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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
Zerowa Maria i puste pudełko ( Polish )

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.2-4 + Epilogue by Baka-Tsuki (393d ago)
v.7 c.Prologue + 1 by Baka-Tsuki (405d ago)
v.6 by Baka-Tsuki (1283d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (346 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 20th 2016, 3:05pm PST



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On 1029 reading lists
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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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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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A Must Read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shiraishi
September 10th, 2015, 10:42am
This is worth every single second.
It just keep getting better every volume till the end.
i'd love to rate it more than 10.
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An inventive and creative novel experience   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by red-eyed-slayer
December 3rd, 2015, 10:34pm
This author seems to be very experienced in storytelling and writing literature itself. As he created compelling storylines and unique story arcs that were very enjoyable yet they are related in terms of not story but for the purpose of character development. This has been inventive due to how it develops its characters in a way that is different from many authors especially Daiya

My minor complaint was how the Kazuki and maria were love each other, I thought they were more loyal friends who look out for each other due to their friendship and obligations. But other than that fans of novels itself will have a unique and enjoyable experience you won't regret it
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Rating: N/A
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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