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


Volumes: 9
Chapters: 71
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 5, 2002 to Nov 7, 2005
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, DramaDrama, SupernaturalSupernatural
Authors: NISIO, ISIN (Story), Take (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.651 (scored by 28172,817 users)
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Ranked: #582
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Popularity: #760
Members: 16,270
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The story revolves around an unnamed protagonist 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 on July 22, 2008 and June 22, 2010, respectively. Vertical Inc. republished both on January 24, 2017 and April 27, 2018, respectively.

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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
Feb 11, 2019
-Penta- (All reviews)
'"Not a very grand finale, but... hahhh, how do you say it? Hearing the whole story laid out like that makes it seem like such..."

"A masterpiece?"

"No, nonsense", he said, as if he had heard the most disappointing joke of all time.

I felt pretty much like that myself.'
— Conversation between the protagonist and Zerozaki, from the final stretch of the second book.

If you're a spelunker looking for a hidden gem, then dig no further than this. The Nonsense Series (or as the cool kids call it, "Zaregoto") is a series of one-off murder mysteries from the early-2000's, except that it throws everything you know about murder read more
Jun 10, 2019
sirbrayan (All reviews)
Zaregoto Series could be one of the best works that I have read in my life. It mix a lot of elements and tools that make the story so enjoyable and intriguing. I've read the first 5 novels that are available in english/spanish in internet, and I'm desperately waiting for the rest.

The first volume is highly entertaining, since the beginning when they showed the scenary and the first death. Anyway, You can check the anime if you don't want to read this volume, although reading is the best option.

The second volume is my favorite of all the series, and probable my second one in my read more

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