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Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai

Alternative Titles

English: The Kubikiri Cycle
Synonyms: Zaregoto Series, The Headless Cycle, The Beheading Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer
Japanese: クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い


Type: OVA
Episodes: 8
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 26, 2016 to Sep 27, 2017
Producers: Aniplex, Kodansha
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Shaft
Source: Novel
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.901 (scored by 14,007 users)
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Ranked: #7052
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Popularity: #1630
Members: 53,094
Favorites: 375
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The story revolves around the 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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kaji, Yuki
Kunagisa, Tomo
Yuuki, Aoi
Aikawa, Jun
Kaida, Yuuko
Himena, Maki
Endou, Aya
Sonoyama, Akane
Shimamura, Yuu
Ibuki, Kanami
Kawasumi, Ayako
Handa, Rei
Kuwashima, Houko
Chiga, Teruko
Gotou, Yuuko
Chiga, Akari
Kuwatani, Natsuko
Chiga, Hikari
Shintani, Ryouko


Shinbou, Akiyuki
Director, Series Composition
Yase, Yuki
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Kizawa, Yukito

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"Cobalt World (群青世界(コバルトワールド))" by Sangatsu no Phantasia (ep 2-6)

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#1: "Märchen (メルヒェン)" by Kalafina (eps 1-8)
#2: "Cobalt World (群青世界(コバルトワールド))" by Sangatsu no Phantasia (ep 8)

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Sep 26, 2017
LouysG (All reviews)

Zaregoto is a Nisioisin show. Who ever told you it was a mystery probably told you PMMM is a kids show, and Shokugeki No Soma is a cooking manga. Bottom line, if you like that Nisioisin flavor you're gonna like this OVA, if you don't, well, at least ep. 7 has a beautifully animated scene directed by Akiyuki Shinbo that's worth the 8 ep. price of admission.

Without reading any of the other reviews I can tell you what they're gonna say. Zaregoto is a slow build. The main character is an edgelord. It's a little bit too much of a stale whodunnit? read more
Feb 26, 2019
Veronin (All reviews)
Until the final moments of the second episode, it is extremely unclear what Zaregoto is supposed to be about, or even what it wants to be about.

Little of significance happens during this time: character introductions interspersed with surreal 'SHAFT-ness' (this should be coined as a word if it hasn't already) and philosophical discussions about the meaning of life and why the protagonist is apparently such a big fat loser. Cool, so everyone is a weirdo, and the setting makes no sense, but why are we supposed to care, again? I expect most people who are not already fans of Nisio Isin or SHAFT anime read more
Oct 6, 2017
SpoopsterCH (All reviews)
Zaregoto, much like most other Shaft and/or Nisioisin productions requires a certain mindset as well as expectations to enjoy.
While I don't like how pretentious saying this sounds, I still have to say it:

This isn't some 'Whodunnit'-rhomp you can watch after work or school while being half asleep. To truly get most out of it, I recommend really focusing on it as much as possible.
That, or get drunk and enjoy the pretty pictures and lovely sound.
I've been guilty of that too occassionally.

Now on to what you can actually expect.

Zaregoto is a character study donning the guise of a murder mystery, with some good indulgent waifu material, read more
Nov 5, 2017
Apdo1 (All reviews)
Not many are going to see this review, but that’s cool in and of itself; since I just wanted to write down my disappointment of the anime adaption of the LN (light novel), somewhere visible to the eyes of maybe to some people. That being said, i’m someone that would gladly bestows the monogatari series, having the same author (Nishio Isin) as zaregoto, 10/10 even if it would only come close to 8/10 or a 9/10. And to be frank, I wouldn’t be that generous at all with this LN adaptation. This is why I had diabolically rated this series a 4/10 despite all the read more


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