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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    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #55:

    Time to discuss Chapter 55: A hair stakes match.
    Like the previous chapter, this was originally set to be two different chapters, but I felt they worked better combined as one. "Not so bald" was going to be the title of the second half of this chapter before I merged it.

    Now let's talk about the puns. Obviously, this chapter title and the draft title are puns on the phrases "A high stakes match" and "Not so bad". I was actually debating which one to use for the chapter, but ultimately went with "A hair stakes match" as I felt the other title could be spoilery.

    Now let's go over the game. This one was short and sweet, but the one thing I really wanted it to highlight was Iori's inner thought process. Iori is obviously smarter than she lets on, but how much smarter is still a mystery. Okisato can't quite get a read on her, but he definitely suspects she's hiding something dark.

    Finally, Iori's now bald... Just kidding. Utami ended up deciding to go with the bald cap, mainly because she felt not shaving Iori would deprive her of what she wanted; content. Of course, Iori still managed to get content out of the ordeal. Though thanks to the gagball, she's now unable to properly challenge Haruki.

    Even if Haruki activated his DESPER against her, the DESPER would deem that Iori's at a disadvantage due to the gagball, and thus unable to properly voice her terms for the wager, thus it would declare the encounter a draw and deactivate.

    On a completely unrelated note, I'm now caught up with the commentaries for this series. This means that new commentaries will be released daily to coincide with the daily chapter releases.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster season 2: The fallen maestro cover
    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:55

    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #45:

    Time to talk about Chapter 45: Maestro Xiao Lin.
    Originally, this was going to be the first chapter of season 2, however, I decided to push it back a bit after deciding to do the Kazuya mini-arc.

    The game was once again, a me vs chess.com bot match. However, as soon as the game was complete, I played around with some different scenarios and altered the game to its present form within the chapter. Now let's discuss Xiao Lin.

    Xiao Lin is one of the seven secret chess maestros and as such, has a rating over 3000 and a black WWCF card to denote her status as a maestro.

    Her name is spelled 小琳, and can translate to "small jade".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is April 20th, and the reason for that is because jade is considered to be the natural birthstone for those born between April 20th and May 20th.

    Her favorite piece is the queen, mainly because she considers herself the true queen of chess.

    One final thing I'll mention is that there actually is a variation of chess called kung-fu chess. However, rather than alternating between kung-fu and chess like in chess boxing, kung-fu chess simply allows multiple pieces to be moved simultaneously. However, there is a cool down period before a piece can be moved again. Victory is also only achievable by capturing the king. While Xiao Lin is skilled in this discipline, she is far more dominant in kung-fu, which led to her creating a kung-fu variant of chess boxing. Though, the variant is not officially recognized by the WWCF.

    The maestros are actually free to implement any challenge condition so long as it's to a game of chess. Most maestros do something simple like either having the game be on a faster time control, not exceeding 100 moves, or requiring the challenger to play as a certain color. Of course, this only applies to the initial challenge as upon beating the maestro, the challenger can rematch them much like the SPCMs, though will not be required to adhere to the original stipulations of the challenge.

    As for why Xiao Lin implemented such a challenge, that will be revealed later in the story. Speaking of which, the ending of the chapter introduces Himitsu. I won't divulge much on her, but I will say that Maestro Himitsu is the woman whose back is towards Mimoko on the Season 2 cover.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:45

    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #54:

    Time to discuss Chapter 54: Intellect and madness.
    Originally, these were two separate chapters, but after seeing how short the first half was, I decided to combine it with the next chapter. The original names for these chapters were "The mad queen and the girl blessed by chess" and "Chaos factor".

    The point of the chapter was to put the spotlight on Utami. First, Mimoko purified her of her mad persona, but unintentionally made her worse off than she was before. To make matters worse, the piece of shit is aware and has now declared his intent to rope Utami into his diabolical plan.

    However, an unlikely savior has appeared. Everyone's favorite streamer, Iori-chan! Yes, Iori's going to become relevant in the story again, and what better way to make her reemergence than to hit Utami with a crazy bet that loser shaves their head and eyebrows and gets a head tattoo... Ok, maybe she isn't quite the unlikely savior, but Peter certainly is.

    Peter is actually aware of the piece of shit's plan, however, he refuses to just give away the answer, mainly because he is both hoping for Okisato to guess things on his own, and because telling Okisato could risk the piece of shit changing plans and coming back at a later date with an even nastier one. He will however, offer Okisato clarity should he guess something right about the piece of shit's plan.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster season 2: The fallen maestro cover
    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:54


    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #52:

    It's time to talk about Chapter 52: The mad queen unleashed.
    Just as promised, here's another Důras gambit game. Bibi was completely humiliated and Utami has descended into madness. Though it seems like Mimoko's going to put a halt to that. I guess as a consolation prize for her loss, we'll discuss Bibi.

    Originally, Bibi was meant to be the captain of a rival chess team which would serve as the antagonists for a planned arc. However, I ended up abandoning the idea when I finalized the story for Season 2. However, I still wanted to include her in the story so I had her be fodder for Utami.

    Her name in kanji is 枇杷木 美琵 (Biwaki Bibi). Her first name, 美琵, means "beauty" and "biwa", while her last name, 枇杷木, means "loquat", "pole", and "tree".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is July 10th which is a reference to the year 710, which was the start of the Nara period. The reason I chose this is because the biwa was said to have first reached Japan during the Nara period (710 to 794).

    Her favorite piece is the queen, since Bibi views herself as a regal woman.

    While Bibi had a rough time and is going to drop in her rating a bit, this won't be the last we see of her in the story. And who knows, maybe I'll resurrect the rival chess team idea I had when she comes back into the story again.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster season 2: The fallen maestro cover
    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:52

    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #21:

    It's time to discuss Chapter 21: Chess experiment.
    his chapter essentially served as a way to help spread word of the chess club throughout the school, and establish Maida as the supervising teacher for it. As such, I decided that it would be fitting for her to have her class do an experiment related to chess. The experiment is essentially seeing what the most common moves are amongst the class. Though when class reconvenes, the students will play each other from the e4 Nf6 position so look forward to that.

    Finally, the big secret regarding Hagemi is out; she's the top female chess player in the world. I'll talk more about her background later, so for now, we'll just go over some basic trivia about her.

    Her name is written as 承先 励美 (Shousen Hagemi) in kanji, with her first name, 励美, translates to "Inspire" and "beautiful". Now remember how I said way back in Author's Commentary #3 that 承先 can mean "first"? That's why I chose it to be Yuusuke and Hagemi's surname as Hagemi is currently the number 1 female chess player in the world.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is March 31st which she shares with Koneru Humpy, an Indian grandmaster and one of the top female chess players of all time.

    Her favorite piece is the rook. Initially, she thought rooks were lousy, but quickly found how valuable they are in the endgame, which led to them becoming her favorite piece.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:21


    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #50:

    It's time to discuss Chapter 50: Ai Kamuro.
    Originally, this chapter was much... Steamier. In short it was inspired by a certain episode from an anime that gushes over magical girls... If enough people beg me though, I'll consider updating the chapter to include the steamy bit.

    Now let's move onto Ai herself. Her name in kanji is
    禿 愛 (Kamuro Ai) which literally translates to "bald love". Obviously fitting since Ai has a massive bald fetish. But there's more.

    Her birthday is October 14th which is Be bald and free day. Yeah, Ai's whole character is bald, bald, BALD! Though I'll talk more about her later when more is revealed about her in the story. As such, I won't be revealing her rating just yet, but as you can surmise, it's gonna be big. All I'll say is she enjoys being bald and is attracted to women.

    The final thing I'll mention is that Ai's favorite piece is the queen, mainly because she views herself as the queen of all women.

    Now let's finish things off by talking about SPCM Himitsuchan, aka Michiko Azami.

    Michiko's name in kanji is 執見 美智子 (Azami Michiko)
    Her first name, 美智子, means "beauty", "wisdom", and "thinker", while her last name, 執見, means "take hold of" and "to meet".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is January 25th.

    Like Ai, her favorite piece is the queen.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:50



    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #48:

    Time to discuss Chapter 48: Caïssa's blessing
    Caïssa is known as the goddess of chess. As such, I felt I needed to make reference to her in the story, and what better way than via the Caïssa's blessing function of the WWCF card.

    As explained in the chapter, this feature prevents holders of it from dying due to unnatural causes. For example, Svetlana has it which allows her to function as an invincible one-woman army. As such, she's often tasked by her father to eliminate his foes as Caïssa's blessing prevents weapons from harming her. The blessing is even capable of allowing it's holder to survive a direct hit from a nuke, with no side-effects whatsoever. However, it cannot prevent holders from dying of old age or from the losing conditions of a DESPER battle.

    Now is also a good time to confirm everyone that has appeared thus far in the story that has Caïssa's blessing. Okisato, Mimoko, Peter, Tsar Grigori, Svetlana, Hagemi, Raymond Redfield, Kuon, Maestro Himitsu, Maestro Xiao Lin, and SPCM Himitsudono all have it. All the maestros and SPCMs have it even though some SPCMs are rated under 2000. Gyro also had the blessing when he was alive.

    Reaching a rating of 2000 alone though doesn't actually grant users the blessing. Talent and potential tend to be the biggest factors though achieving a rating of over 2500 guarantees someone will get the blessing. I actually have plans to further explore Caïssa's blessing and the DESPERs in future seasons of the story so look forward to that.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:48

    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #47:

    Time to talk about Chapter 47: The mad tsar.
    And what better topic to discuss than the mad tsar himself, Grigori Ivan Vasilyevich I. He's one of the higher-ups in the Desperado league and is Svetlana's father as well as the leader of Russia. He came to power by winning a DESPER match and as such, decided that upon becoming the new leader of Russia, he would bring back the monarchy. Thus, his official royal title is Grigori Ivan Vasilyevich the 1st of Russia. He is actually descended from one of Ivan the terrible's illegitimate children though, and as such, bears royal blood.

    Speaking of which, Tsar Grigori draws heavy inspiration from Ivan the terrible.
    ригорий Иван Васильевич I (Grigori Ivan Vasilyevich I) is how his name is written in Russian, with his middle and last name being spelled the same as Ivan the terrible's.
    グリゴリー・イヴァン・ヴァシレヴィッチ1世
    (Grigori Ivan Vasilyevich I) is how his name would be written in Japanese.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    His rating of 2818 is actually a neat reference to the day Ivan died. The day was March 28th 1584, but O.S. (old style) March 18th 1584. And of course, Ivan infamously died during a chess game. Perhaps that might hold clues to Tsar Grigori's fate in the story.

    His birthday is August 25th which is shared with Ivan the terrible. Fun fact: The birthday was O.S. August 15th.

    As for his favorite piece, it is the king since he himself is tsar of Russia.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster season 2: The fallen maestro cover
    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:47


    Apr 18, 2024

    Author's Commentary #44:

    Time to talk about Chapter 44: Striving for improvement.
    First, let's talk about the aftermath of Kazuya's failed scheme. Kazuya truly was willing to martyr himself. As for the main reason why, Kazuya felt that doing so would truly impress Shion. Shion was also on board with the plan and agreed to threaten the students and teacher of Mimoko's homeroom in order to help frame the chess club.

    However, Kazuya surviving and getting arrested ruined the entire plan. After giving their testimonies to the teachers, the chess club was absolved of any involvement in the principal's death. Shion, however, is now in the hot seat for threatening some teachers and students as well as slandering the chess club. And that's all in addition to her now being considered an accomplice in Utami's kidnapping.

    All this is largely thanks to Otona, or rather Okisato telling Otona what to do beforehand. As stated previously in the series, killing someone in a DESPER match won't get you charged for murder. However, since Kazuya kidnapped Utami, he was able to be booked on kidnapping charges.

    Best of all, Shion's mother is completely unaware of the recent developments due to being at a conference, so Shion is unable to even contact her mother to ask for assistance. Okisato actually plans to have Kazuya killed in prison, both to ensure he doesn't become a threat in the future, and to frame the Segawas for it.

    Speaking of Okisato, he ended up losing the vice-president election in a 9 to 1 landslide to Yuusuke. This was largely due to Mimoko turning against him because of not telling her about the match with Kazuya. Originally, Okisato was going to be the vice president of the chess club, but after I ended up writing this mini-arc, I felt it would be better to have him become ostracized due to the Kazuya incident and lose to Yuusuke.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster season 2: The fallen maestro cover
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    Chapter:44