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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: 9.201 (scored by 4490 users)
Ranked: #22
Popularity: #130
Members: 23,239
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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.

(Source: MU)


Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria has been licensed by Waneko for Polish release with the first volume set to be released on February 5, 2016.


Otonashi, Maria
Otonashi, Maria
Hoshino, Kazuki
Hoshino, Kazuki
Oomine, Daiya
Oomine, Daiya
Mogi, Kasumi
Mogi, Kasumi
Kirino, Kokone
Kirino, Kokone
Usui, Haruaki
Usui, Haruaki

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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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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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Nov 24, 2013
HakoMari's story is one of the most 'cult' light novel story I have ever read, throwing mainstream out from the window right away.

It made me scream like a fangirl.

The story is about Kazuki Hoshino, a boy who very much treasures his normal 'everyday life'. An everyday life, which is no longer normal without he himself realizing it when he met a mysterious transfer student Aya Otonashi.

-- Story : 9/10.

HakoMari's genre is somewhat a combination of fantasy and mystery. The story, like I said, avoids today's light novel mainstream and cliche plot. It's not a stupid boy-meets-girl-then-continue-to-meeting-harem-member. It's a boy-meets-girl-then-reality-went-to-shit kind. 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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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...
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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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There are further similar points but I'll refrain from mentioning them to avoid spoiling anything. 
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"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.
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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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Even if Kamimura Yuuka is a manga and Hakomari is a novel, when I read Kamimura Yuuka it's always reminds me of Hakomari. The role and the relationship within the female lead, the MC, an innocence, even the real culprit are all alike. Kamimura Yuuka = Otonashi Maria Shirasaki Shuushi = Hoshino Kazuki Hiruma Takechiyo = Usui Haruaki Inchou = Kasumi Mogi The MC firstly realize that his day feels like the same, and there he met the female lead. The difference is that Kamimura Yuuka is more hyperactive than Otonashi Maria. But overall, these series give almost the same atmosphere about the origin of the world. And Kamimura Yuuka has much more  read more 
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