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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.7 c.2-4 + Epilogue by Baka-Tsuki (5d ago)
v.7 c.Prologue + 1 by Baka-Tsuki (16d ago)
v.6 by Baka-Tsuki (895d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (289 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.02 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 29th 2015, 2:34am PST



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MediaWorks (Dengeki Bunko)

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3 Month Pos #209 increased(+12)
6 Month Pos #210 decreased(-14)

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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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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 Vallan.Mandrake
January 18th, 2011, 11:35am
this is written in an extraordinary style witch keept me hooked till the end of the translated chaptersI reached after 9.5 hours of uninterrupted reading ... (a long night...).

Brilliant setting. Moving (I had tears in my eyes). I loved it.
It's worth a read.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Infinity781
May 12th, 2015, 10:45am
There is not really much I can say on the matter. This series sweeps you off your feet. I did not expect much going into it, but by now it is (BY FAR!) in my top 5 series of all time, if not my favorite ever written. Read this series!
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by Elairz
May 15th, 2010, 8:10pm
this is a story where the hero suddenly become under observation by a mysterious being.
the being is the distributor of a box which can grant a wish..though the wish usually got distorted.

anyway, rather than shounen i find this series is closer to seinen, i found that a few part of the manga is quite violent that i doubt i want to see this as anime..quite graphic >.<..
the plot is very interesting though.
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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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