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 30, 2024

    Author's Commentary #19:

    Time to talk about Chapter 19: Interrogation.
    Masaru's older sister, Himawari, has made her debut in the remake at last. The idea for Himawari came about after I wondered what would happen in Shokugeki no Soma if a sibling of one of the chefs got expelled and decided to rise to the top in a career separate from cooking. As such, I decided that Himawari would rise to the top as a police officer. She's actually really talented and has already managed to become a superintendent despite only being 25 years old.

    力丸 向日葵 (Rikumaru Himawari) is how her name is written in kanji.
    向日葵 means "direction", "sun", and "hollyhock".
    Her surname, 力丸, means "strength" and "perfection". She actually chose this surname for herself after being expelled and subsequently disowned by her family.

    Her birthday is September 23rd which is ironically, national great American pot pie day.

    To add even further irony, chicken pot pies used to be her favorite food before her expulsion caused her to suffer PTSD whenever she lays eyes on one. As such, her new favorite food is nattō.

    Himawari might have been driven off today, but this won't be the last we'll see of her. Far from it in fact. I actually had much bigger plans for her character in the original, but was unable to bring them to fruition there. Here however, my original vision and plans for Himawari will be showcased, so look forward to that.

    Speaking of which, the next few arcs will be similar to the original, pacing wise. While they are similar in content as well, there are notable differences.

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

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    Spice of life [Remake] cover
    Spice of life [Remake]
    Chapter:19




    Apr 28, 2024

    Author's Commentary #9:

    Time to talk about Chapter 9: Museum of mummies part 2.
    Whelp, they all got mummified. It was obvious from the start, though what wasn't obvious was that Mochi might be a traitor. I'm still going to hold off on going more in depth on Mochi, but before I give her basic bio as well as Bianka's, I first want to talk about the villain, Carl McDonald.

    The whole joke about Carl McDonald is that he's meant to be a parody of Col Sanders. His name has further fast food references with his first name being a reference to Carl's Jr., and his last name being a reference to, well, McDonald's. He also hates chicken and is from New Mexico, further increasing the irony that he looks and sounds like Col Sanders. Another fun fact is that his henchman, Jimmy, is a reference to Jimmy John's.

    As for the immobilization serum, that, as well as this entire arc for that matter were inspired by the Get Smart episode, "The Mummy". In the episode, protagonist Maxwell Smart finds himself captured and wrapped up like a mummy in order to be smuggled out of the country. He is also injected with a serum that immobilizes him almost instantly, to prevent him from moving around. The serum in Escape Witch is similar to that, but takes 30 minutes to take effect. There is a variation of the serum that takes effect immediately, but low-ranking members of Illumous like Sayuri, don't have access to it. One other thing I'll mention is that this isn't the only one of my novels that the immobilization serum appears in. Now let's talk a bit about Mochi.

    名智 望哉 (Myouchi Mochika) is how her name is spelled in kanji.
    望哉 means "hope" and "contradiction" while, 名智 means "achievement" and "wise".

    Her birthday is August 21st which she shares with Momo Akanegakubo from Shokugeki no Soma. The reason for that is because her character was actually inspired by Momo, and funnily enough, Mochi actually used to be a chef, and a prodigious one at that, before deciding to become a detective.

    As for Bianka, 湯詰 美杏香 (Yuzume Bianka) is how her name is spelled in kanji. 美杏香 means "beautiful", "apricot", and "appealing".
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Her birthday is September 15th, which she shares with Catherine from Fire Emblem Three houses. The reason for that is that Bianka was loosely based off her.

    As for Bianka, she is into women and is ironically a womanizer. The reason she became like this was actually due to her witnessing Reika kiss a woman as part of an undercover mission. The two are biological sisters despite being nearly 10 years apart in age. Their mother died shortly after giving birth to Bianka, which led to Reika being the one to primarily raise her. As such, Bianka idolized her and began imitating her, which resulted in her trying to kiss a girl at school. After maturing and joining the police, Bianka eased up on her skirt-chasing ways, though ended up relapsing after Reika's death. Reika's death also caused her to bleach her hair blonde and spray tan her skin. Her natural hair color is actually chestnut brown, and she is very close with Mochi.

    You're probably wondering why I'm talking about Bianka here since she doesn't appear in the chapter or arc. The reason for that is because Bianka was originally going to be part of this arc, and end up kidnapped instead of Serika. However, that was before I finalized Serika's character as back in those stages, she was intended to be more of a side character. In a later draft, Bianka was actually going to come with everyone to the museum, but leave before she could get kidnapped. Since that didn't flow well with the story, I decided not to have her be part of this arc in the first place.

    Before I end this, there are two things I want to mention. First, the reason Sayuri changed her plan is because she figured out Yuni is Fubuki's daughter and believes she is just as smart as her. Second, The Mochi here is the same one that appears in Spice of life. That is all I will say regarding that.

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

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    Escape:Witch [Remake]
    Chapter:9

    Apr 28, 2024

    Author's Commentary #65:

    The time has finally come to talk about Chapter 65: 9 queen flex.
    First off, this chapter was actually the idea that spawned the entire chessboxing arc. I really wanted to have a chapter where Okisato wrecks someone in both disciplines and mates with 9 queens.

    However, if you saw the move list I provided, you'll know that this game was 73 moves long. As such, I opted not to write out the entire game, because I felt doing so would bog down the chapter.

    Now onto the beatdown. I essentially wanted to make this the 7-page muda of the series. If you read my previous commentaries, you'll know that the piece of shit and Okisato were based off of Ryuuen and Ayanokoji from Classroom of the elite, respectively. As such, it could be expected that I'd have a beatdown chapter inspired by the Ayanokoji vs Ryuuen fight.

    Though as I was formulating the idea for the arc, I realized that while the beatdown was epic, it felt like the piece of shit was getting a harsher punishment than he deserved, since all his character was at the time, was an edgier Ryuuen. So naturally I remedied that by making the piece of shit the most hateable and despicable character in the series. In otherwords, now he deserved every ounce of pain, suffering, and humiliation he got from this beatdown.

    And with that, the chess club has won the bout, both Mimoko and Yuzuha are healed, and the piece of shit is permanently out of commission. However, there are still two more chapters left before Season 2 Part 1 ends, so look forward to those.

    One final thing I'll say is that what ultimately saved Mimoko was the fact that Okisato was making so many bad moves. That alone reignited her will and strength to live and reprimand Okisato for his actions. Had a stalemate occured though, Okisato simply would have KO'd the piece of shit in the final round, and thus won. However, Iori speed-running her fight truly gave Okisato all the time he needed to give the piece of shit his dues. Had Iori's match taken longer, Okisato would have just one-shot the piece of shit in order to save Mimoko. Luckily, Iori came in clutch, and we got an epic beatdown chapter because of that.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:65

    Apr 28, 2024

    Author's Commentary #17:

    Time to talk about Chapter 17: Mimi's first cook-off.
    First off, this is a remake original chapter. I did add it to the original Spice of life, but only as a bonus chapter towards the end of the original series, Chapter 109 to be exact. Here, it occurs where it was intended to occur.

    There were a multitude of reasons I decided to write both this chapter and the next. One was to feature more cook-offs in the series, while the other was to provide more character development for Mimi, Helga, and Sundae early on.

    As for Mimi regrowing her hair instantly after drinking some milk, that is a biological trait unique to her, and a certain family. Since revealing the name of the family would spoil some things, I'll just leave everyone with a hint; the family I'm referring to does appear both in the original Spice of life and in novels that take place in the same universe as Spice of life. Drinking milk also can heal both minor injuries and broken bones for both Mimi and members of this mysterious family. Feel free to speculate on who this family is.

    Funnily enough though, the concept of drinking milk to recover is actually a reference to One piece where Luffy and Brook drink milk to heal themselves.

    As for the cook-off, it's going to Round 2. Look forward to the conclusion next chapter. One thing I'll clarify is that Mimi still has all the spy gadgets she had on her when she was frozen. However, some of them were damaged. After being thawed out a second time, Stitch actually managed to restore Mimi's invisible thread gadget, while Waki and Rika helped Mimi in restoring her other gadgets. Mimi's actually been living with Rika, and has quickly adapted to the modern world. While I said in a previous comment that Mimi is based on Lily from Spy kyoushitsu, she's actually much smarter than she seems. She doesn't always act that way, but her adaptability is by far her greatest strength. The mini-Hylda is also a figment of her imagination, though perhaps a bit of Hylda's spirit is present within it as well.

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

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    Spice of life [Remake]
    Chapter:17



    Apr 27, 2024

    Author's Commentary #16:

    Time to talk about Chapter 16: Nero the chūnibyō.
    In the original, this was actually two separate chapters, those being Chapter 104 and Chapter 105. It was also the last chapter I wrote before beginning the rewrite. While Nero technically debuted in Chapter 71 of the original Spice of life, Chapter 104 was where he was properly introduced. Now let's talk about him.

    ネロ (Nero) is how his codename is spelled in Japanese. However, he is actually the infamous 0mni-god, Muramasa Jouzu. As such, 村正 上手 (Muramasa Jouzu) is how it is spelled in Japanese.
    上手 means "skillful" while 村正 means "village" and "correct", however, it is also the exact same surname of Sengo Muramasa, a famous Japanese swordsmith.
    (If I made any mistakes with the translations, feel free to correct me).

    Nero's birthday is October 10th, which he notably shares with Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto, Xanxus from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, and Gintoki Sakata from Gintama.

    His favorite food is mangoes, while his favorite drink is a tropical fruit smoothie.

    As I was writing the remake, I actually decided to give Nero a larger role in the story, which is why I felt he needed to be introduced much earlier than in the original. Him being 0mnipotent (yes he does spell it with a 0) was also how I planned to explain away how Mimi's world merged with the current one. Speaking of which, Muramasa Jouzu is much more powerful than he seems, though this series won't properly showcase that. Though I might end up writing a novel that does, so look out for that.

    Speaking of which, since Muramasa Jouzu is what ultimately ties my novels together, the universe all of them take place in could be referred to as "The Jouzu-verse".

    Finally, Murr Mantis is dead. Since he was destroyed by the dark flames of destruction, he can't be revived either, except by Muramasa Jouzu. Speaking of which, his dark flames of destruction could be comparable to Yogiri Takatou's power from My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered, however, unlike Yogiri, Muramasa Jouzu can choose to revive those he's killed. His flames of destruction also have various levels to them with the most basic level essentially being on par with Yogiri's ability. His next level up can erase all memory of the thing he destroys with his flame, essentially erasing it from existence, while the next level erases the target across all timelines, dimensions, and universes, and the next level up after that erases the target from existence across all timelines, dimensions, and universes.

    Sometimes, Muramasa Jouzu actually destroys some of the surrounding air and space, but simply restores it since that's also effortless for him. In short, he's very skilled at destruction, but he can also restore things as he chooses.

    As for why he chooses to have his alter-ego be Nero, entertainment. That's also why he chooses to pay for smoothies instead of making them himself, though to be fair, he is using his powers to create money out of thin air, and real money at that. None of Nero's cash is counterfeit as he simply rewrites everyone's minds that the money he creates is legit. As such, using money created by Nero would be like using standard cash, and best of all, he can create as much as he wants and the markets wouldn't be affected in the slightest. After all, creating a fortune of cash and circulating it without having the markets being affected in the slightest is 0mni 101 for Muramasa Jouzu.

    Next chapter, a new mini-arc with a spotlight on Mimi will begin. This mini-arc was only added to the original Spice of life as a bonus arc so it technically originates from the remake. 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:16

    Apr 27, 2024

    Author's Commentary #64:

    Time to talk about Chapter 64: A rodeo of rooks.
    First things first, how did Rodeo get so good so quickly. The easy answer is plot armor. The longer answer is the fact that he's got a knack for chess, but just needed proper training. He actually won the mini-tournament back in Chapter 23, and was only doing poorly in the tournament due to him being in the highest rated section. Not to mention, Okisato and Mimoko analyzed all of the piece of shit's match data to properly form a counterattack strategy. All Rodeo had to do was memorize all the possibilities.

    As such, I felt going back and forth between the match and the flashbacks was a good move. Speaking of which, I ended up having more fun writing this match than I thought I would. It was just a simple me vs the chess.com bot, once again, but I actually enjoyed writing the dialogue that went with the match. A large part of that is likely because the piece of shit loses. Now let's talk about the final proxy, Gustavs Kalniņš.

    グスタフ・カルニシュ (Gustavs Kalniņš) is how his name would be written in katakana. He used to be a shot putter, however greed consumed him and he became more of a gambler. That led to him meeting the piece of shit, who promised him a large fortune if he beat him in a game of chess. Obviously, he lost and became a proxy as a result.

    His birthday is July 26th. The reason for that being that the shot in men's open shot put competitions weighs 7.26 kilograms.

    As for Gustavs' favorite chess piece, 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.

    Speaking of the piece of shit, he's about to get the shit beaten out of him at long last. Look forward to the next chapter because it's gonna be one hell of a beatdown.

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

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    En Passant Grandmaster
    Chapter:64