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Nisio Isin attended and left Ritsumeikan University without graduating. In 2002, he debuted with the novel Kubikiri Cycle (クビキリサイクル, Kubikiri Saikuru), which earned him the 23rd Mephisto Prize at twenty years of age. He currently works with Kodansha on Faust, a literary magazine containing the works of other young authors who similarly take influence from light novels and otaku culture, and Pandora, the Kodansha Box magazine. He was also publishing a twelve volume series over twelve months for the Kodansha Box line; Ryusui Seiryoin was matching this output, and the Kodansha Box website stated that this is the first time in the world two authors have done twelve volume monthly novel series simultaneously from the same publisher. In February, 2008, his novel Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, which is based on the Death Note manga, was released in English by Viz Media. Del Rey Manga has already released the first and second volume in his Zaregoto series. His Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari novels have been adapted into anime. The Bakemonogatari sequel (Nisemonogatari) novels have also been adapted as an anime, as well as most of the Monogatari Series to date. The Bakemonogatari prequel (Kizumonogatari) novel is to be adapted as a movie. Another of his works, the manga series Medaka Box, has also been adapted into a two-season anime series.
Nisio's work is characterized by references to other novels, as well as parodies of famous manga series. Among these, Hellsing and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure references are particularly common. He is well regarded as an author who has blended the conventions of mystery novels and character-driven light novels.
As well as stepping on the conventions and stereotypes of anime and light novels, he is known for creating characters with unusual features, such as extremely strange names which are a play on words, such as Nanananami Nanami, Shikigishi Kishiki, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, Backyard Bottomslash, Quarter Queen, Sagano Usagi, Byōinzaka Kuroneko (which translates roughly as "Black Cat of Hospital Hill") and Shikizaki Kiki.
He said that he learned much from the novels of Kiyoshi Kasai (the author of Vampire Wars), Hiroshi Mori, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Ryusui Seiryoin, and Kouhei Kadono. He also said that the five writers were, metaphorically speaking, the God-like beings who had shaped and molded his writing style.
The Zaregoto Series (戯言シリーズ, Zaregoto Shirīzu) is written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Take. The series was published between February, 2002, and November, 2005. It was followed by a spin-off series Ningen Series starring the Zerozaki clan. All books were released in Japan by Kodansha Novels, and the first two have been released in the US by Del Rey. The Japanese edition finished at nine volumes in November 2005, and it has since been released in a bunkobon edition.
|February 5, 2002||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)||ISBN 4-06-182233-0 (Japanese edition)|
ISBN 978-4-06-275430-9 (bunko)
ISBN 978-0-345-50427-2 (English edition)
|May 8, 2002||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 Romanchisutō: Ningen Shikkaku, Zerozaki Hitoshiki)||ISBN 4-06-182250-0 (Japanese edition)|
ISBN 978-4-06-276077-5 (bunko)
ISBN 978-0-345-50578-1 (English edition)
|August 5, 2002||Hanging High School: The Nonsense Bearer's Pupil (クビツリハイスクール―戯言遣いの弟子, Kubitsuri Hai Sukūrū: Zaregoto Tsukai no Deshi)||ISBN 4-06-182267-5 (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276133-8 (bunko)
|November 5, 2002||Psycho Logical (Part One) Gaisuke Utsurigi's Nonsense Killer (サイコロジカル〈上〉兎吊木垓輔の戯言殺し, Saiko Rojikaru (Jou) Utsurigi Gaisuke no Zaregoto Koroshi)||ISBN 4-06-182283-7 (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276179-6 (bunko)
|November 5, 2002||Psycho Logical (Part Two): Sour Little Song (サイコロジカル〈下〉曳かれ者の小唄, Saiko Rojikaru (Ge) Hikaremono no Kouta)||ISBN 4-06-182284-5 (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276212-0 (bunko)
|July 5, 2003||Cannibal Magical: Niounomiya Siblings, Masters of Carnage (ヒトクイマジカル-殺戮奇術の匂宮兄妹, Hitokui Majikarū Satsuriku Kijutsu no Niounomiya Kyoudai)||ISBN 4-06-182393-0 (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276226-7 (bunko)
|February 8, 2005||Uprooted Radical (Part One): The Thirteen Stairs (ネコソギラジカル〈上〉十三階段, Nekosogi Rajikaru (Jou) Jūsan Kaidan)||ISBN 4-06-182323-X (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276283-0 (bunko)
|June 7, 2005||Uprooted Radical (Part Two): Overkill Red vs. The Orange Seed (ネコソギラジカル〈中〉赤き征裁vs.橙なる種, Nekosogi Rajikaru (Chuu) Akaki Seisai vs. Tounaru Shu)||ISBN 4-06-182399-X (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276337-0 (bunko)
|November 8, 2005||Uprooted Radical (Part Three): The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer (ネコソギラジカル〈下〉青色サヴァンと戯言遣い, Nekosogi Rajikaru (Ge) Aoiro Savan to Zaregoto Tsukai)||ISBN 4-06-182400-7 (Japanese edition) |
ISBN 978-4-06-276389-9 (bunko)
Connected to the Zaregoto Series, it is also known as the "Zerozaki Ichizoku Series." The illustrations are also provided by Take. This series has also been published by Kodansha Novels.
|February 6, 2004||Soushiki Zerozaki's Human Experiment (零崎双識の人間試験, Zerozaki Soushiki no Ningen Shiken)||ISBN 4-06-182359-0|
|November 7, 2006||Kishishiki Zerozaki's Human Knock (零崎軋識の人間ノック, Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock)||ISBN 4-06-182509-7|
|March 6, 2008||Magashiki Zerozaki's Human Character (零崎曲識の人間人間, Zerozaki Magashiki no Ningen Ningen)||ISBN 978-4-06-182582-6|
|March 25, 2010||Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with Izumu Niounomiya (零崎人識の人間関係 匂宮出夢との関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Nyounomiya Izumu to no Kankei)||ISBN 978-4-06-182582-6|
|March 25, 2010||Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with Iori Mutou (零崎人識の人間関係 無桐伊織との関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Mutou Iori to no Kankei)||ISBN 978-4-06-182680-9|
|March 25, 2010||Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with Soushiki Zerozaki (零崎人識の人間関係 零崎双識との関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Zerozaki Soushiki to no Kankei)||ISBN 978-4-06-182681-6|
|March 25, 2010||Hitoshiki Zerozaki's Human Relations: Relations with the Nonsense Bearer (零崎人識の人間関係 戯言遣いとの関係, Zerozaki Hitoshiki no Ningen Kankei: Zaregoto Tsukai to no Kankei)||ISBN 978-4-06-182682-3|
|November, 2003||Kimi to Boku no Kowareta Sekai (きみとぼくの壊れた世界)||ISBN 4-06-182342-6|
|October, 2007||Bukimi de Soboku na Kakowareta Sekai (不気味で素朴な囲われた世界)||ISBN 978-4-06-182557-4|
|July, 2008||Kimi to Boku ga Kowashita Sekai (きみとぼくが壊した世界)||ISBN 978-4-06-182600-7|
|December, 2008||Bukimi de Soboku na Kakowareta Kimi to Boku no Kowareta Sekai (不気味で素朴な囲われたきみとぼくの壊れた世界)||ISBN 978-4-06-182626-7|
|TBA||Boku no Sekai (ぼくの世界)||Unreleased|
- With the publication of the second novel, both books were also published in hard cover through Kodansha Box.
Mahō Shōjo Risuka
Serialized in Faust magazine with illustrations by Capcom's Kinu Nishimura
|July 17, 2004||Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka (新本格魔法少女りすか)||ISBN 4-06-182381-7|
|March 6, 2005||Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka 2 (新本格魔法少女りすか2)||ISBN 4-06-182432-5|
|February 22, 2007||Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka 3 (新本格魔法少女りすか3)||ISBN 4-06-182521-6|
|TBA||Shin Honkaku Mahō Shōjo Risuka 0 (新本格魔法少女りすか0)||Unreleased|
JDC Tribute Series
The Japan Detectives Club was created by Ryusui Seiryoin, and NisiOisin is one of several authors to write novels using that setting.
|March 2004||Double Down Kanguro (ダブルダウン勘繰郎)||ISBN 4-06-182305-1|
|August 2007||Triple Play Sukeakuro (トリプルプレイ助悪郎)||ISBN 978-4-06-182538-3|
|January 2010||Double Down Kanguro/Triple Play Sukeakuro (ダブルダウン勘繰郎/トリプルプレイ助悪郎)||ISBN 978-4-06-276491-9|
The series was first created by Nisio Isin as a series of short stories for Mephisto magazine. While his previous Zaregoto series featured large casts of characters, each Bakemonogatari story tends to introduce only one new character. The previously published stories, and some new ones, were eventually collected in two volumes as part of the Kodansha Box launch titles on November 1, 2006 and December 1, 2006. The first volume contains three stories titled Hitagi Crab (ひたぎクラブ), Mayoi Snail (まよいマイマイ) and Suruga Monkey (するがモンキー); the second volume comes with two newly written stories titled Nadeko Snake (なでこスネイク) and Tsubasa Cat (つばさキャット).
A prequel to the series, titled Koyomi Vamp (こよみヴァンプ) was published in the first issue of Pandora magazine, it was later released as a separate volume on May 7, 2008 as Kizumonogatari (傷物語, "Scar Story"). The first volume of Nisemonogatari (偽物語, "Impostory"), a sequel to the series, was released on September 2, 2008 and contains Karen Bee (かれんビー). The second volume, containing Tsukihi Phoenix (つきひフェニックス), was released on June 10, 2009. The first volume of Nekomonogatari (猫物語, "Cat Story") is a prequel that takes place between Kizumonogatari and Bakemonogatari. It was released on July 28, 2010 and contains Tsubasa Family (つばさファミリー).
The second volume of Nekomonogatari is the start of the second season to the series and contains Tsubasa Tiger (つばさタイガー) and was released on October 29, 2010. Kabukimonogatari (傾物語, "Slope Story") was released on December 24, 2010 and contains Mayoi Jiangshi (まよいキョンシー). Hanamonogatari (花物語, "Flower Story") containing Suruga Devil (するがデビル) was released on March 31,2011. Otorimonogatari (囮物語, "Decoy Story") containing Nadeko Medusa (なでこメドゥーサ) was released on June 30,2011. Onimonogatari (鬼物語, "Demon Story") containing Shinobu Time (しのぶタイム) was released on September 28, 2011. Koimonogatari (恋物語, "Love Story") containing Hitagi End (ひたぎエンド) was released on December 22, 2011.
The final season of the series will contain six books. The first one is Tsukimonogatari (憑物語, "Possess Story") containing Yotsugi Doll (よつぎドール). The second is Koyomimonogatari (暦物語, "Koyomi Story") containing twelve short stories. The third, fourth, and fifth collectively are Owarimonogatari (終物語, "End Story") containing Ougi Formula (おうぎフォーミュラ), Sodachi Riddle (そだちリドル), Sodachi Lost (そだちロスト), Shinobu Mail ( しのぶメイ), and Ougi Dark (おうぎダーク). The sixth is Zokuowarimonogatari (続終物語, "Continuation End Story") containing Koyomi Reverse (こよみリバース).
|November 1, 2006||Bakemonogatari (Volume 1) (化物語 (上))||ISBN 978-4-06-283602-9|
|December 1, 2006||Bakemonogatari (Volume 2) (化物語 (下))||ISBN 978-4-06-283607-4|
|May 7, 2008||Kizumonogatari (傷物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283663-0|
|September 2, 2008||Nisemonogatari (Volume 1) (偽物語, (上))||ISBN 978-4-06-283679-1|
|June 10, 2009||Nisemonogatari (Volume 2) (偽物語 (下))||ISBN 978-4-06-283702-6|
|July 28, 2010||Nekomonogatari (Kuro) (猫物語 (黒))||ISBN 978-4-06-283748-4|
|October 29, 2010||Nekomonogatari (Shiro) (猫物語 (白))||ISBN 978-4-06-283758-3|
|December 24, 2010||Kabukimonogatari (傾物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283767-5|
|March 31, 2011||Hanamonogatari (花物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283771-2|
|June 30, 2011||Otorimonogatari (囮物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283776-7|
|September 28, 2011||Onimonogatari (鬼物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283781-1|
|December 22, 2011||Koimonogatari (恋物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283792-7|
|September 26, 2012||Tsukimonogatari (憑物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283812-2|
|May 20, 2013||Koyomimonogatari (暦物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283837-5|
|October 23, 2013||Owarimonogatari (Volume 1) (終物語 (上))||ISBN 978-4-06-283857-3|
|January 29, 2014||Owarimonogatari (Volume 2) (終物語 (中))||ISBN 978-4-06-283861-0|
|April 1, 2014||Owarimonogatari (Volume 3) (終物語 (下))||ISBN 978-4-06-283868-9|
|September 17, 2014||Zokuowarimonogatari (続終物語)||ISBN 978-4-06-283878-8|
This twelve volume samurai epic with illustrations by take was released one volume a month throughout 2007. A spin-off novel, Maniwagatari, was released a year later.
|January 1, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 1: Zettō Kanna (刀語 第一話 絶刀・鉋)||ISBN 978-4-06-283611-1|
|February 1, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 2: Zantō Namakura (刀語 第二話 斬刀・鈍)||ISBN 978-4-06-283604-3|
|March 1, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 3: Sentō Tsurugi (刀語 第三話 千刀・鎩)||ISBN 978-4-06-283619-7|
|April 2, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 4: Hakutō Hari (刀語 第四話 薄刀・針)||ISBN 978-4-06-283623-4|
|May 7, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 5: Zokutō Yoroi (刀語 第五話 賊刀・鎧)||ISBN 978-4-06-283628-9|
|June 4, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 6: Sōtō Kanadzuchi (刀語 第六話 双刀・鎚)||ISBN 978-4-06-283631-9|
|July 2, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 7: Akutō Bita (刀語 第七話 悪刀・鐚)||ISBN 978-4-06-283634-0|
|August 1, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 8: Bitō Kanzashi (刀語 第八話 微刀・釵)||ISBN 978-4-06-283636-4|
|September 3, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 9: Ōtō Nokogiri (語 第九話 王刀・鋸)||ISBN 978-4-06-283639-5|
|October 1, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 10: Seitō Hakari (刀語 第十話 誠刀・銓)||ISBN 978-4-06-283643-2|
|November 1, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 11: Dokutō Mekki (刀語 第十一話 毒刀・鍍)||ISBN 978-4-06-283648-7|
|December 3, 2007||Katanagatari Chapter 12: Entō Jū (刀語 第十二話 炎刀・銃)||ISBN 978-4-06-283652-4|
|December 1, 2008||Maniwagatari: Maniwa Kōmori I, Maniwa Kuizame I, Maniwa Chōchō I, Maniwa Shirasagi I (真庭語 初代真庭蝙蝠 初代真庭喰鮫 初代真庭蝶々 初代真庭白鷺)||ISBN 978-4-06-283687-6|
|April 25, 2012||Himei Den (悲鳴伝)||ISBN 978-4-06-182829-2|
|February 28, 2013||Hitsū Den (悲痛伝)||ISBN 978-4-06-182855-1|
|June 26, 2013||Hisan Den (悲惨伝)||ISBN 978-4-06-182879-7|
|November 26, 2013||Hihō Den (悲報伝)||ISBN 978-4-06-182888-9|
|July 2, 2014||Higō Den (悲業伝)||ISBN 978-4-06-299017-2|
Boukyaku Tantei Series
|October 14, 2014||Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku (掟上今日子の備忘録)||ISBN 978-4-06-219202-6|
|April 23, 2015||Okitegami Kyōko no Suisenbun (掟上今日子の推薦文)||ISBN 978-4-06-219450-1|
|August 19, 2015||Okitegami Kyōko no Chōsenjō (掟上今日子の挑戦状)||ISBN 978-4-06-219712-0|
|October 6, 2015||Okitegami Kyōko no Yuigonsho (掟上今日子の遺言書)||ISBN 978-4-06-219784-7|
|December 17, 2015||Okitegami Kyōko no Taishokunegai (掟上今日子の退職願)||ISBN 978-4-06-219906-3|
|August 1, 2006||xxxHolic: Another Holic Landolt-Ring Aerosol (×××HOLiC アナザーホリック ランドルト環エアロゾル, Horikku Anazāhorikku Randoruto-Kan Earozoru)||ISBN 4-06-213509-4 (Japanese edition)|
ISBN 978-0-345-50518-7 (English edition)
Del Rey (English).
|December 16, 2006||Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (アナザーノート — ロサンゼルスBB連続殺人事件)||ISBN 4-08-780439-9 (Japanese edition)|
ISBN 978-1-4215-1883-1 (English edition)
Viz Media (English)
|December 16, 2011||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Over Heaven||ISBN 978-4087806304||Shueisha (Japanese)|
|September 6, 2005||Ningyō ga Ningyō (ニンギョウがニンギョウ)||ISBN 4-06-182453-8||1|
|December 10, 2009||Nanmin Tantei (難民探偵)||ISBN 978-4-06-215941-8||1|
|September 6, 2011||Shōjo Fujūbun (少女不十分)||ISBN 978-4-06-182800-1||1|
|First Published||Name||Artist||Publisher and Magazine|
|June 24, 2006||Hōkago, Nanajikan-me (放課後、七時間目。)||Yun Kōga||Kōdansha|
Comic Faust, Issue 8
|January 4, 2008||Urōboe Uroboros! (うろおぼえウロボロス!)||Takeshi Obata||Shueisha|
Weekly Shōnen Jump,
|February 2, 2009||Medaka Box One Shot (めだかボックス, Medaka Bokkusu)||Akira Akatsuki||Shueisha|
Weekly Shōnen Jump,
|May, 2009||Medaka Box (めだかボックス, Medaka Bokkusu)||Akira Akatsuki||Shueisha|
Weekly Shōnen Jump,
|October 25, 2011||Soushiki Zerozaki's Human Experiment (零崎双識の人間試験, Zerozaki Soushiki no Ningen Shiken)||SHIOMIYA Iruka||Kōdansha|
|November 4, 2014||RKD-EK9 (One Shot)||Takeshi Obata||Shueisha|
|January 12, 2015||Nani Made Nara Koroseru? (何までなら殺せる?) (One Shot)||Akihisa Ikeda||Shueisha|
Weekly Shōnen Jump
|January 4, 2016||Illness Boy, Illness Girl (症年症女, Shounen Shoujo)||Akira Akatsuki||Shueisha|
- Despite being the author and not an actual character, Nisio Isin was voted the sixtieth most popular character in the series in the third popularity poll with 9 votes.
- Despite being the author and not an actual character, Nisio Isin was voted the forty-first most popular character in the series in the second popularity poll with 18 votes.
- Despite being the author and not an actual character, Nisio Isin was voted the twentieth most popular character in the series in the first popularity poll with 31 votes.