The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria, LN Recommendation of the Week!

Article at a glance:

  • The story quickly shifts from a seemingly normal school life to a complex, dark, and supernatural narrative with numerous plot twists.
  • Both main characters, Aya (Maria) and Kazuki undergo significant character development, supported by a diverse and interesting cast of side characters.
  • The light novel is concise with just 7 volumes and 40 chapters, delivering a powerful and engaging story in a short span.

I found out about this LN quite recently through MAL recommendations. And it didn’t take long to finish it since it is quite short. The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria was quite fun, it was totally different from what I had in my mind. On MAL, this LN has the romance tag and that is quite misleading. Yes, there are romance elements but that’s not really what this LN is about lol. There is quite a lot going on in this manga aside from romance and I think the plot is quite interesting.

So welcome back to another edition of our LN recommendation series! This week we are talking about The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria. There is a lot of interesting stuff going on in this LN and I can’t wait to talk about it. So let’s get started!


The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria is written by Mikage Eiji and illustrated by Tetsuo. It has no anime adaptation to speak of. It was serialized from January 2010 to June 2015, The LN is very short at just 7 volumes consisting of 40 chapters. That’s like barely enough for like 24 episodes or so. So that’s probably why it never got an anime but that’s just my guess. There is probably a more complex behind it because from what I know, the LN is pretty successful.


The story starts simple enough. There is this guy called Kazuki who enjoys his daily life, going to school, spending time with his friends, and whatnot. He is happy. But then, one day suddenly a mysterious girl, Aya transfers to his school. She claims that this is her 13,118th time transferring and that she is here to “break” Kazuki. Oh don’t worry, the story only gets wilder from here on out. The simple everyday life Kazuki loved so dearly disappears soon after this and nothing is the same after this.

I will not spoil what the plot is truly about. I think it is better if you discover it for yourself. And I have to say, the story is surprisingly dark. I went into this LN completely blind and while I did expect psychological stuff here and there, I was not prepared for the story to turn out the way it did. There are a lot of plot twists and a lot of supernatural elements as well. It is kind of amazing how much the story manages to do in such a short run time.


Aya or Maria, as we later learn her true name to be is a very well-written character, Her backstory is incredibly well done. She comes off as mean initially and someone who just wants to harass Kazuki for no reason. But then we find out why she is doing all this and then she eventually learns that Kazuki is not the person she’s looking for. Her character arc combines seamlessly with how her and Kazuki’s relationship develops, making for a satisfying character journey.

It’s the same with Kazuki. I can’t describe his character arc without spoiling some major plot points. But again, he is a very well-written character. Aside from them, we have a plethora of interesting side characters like Daiya, O, Mogi, Usui, Iroha, etc. All these characters have their roles to play in the plot and are interesting on their own because of it. Some of them like O also help the main duo grow as well. It is a very solid cast all around.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should read The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria:

  • Amazing plot
  • Lots of plot twists
  • Great character arcs
  • Great supporting cast

By the way, the name of the LN may seem weird at first but trust me, it will make sense once you are done reading. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

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