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 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #35:

    Time to discuss Chapter 35: Millisecond chess.
    Even though the climax is over, there's still a bit left before season 1 ends. Most notably the fact that Mimoko herself still has to play her final round game.

    Originally, Mimoko was actually going to have her match against Hagemi as the grand finale without even playing Peter, however, I wanted her to play and draw against Peter to set up their chemistry for later seasons of the story. As such, I had the Hagemi game take place in round 4 and had the game against Peter end in a draw by repetition.

    Intriguingly enough, a threefold repetition does not automatically end a game in real life. Rather, a player must call an arbiter over to prove the claim. There is also a fivefold repetition rule which unlike the threefold one, mandates that an arbiter declare the game a draw and void any subsequent moves. Since the DESPER acts as an arbiter, threefold repetitions always result in a draw when they occur. Funnily enough, chess.com also automatically ends the game in a draw if the threefold repetition rule is triggered.

    Like the stalemate game from Chapters 8-10, I doubt there will be many draw by repetition games in the series going forward. Though the chances of another one appearing are higher than another stalemate appearing. As for Mimoko and Peter, I can guarantee they will have a proper rematch and it will be amazing.

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

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    Chapter:35

    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #34:

    Time to discuss Chapter 34: Desperado.
    We've finally reached the climax of season 1. First off, some background on the match. While this was another me vs the chess.com bots, this one I actually managed to win on my own. As such, I felt it was fitting to have it be the climatic final match between Okisato and Gyro. I will also confirm that Gyro is dead and won't be coming back. Though he'll likely reappear in flashbacks.

    As for his portrait in the Desperado collage, the purple "fire" is actually purple lightning, which references how he dies by electrocution. Originally, it was just purple fire, but I changed it to lightning.

    One final thing I'll mention is that each major arc villain from here on out will largely embody one of the 7 deadly sins. Gyro, the main antagonist of season 1, embodied the sin of Tristitia (Sorrow/despair/despondency/melancholy). The reason for that is due to him constantly being in a state of despair after meeting Mimoko.

    Funnily enough, the DESPERs themselves are a pun on the word "despair" which is fitting since they can cause despair, and because Gyro, one of the minds behind them, embodies the sin of despair. Have fun guessing the sins of future arc villains. I'll make sure to reveal the sins they embody as soon as their arc is over.

    One final thing I'll mention is that desperado is also the term used to describe a piece determined to give itself up in order to bring about a stalemate. This is why it's fitting that many of the Desperado league members hope to bring about a draw when they see they are losing. I will also confirm that Gyro was one of the founders of the league and is second in command behind the Ultima-master despite there being other members more skilled than him.

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

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    Chapter:34

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    Chapter:33

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    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #7:

    Believe it or not, there isn't much to discuss about Chapter 7: Confrontation.
    The chapter primarily serves as a buildup for the the next few chapters so there isn't much to really talk about. One thing I will mention is that the song I believe fits the Desperado league the best is Bach's prelude and fugue in E minor BWV 533. So feel free to play it in the background whenever the Desperado league comes on screen. Now let's talk about Mei.

    Mei Utsunomiya is your typical strict disciplinary committee head. Because of that, she feels that her image is directly influenced by the school's, which is why she strictly enforces all the rules. Iori's been a frequent offender for years, and the only reason she doesn't get punished a lot is due to her financial situation.

    Mei once punished Iori harshly for her appearance, but Iori naturally used her clout to start a controversy and frame the incident as Mei discriminating against her because she's poor and thus had no choice but to adopt an eye catching look in order to make bank as a streamer.

    Her name is spelled 宇都宮 命 (Utsunomiya Mei) in kanji. Her name, 命, can mean "fate" as well as "ordering" which she tends to do a lot of. Her last name, 宇都宮, can mean "intelligence", "to rule", and "shrine".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    As for Mei herself, she actually one of the more underdeveloped characters, though I don't exactly have big plans for her. In terms of design, she draws inspiration from Kobachi Osaragi from Kaguya-sama while her personality is inspired more by Himeko Momokino from Citrus.

    Her birthday is June 6th, which is the same as Osaragi's. I actually wanted it to be the same as Himeko Momokino's, but since her birthday is not listed, I chose to have her share it with Osaragi.

    Since Mei doesn't play chess, nor plans to, she doesn't have a favorite piece. Even if she did play though, she wouldn't consider one piece more valuable than the others as all have their uses.

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

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    Chapter:7

    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #27:

    Time to discuss Chapter 27: Prelude to the third round.
    Obviously, this is a buildup chapter. The first notable thing about this chapter is... Mimoko's casual attire. Mimoko thinks suspenders look cute which is why she usually pairs them with a skirt and long sleeve shirt.

    Now onto the new Desperados. First off is Svetlana Smirnova. Her design was inspired by Jill Sturgeon from Metallic Rouge, who in turn reminds me a lot of Sibylla from Spy Kyoushitsu. There's no kanji for her name, but
    スヴェトラーナ・スミルノワ (Svetlana Smirnova) is how her name is written in katakana. However, since she's Russian, her name can be written as Светлана Смирнова (Svetlana Smirnova) in Russian.

    Her birthday is September 28th, which she shares with Aleksandra Goryachkina, a Russian grandmaster that is also one of the top female chess players of all time.

    Her favorite piece is the rook since she views it as an extension of her sledgehammer, which is her preferred weapon of choice.

    Now onto Haruki Kamoshida. 鴨志田 春樹 (Kamoshida Haruki) is how his name is written. His first name, 春樹, means "Spring" and "tree". It is also written the same as Haruki Yamauchi's name from Classroom of the elite. His last name, 鴨志田, means "duck", "aspiration", and "rice field". It is also written the same as Suguru Kamoshida's name from Persona 5.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Considering Haruki's named after two big pieces of shit, you can probably guess that he's going to be a massive piece of shit, and you're right. This piece of shit will by far be one of the most vile and despicable characters in the story. Though believe it or not, Kakeru Ryūen from Classroom of the elite is by far the biggest inspiration behind his character. So much so, that I honestly imagine him sounding just like him when he talks.

    His birthday is May 30th, which he shares with Haruki Yamauchi from Classroom of the elite.

    His favorite piece is the king, because that's how he views himself.

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

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    Chapter:27


    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #25:

    Time to discuss Chapter 25: Lagoon pathways hotel.
    First up, the hotel itself. It actually draws inspiration from a hotel I once went to that featured an intricate waterfall and waterways running throughout the main room. Of course, the waterways weren't big enough to ride boats in them and were more for looking at. Thus, I decided to make Lagoon pathways far more ambient to that of a nighttime lagoon, and also have it so that the canals could be ridden in by boat.

    Now onto the new chess club members, Rodeo Gorou and Yuzuha Zenihara. Both of these characters aren't going to have much of an impact on this arc. The only reason I introduced them here was so that they could get ratings upon completing the tournament.

    As stated in the chapter, Rodeo likes rooks while Yuzuha likes knights. Rodeo likes rooks due to his belief that they're strong and tough like him. Yuzuha likes knights simply because they are horses and horses are her favorite animal.

    伍楼 路出男 (Gorou Rodeo) is how Rodeo's name is spelled in kanji. 路出男 can translate to "large", "exit", and "man". His last name, 伍楼 translates to "five" and "tower", which is fitting considering Rodeo's a large young man and has an affinity for rooks. Though ironically, rooks are actually one of the shortest pieces on the board.

    銭原 友珠羽 (Zenihara Yuzuha) is how Yuzuha's name is spelled in kanji. 友珠羽 can translate to "friend", "pearl", and "wing". 銭原 translates to "money" and "origin".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Rodeo's birthday is February 23rd. The reason for that is that it's the day Rodeo day was this year. Rodeo day is always the last Friday in February.

    Yuzuha's birthday is September 9th. The reason for this is because September 9th is apparently the most common birthday in the world.

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

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    Chapter:25

    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #13:

    Time to discuss Chapter 13: Skewer.
    First off, let's explain the title. In chess, a skewer occurs when two pieces in a line are under attack, however, unlike a pin in which a lower valued piece is under attack and the higher valued piece is behind it, the higher valued piece is under attack while the lower valued piece is behind it. This means that many will choose to move the higher valued piece to safety, and forsake the lower valued piece.

    Now let's talk about the trio of bullies. First up is the leader of the group, Shion Segawa. She takes heavy inspiration from Shiho Manabe from Classroom of the elite, but draws her name from Sion of My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered and Hiro Segawa of A couple of cuckoos. The kanji for her name is 背川 姫媛 (Segawa Shion). Her first name, 姫媛, means "noblewoman", which is certainly what she is considering she's the prefectural governor's daughter. Speaking of which, her mother's name, 志歩, means "ambition" and "walk". As for their last name, 背川, it means "betray" and "river".

    Both also share the same birthday of February 21st. I initially wanted them to have the same birthday as Shiho Manabe, but since she doesn't have one listed, I instead went with the day that Season 3 episode 8 of the Classroom of the elite anime aired.

    Originally, I had bigger plans for Shion, but for now, she'll just be more of a minor antagonist.

    Speaking of Shiho Manabe, the blue-haired girl, is named Mami Manabe in reference to both her and Mami Nanami from Rent a girlfriend. 曲直部 万美 (Manabe Mami) is how her name is spelled in kanji. Her first name, 万美, means "ten thousand" and "beautiful". Her last name, 曲直部, can translate to "wrong or unjust", "honest", and "group".

    Her birthday is May 2nd, which is the same as Hiro Sewaga's from A couple of cuckoos.

    She is actually one of the school's top shogi players and is also the daughter of an influential politician.

    The final bully, Kigyoku Gyakui, doesn't actually draw her name from anime characters I hate. 逆井 嬉玉 (Gyakui Kigyoku) is how her name is spelled in kanji. Her first name, 嬉玉, can translate to "happiness" and "ball", which is a nod to her status as the top striker of the soccer team. Her last name, 逆井, can mean "to oppose" and "water hole".
    (If I made any mistake with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is January 23rd, which is the same as Kikyō Kushida's from Classroom of the elite.

    Like the other members of the trio, she'll likely just be a minor antagonist for now.

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

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    Chapter:13

    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #24:

    Time to discuss Chapter 24: Hagemi's first match.
    Originally, this wasn't going to exist, but I felt that I needed to flesh out more of why Gyro feared Hagemi so I decided to write this chapter. It ended up working in the end, though I'll elaborate more on that in a future commentary.

    First off, some more info on Hagemi. Hagemi comes from a rich family, but ran away from home after her father tried to force her into a relationship with the son of an influential politician. She was only 16 at the time, and had never played chess prior. After meeting and impressing Redfield, she quickly became an overnight star in the chess world, but in the process, upstaged Kuon. At the time, Kuon was a 9-year old chess prodigy whom was going to be the next big star, until Hagemi came out of nowhere and not only upstaged her, but became Redfield's favorite chess player. As such, Kuon developed a rivalry with Hagemi and views her with hostility. Hagemi however, initially viewed her as a little sister, but began seeing her in a bit more of a romantic light once she became an adult. Hagemi's also close with Mimoko's mother as well as various other mothers in the neighborhood. She's actually very sociable and nice, though can become terrifying when she's angry.

    One final topic I'll touch on are Inojin and Cypress. First off, both ended up having sex with Gyro as a punishment for Gyro's loss. The incident ended up causing Cypress to have mild, but not romantic affection for Gyro. The incident is also one of the big reasons he made it his creed not to underestimate women.

    Finally, let's briefly give Inojin his bio since this will likely be the last time we see him in the story.
    In kanji, his name is 伊之助 猪仁 (Inosuke Inojin). 猪仁 can mean "boar" and "humanity", while 伊之助 is actually the same as Inosuke Hashibira's name from Kimetsu no yaiba and translates to "Italy", "to reach" , and "a nickname". There really isn't much significance behind his name. I just liked how it sounded.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    His birthday is April 21st and his favorite piece is the knight. The reason for that is because he views himself as a good-looking guy on a horse. Unlike a knight though, he's not chivalrous in the slightest.

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

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    Chapter:24

    Apr 16, 2024

    Author's Commentary #23:

    Time to discuss Chapter 23: A prodigy in the making.
    This chapter gives us the first proper look at Okisato and Mimoko going all out. It also illustrates that just like in the real world, blunders are more prone to occur the faster the playing speed is.

    Now let's discuss the chess club. They've expanded their roster from 5 members to 10. However, only 8 of them will really be getting the spotlight in the story.

    As for the other two, their names are Zago-kun (座吾) and Azanira-chan (畔蒜 ).
    座吾 translates to "seat" and "myself" while 畔蒜 translates to "shore" and "perennial plant of the lily family".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    As for why they only have surnames, both were made with the intention that if this novel ever got a video game adaptation, they'd be the player characters. As a result, their first names would be chosen by the player.

    Azenira and Zago won't have a major role in the novel, but they will both have some cameos. And as for how things would work out plot-wise if the novel ever did get a video game adaptation, they'd essentially follow Okisato around and replace Numakawa in arcs that he's present in since Numakawa contributes the least to the story.

    Though going more into a potential video game adaptation, you would still be able to play as characters like Okisato for story battles. Speaking of which, I'd also make sure all the story matches (Okisato vs Inoji, Iori vs Cypress, Yuusuke vs Zanni, the bughouse game, etc) have secret cut-scenes and dialogue if you play the games EXACTLY like they are in the story. This would only be a feature of story mode though.

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

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