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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria: One of The Popular Manga in Japan | Japan Guide

What is “Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria”?

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (空ろの箱と零のマリア, The Empty Box and The Zeroth Maria) is a light novel series written by Mikage Eiji with art drawn by Tetsuo. The story is Mikage’s first Light Novel with illustrations, however, it is not his first book he’s written. The series was first published in January of 2009. There are a total of seven volumes released within the Light Novel.


Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, or The Empty Box and The Zeroth Maria, tells the story of Kazuki Hoshino, who is almost madly attached to his everyday life, and his antagonist Aya Otonashi, who suddenly transfers into his class at the end of the school year—for no less than the 13,118th time. Without hesitation, she announces her intent to “break” him. Kazuki’s struggle to defend his everyday life begins, and the many secrets it is built on start to come to light.

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.


This has not yet. Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria has been licensed by Waneko for Polish release with the first volume set to be released on February 5, 2016.


Kazuki Hoshino

A completely ordinary high school student who loves idle chatter with his friends and Umaibōs, a Japanese snack. One day, he somehow suddenly antagonizes Aya Otonashi — even though he has never met her before. She threatens to “break” him.

Aya Otonashi

An antisocial beauty with a resolute personality. She transfers into Kazuki’s class on March 2nd — right before the end of the school year. Immediately upon her arrival, she announces her intent to “break” Kazuki.

Daiya Oomine

A self-centered and arrogant student who dyes his hair silver and wears three piercings in his right ear. He is also the class president and a shrewd friend of Kazuki’s.

Haruaki Usui

A cheerful but frivolous baseball ace. He often hangs out with Kazuki and Daiya.

Kokone Kirino

A bright and beautiful girl who cares a lot for her friends, but can sometimes be meddlesome.
She and Daiya have known each other since childhood, and their mutual verbal abuse has become legendary among their classmates ever since.

Kasumi Mogi

The girl who has won Kazuki’s heart. She is docile, silent and expressionless.