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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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Associated Names
Пустая шкатулка и нулевая Мария (Novel)
The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria (Novel)
Zerowa Maria i puste pudełko ( Polish )

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.2-4 + Epilogue by Baka-Tsuki over 2 years ago
v.7 c.Prologue + 1 by Baka-Tsuki over 2 years ago
v.6 by Baka-Tsuki over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (378 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 20th 2018, 3:55pm PST



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Original Publisher
MediaWorks (Dengeki Bunko)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (2 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #470 decreased(-3)
Monthly Pos #607 decreased(-4)
3 Month Pos #635 decreased(-43)
6 Month Pos #607 decreased(-58)
Year Pos #532 decreased(-166)

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On 1065 reading lists
On 1258 wish lists
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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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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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Best thing I've read yet (as of 11 Nov. 2016)   
Rating: N/A
by japespszx
November 11th, 2016, 8:45am
I have read all sorts of literature from manga to your typical novels in the bookstore. In my opinion, this is the best thing I've ever read. I wasn't expecting to get so many goosebumps while reading a light novel. 10/10.

Yeah, I suck at reviews, sorry. lol

... Last updated on November 11th, 2016, 8:47am
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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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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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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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It has its good parts   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Hoodspirit
September 5th, 2016, 2:40pm
I don't mind the things that made the 'Horror' tag justified here, excpet for the
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rape and fake rape scenes.
. Those were a huge turn off for me.
However that is just my personal taste and did not influence the rating, at least I am not consciously aware that it did.
Among the issues I have one is with the trio of friends that the Main Character had in the beginning. The reader gets next to zero information about them until way later in the story, they barely interact with the MC at all. Since the MC is so focused on the 'everyday life', I think it is a bad decission that we are shown close to nothing of it.
I read the LN to the end because it succeeded in tricking me within the first volume. I liked that, despite it being the authors fault for having not properly introduced the characters which made this possible, Unfortunatly that method of how the author did it becomes so overused that if he dropped a hint before one could see the outcome way before the actual scene takes plays.
The last main reason for this rather lowish rating is the pacing. There is no time up to barely any time to relax between a story arc, robbing the reader of chances to experience that 'everyday life' which is said to be so important. At the same time the third and fourth story arc were way longer than they needed to be. It was extended by so many meaningless stuff that it got boring.

But not everything was bad, so I settled for the mid-rating and not a low one.
The intereaction between the two leads gets the appropriate amount of time and it is a joy to read it.
We also get a clear ending, which is rare these days.
I also liked that it stays true to the consquences, mostly it does at least.

When I reread the story I always read up the 3rd vol.'s first chapter (called 'beginning'), then skip to the 7th vol. and continue to read from there (mostly from the last paragraph of chapter 2 till the end).. You miss nothing of importance that way and are spared the bad parts of the LN.

Anyways, despite my issues on this LN I hope you can enjoy the read.
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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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