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BEDA Day 16 – Zaregoto Volume 1: The Kubikiri Cycle

April 16, 2009

Another light novel today. :]

Zaregoto volume 1Zaregoto volume 1: The Kubikiri Cycle
published by: Del Rey (FAUST imprint)
summary: 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. (from Del Rey)


As I mentioned multiple times in my post on the first volume of FAUST, I adore NISIOISIN!! : D I’m super upset that it looks like the second volume of this series has been delayed. Especially since this could stand as just a novel, and not necessarily as a light novel (if that made any sense…). Other than the obviously manga-inspired cover and the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, this isn’t much different from any other English novel out there. I really think the FAUST line would do better if Del Rey attempted to portray them as novels and not as “from Japan.”

Ok, so I haven’t actually read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, but I’ve certainly heard enough book reports over it to know that this first volume of the Zaregoto series is rather similar. Not in a bad way, kinda like an updated version for the technological age. xD

I mentioned the illustrations a little bit before, but seriously, take needs to do more work! Or we just need more NISIOISIN novels here in the US (take does basically all his illustrations).

As usual, Del Rey did a superb job, and I think I’d have to say that if Viz didn’t have Shojo Beat, Del Rey would hands down be my favorite manga/light novel publisher.

With a cover price of only 9.95 (actually less than a volume of Del Rey manga), you’d be crazy to pass this volume up.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. warriorhope permalink
    April 16, 2009 6:55 pm

    It looks really good.

    I hope Del Ray or Viz publishes the Shangri-La novel one day. I have feeling it’s better then the anime.(Maybe delray can also pick up the publication of the Good Witch of the West where TokyoSuck left off.)

  2. April 16, 2009 7:24 pm

    I had no idea Shangri-la was based on a novel! D: But I really hope someone picks it up now!! Especially since I sort of like the anime. It probably has a fairly good change of being picked up, since the anime is on Crunchyroll…though that chance will go up if the anime is licensed by someone else for DVD releases.

    Though it’s looking like all the other novels that Kadokawa has published have been picked up by Tokyopop so far…so that’s not looking good…

  3. warriorhope permalink
    April 16, 2009 8:03 pm

    heh. I’m glad someone else likes Shangri-La. It’s fairly cool (If only for Momoko). TokyoSuck picking it would be terrible.


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