Zaregoto

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It’s the vacation of a lifetime, a trip to a remote island filled with geniuses and murder.

On Wet Crow’s Feather Island, a tiny speck in the Sea of Japan, lives Akagami Iria, the exiled daughter of a powerful family. Born into great wealth, she was a princess of the highest pedigree–until she was cut off by the leader of the Akagami Foundation. For the last five years, she’s lived on Feather Island with her maids. But she hasn’t been alone. She has invited the best minds Japan has to offer to come and stay with her.

And so nineteen-year-old college student Ii-chan and his best friend, computer genius Kunagisa Tomo, find themselves as Iria’s guests at her elaborate mansion. Surrounded by fascinating women–a chef, a fortune-teller, a scholar, and an artist, not to mention his own friend Tomo–Ii-chan is feeling a little overmatched intellectually. But the sudden discovery of a grisly murder sends the island into shock. And Ii-chan discovers that he does possess a bit of genius: the ability to discover what is real and what is fake… who is who they claim to be–and who is a killer.

Associated Names
One entry per line
The Kubikiri Circle
The Kubishime Romancist
戯言シリーズ
Related Series
Ningen Series (Spin-Off)
Saikyou Series (Spin-Off)
Recommendations
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Recommendation Lists
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
09/01/20 Sway Translations v7
04/14/20 Zaregoto translators v6c4-10 + epilogue
01/04/17 Suimin Chuudoku v6c3
08/01/16 Mirrored Translations v6 prologue
07/24/16 Mirrored Translations v5 prologue
03/19/16 Suimin Chuudoku v6c2
01/11/16 Suimin Chuudoku v6c1
09/04/14 Suimin Chuudoku v6c1.1
02/22/14 Suimin Chuudoku v5 afterwards
02/20/14 Suimin Chuudoku v5c5
02/12/14 Suimin Chuudoku v5c4
12/16/13 Suimin Chuudoku v5c3
09/11/13 Suimin Chuudoku v5c2
07/27/13 Suimin Chuudoku v5c1
05/09/13 Suimin Chuudoku v4c5
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Pixeldrum
New Pixeldrum rated it
February 12, 2021
Status: v7
The Zaregoto series was made by Nisio Isin, the same guy who made the Monogatari series. To no surprise, this series gives extremely similar vibes to the Monogatari series.

The main character is extremely weak, but also has unique powers that enable him to interact with many eccentric, smart, and powerful characters, and this is generally how the series pans out. There's some pressing matter at hand that's shrouded in mystery in how it was done and why it was done, with a cast of characters that are equally as mysterious.... more>> I, the main character, is then forced to talk and interact with these interesting characters to find out/solve the problem at hand. Just like the Monogatari series, these characters always tend to be eccentric female characters that are unabashed and perhaps apathetic to the other sex, in this case, I. Nisio really loves writing weird, hot female characters that flirt/interact with I. If there are male characters, they're either the "bad guys" or they don't matter at all. They tend to have strong personalities that challenge I, and make for interesting discourse because of their random personalities and their biased and extreme views. The theme here is that these characters force I to learn more about something that's happening, or something that damages our protagonists feelings/ego. They also help I in most occasions in some way or form in the future. I really is an edgy kid, admittedly with good reason, so a lot of the story is figuring out why I is edgy in the first place.

All in all, don't take these conversations with too much seriousness. After all, it's nonsense in the end. Half baked philosophical concepts and ideas that are fundamentally flawed are purposefully littered in the dialogue that I engages in. After all, it's nonsense. Most of the characters have unpredictable actions. After all, it's nonsense. There's killers, doctors, pacifists, pathologic liars, cultists, and psychopaths. There's strong people, weak people, emotionally strong people, emotionally weak people, supportive people, smart people, s*upid people, indifferent people, etc. After all, it's nonsense.

I think the nonsensical nature of the novels are at its peak in the first 3 volumes. This was where the best volumes were at. Crazy, but fun stuff happens. Interesting. Nonsense at its finest. But, it kind of gets more story heavy, and the novels become more linear than episodic, where there's a culminating conclusion, I'm sure. I gets confronted with more serious things, deals with his past and present determinations and feelings. But honestly, the more "lighthearted" episodic adventures were more fun to me. I reminded me of Misogi Kumagawa from Medaka Box, but he ends up being a completely different character, and as such, the series shifts in tone and direction. But, I can't say it ever got "boring." Just, not exactly what I was thinking of. Overall, pretty good. It's got a unique style for sure. Compared to Araragi, I doesn't seem to care that much about romance and girls that much despite what he may say. That alone makes this better than the Monogatari series. <<less
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Xoxopixie
Xoxopixie rated it
April 3, 2016
Status: --
Character focused mystery with a whole load of nonsense (zaregoto). Has a great plot with many twists and surprises, often because of the unreliable narrator, i-chan, whose full name, now at the 6th volume, we still don't know.
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