The Beheading Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer (クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い, Kubikiri Saikuru: Aoiro Savan to Zaregoto Tsukai) is the first book in the Zaregoto light novel series.

In English, it is titled The Kubikiri Cycle in the Del Rey release and Decapitation: Kubikiri Cycle (The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User) in the Vertical release.

The first book had an anime OVA adaptation by Shaft, which premiered on Oct 26, 2016 and ran till Sep 27, 2017.

Summary[edit | edit source]

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.

Contents[edit | edit source]



1. Savant Blue
2. Assembly and Arithmetic


1. The First Decapitation
2. The Tragedy of 0.14


1. The Second Decapitation
2. Lies
3. A Crow's Wet Feathers


EPILOGUE: Crimson Fairy Tale

Characters[edit | edit source]

Name Description
Iria Akagami The mistress of Wet Crow's Feathers Island.
Akari Chiga Oldest of the three maid sisters.
Hikari Chiga Second of the three maid sisters.
Teruko Chiga Youngest of the three maid sisters.
Rei Handa Head maid at the mansion.
Kanami Ibuki Genius painter.
Maki Himena Genius fortune-teller.
Tomo Kunagisa Genius engineer.
Yayoi Sashirono Genius chef.
Akane Sonoyama Genius and one of the Seven Fools.
Jun Aikawa Most powerful private contractor in the world.
Me (narrator) Tomo Kunagisa's escort.
Shinya Sakaki Kanami Ibuki's attendant.

Illustrations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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