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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (Novel)

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria, HakoMari
Japanese: 空ろの箱と零のマリア


Type: Novel
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 40
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 7, 2009 to Jun 10, 2015
Authors: Mikage, Eiji (Story), Tetsuo (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 9.211 (scored by 3774 users)
Ranked: #22
Popularity: #160
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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, tells the sinister story of Kazuki Hoshino, who is almost madly attached to his everyday life, and his antagonist Aya Otonashi, who suddenly transfers into his class—for the 13,118th time. She majestically announces to "break" him, without paying heed to anyone else around them.

This is but the start of a dark roller coaster ride that turns the two against themselves, the people around them and the one who may be god. Read on as their relationship slowly changes and they go against their most basic values in their struggle against the world itself.

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Otonashi, Maria
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Hoshino, Kazuki
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Mogi, Kasumi
Usui, Haruaki
Usui, Haruaki

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Jul 27, 2015
After an excruciatingly long time of waiting, at long last the seventh volume of Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (more commonly referred to as HakoMari) has now been released, and with that it's finally time to close the lid on one of the greatest works of literature to have ever originated from Japan, and the overall best light novel I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

HakoMari's story is... *unique* to say the least. It can be classified as fantasy, mystery and psychological above all else, but it really touches upon just about every genre imaginable during the course of its progression. It starts read more
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Aug 2, 2015
"Do you have a wish?"

I don't think myself able to write an objective critic to HakoMari, not while the last volume is still so vivid in my mind. As such, this is not a review, but a love letter to this wonderful novel.

HakoMari is, in a nutshell, a wild ride. A crazy, reckless and downright cruel wild ride.
The story, while thought out really well, is really just a container. It's the playbox where all the characters are thrown into while being told "Now do what you want".
And the characters are really what makes this series so worthwhile and unforgettable.

Characters who love each other but read more
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Jul 20, 2013

--This review is intended for those who plan to read the novel therefore, it is free of spoilers--

"Kazuki Hoshino. I’m here to break you. This is my 13,118th 'School Transfer'. Even I can't help but get annoyed after so many. So for a change, I'll proclaim war." Those are the words that the kuudere Aya Otonashi proclaims to our dumbfounded protagonist in the start of the series, and surely, this line not only perplexes the characters in the story, but us as well.

The simple setting of a 13,118th school transfer is enough to pique your interest as this is something that is obviously uncommon. read more
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Aug 6, 2015
If you have a box that grants any wish, would you use it?
Can you actually believe that something like really could exist?
Actually not, isn't it?


I assume that I was really anxious to see the end of this novel to know it and write a review. As far as I can concern, The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria (Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria a.k.a HakoMari) is one of the Japanese Novels that touched me most. There is the Japanese masterpiece for 21th century.

Often people who watch something want an STORY to enjoy, or for enjoyable show, at least. Instead of deliver it, HakoMari read more
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Manga: Death Note
For those of you who wander aimlessly seeking for something similar to the thrilling story of the Death Note series, well, you're in luck because Hakomari not only fills that void, it expands it. In other words, in my opinion it's even better than Death Note in terms of complexity.

While there are countless dissimilarities between the two, I'll focus on the similarities which I'm sure would cause Death Note fans to try this series...
Hakomari captures Death Note's thriller and mystery aspect not through the battle of impeccable prodigies, but through an extremely intricate plot built layer after layer in each volume. Actually,  read more 
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Manga: Gekkou
I happened to stumble upon this because it had the same translator, little did I know I was looking at something quite similar to Hakomari, yet complete different.

The obvious similarity is of course the mystery aspect, which I'll elaborate on.
What we have are uber-normal males who are forcibly dragged inexplicably by a certain beauty into a mystery by mere circumstance.
Unlike Death Note where we are most of the time spectators, both Hakomari and Gekkou involve the reader in trying to figure out the plot. Hakomari tries to wrap everything up, leaving no instance unexplained while Gekkou prefers to leave a  read more 
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Manga: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Right off the bat, generally speaking they both have a grim, heavy atmosphere with hints of despair and hopelessness at times. Besides that, they both deal with wishes and dealing with the results/consequences of those wishes. A happy normal everyday
life is broken by said results/consequences.
There are further similar points but I'll refrain from mentioning them to avoid spoiling anything. 
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Manga: Liar Game
"A cornered rat will bite the cat"
No other sentence would have fittingly yet succinctly described what the two have in common.

Human nature is such that when pushed to a tight corner, they terminate all perceptions of fear and focus on eliminating the source of it. That is to say, they would do anything to protect their existence in the least if it were threatened. But what if you haven't cornered a rat, but rather... a Lion.
This is what they have in common. Liar Game has a genius whose talents is constantly pushed to the limits, while Hakomari puts common folk  read more 
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Manga: "Fushigi" Toriatsukaimasu: Tsukumodou Kottouten
Similar theme: about a boy and a beautiful yet mysterious girl who fight people who misuse double-edged magical devices; boxes in Hakomari and relics in Tsukumodo. Both have dark atmosphere, plot twists, interesting character developments, etc. 
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Manga: Jinsei Reset Button
Jinsei Reset Button is very similar too HakoMari and the most similar novel I could find regarding the theme.
Similarities and Differencies:
- Both novels are about wishes and that humanity doesn't know what to wish for.
- In both novels the wish goes horribly wrong.
- Both novels have a mysterious person the grants wishes.
- In both novels time repeats itself. But in HakoMari its always the same day that repeats itself while in Jinsei Reset Button the person who wishes randomly goes back in time.
- In HakoMari they are searching for the culprit while in Jinsei Reset Button,  read more 
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