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 04, 2024

    Author's Commentary #15:

    Time to talk about Chapter 15: Beware the Ides of March.
    This is the prelude to the 3rd major arc of the series, The Ides of March arc. Funnily enough, the idea for this arc came about simply because I though "Ides of March" would make for an epic arc title. As such, this also impacted the time period the story took place as I wanted the Ides of March arc to take place on the Ides of March in universe.

    Originally, the story was going to start on March 13th instead of the 12th, but after I decided to introduce Emeri earlier, I decided to move the start date of the story to the 12th so I could fit the Unbeatable escape room arc, Emeri's introduction, and the Museum of mummies arc in before Ides of March.

    Speaking of Emeri, this was originally going to be where she'd be introduced to the story. The original idea was that Mochi would surrender her phone voluntarily, however, the station's resident hacker would have been unable to recover the video. Madoka then would have taken Yuni to Emeri's place where Emeri would have been introduced as Rolly Polly.

    Originally, Emeri's introduction would have seen her disguising herself with layers of clothes to the point that at a glance, people would assume she's a fat man. Madoka would have still known Emeri prior, but wouldn't know that Emeri was a hacker, nor that she was actually Rolly Polly. All she would have known was that Emeri had great respect for the hacker named "Rolly Polly".

    Once the video had been recovered, Emeri would then shed her disguise and ride to the station on her motorcycle, where she'd get kidnapped after stopping by a convenience store.

    As for Yuni and Fujiko, Fujiko actually would have stalked Yuni all the way to Emeri's place and then headed to Yuni's place to lie in wait until revealing herself at midnight. I'll discuss more about the initial drafts for this arc as the arc progresses. For now, let's go back to some points I mentioned last commentary, namely why I felt the need to build up Fujiko as an irredeemable terror.

    First off, I wanted to establish Fujiko as a terrifying villain so that it makes the moment where she arrives at Yuni's apartment all the more suspenseful. Second, the incident with Bianka also shined some light on Serika and offered a glimpse into her character. All I'll say is that Serika will also play a major role in this arc.

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

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    Escape:Witch [Remake]
    Chapter:15


    May 03, 2024

    Author's Commentary #70:

    Time to talk about Chapter 70: The bullet demon of Kyoto.
    Originally, I was going to split this into two separate chapters, but felt it all flowed better as one big chapter. Now let's discuss the SPCMs.

    Turns out, all those women that gathered were actually the remaining SPCMs of Japan that had yet to be revealed. While all of them will get their own character spotlight in due time, this commentary will focus on Himitsusan, aka Safumi Bouzi.

    坊寺 早史 (Bouzi Safumi) is how her name is written in kanji. Her first name, 早史, means "fast" and "chronicle" which is fitting since speed is her game. Her surname, 坊寺, means "monk" and "temple".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is December 27th which she shares with three-time women's world blitz chess champion, Kateryna Lagno.

    Her favorite piece is the queen, due to how much freedom of movement it has.

    Speaking of freedom, Safumi is a strong advocate of everyone having personal freedom to live life as they please. This might seem ironic given her delinquent-like personality, but she truly believes everyone should have the freedom to live their life as they please. In fact, her delinquent-like behavior brewed as a result of her not wanting to work at her family's shrine. I've actually got lots of things planned for her character, but for now, this is all I'll divulge on her character.

    As for the game, I had a lot of fun writing and playing it. Funnily enough, the game was played out with normal time control against the chess.com bot. Since the game was being played at a rapid pace in the story though, there wasn't much bantering between the players compared to other matches, though that didn't stop Safumi from losing her cool.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:70

    May 03, 2024

    Author's Commentary #22:

    Time to talk about Chapter 22: The underworld banquet.
    There's a lot to discuss here, mainly all the attendees. Though first, I'd like to touch on one major difference between this and the original. That difference being, Jester is no longer in the chapter. As for why, I needed to narrow down the word count in order to submit this to a contest. He still does appear in the story though, but he won't become a major player until Season 2 of the remake.

    Now let's talk about the attendees and first up is Krokow. His name is obviously inspired by the city of Krakow in Poland. As for why, I just like how it sounds. He hails from Canterbury, and is a cannibal. He even ate his own hand after getting hungry, which is why he now has a cybernetic one. The crazy thing is he's even eaten his cybernetic hand a few times and had to get it replaced because of that.

    Next up is Chef P. LaFleur. He's actually a homage to Chef Pierre from Cheetos. To give some context, back in 2006, Cheetos ran a Chester Cheetah undercover campaign where Pierre, after losing to baked Cheetos in a cooking contest, steals the Cheetos secret recipe. Since I have fond memories of playing the flash games that were apart of the Chester Cheetah undercover campaign, I decided to pay homage to it by basing a character off the main antagonist of the campaign, Chef Pierre. While many might assume the P in P. LaFleur's name stands for Pierre, it simply is just P. Maybe I'll decide on a proper name later, but as of this commentary, the P simply stands for P.

    Now onto the demon queen cult. Originally, these hairless ladies were going to be much darker, but I decided to tone them down in the remake. While the original offers glimpses at how dark the cult was going to be, the main reason I decided to tone them down was simply because I decided not to make them major antagonists.

    To give better context, I'll have to talk about Mystery ghost foresight. When I first finalized the concept for the cult, I decided that I'd tell the story of it's origin in Mystery ghost foresight. However, that never came to be, so I decided to rewrite the cult and tone them down a bit. Originally, they were going to be a cult on drug-like lollipops and have a shadow-leader which would pose as a cultist and secretly control the entire cult, including Ruka. However, I decided to abandon that idea and simply make Ruka the leader. I also changed the drugged lollipops to nanomachine lollipops, both because I wanted to make the cult less dark, and because I felt nanomachines were a better and more logical explanation for how Ruka could control her cult like a hive mind.

    As for Ruka herself, she was loosely based of of Megumin from Konosuba. She was actually far more chuuni-like before forming the cult.

    Now onto the taboo chef himself, Monsieur Mondeau. Ironically, he ended up being the most underdeveloped of all the attendees despite being the head of Noveau Neo. As for why he's the taboo chef, he cooked people as well as cooked other taboo dishes.

    As for the banquet itself, it was largely inspired by a story arc from Hareluya II Boy. This is actually where I got the idea to have Noveau Neo request that some chefs have a nude woman serve as a food platter. I won't spoil the arc, but I will say that said arc is really dark.

    I would also like to confirm that the two people Rika recruited for the mission were Helga and Dastard. The real Sundae is back at her restaurant completely unaware of what's going on. As such, the Sundae that was arguing with Himawari last chapter, was actually Dastard the whole time. Dastard is a true master of disguise, and was even able to disguise Rika as Helga. As such, the Helga fighting Krokow is actually Rika.

    Finally, I would like to point out that the officers that are busting the banquet are actually Escape Witch characters. I'll elaborate a bit more on them once more is revealed about them.

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

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    Spice of life [Remake]
    Chapter:22







    May 02, 2024

    Author's Commentary #21:

    Time to talk about Chapter 21: Biting off more than you can chew.
    While the chapter itself has minimal differences between it and the original, I feel the events in the remake helped enhance this chapter. Now its clearer why Rika decided to rope Sundae in and why Helga's more curious about Mimi.

    Speaking of which, Sundae actually attended Tabemono around the same time Himawari did. While they were a grade apart, the two hated each other and developed a vicious rivalry.

    This chapter also offers a taste of the enemies that will be attending the banquet. I'll go a bit more in depth on them once they're all revealed. Funnily enough, there are two major video game references in this chapter. One is a Metal gear reference and the other could be considered a Zelda reference, though funnily enough, I was actually thinking of Smash bros when I thought to make the reference. As for what they are, Metal gear is nanomachines, and Zelda/Smash bros is throwing bombs in the enemy's mouth.

    One final thing I'll talk about is the off-screen cook-off between Helga and Rika. Since Helga had already been beaten soundly before, I felt it was best to just skip over the battle so that the story could get to the banquet faster. Speaking of which, the next chapter will be the start of the banquet. Let's hope Sundae fully cooperates and doesn't betray the team.

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

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    Spice of life [Remake]
    Chapter:21


    May 01, 2024

    Author's Commentary #12:

    Time to talk about Chapter 12: Conspiracy.
    Turns out, Purin is really corrupt. I wasn't able to properly showcase just how bad she is here, however in Spice of life, her corruption is on full display. In fact, the Spice of life remake will properly showcase the corruption of Purin and her friends. As for how they were all able to get away with things, the key lies in Yumeko.

    Since she was the superintendent general's daughter, she was able to not only get a high-ranking position, but also get her friends benefits as well. However, after Reika managed to arrest her and make her arrest public, the superintendent general had no choice but to charge her with the crime she was accused of in order to save face. After Fujiko's arrest two years later though, he was forced to resign. Despite that, he ended up escaping to politics and became a member of the Diet thanks in no small part to his corrupt buddies. He actually isn't with Illumous, but is corrupt nonetheless. Yumeko and her friends, however remains to be seen. Speaking of which, let's give some brief bios on Kurobane, Kaori, and Purin. First up is Kurobane.

    黒羽根 諄 (Kurobane Makoto) is how her name is written in kanji. Her first name, 諄, means "dull", while 黒羽根 means "black", "feather", and "foundation".

    Her birthday is May 20th which she shares with Sae Chabashira from Classroom of the elite. The reason for that being that Chabashira was the main inspiration for her character.

    Next up is Kaori. 猪原 果桜梨 (Inohara Kaori) is how her name is written in kanji. 果桜梨 means "result", "cherry blossom", and "pear", while 猪原 means "boar" and "origin".

    Her birthday is August 15th which she shares with Camie Utsushimi from My Hero Academia. The reason for this is because Kaori was loosely based off Camie.

    Finally, there's Purin. 名智 符凜 (Myouchi Purin) is how her name is spelled in kanji. 符凜 means "token" and "coldness". Purin is also the Japanese word for pudding.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is January 23rd which is international sticky toffee pudding day. This is fitting since sticky toffee pudding, along with regular custard pudding, is her favorite food.

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

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    Escape:Witch [Remake]
    Chapter:12