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Zaregoto Series

Zaregoto Series

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English: Zaregoto Series
Synonyms: Decapitation: Kubikiri Cycle, Strangulation: 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 "Boku" 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.


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 from July 22, 2008 to June 22, 2010. Vertical Inc. republished the first novel on January 24, 2017 and has licensed the second.

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Jul 23, 2012
Jackster27 (All reviews)
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
Sep 1, 2013
procyonvega (All reviews)
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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