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 #22:

    This time, we're discussing Chapter 22: WWCF cards.
    The primary purpose of this chapter was to talk about the WWCF cards. Since this was written before I rewrote some of the earlier chapters, this was originally going to be the giant info dump chapter on the WWCF cards. However, all this chapter really ended up doing was revealing that they can allow their holders to earn money from winning battles. Part of my mentality for doing that is that if this novel were to ever get a video game adaptation, the banking feature would essentially function similar to how you get money from winning battles in Pokemon games.

    I also thought it would be better to gradually reveal some of the features of the WWCF cards rather than dump everything all at once, so look forward to more reveals about the card's features in future chapters.

    Finally, let's discuss Syouma Numakawa. 沼川 將誠 (Numakawa Syouma) is how his name is written in kanji. 將誠 means "to almost be" and "fact", which is fitting since he's part of the science club.
    沼川 on the other hand, translates to "swamp river".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    His birthday is June 13th, which he shares with Lorenz Hellman Gloucester from Fire Emblem three houses.

    Like Maida, he feels the queen is the most versatile piece on the board.

    He's actually skilled at programming, but also very arrogant. Funnily enough, the greatest influence for his character is actually Lorenz Hellman Gloucester from Fire emblem three houses.

    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:22


    Apr 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #20:

    It's time to discuss Chapter 20: Feline fanatic.
    First thing's first, Kuon was originally supposed to be a much larger antagonist, but I couldn't think of what to do with her, so I relegated her to that of a minor one. As such, this chapter originally served to build her up as a messed up villain, but since I decided to change course, I ended up rewriting Kuon to make her more of a scientist.

    南谷 九怨 (Nanya Kuon) is how her name is spelled in kanji. Her first name, 九怨, translates to "nine" and "resentment", which is fitting for her character. Her last name, 南谷, means "South" and "ravine". It also has "nya" in it which is why I chose it.

    Her birthday is August 8th, which is International cat day. As for why she prefers catgirls over cats, that will eventually be explained in the story.

    Her favorite piece is the queen, mainly because she herself believes she is the queen of chess. She was actually a child prodigy, but ended up getting upstaged when her eventual rival and world's highest rated female player entered the scene. As for who that woman is, that will be revealed soon.

    I'll also talk a bit about Nyogaku Nakano. Like Kuon, I originally planned for her to have a larger role, but for now she'll be a minor character.

    中埜 如岳 (Nakano Nyogaku) is how her name is written in kanji. Her first name,
    如岳 means "similar to" and "peak". Her last name, 中埜 means "inside" and "field". It is an obvious nod to the the Nakano quintuplets from the Quintessential quintuplets. Though funnily enough, the character that largely inspired Nyogaku was actually Sahara Wakasa from Mato seihei no slave.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is December 4th. I originally wanted to make her birthday the same as Sahara's but decided to go with something a bit more creative as Sahara debuted in the 12th chapter of the manga and the 4th episode of the anime.

    As for her favorite piece, it's the bishop. Why? Because she likes how they go whoosh on the diagonals.

    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:20

    Apr 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #19:

    Time to discuss Chapter 19: A woman of science.
    First off, let's briefly touch on the now bald catgirl, Nyoan. One thing I've always wondered about catgirls is if they have two sets of ears. That's why I decided to answer that question and found out... They do indeed have both human and cat ears, or at least Nyoan does. Even though she was subjected to a full-head wax, her hair has a small chance of growing back naturally. However, since Okisato simply made her punishment "losing all her hair and fur", she could challenge someone to a DESPER battle and have her prize for winning be her hair and fur growing back. Of course, Nyoan is probably not smart enough to think of that herself.

    Now let's move on to Okisato's 27-year old teacher, Mayana Maida. She's a woman of science and is highly intelligent. She draws heavy inspiration from Sae Chabashira from Classroom of the elite.

    毎田 万夜奈 is how her name is spelled in kanji. Her first name, 万夜奈, can translate to "ten thousand", "night", and "fruit tree". Her last name, 毎田, means "always" and "rice field".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is March 14th which is shared with Albert Einstein, one of the most famous scientists of all time. Believe it or not, Einstein did play chess from time to time so this can technically count as a chess related birthday as well.

    Even though she's just now picking up chess, she's determined that the queen is by far one of the more useful pieces on the board, and thus that could be considered her favorite piece, which is a bit ironic considering she was trapped in one, but it could also be argued that the incident gave her an up close look at how useful the queen is.

    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:19

    Apr 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #18:

    Time to discuss Chapter 18: Pawn and two moves odds.
    First off, let's discuss odds chess. Odds are a form of handicaps players might implement to make games more interesting and/or give weaker players a better chance of beating them. The odds used for this chapter, pawn and two moves, means white gets to start by making two moves in a row and black is down their f-pawn. As for why it's always the f-pawn, removing any other pawn can actually give the player an advantage by opening up a file for a rook if it's the a- pawn or h-pawn, the diagonals for the bishop if it's the b-pawn or g-pawn, the diagonals for the queen if its the c-pawn or e-pawn (though Two pawns odds removes the c-pawn in addition to the f-pawn), and removing the d-pawn opens the file for the queen and a diagonal for a bishop. Removing the f-pawn offers no such advantage and instead leaves the king vulnerable to an attack diagonally, which is exactly what happened in this game.
    or the queen and/or a diagonal for a bishop and queen.

    As for the DESPER, it factors in how disadvantaged the player with the odds is, and lessens the severity of the punishment accordingly. Had Nyoan implemented queen and move odds, Okisato wouldn't have died if he lost. However, the punishment for the player that isn't handicapped are never lessened regardless of the odds implemented.

    Odds can only be triggered if the one activating the DESPER, or the person the DESPER holder activated their DESPER for, is rated 1000 points lower than their opponent. This means that DESPER holders that are higher-rated than their opponent can't implement odds both for their opponent, or themself. Naturally, the higher-rated opponent can simply refuse to participate which would deactivate the DESPER for the day.

    Now onto the game itself. This was very fun to write mainly due to the fact that Okisato also had to avoid losing his queen to prevent Maida from dying. The concept of trapping people in pieces is a relatively new discovery for the Desperado league, with only Nyoan and a few others being aware of it. However, in order to force someone to be trapped in a piece, the victim must be rated 500 points lower than the one who activates the DESPER, and can only be placed within a piece if they are restrained beforehand and if the the Desperado playing is rated the same as or lower than their opponent.

    Getting back to the game, Nyoan was completely outwitted by Okisato. She did try to attack Maida a couple of times, but since Maida was in a queen, Okisato could defend her much easier than if she was in a pawn.

    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:18

    Apr 15, 2024

    Author's Commentary #17:

    This time, we're discussing Chapter 17: Stalker.
    And what better topic to discuss than the stalker herself, Nyoan Nyakuoji, nya. First off, she ends her sentences with "nya". Second, she gained her cat ears and cat tail, which are both real, thanks to the DESPER.

    若王子 如杏 (Nyakuoji Nyoan) is how her name is spelled in kanji. Her first name, 如杏, can mean "similar to" and "apricot" as well as "inferior". Her last name,
    若王子, can translate to "immature", "monarch", and "junior". I mainly chose Nyakuoji as her last name due to it having "nya" in it. The school Nyoan mentioned she was from, Mimineko gakuin, is also a pun on the word, nekomimi which means cat ears.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is February 22nd. The reason for that is that it's Japan's cat day and can be read as an abbreviation for "nyan nyan nyan".

    Her favorite piece is the knight since like a cat, since it's movement is the closest to resembling that of a cat's. She's also one of the few characters to have some meaning behind her rating. Originally, it was 800, but I increased it to 900 to make reference to the fact that cat's are said to have "9 lives". The buff also makes her slightly more intimidating, but unlike Gyro, the buff was more so to make the cat reference rather than make her more intimidating.

    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:17



    Apr 14, 2024

    Author's Commentary #15:

    It's time to talk about Chapter 15: Bughouse brawl.
    The bughouse game against the shogi club was actually one of the first major events I had planned for the story. It was originally goin to take place before the Cypress and Zanni confrontation, but I felt jumping in the bughouse before the confrontation wouldn't flow as well, so I pushed it back, which ended up working out real well. Another reason I wanted to do a bughouse game was because I wanted to have the punishment for the losers be getting zapped with a giant bug zapper. For some reason, I always think of a giant bug zapper whenever I hear the term "bughouse", thus I felt it was fitting to have the room turn into a giant bug zapper and for the losers to be electrocuted to death.

    Now let's discuss what bughouse is. Bughouse a two player variation of chess that allows you to use pieces captured by your teammate. You are allowed to drop a piece that can check or mate, and unlike in shogi you can drop a pawn on the same file that contains a pawn of the same color, and drop a pawn to checkmate. You can't however, drop a pawn on the 1st or 8th ranks. Conversing with your teammate is also permitted, making this more of a strategy game.

    The game itself was by far one of the harder ones I had to write as I essentially had to create everything from scratch and get the piece drops right. However, the effort was worth it. This is by far one of my favorite games in the series.

    Despite that, I doubt I'll ever do a bughouse game again, but I might consider doing a Crazyhouse game, which is a single player variant of Bughouse, in the future.

    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:15





    Apr 14, 2024

    To:lolitroy

    Thanks for checking this out.

    To answer your question, this was written back in early December. There were two reasons it came to be. The first, was that I decided to submit Spice of Life to a contest, and the second was that I didn't like the pacing of the original. However, it was so far along, that I decided that editing it all would be harder than just rewriting from scratch. Once I completed the remake in late January and submitted it, I was not allowed to post it as per contest rules, but since it didn't pass the 1st round of judging, I decided to post it. As such, the story is complete and I don't have to worry about writing new chapters.

    I guess that ties into how I can upload so much at a time. The main reason for that being my backlog. I tend to build up at least a few weeks of backlog so I can upload on a frequent basis without having to worry about writing new chapters constantly.

    Of course, I can only build up a backlog if I have the inspiration to write something, which isn't always present. Though now that I'm uploading all of this, I've got a large enough backlog to last a few months, and that's just counting this novel. I've already got a sizeable backlog for my other ongoing series, En Passant Grandmaster, as well as a fully written remake of one of my other novels that I'm sitting on.

    Funnily enough, one of the authors I take inspiration from is Hiro Mashima, who is known for churning out tons of works. I don't know his secret, so all I can say is build up a massive backlog, and then all you have to worry about is uploading everything.

    As for the author commentaries, it's something I've been wanting to do for a while. As such, I've also started doing it on En Passant Grandmaster, and funnily enough, find myself spending more time on them than on writing a new chapter. Good thing I've got a backlog.😅

    Once again, thanks for checking this story out. I hope you enjoy it.😁

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