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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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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.



Oct 1, 2023
'"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 ...
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. ...
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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