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Zaregoto Series (Novel)

Zaregoto Series

Alternative Titles

English: Zaregoto
Synonyms: The Kubikiri Cycle, The Kubishime Romanticist
Japanese: 戯言シリーズ


Type: Novel
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 72
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 5, 2002 to Nov 7, 2005
Authors: Nisio, Isin (Story), Take (Art)
Serialization: None


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The story revolves around protagonist I and the murders and mysteries he encounters. He tries in vain to stay out of the story, but instead he always gets dragged into the center of everything. Even though it seems that he contributes a lot, he always finds out that whatever he did was meaningless in the end.

This entry includes:

Vol.1: Kubikiri Cycle - Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai
Vol.2: Kubishime Romanticist - Ningen Shikkaku, Zerozaki Hitoshiki
Vol.3: Kubitsuri High School - Zaregoto Tsukai no Deshi
Vol.4: Psychological Vol.1 - Utsurigi Gaisuke no Zaregotogoroshi
Vol.5: Psychological Vol.2 - Hikaremono no Kouta
Vol.6: Hitokui Magical - Satsuriku Kijutsu no Niyounomiya Kyoudai
Vol.7: Nekosogi Radical Vol.1 - Juusan Kaidan
Vol.8: Nekosogi Radical Vol.2 - Over Kill Red vs. Daidai Naru Shu
Vol.9: Nekosogi Radical Vol.3 - Aoiro Savant to Zaregoto Tsukai


Zaregoto Series got 1st place on the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! ranking under Best Light Novel category in 2006.

Del Rey published the first 2 novels in the series in English from July 22, 2008 to June 22, 2010.

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Jul 23, 2012
First off let me start by saying that this is series of light novel author Nisio Isin (Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari and Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases). There are are a total of nine novels but only the first two have been translated and licensed by Del Rey with no plans for future release.

The story is a murder mystery that takes place on a isolated island. The protagonist "Ii-chan" and his friend computer genius Tomo Kunagisa are invited to the island by the it's wealthy owner who has invited female geniuses from all over the world for her own entertainment. read more
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Sep 1, 2013
No spoilers.

The first book's concept is very similar to a standard mystery novel, and is executed very well. It just allows you to work things out enough that you can piece together clues and figure out flaws within character logic. However, it will be impossible for you to work out what actually happens unless you are an ace detective.

The main character- Ii-chan plays the role of Watson in the novel. He isn't really solving the mystery completely and is only filling in gaps in what actually happens. This of course means the reader is also left unaware of what is truly going on read more
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Manga: Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan: Totteoki no Uso
i-chan and mii-kun are both big fat liars, to the point that you can't even trust their narration of events... nonetheless that's what makes both all the more awesome.
they both have a complex hate/love relationship with the heroines, who are both are bit wacky, though Maa-chan is way more psychotic in her weirdness.
And last but not least, the past has turned them hollow, but they cover it up with a facade filled with lies 
reportRecommended by xoxopixie
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Both talk about a bunch of people who can't leave an island.
Murders occur on the island, and the main male lead is good at solving mysteries. 
reportRecommended by Silent_Chime
Manga: Voynich Hotel
A bunch of weird characters meet up on a remote island.

Zaregoto is a murder mystery light novel (available used on Amazon for $30) with much more depth.

The Voynich Hotel also has a horror element too but it is more of a slice of life comedy about the occupants of the hotel. 
reportRecommended by Jackster27
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Both novels are written by the same author (Nisioisin). They are also both murder mysteries. 
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