Strangulation Romanticist: Hitoshiki Zerozaki, Human Failure (クビシメロマンチスト 人間失格・零崎人識, Kubishime Romanchisuto: Ningen Shikkaku, Zerozaki Hitoshiki) is the second book in the Zaregoto light novel series.

In English, it is titled The Kubishime Romanticist in the Del Rey release and Strangulation: Kubishime Romanticist (No Longer Human - Hitoshiki Zerozaki) in the Vertical release.

Summary[edit | edit source]

College is a whole new adventure, rife with challenges, opportunities, and cold-blooded killers.

Fresh from unmasking an assassin on a posh island paradise, Ii-chan is finally an ultra-cool college student — jaded, sarcastic, and not exactly consumed by academic ambition. Now more interested in angst and anomie than in catching killers, Ii-chan figures that danger is a thing of the past. Wrong! There’s a homicidal maniac loose in Kyoto, a perp with the soul of an artist whose talent is apparent in the inspired way he festoons his crime scenes with body parts.

But then murder hits much closer to home. Hours after attending a friend’s birthday party, Ii-chan learns that the guest of honor, a pretty co-ed, has been found strangled to death. What’s more, Ii-chan is the prime suspect. The lackadaisical college kid had better hope that this crime-solving skills weren’t just a fluke, because the killer is within striking distance...of him.

Contents[edit | edit source]

PROLOGUE

1. THE SPOTTY-CRACKED MIRROR

The Purple Mirror

2. YUYA'S BANQUET

Yuya's Link

3. THE AGE OF THE CLAIRVOYANT MAN

The Murderer

4. RED VIOLENCE

Stress through Transgressions

5. CALLOUS

Black and White

6. ABNORMAL ENDING

That Wraps It Up

7. SINK AND DIE

Cynicism

8. TRIAL

Mentality

FINAL CHAPTER:
A WORLD THAT CAN'T END

Characters[edit | edit source]

Name Description
Me (narrator) The protagonist.
Hitoshiki Zerozaki The murderer.
Muimi Atemiya Classmate.
Akiharu Usami Classmate.
Tomoe Emoto Classmate.
Mikoko Aoii Classmate.
Miiko Asano Neighbor.
Neon Suzunashi Miiko Asano's close friend.
Sasaki Sasa Detective.
Kazuhito Ikaruga Detective.
Tomo Kunagisa ????
Jun Aikawa Most Powerful Entrepreneur in the World.

Illustrations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Volume 2 (in Japanese). Published by Kodansha.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bunkobon 2 (in Japanese). Published by Kodansha.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Volume 2 (in English). Published by Del Rey.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Volume 2 (in English). Published by Vertical.
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