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Kinoko Nasu

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.[1] He is known as a mushroom-type fairy that does nothing but play games appears in the office late at night.[2] In his hand, he carries a Conceptual Weapon called "Occult hammer".[3]

Nasu's origin would be "Games"[4] and his Reality Marble, Neverland Overdrive (ネバーランド・オーバードライブ, Nebārando Ōbādoraibu?), which is a world where he can play games forever without aging. Unfortunately for him, there is sometimes a devil called "deadline" that enters.

If Nasu were to participate the Holy Grail War, he would summon either Iskander or Medusa.[5]

Nasu's worksEdit

Among Nasu's earlier works are the novels Kara no Kyoukai, originally released in 1998 and re-printed in 2004, Notes, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru and Koori no Hana.

Nasu has authored the following:


Note: "Kara no Kyoukai" featured illustrations by Takashi Takeuchi, while the "DDD" series featured art by Koyama Hirokazu

Visual NovelsEdit

  • 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.
  • Fate/Grand Order - Released on 29 July 2015


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Canaan
  • Fate/Prototype - The original version of Fate/stay night, now called Old Fate and Fate Origin, was a novel that Nasu wrote during high school.
  • Fate/Zero - Much of the process was supervised by Kinoko Nasu, who looked over the draft for the new characters and the plot. Gen Urobuchi admits that about ninety percent were accepted immediately due to being Nasu's ideas in the first place. All of the characters were named by Nasu except for Hisau Maiya, which was suggested by Urobuchi.
  • Fate/Apocrypha - Whole Apocrypha was created under Nasu's supervision. Nasu devised and planned majority of the story elements for Apocrypha and he personally scrapped David, St.George, Kintoki and Benkei out of the story and together with Takeuchi designed Chiron, Avicebron & Achilles (addition of Mordred was Takeuchi's idea, which Nasu approved). Nasu also wrote story background and development for many Apocrypha's characters (for example Shirou Kotomine is his work).
  • Fate/Extra - Wrote the scenario.
  • Fate/Extra CCC - Wrote the storyline. Believes it will likely be his final time writing a Fate scenario.


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