The first two Zaregoto books were released by Del Rey in 2008 and 2010
As Japan prepares to get a Shaft produced eight OVA adaptation of Nisio Isin's (Monogatari, Medaka Box) and Take's (his illustator collaborator on Katanagatari) The Kubikiri Cycle, Vertical has announced plans to release that light novel in the Zaregoto Series.
Coming Early 2017... NISIOISIN's Kubikiri Cycle pic.twitter.com/etJEhw92hd— Vertical Inc. (@vertical_ed) October 2, 2016
The first two Zaregoto books were released by Del Rey in 2008 and 2010. They were described:
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.
While Del Rey described the setting as an island in the Sea of Japan, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Government of the Republic of Korea notes that the East Sea is a recognized name for the body of water.