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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 9.121 (scored by 8329 users)
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Ranked: #42
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Popularity: #75
Members: 43,699
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Recommendations

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 
reportRecommended by RadiGen
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 
reportRecommended by RadiGen
You enjoy time-travel with endless repetition of a certain event that the protagonist tries to change? If you enjoy the struggle followed by twists, strong protagonists, very well written pieces, good artwork then you just found two novels that share that. And both have "zero" in the title, which means you'll see them re-start a lot until you can feel sympathy for the protagonists while the story induces you into a "want to read more" to see what comes next.  
reportRecommended by Orulyon
Jinsei Reset Button and HakoMari share an eerily similar premise with themes that go hand-in-hand. In addition to both being novels of a rare breed (i.e. they revolve around time loops), 'wishes' are a heavily important theme to both of these novels. 
reportRecommended by Fall
Both series share a similar sinister atmosphere and gradually become darker as they progress. Both also involve supernatural and mystery elements which result in an emotional mind-trip from start to finish. Complex plots are present in both and each features a detailed cast of characters. Maria and Alice look somewhat similar.  
reportRecommended by Konakana
While HakoMari and Classmate, Kamiura Yuuka play out verrrrrry differently and deal with distinct themes, they are set up in incredibly similar ways. If you read the synopsis for Yuuka and then the one for HakoMari, you might very well confuse the two if you tried to pull one of these series out of your memory hours later. HakoMari is a lot better than Kamiura Yuuka and is given a lot more space to tell its story too, but Kamiura Yuuka shouldn't be discounted because of this. They are both unique, standout works, though Kamiura Yuuka has a tendency to give in to popular cliches  read more 
reportRecommended by Fall
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. 
reportRecommended by kurosaki_kabuto
"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 
reportRecommended by RadiGen
Both works are primarily driven by well-paced character development and use dramatic tension relentlessly and to great effect. They both build-up to their final arcs very well. While Onanie is set in the real world, Hakomari also succeeds in remaining "true to life", that is: gritty, ugly, and no reservations. Sex, violence, abuse, and redemption are neither glossed over or glorified in these works. Onanie is; however, a story that dedicates a lot of time to dealing with the main character's guilt and his search for redemption. Is this the case in HakoMari? Not quite. 
reportRecommended by klaes0
- Kiritsugu and Maria both share the same objective: to make everyone in the world happy; - Both stories are complex, intricated and have mind blowing plot twists; - Extremely dark and gruesome; - Similar genres (Drama, Horror, Psychological) - Superb characterization; - Engaging dialogues, philosophy and clash of ideologies; - Gilgamesh and Daiya are two of the best antagonists ever written; - (The only bad point:) Predictable endings; - And both series are not recommended for people with weak stomach oh and did I mention that they're both incontestable masterpieces? 
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- Emotionless, mysterious, badass and beautiful but unsociable female leads;
- Ordinary high-school students as male leads that shared the same conviction of "never hurting other people";
- Non-linear storytellings;
- Mindscrewing storylines;
- Dynamic P.O.V.s;
- Highly bloody and gory;
- Similar genres (Drama, Horror, Psychological);
- Daiya and Araya are well-developed antagonists that (somewhat) share the same objectives;
- Both series have dark and deep themes, plenty of philosophy and are undoubtedly masterpieces. 
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- Kazuki and Yoshino both are cunning and persuasive MCs;
- Maria and Aika are mysterious and seemingly emotionless girls;
- Daiya and Mahiro are prideful and exceptionally smart individuals;
- Similar genres (Mystery, Drama, Psychological);
- Hakomari has timeloops while Zetsuen has time-traveling;
- Mindscrewing storylines;
- Psychological warfare;
- Plenty of philosophical and meaningful dialogues;
Both series feature a charismatic and well-rounded cast of characters with distintictive personalities that develop and mature as the plot progresses. 
reportRecommended by Nick-Knight
Hakomari and Kokoro Connect are two similar novels. Both novels revolve around a group of friends whose life dramatically changes upon the encounter of an unknown being--- someone who has no particular form/shape. Their goals are rather similar as well, to observe and understand the human nature. While they are similar, their differences lie on the depth and content of the story. Hakomari has a rather dark and mature tone particularly aim for teens-adult while Kokoro connect is a little bit light hearted. With its obvious romance oreinted genre, it particularly aims for the younger readers.  
reportRecommended by Nayre
Time loop to save a life, among other things. A common theme, but it does it really well, and it is clear that the author did their research on theoretical physics. 
reportRecommended by bgauch72
Most obviously, both feature a protagonist who experience phenomena that superficially resembles a recursion of time, or time-loop, from the perspective of that character. In both, the protagonist face and utilize supernatural phenomena that is ultimately the result of the deuteragonist's ability. Both depict the protagonist losing their humanity (either literally or figuratively) and sanity for the sake of said deuteragonist. 
reportRecommended by Hakurei06
The main similarity is that the main characters are getting darker and darker
Also both have a supernatural setting 
reportRecommended by Hysen
Both are mystery based stories with a romantic undertone but Hakomari is faaaar better written and executed. 
reportRecommended by Eliahpari
Both are similiar in a sense that they explore the deep depths of darkness of humans and the MC's of both these series go through alot of despair to obtain their goal. 
reportRecommended by Eliahpari
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. 
reportRecommended by silmaril
While the general feel of the two series of novels is considerably different - Haruhi is comparatively more light-hearted and has a considerable comedic element to it whereas Hakomari is more of a dark mystery thriller kind of story - there are a few similarities that are worth noting.

Starting with the 2 main characters. Both main male characters value their normal lives, and wish to proceed through High School maintaining said normality. The appearance of the main female character signals the end of their normal lives. Both female mcs are assertive, weirdly charismatic, beautiful but unapproachable, intelligent, forceful and able to do a  read more 
reportRecommended by kurosaki_kabuto
Two young people, a boy and a girl, find themselves being tested by a supernatural being because they find them interesting. In No Game No Life, the siblings help protect the human race in an alien world by playing games with other races. In HakoMari, the supernatural being is interested in the behaviour of a single boy.

 
reportRecommended by kvnstv1
Both deal with a boy dealing with supernatural phenomenon caused by or dealing with. well, "unique" people from their surroundings. The interaction between the male and female MCs of both series is also a bit similar. Both male MCs have a some principles that they never sacrifice while trying to help their friends through the strange phenomenon.  
reportRecommended by kvnstv1
They both have a character that relive a day over and over again. 
reportRecommended by Shuc49
Both stories involve a boy and a girl resolving a series of paranormal paradoxes. 
reportRecommended by NickZHaw
Both are mystery (as well as many other genres) stories involving characters that travel across multiple timelines of similar situations. They involve seemingly normal groups of students, and the main female protagonists are "interesting" to say the least. Both use some comic relief, but are more centered on drama for the most part. They also have some supernatural aspects to the stories (though Higurashi's is to a much lesser extent especially early on). They are very psychological and delve deep into the minds of the main protagonists (Keiichi in Higurashi and Hoshino in HakoMari). 
reportRecommended by Asfaria
Similarities:
+ Involve high schoolers in a survival game using medieval ranks like King, etc.
+ Both have yanderes, people who don't want to kill others, and similar protagonists caught in the middle of everything

Differences:
- Hakomari is a light novel series and has other stories than just the survival game one (though the others do still have a similar feeling to Oukoku Game)
- There's no girl in Oukoku Game quite like Maria, the female lead in Hakomari 
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Mikage Eiji writes particularly unique novels that delve deep into the psychology of its characters, with both HakoMaria and Kamisu Reina making liberal use of his trademark narrative trickery. Both series are gripping right from the first page, to the point where you'll have difficulty putting it down before reaching the end of any given chapter. They are extremely similar in tone, writing and their target audience. If you liked one, you'll like the other. There's no reason not to check the other one out; they both have fantastic English fan translations. 
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HakoMari and Ame no Hi no Iris are both dark, dramatic and gripping tales with well-crafted and engaging atmospheres. In spite of this, they are both ultimately forward-looking, though HakoMari is far sweeter (and perhaps even naive) in some sections than Ame no Hi no Iris. Similarly, they both toy with themes relating to repetition at some point, but use it to make different points.

As well, if you liked HakoMari's drama, you'll like most of Ame no Hi no Iris's drama, because it's very similar (and written in first person). If you thought that HakoMari's drama was cheesy, however, Ame no Hi  read more 
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The protagonists of both works find themselves facing off against a supernatural opponent, ones that seem to have endless power that don't reveal themselves to the characters.  
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+ A time period of just over a day repeats inifinity and ends each time with someone dying before everything is reset with most people not realizing the repetition is happening
+ The character who remembers every repetition uses that to gain knowledge and skills as they try to find a way out of the repetition

- Hakomari is a novel series and has more than just the repeated schoolday while Kill is a manga that involves humans fighting against alien-like creatures for survival 
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Both feature High School students that are forced into play-or-die circumstances by a strange/supernatural element that is unknown at the beginning of the story/arc. They both portray the despair of those teenagers before the situation their unable to understand, both have mysteries and psychological warfare or mind games through the "game". Both stories also have a weird "bear" explaining the rules and announcing the developments of the "game".

In Utsuro this is more applicable to one particular arc of the story but the feeling of despair is felt throughout the whole story. Danganronpa is a little sketchier, has more comedy to it, Utsuro has  read more 
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