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|Native name||奈須 きのこ|
|Born||28 November 1973|
|Occupation||Writer, video game designer|
|Known for||Co-founder of Type-Moon
Author of successful prose and visual novels
Kara no Kyōkai
Kinoko Nasu (奈須 きのこ Nasu Kinoko?, male, born 28 November 1973) is a Japanese author, best known for writing the novel Kara no Kyōkai and visual novels Tsukihime and Fate/stay night. Renowned for a unique style of storytelling and prose, Nasu is amongst the most prominent visual novelists in Japan. He graduated from Hosei University with a major in Human science.
Together with his junior high school classmate and friend Takashi Takeuchi, Nasu formed Type-Moon in 2000, originally as a dōjin group to create the visual novel Tsukihime, which soon gained immense popularity, much of which is attributed to Nasu's unique style of storytelling. Nasu's influences include Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yukito Ayatsuji, Soji Shimada, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Kenji Takemoto, Ken Ishikawa, and Yasuhiro Nightow.
Following the success of Tsukihime, Type-Moon became a commercial organization. A sequel to Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya, was released in August 2001. On 28 January 2004 Type-Moon released Fate/stay night, written by Nasu; it, too, gained great success, becoming one of the most popular visual novels on the day of its release. A sequel to Fate/stay night, Fate/hollow ataraxia, was released on 28 October 2005. Both of Nasu's visual novel works (Tsukihime and Fate/stay night) have been adapted to extremely popular manga and anime series.
Among Kinoko Nasu's earlier works are the novels Kara no Kyōkai, originally released in 1998 and re-printed in 2004, Angel Notes, Mahōtsukai no Yoru and Kōri no Hana.
- Kara no Kyōkai also called Garden of Sinners - originally released in 1998 and re-printed in 2004. It was also re-released in a three-volume format with new illustrations in 2007
One of Nasu’s representative works, also one of his two longest novels published. The story is set in Japan's in the 90s; the Heroine - Shiki Ryogi of this series, a young Japanese female has the ability of “see” or perceive death with her naked eyes. At the same time, such power also enables her to detect the weakest point in all beings making her an almost invisible human-being. In the stories, she encounters several other characters who processes mystical capabilities as she does. Shiki’s interaction and confrontations with them leads her to gradually understand the origin of her peculiarity, and at the end reveals the mysterious relation between her and the universe.
In this book, Nasu depicts his imaginations by referencing many religious and philosophical belies; based on these models, he developed his own theories which are reflected onto his characters. The obscure tone in his writings forms a notable contrast with the entertaining nature of the book itself, which also sets it apart from other works in the same genre of “light novels”. The book was later adapted into a seven film series by the Ufotable studio in 2007: I-Overlooking View, II-A Study in Murder (Part1), III-Remaining Sense of Pain, IV-The Hollow Shrine, V-Paradox Spiral, VI-Oblivion Recording, VII-A Study in Murder (Part2); they soon became a box office smash with record numbers of attendees.
- Decoration Disorder Disconnection
Owing to the change in societal structure, various mental disability is becoming more and more common. And in some extreme cases, such illnesses which are supposedly merely “psychological” evolves into physical troubles. The patients start to mutate and evolve into “creatures” that are genetically different from ordinary human beings; besides, this alternation comes with abnormal abilities ranging from enhanced bodily functions to generating an artificial universe. These patients are called “demon-possessed” and are hence considered demons among us humans. This book is largely different from the rest of the works which Nasu had produced in the past; the content is more tense and rich o plots unlike other series such as “Garden of Sinners” which tends to be more abstract steam-of-consciousness.
This book is largely different from the rest of the works which Nasu had produced in the past; the content is more tense and rich of plots unlike other series such as “Garden of Sinners” which tends to be more abstract steam-of-consciousness.
- Tsuki no Sango (Moon’s Coral)
This story takes places in distant future, approximately in the year 3000. The human race had expended their territory on to the moon after the polar shift, then developed cities and countries there. However shortly after that, they gain encountered a great catastrophe and the entire race starts to decline inevitably. The people left on earth depend on those who immigrants on moon to preserve achievements of the once glorious human civilization. In this book, a girl who is called “the princess”, narrates an old love story of her grandmother and an astronaut. It is later revealed in the story that the princess’s grandmother is the artificial intelligence created to manage people’s life on the moon. The original concept of the story seems to be adapted from the Japanese folktale “Princess Kaguya”.
This short story has a published published with colored illustrations, and is performed by voice actress Maaya Sakamoto in a book reading event. The story was also adapted into comics in Feb, 2014.
The story begins with “In the mansion above the hills, there lives two witches.” The stage is set in the late 80s when cellphones and internet were not yet popularized. Although the story consists of two females heroines and one male character, their relationship is based on interests rather than romance. One of the two female protagonists Aoko Aozaki who is a trainee in sorcery, is learning under the instructions of Alice Kuonji who is the daughter of an authentic witch. Together they live in an old mansion with a boy - Sojuro Shizuki who appears to be an reserved high school student, but is actually an assassin trained from birth be to a cold-blooded killing machine.
- Notes. (Angel Voice)
Another one of Nasu’s short story which depicts the end of Nasu’s moonlit world. The land has turned into cold steels, and earth is now a dying star. As the natural environment continues to deteriorate, the human race has to go through a process of transformation, and their physical ability enhanced. The newly reformed human race is called “a-ray”; among them, there exists a subspecie named “No.20 Guardian Angel” who are identical with the old human race if without wings, and they absorb energy by breathing heavy particles scattered in the atmosphere after the world collapses. The setting is very much like the Christian theory of “The Judgment Day”, and many terms seems to have a religious root. However, the story focuses on the battle between these artificially developed species and the natural evolved humans - the “Liner” over world dominance. The battle had no winner and did not yield any results, since it was interrupted by an unexpected third party who drove both species to the edge of extinction.
Strictly speaking, “Notes.” is more of a collection of concepts and settings; and the story element is rather basic. The novel is not published individually, but as an appendix of the book of “Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod” which is an official artbook of the Type-Moon company containing information of their works and designs.
- Kōri no Hana (氷の花 Ice Flowers?)
Perhaps the most mysterious work Nasu has ever written. It’s believed that only a handful of staffs inside the company has ever ha the chance to read its manuscript. Nasu himself claims this work as one of his masterpieces that deserves to be seen, but the text is yet to be published and the information released remains limited.
- Tsukihime – Released in December 2000.
- Kagetsu Tohya – Fan-disc of Tsukihime, released in August 2001.
- Fate/stay night – Released on January 28, 2004.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia – Fan-disc of Fate/stay night, released on October 28, 2005.
- Mahōtsukai no Yoru – Adaptation of the novel, released on April 12, 2012.
- Melty Blood – The original Melty Blood fighting game, released in December 2002, features an extensive Story Mode, which is essentially a visual novel where story branches are chosen based on the outcome of battles. Nasu also wrote the dialogue for Arcade Mode, which was first featured in Melty Blood ReACT, released in May 2004.
- 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de – Nasu wrote a special scenario for the game, with fellow Type-Moon co-founder Takashi Takeuchi providing the character designs. This scenario was subsequently adapted into an anime, Canaan.
- Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – An adaptation of Fate/stay night that premiered in October 2014, the anime's episodes were written by Nasu, who was also responsible for original content found in the episodes and not in the visual novel.
- Kinoko Nasu's and Takashi Takeuchi's official website and online diary (Japanese)
- Type-Moon's official website (Japanese)