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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (Novel)  
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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, or The Empty Box and The Zeroth 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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The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria

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v.6 by Baka-Tsuki (766d ago)
v.5 c.2-5 by Baka-Tsuki (943d ago)
v.5 c.1 by Baka-Tsuki (970d ago)
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6 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (264 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9 / 10.0
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September 16th 2014, 11:57am PST

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Well written and definitely worth reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kuro_Kishi
December 25th, 2014, 5:47am
While there are still several flaws, like anti-climatic ending (vol 2 and 4), and the change in some characters are a bit too fast, this novel is still a great read. It's well written, with carefully thought out twist. The author sure knows how to plan his story

9/10, but I'm still overrating to to 10/10
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by gimeyop
November 15th, 2014, 6:01pm
Fantasy - 7.8
Mystery - 5

First of all: This is not a slice of life, it`s mystery-fantasy hybrid. I thought umineko was an amazing mystery-fantasy hybrid. This was mediocre in comparison.
A mysterious being grants wishes of people but the wishes are incomplete which results in mostly disasters. MC and co. tries to find out what the original wish was and who made the wish so they can stop these disasters. Little and little, you get to know the back stories of characters from these wishes and their "real" personality. The premises is fine and all but the execution is terrible. Sometimes people you trust lie, sometimes ones you don't trust tell the truth, sometimes they're not even them self and the worst part is you DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY. Only after the author reveal the truth that you can look back and piece things together. Basically: there aren't enough clues to deduce the answers which basically gives it a failing score as a mystery.
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If only I can rate higher than 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by psycho-shocker
October 27th, 2013, 2:24am
The only flaw this series has is too awesome. I have to adjust my previous rating for other series in order to make this series the top among them all. Well, I am too lazy to do it tough.
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Freaking awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
August 19th, 2013, 8:25am
I rarely ever read tled LNs as most of the time the flow of language soujnds awkward. So I'll start with praising the editing done with this series. It's great. But not all of it has been thoroughly edited (vol 2 was a bit painful to read so I helped out a little).
I stopped reading midway through the 5th book a couple of months ago because I'm pretty sure the arc won't be resolved until the 7th book (might be wrong, considering what timdhong said below) and the wait would kinda kill me if I knew there was no more for me to go back to bigrazz

This series opens (when I say 'opens' I mean it's central thoughout the first novel) with one of my favourite tropes of all time.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the time loop.

Each arc has a challenge that kind of makes this series escape classification.
The writing is FANTASTIC!
The characterisation is brilliant, even when it seems to take small leaps (which sounds contradictory, I know)
This author knows how to vary chapter lengths to superb effect with some literally being a few words long and others being pages and pages. The story and pacing just pulls you along, I literally spent at least 12 hours, I think, reading this series.

EDIT: Since reading this, I've read Kokoro Connect. The two are similar, but this is definitely superior all round, especially with the language (which is partially due to the editor's but not entirely as I read some of another novel by this author and the language was just as beautiful).

... Last updated on March 17th, 2014, 10:51pm
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The Best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Phiiyrael
March 5th, 2013, 2:05pm
I've read a long list of manga and a few light novels now, and this is honestly the best work of fiction i've read... ever. At the very least it is certainly my FAVORITE work of fiction. It is absolutely masterful, the characters are incredible and the story is deep and complex, If you read anything at all that is on read this.

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2013, 11:44pm
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The second best light novel I ever read after Haruhi   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by ahmsab
January 1st, 2013, 4:56pm
I read a fair deal of light novels , and this one utterly blew my mind , the first novel's setting can you make think they simply copied it from Haruhi but that's not true at all . The battle royal arc is a masterpiece .I just hope the last volumes will be as good as the ones already out bigrazz
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by amc9988
September 21st, 2012, 3:16am
If there's a light novel series that I must call a masterpiece it's definitely going to be this one.

I really love supernatural, mystery and romance as a genre. And this novel have everything that I wish for. Firstly, let's talk about the characters, at first the characters looks like your everyday cliched anime characters. There's your naive male protagonist, happy go lucky girl, smart boy and of course an easygoing male friend. But as you read further you learn that there is more than meets the eye to these characters. I wouldn't tell you what it is since it's gonna take all the fun from the novel so if you want to know you have to read it yourself, but believe me, you're gonna be in a world of shock to learn the truth about these characters. Next, the development. The character development is absolutely fantastic, this is actually one of the main reason I love this novel. Kazuki (the male lead) is different from any of the usual male characters that you found in an anime. He can ACTUALLY decide WHAT he want to do and for WHOM. And once he made his decision there's nothing that can change his mind. And as for Maria (the female lead)... again I will not say anything about her since she's the center of the story, but I can say this that she's definitely one of the greatest and the most "flawed" character. And I really like the development between those two. The story.... it's epic, mind blowing, and crazy. If you read Bungaku shoujo you will know what I mean. It shows the dark nature of humans and it can be a little bit extreme at some time. And this one takes it even further...

I guess that's it for now, there's no better word to describe this epic novel. So You should give it a try, if you are confused and don't understand the story, it's find since you will definitely understand near the end. The story is always engaging and the always unexpected plot twist makes it even better.
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cant wait for the next book   
Rating: N/A
by xm4ur1c10x
September 6th, 2012, 12:21am
I was confused at first with the first book, but thank god that i kept reading because this novel always improved.
The only things that lacks is a bit of SoL between Maria and Kazuki to understand the character of Maria imo.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Thangpro23
August 16th, 2012, 4:17pm
This is truly a masterpiece , i have always hate to read and i perfer manga than light novel but this one is truly stunning me.I have this first volume of this light novel since 2 years ago and completely hocked for the series for years , i have re-read the first 4 voloumes like 10 time . Because of my bad english so i dont want to write a comment in english but after read the 5 volume i have to.This is the first time that a fiction series have this much impact to me , it literally change my view to life and other people forever . The character of this story are completely fantastic , this is the point i enjoy the
most in hakomari no bunch of shitty sub,filler character that just being mascot or mc harem we all see in every typical story, every character that appear has great interact on each other and impact deeply to the story . The story is outstanding and this is the important piece of the hakomari epicness , it first seem kinda cliché but is very intertaining as the author said , and not just that is has gave me the massive among of enjoyment that will never make you feel bored of the story.And finnaly the illustration very beatiful and is express the character detailed.Every thing about this novel is a masterpiece . Read it the most epic light novel ever await you .

... Last updated on August 16th, 2012, 4:19pm
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Read it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Wanderer11
August 3rd, 2011, 9:43pm
A mystery with some horror contents, add little bit of comedy and a dash of romance is what this novel is about. The first arc is the best story I ever. It's very intriguing and keeps you on the edge, turning the next pages. I want to learn Japanese for the sole reason of able to to read these.

... Last updated on November 8th, 2011, 2:16pm
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