Kinoko Nasu (奈須 きのこ, Nasu Kinoko?) (born 28 November 1973) is a Japanese author, best known for writing the 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, Takeuchi Takashi, 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 on 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 popular anime and manga series.
He is generally portrayed as a mushroom in TYPE-MOON works, as Nasu and Kinoko mean eggplant and mushroom in Japanese. He doesn't know if he is actually a man because there is a zipper on his back within which he doesn't know the contents. He is noted for his Reality Marble, Neverland Overdrive (ネバーランド・オーバードライブ, ?), which is a world where he can play games forever without aging. Unfortunately for him, there is sometimes a devil called "deadline" that enters.
Nasu has authored the following:
- Kara no Kyoukai, subtitled the Garden of sinners - originally released in 1998 and commercially reprinted in 2004 by Kodansha Novels.
- Mahou Tsukai no Yoru, Magician's Night
- Koori no Hana, 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 28 January 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.
- Melty Blood Actress Again - Presumably he also wrote the character dialogue for the sequel, released in 2008.
- Fate/Extra CCC - Wrote the storyline. Believes it will likely be his final time writing a Fate scenario.
- ↑ TYPE-MOON Fes. 10th Anniversary Q & A - Q: Is Nasu Kinoko really a man?
A: Recently, I'm not even sure myself. There's a zipper on my back, but I wonder what's going to appear, once it gets opened?
- ↑ Fate/complete material III, World Material:
Q: If you were to join the Holy Grail War, which Hero would you like to have as your Servant? Either Servants who were present in the story, or Heroes that were not present, please tell me.
A: Rider. (Fourth Holy Grail War, Fifth Holy Grail War, I am good with either.)