Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria
The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria
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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

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Synonyms: HakoMari
Japanese: 空ろの箱と零のマリア
English: The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria
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Volumes: 7
Chapters: 40
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 10, 2009 to Jun 10, 2015
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural, Suspense Suspense
Themes: Psychological Psychological, School School
Serialization: None
Authors: Mikage, Eiji (Story), Tetsuo (Art)


Score: 8.701 (scored by 2021920,219 users)
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Ranked: #512
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Popularity: #132
Members: 102,378
Favorites: 5,342


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Volumes: /7
Chapters: /40


Kazuki Hoshino values his everyday life above all else. He spends the days carefree with his friends at school, until the uneventful bliss suddenly comes to a halt with the transfer of the aloof beauty Aya Otonashi into his class and her cold, dramatic statement to him immediately upon arrival:

"I'm here to break you. This is the 13,118th time I've transferred. After so many occasions, I have to say that this is all starting to grate on me, which is why this time I'm spicing things up with a proper declaration of war."

And with those puzzling words, the ordinary days that Kazuki loved so dearly become a cycle of turmoil and fear—Aya's sudden appearance signals the unraveling of unseen mysteries surrounding Kazuki's seemingly normal friends, including the discovery of mysterious devices known as "boxes."

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria was published in English as The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint from October 31, 2017 to November 5, 2019. It was also published in Polish by Waneko from February 5, 2016 to February 7, 2017.



Sep 22, 2023
As many know, naivety and stupidity walk very close to each other and therefore are easily confused by certain similarities. The main problem of the human being is to contaminate the other with sin while thinking he is doing good. Ignorance is not exactly a bliss, but an easier way to cling to illusions, like the anesthetic to get rid of pain, but that doesn't fool your body that truly feels everything.

That said, we arrived at Zero Maria...... It is not known for sure if "the world changes the human being" or if "the man changes the world", but this phrase seems to resonate very ...
May 24, 2019
Mixed Feelings
As, of now, one of the top 5 light novel series on MAL, and as someone whose only read a few light novels, I thought it would be fair to take a dip into this series to get me more into the medium. With countless reviews praising it as genius, and some spouting it as a masterpiece, I thought I would also be rating this a 10 in the end along with the many others. However, as you can see by my score, HakoMaria is by all means not what its all cut out to be.

When I finished this series, because of the ...
Dec 31, 2018
First I will let the writing speak for itself, in this spoiler-free passage below:

"“I was convinced that I had grasped your behavioral patterns completely by now. But I couldn’t predict your statement just now at all. Can you imagine how amusing this is for someone accustomed to eternal boredom?” she says, looking delighted."

There's more. For instance, in the opening scenes of this supposedly dark and gritty series, the main heroine reveals her reality-defying power by telling the main character about the color of a girl's panties. It's a cold open, a rolling intro, and a crash into a panty flash.

God and Buddha help me, ...

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