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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: 9.131 (scored by 8060 users)
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Ranked: #32
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Popularity: #76
Members: 42,197
Favorites: 3,043
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NovelMikage, Eiji (Story), Tetsuo (Art)
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Volumes: /7
Chapters: /40
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Synopsis

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 my 13,118th school transfer, and even I can't help but reach the end of my tether after so many iterations. So for a change of pace, I'll declare war this time."

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."

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Background

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria has been licensed in English as The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint. It was published in Polish as Zerowa Maria i puste pudełko by Waneko from February 5, 2016 to February 7, 2017.

Characters

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


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RadiGen
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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HaXXspetten
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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Sereth
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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castor212
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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