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 20, 2024

    Author's Commentary #87:

    Time to talk about Chapter 87: Underdogs.
    Quite a lot happened in this chapter. First off, Hagemi has now been kidnapped by Kuon, while Xiao Lin has fled. Obviously, both of these events will lead to future plot points in the story so look forward to that. The other major event was the 4-player chess match.

    Since the brainwashed SPCMs have now all lost, Mimoko can challenge Ai. This also means that there won't be anymore 4-player chess matches for a while. Speaking of the game, it was enjoyable to write. Some of them would even make my top 10 favorite games in the series list. Speaking of which, I'll be doing such a list once Season 2 Part 2 concludes.

    Another thing that was revealed in the chapter was Doraaki's backstory. I still honestly don't know what I'm going to do with her character going forward, but at least she now has a backstory that gives her character more depth. I'll also confirm that during the match, there were parts where her brainwashing was slightly undone, though mainly because the arc's main villain just wanted her to suffer.

    One final thing I'll talk about is the ending. First off, Nyoan actually did kidnap Kotora and now he'll be trapped in a paw during Mimoko's bout with Ai. Nyoan won't be sticking around for the match though, so this chapter does mark her final appearance in Season 2 Part 2. She will definitely return though.

    Second, and most importantly, the big reveal of the arc; Ai is not a WWCF member meaning she doesn't truly have a rating. This is why I listed her rating as ???? in her character bio so as not to spoil the surprise. If she did have a rating though, it would likely be 2700. Ai truly is skilled, however, she was deliberately prevented from becoming a WWCF member in order to pull off the false maestro scheme. Next chapter, Mimoko faces off against Ai. I hope you look forward to it.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:87

    May 20, 2024

    Author's Commentary #63:

    Time to talk about Chapter 63: For Mimoko-sama.
    Originally, I was going to end the previous chapter with Iori killing Niles as that would truly signify the turning point of the overall bout. However, I felt it was better to end the previous chapter with Mimoko falling unconscious for better suspense, even though it was obvious she was going to lose. Though now it's a race against time since Mimoko's now fighting for her life. However, Iori ended up coming out of nowhere to deliver a deadly KO to Niles Thorndyke, giving the chess club their first win, as well as time.

    Utami also managed to win in good time, though that was due to the piece of shit deciding to throw. I originally was considering having Utami play another game against the piece of shit, but decided to just have her win by repeating Mimoko's game for three reasons. The first was because I was lazy, the second was because I wanted the Mimoko game to have a proper end, and third, felt that since Utami already beat the piece of shit, she could easily beat him again.

    As for Utami's new persona, it's a Jojo reference... No really. Diavolo/Doppio from Jojo's bizarre adventures was what I based Utami's new persona off of. However, it's merely the Doppio turning into Diavolo part. Utami does not have King Crimson or any stand for that matter.

    Now before I end things off talking out the two proxies, Niles and Alejandro, it's time to reveal the answer as to which one of the piece of shit's proxies was a reference to one of my other works and that reference is... Niles Thorndyke, the actor who played Drop bear Dumbee in The Yowie Hunt. I decided it would be fun to have Niles be in the mix and to be killed by Iori of all people. This also confirms that En Passant Grandmaster takes place in the same universe as not only Yowie Hunt, but Mystery ghost foresight, Spice of life, Escape Witch, and naturally all the Shiruka sensei short stories.

    ナイルズ・ソーンダイク (Niles Thorndyke) is how Niles' name would be written in katakana.
    As a bonus, ドロップベアダンビー (Drop bear Dumbee) is how Drop bear Dumbee would be written in katakana.

    His birthday is September 13th which is the day the first chapter of The Yowie Hunt was released.

    アレハンドロ・ゴメス (Alejandro Gómez) is how Alejandro's name would be spelled in katakana. As mentioned in the chapter, he once ran a street gang, but got arrested and given the death penalty for his crimes. However, thanks to fellow Desperado member, Manny, the piece of shit was able to get an audience with Alejandro and have him become his proxy after beating him in a DESPER match.

    His birthday is February 13th. Since I chose the date at random, there isn't any significance behind it.

    As for both Niles and Alejandro's favorite chess pieces, it is the king, since that's the piece of shit's favorite piece and the piece of shit is in full control of all his proxies. However, the piece of shit would claim that the favorite piece of all his proxies is the pawn, since that's all they are to him.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:63

    May 20, 2024

    Author's Commentary #9:

    Time to talk about Chapter 9: Psychopath.
    First off, Cypress. He's dead. And that's it...
    In all honesty, Cypress' whole point was to be a throwaway villain. This is why I had no problem making him as scummy as he is.

    His name could be written as シプレス・シカモア (Cypress Sycamore) in katakana.

    His birthday is January 13th and his favorite piece is the king. Originally, his birthday was March 7th, but after learning that March 7th is the birthday of Alexandre Deschapelles, whom was regarded as one of the greatest chess players of the early 19th century, I decided to change it. The reason being that I felt Cypress wasn't deserving of sharing his birthday with one of the greatest chess players of his era and because I've decided to base a future character off of Dechapelles, so naturally I want this character to have the March 7th birthday. Cypress' new birthday was chosen at random. I wouldn't be surprised if many of the random birthdays I chose for some of the characters are also the birthdays of famous chess players, however, I likely won't change anymore birthdays.

    To elaborate a bit more on why Cypress dislikes women so much, he's encountered his fair share of crafty women which is why he's always wary of them. This eventually led to him hating women, and seeking to make their lives miserable. In short, he's the kind that would discriminate against women, but never underestimate them. Of course, that doesn't mean women still can't outwit him, which is exactly what happened here.

    Now we'll discuss both the game, and the big twist of the chapter. Iori is an ex-murderer. She became addicted to the thrill of killing without getting caught at a young age, and ended up murdering thousands both for personal pleasure and monetary support. This led her to develop a high intellect, which she usually hides behind a foolish persona. Not once has she ever been caught, nor do the authorities suspect her, which highlights her terrifying talent. However, one day, she stopped killing and swore to herself to never kill again.

    To go back to Iori's character bio, her true persona is why her birthday is April 1st. There are also some hints in her name that allude to her true nature as a killer. Mainly her last name, 石切所, which contains the kanji for "cut"/"slice" which is certainly something Iori did a lot of when murdering people.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    As for the game, it was, you guessed it, another me vs the chess.com bots original. I decided to theme the chapter around this game after realizing it had all the necessary qualities to make Iori's big reveal all the more thematic.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:86


    May 19, 2024

    Author's Commentary #30:

    Time to talk about Chapter 30: The calm before the storm.
    Seems like the storm is about to hit. Not only are things starting to get heated on Madoka's end, but Serika is also facing a whirlwind of emotions due to the two big revelations she's been hit with.

    One big change from the original is Fujiko's death. In the first release of the original, I had Nadea disguise as Madoka and kill Fujiko off screen. In the updated release, I had Fujiko fake her death. Here, I finally feel I got the plot-point down pat. There were actually a few reasons why the police didn't try to arrest Madoka earlier. First, Yumeko didn't properly report Fujiko's death until a few days after, or rather, her corrupt friends within the police didn't take action immediately. The second, and bigger reason was the Ginkawa mansion. The mansion is a fortress and technically counts as it's own city state. Thus, the only way for the police to even gain access to the mansion is if someone from the Ginkawa family lets them in. After striking a deal with the twins, Oribia and Orise, Purin was able to gain a pathway to the mansion. However, there was actually a third reason why she waited until now to launch her attack. That reason will be made apparent in the next chapter.

    As previously mentioned, this next arc will be the final arc of season 1. It will also center around Serika so expect some big moments from her.

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

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    Escape:Witch [Remake]
    Chapter:30




    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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    En Passant Grandmaster
    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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    Spice of life [Remake]
    Chapter:37