Kinoko Nasu (奈須 きのこ Nasu Kinoko?, born November 28, 1973) is a Japanese author, best known for writing the novel Kara no Kyoukai 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.
Together with high school classmate and friend, Takeshi 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. A sequel to Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya, was released in August 2001.
Following the success of Tsukihime, Type-Moon became a commercial organization. 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 October 28, 2005. Both of Nasu's visual novel works (Tsukihime and Fate/stay night) have been adapted to rather popular manga and anime series.
Among Kinoko Nasu's earlier works are the novels Kara no Kyoukai, originally released in 1998 and re-printed in 2004, Angel Notes, Mahoutsukai no Yoru and Koori no Hana.
Nasu has authored the following:
- Kara no Kyoukai 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.
- Angel Notes
- Mahōtsukai no Yoru
- Kōri no Hana (氷の花 Ice Flowers?)
- Decoration Disorder Disconnection: Junk the Eater
- Decoration Disorder Disconnection: HandS
- Note: "Kara no Kyoukai" featured illustrations by Takashi Takeuchi, while the "DDD" series featured art by Koyama Hirokazu
- Tsukihime - Released on December 2000.
- Kagetsu Tohya - Sequel to Tsukihime, released on August 2001.
- Fate/stay night - Released on January 28, 2004.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia - Sequel to Fate/stay night, released on October 28, 2005.
- 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 writes 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.
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- The name Type-Moon originates from one of Nasu's earliest works, Angel Notes.
- Nasu means eggplant in Japanese and Kinoko means mushroom; thus, he is depicted as a mushroom when he appears in-game.
- According to Tsukihime-Plus Disc, he wishes to release the Satsuki scenario, but finished it 'two years ago', and may be dissatisfied with it.
- "【TGS2008】「428 the animation」TYPE-MOON監修シナリオ、TVアニメに". 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Kinoko Nasu's and Takeshi Takeuchi's official website and online diary (Japanese)
- Type-Moon's official website (Japanese)
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