Zaregoto (Light Novel)

Vol: 9; Ch: 71
2002 - 2005
4.227 out of 5 from 96 votes
Rank #707
Zaregoto (Light Novel)

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.

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TLDR: This novel is full of nonsense, but it's entertaining nonsense, nonetheless. This truly is a novel where it's as good as the reader's attention span. All the mysteries explored are created as you read, which is one of Zaregoto's weak and strong points. If you pay attention, it's cool, but if you don't, then you're left lost. Despite everything, the mysterious and nameless main character who monologues every volume should be enough to hook you in for at least the first 2 volumes.  This novel explores the human psyche like no other novel I've read so far. Topics such as motivation, way of life, ordinary vs. extraordinary, and other random philosophical concepts that we've all thought about at least once in life are delved upon in this novel. Don't take it too serious (or do), because in the end it's just Nonsense. This novel only focuses on 5-10 characters per volume, and the first 3 volumes excel at exploring each and every character somewhat throughout the books. Lore about the scientifically-fantastically advanced world is also revealed each volume, such as Great Families, mind-reading, Humanity's Strongest Contractor, and other random stuff like that. However, Ii is the biggest mystery of all; as each volume progresses, more information is revealed about our nameless main character; Ii is the main reason I continue to read this series (with the second being its psychological monologues). Ii-chan/Ikkun/Ii is who Ayanokoji is trying to be. A truly indifferent sack of shit, manipulative being, his own judge, jury, and executioner, an untrustworthy narrator, and one that sees through all "nonsense". And, Ii makes no attempt to increase his competency in any situation unless a clear reason is given by himself (which means he lazy). I have some problems with the novel, such as Tomo Kunagisa's entire character, and that Volume 3 was painfully boring.  However, I'm still going to attempt to read up to volume 10. Highly doubt I'll read the Saikyou series (about Jun Aikawa) because humanity's strongest contractor isn't that interesting; but I'll for sure look at the Ningen series (about the Zerozaki family) because I want to know more about that family of killers. Fortunately, and unfortunately, there aren't much Zaregoto spoilers online, which is probably the main reason I'm going to suck it up and continue reading. I'll update my review as I continue to read the series, because each volume is vastly different from the previous; by the time I finish the series I will most likely have a different opinion as well. 

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