lin actually minimized her WWCF card and focused in on the number 3200 in order to trick everyone into thinking it was Ai's true rating back in Chapter 79. All I will say regarding Ai's rating is that it will be revealed when a member of the chess club plays her in a match.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    Chapter:82

    May 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #26:

    Time to talk about Chapter 26: The Ginkawa hot springs.
    This was pretty much a wholesome hot springs chapter. In terms of differences between this and the original draft, the only notable difference is that Mimi is now present in the chapter. Speaking of Mimi, I feel like I need to give a bit more context as to what she's referring to, but first, I'll give a quick bio on Gnoreville.

    Gnoreville actually originates from one of my Shiruka sensei short stories, Four very bloody sentences to be precise. He's actually based off of the Vinesauce character, Gnorts.

    ノールビル (Gnoreville) is how his name is spelled in katakana.

    His birthday is May 12th which is also Vinny Vinesauce's birthday.

    He won't really have much of a role in Escape Witch, though he does have more screen time in Spice of life. Now onto Mimi.

    Mimi actually first encountered Ruchi Ookuma back in 2007 and ended up taking a nasty slash to the stomach in order to protect a 10-year old Rika. She was then cryogenically frozen for 9 years before being thawed out and having her life saved in 2016 by a skilled physician.

    However, Mimi is also a member of the Ginkawa family from a parallel world that was merged with this one. Not to mention, Harumi's niece Reiju, the main protagonist of Mystery ghost foresight, ended up being the one to pay the cryogenics company for Mimi's refreezing back in 2007.

    Since Mimi is an official member of the Ginkawa family, she lives in the mansion. Since Ryokoma is literally a boat ride away from the mansion, she usually takes a boat to and from work and home.

    銀川 心美 (Ginkawa Mimi) is how her name is written in kanji. 心美 means "heart" and "beauty".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is January 20th which is national cheese lovers day. This is fitting considering her favorite food is Danablu cheese.

    As for the Ginkawa milk, it is based off of the Chateau Romani milk from The Legend of Zelda Majora's mask. This was what actually led me to decide to make Gnoreville and his buddies servants working for the Ginkawa family, as I thought it would be a neat to have the aliens raising the cows unlike in the game where the aliens are trying to abduct the cows. Ginkawa milk is not commercially available like Chateau Romani is in in the game.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    May 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #34:

    Time to talk about Chapter 34: Pool party.
    The gang has finally arrived at the Tall tower hotel. In the original, this chapter actually took place towards the end of the arc, rather than at the start like it is here. The reason for that is because I felt the story flowed better if the arc started out with the pool chapter.

    Speaking of the arc, it will largely be the same as the original, though now characters that weren't originally present in it like Mocha and Azuki will be. One important thing to note is that in the original, Azuki was originally called Azami, however, I decided to change her name to Azuki. Other than that, her character remains the same.

    Speaking of characters, this chapter features a good chunk of all the female characters in the series. This is also a pool chapter, so naturally everyone's in swimsuits. I originally intended for this to simply be a fanservice chapter, however, this chapter actually ended up serving as the prelude for a mini-arc centered around Zuina. As such, I felt it was best to have this mini-arc take place before the catering arc in order to give more character development to Zuina, as well as properly introduce the series' newest antagonist, Rebelle. I'll talk more about her in the next commentary.

    One final thing I'll mention is that while Nino is capable of hypnotizing Ichika, she's still far less skilled at hypnotism than her. She does have higher poison resistance though which is actually second only to Yuugen within the family.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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    May 14, 2024

    Author's Commentary #25:

    Time to talk about Chapter 25: Training at the Ginkawa mansion.
    There is a lot to talk about, but first I want to talk more about Fubuki since her real name has finally been revealed. First off, a little backstory.

    Fubuki and her older twin sister Hitomi both hail from the Kirikawa clan, a ninja clan most known for having numerous multiple births throughout the family's history. In fact, it is considered abnormal if a woman from the clan bears any thing less than twins. Speaking of which, Fubuki and Hitomi's mother is a quintuplet, while Hitomi's children are triplets. Fubuki is the first woman from the clan in decades to give birth to only a single child, though she could have given birth to two children, albeit, they wouldn't have been twins.

    二川 一心 (Futagawa Hitomi) is how Hitomi's name is written in kanji. 一心 means "one" and "heart".

    As for Fubuki, 切川 二見 (Kirikawa Futami) is how her real name is spelled in kanji. 二見 means "two" and "to see" while 切川 means "to cut" and "river"
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Both Hitomi and Fubuki were born on February 2nd. This date is fitting because they are twins. It is also the day after Yuni's birthday.

    Now to talk more about the chapter. In the original draft for Escape Witch, I intended for the girls to go to a gym where they would end up getting captured and bound with zip ties. Originally, that arc would occur right before the Ginkawa mansion was shown. Once I finalized the plans for the story, I decided to instead convert that arc into a training arc at the mansion. That way, Yuni and Serika would remain at the mansion and the idea would be preserved.

    The Ginkawa mansion arc as a whole is easily one of the more lighthearted arcs in the story, which is needed considering the previous arc was pretty dark. And speaking of lighthearted, the next chapter is a hot springs chapter, so expect some hot springs antics next chapter.

    That's all for this commentary. I hope you enjoyed it.

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