Zaregoto Series
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Zaregoto Series

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Synonyms: Decapitation: Kubikiri Cycle, Strangulation: Kubishime Romanticist
Japanese: 戯言シリーズ
English: Zaregoto
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Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 5, 2002 to ?
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Serialization: None
Authors: NISIO, ISIN (Story), Take (Art)


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Ranked: #692
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Popularity: #753
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Volume 1


A dropout from an elite Houston-based program for teens is on a visit to a private island. Its mistress, virtually marooned there, surrounds herself with geniuses, especially of the young and female kind—one of whom ends up headless one fine morning.

(Source: Kodansha USA)


Zaregoto Series placed 1st on the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! in 2006. The first volume of series, Kubikiri Cycle, won the 23rd Mephisto Prize in 2002.

Del Rey published the first two novels in English on July 22, 2008 and June 22, 2010, respectively. Vertical Inc. republished both on January 24, 2017 and April 27, 2018, respectively. They also published the third volume on September 17, 2019.

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Aug 28, 2023
Preliminary (71/? eps)
The first volume is more traditionally a mystery novel than the rest of the series. It has a case, the narrator acts as the detective who the solves the case, and a blue haired girl named Tomo Kunagisa acts as his assistant. Nisioisin subverts a couple tropes to keep things fresh – the detective, rather than being an all-powerful Sherlock Holmes type figure, is largely unimportant and incompetent relative to the genius-level intellects of the people on the island. The plot is very tight. It’s clear a lot of thought went into considering the case from multiple angles. Nisioisin does a good job at wrongfooting ...
Dec 17, 2023
Preliminary (1/? eps)
The Zaregoto series upon completion has become my favorite story of all time. Being an avid fan of NisiOisiN's works I expected to love the series but I did not expect it to surpass not only everything he's written that I've read but every other piece of media I've completed in my lifetime.

Characters 10/10
Like any NisiOisiN work the characters are easily the highlight of the story. His signature combo of eccentricity and deeply nuanced writing is present here more than ever before. Many of the characters display some of the most fantastic development I've ever seen while simultaneously just being plain fun. Even the ...
Jul 29, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (72/? eps)
Zaregoto is a messy series. Even in more modern works, NisiOisiN isn’t the best at narrative construction - leaning more towards characterisation through extensive and intricate monologues - and so in such an early series of his it’s perhaps only to be expected that it’d be at the very least a bit confused. Let’s take it arc by arc for context because a lot of its flaws only come out when examined chronologically rather than retrospectively.

Kubikiri Cycle (Volume 1) was a good mystery story, but only decent setup for the series. It has a lot of good dialogue and the mystery was well put together ...

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Holy shit this is underrated, are there any other series like this?
Neostorm-X - Nov 16, 2022
2 repliesby Stars-Soul »»
Jan 27, 10:38 AM
Book 1: The Kubikiri Cycle Discussion
MrHatandClogs - Feb 6, 2010
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Volume 10 fan translation?
Vileblood_Nobu - Jul 6, 2023
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Jul 6, 2023 6:18 PM
How do we get Vertical to publish all 9-10 books?
HarrierDuBoisFan - Jun 19, 2023
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Jun 19, 2023 10:36 PM
Why is this ongoing again?
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