[LN Review] Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

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05-03-2016, 10:24 AM
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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

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I've just finished reading Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, and I'm still in shock, this is most likely the greatest 
thing that I've ever read. There's hardly anything mainstream about this light novel; it's full of settings and situations
 that I've never encountered before in any other manga or novel. 

Story

The story is truly captivating, there were so many times when I just burst out laughing because of the author's twists 
and totally absurd ideas that I wouldn't have imagined happening. It's the uniqueness of the story that really made me 
fall for it. I absolutely was not expecting such a well planned and beautifully executed storyline. Once you get into it, you 
will think, 'wow, this author is a genius'; and it's no wonder HakoMari is such a highly rated novel. You will cry (if you 
have a soul), and your jaw will drop. As the synopsis for HakoMari suggests, the story has to do with time repeating itself. 
What if you were stuck in a loop, and the same day just kept repeating itself thousands of times, and you and one other 
person are the only ones to keep their memory after each reset? There would be an immense bond shared between those 
two people. What if you had to endure 400,000 repeating days alone and in absolute solitude, and had gone mad after
 the first couple of centuries? Oops, I've said too much. This novel isn't a plain love story as one might think, it's got plenty
 of blood and guts as well.

Art

I won't comment too much on the art, because there wasn't much of it. The art that we did receive was great, though. 
It gave me a basis for my mental images of Maria, Kazuki, Daiya, and the others. Maria is drawn as beautifully as she
 is described. 

Characters

The characters were fleshed out so well that I'm sincerely going to miss them in my everyday life. Speaking of everyday 
lives, this is our main character, Kazuki Hoshino's obsession. We're shown that this man will do anything to protect his 
everyday life. It's a bit silly, why would someone go so far to protect their everyday life? What even is this, "everyday life"? 
Well, it's probably not what you're thinking it is. We eventually find out that there's much more to it than that. We find out 
that it's definitely not an exaggeration to say that Kazuki will do anything to protect the person most dear to him. I still get
 chills when recalling what he endured to be with the one he loves. 

The other main character, Maria, is so perfectly fleshed out that I don't need any drawings to picture her appearance, thought 
process, and personality. I probably fell in love with this character who only exists in written words. When she was in tears,
 I was in tears, when she was happy, I was smiling.

Every single character got a lot of attention, one could even grow attached to the side-characters. There were no useless
characters. No one was there simply to fill up space, and every character had a purpose and personality. 

Enjoyment

Needless to say, I was extremely sad when I finished HakoMari. That's not to say that the ending wasn't satisfying, though.
 I just didn't want something so interesting to end. I'm not sure how the author was able to have such a "random" story, but 
have everything make such perfect sense at the same time. I've never read anything like it, and I won't forget about this light 
novel for some time.

Overall

9.7/10

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05-03-2016, 10:40 AM
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The thing says it has romance.
Is the romance to intense or just there to make the story better?
I'm interested and might pick this up.
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05-03-2016, 10:49 AM
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This looks pretty sexy, going to check it out.

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05-03-2016, 10:51 AM
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(05-03-2016, 10:49 AM)Mavis Wrote: This looks pretty sexy, going to check it out.

You can't read, so what's the point?

Great review Yoko. <3
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05-03-2016, 11:04 AM
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(05-03-2016, 10:51 AM)Yito Wrote:
(05-03-2016, 10:49 AM)Mavis Wrote: This looks pretty sexy, going to check it out.

You can't read, so what's the point?

Great review Yoko. <3
Thanks dood <3
And at whatshisface up above, the romance is definitely there throughout the story but it isn't concentrated on it most of the time and tells as a sort of mystery/psychological/thriller.

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05-03-2016, 11:09 AM
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(05-03-2016, 10:51 AM)Yito Wrote:
(05-03-2016, 10:49 AM)Mavis Wrote: This looks pretty sexy, going to check it out.

You can't read, so what's the point?

Great review Yoko. <3

I can too read :(

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05-03-2016, 11:24 AM
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(05-03-2016, 11:09 AM)Mavis Wrote:
(05-03-2016, 10:51 AM)Yito Wrote: You can't read, so what's the point?

Great review Yoko. <3

I can too read :(

Read my username fgt
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05-03-2016, 11:31 AM
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(05-03-2016, 11:24 AM)Yito Wrote:
(05-03-2016, 11:09 AM)Mavis Wrote: I can too read :(

Read my username fgt

No u read mine

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05-03-2016, 11:41 AM
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(05-03-2016, 11:31 AM)Mavis Wrote:
(05-03-2016, 11:24 AM)Yito Wrote: Read my username fgt

No u read mine

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05-03-2016, 05:37 PM
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Y'all are some straight up spammer homos.

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