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Kashiwagi has a special ability. When she touches someone, she can see their future romance. But, Kashiwagi doesn't know about romance herself and can't determine whether the scenes she sees is a happy or sad ending. Kashiwagi works at a cafe, which Sano manages and Konno works as clerk. The cafe is known as the "break-up cafe".
1. Meeting up
2. Fall in love
3. Went on a date
5. In a relationship
7. Break up
Seven steps above may (or may not) contain a popular steps of a romantic relationship often shown in a manga. Unfortunately, most romance-tagged manga only focus on the first half of those step, where characters did their best to be in a relationship with their respective romantic interests. Very few deals with the latter half - on how characters try to get out of their relationship - and that's where Mielino Kashiwagi shines above all. It forces reader to face the most uncomfortable phase of a relationship, in a strangely good way. While the first half of romantic relationship is a tried-and-true method to a romance manga, that part initially didn't contain many potential problem to face, and many plots ended up being overused. Meanwhile Mielino Kashiwagi manga covers the part of the relationship that's bound to have problems. As a results, this manga feels fresh, look fresh, and in fact it IS fresh.
Although I said this manga deals a lot with the ending of a relationship, doesn't mean there is not any new relationships made. In fact it is just common sense that the ending of a relationship would give a way to a new relationship, and this manga has that.
The story really took much from Kashiwagi's, the main character of the manga, POV. She often makes initial assessment on her client. And although she did her best not to let what she thinks of her clients affect her job, in some cases these results in an unreliable narrator effect to the story. Plus, when she touches hands with her clients, accidentally or not, she had the ability to see how they would turn out in the future. In a way, this could help provide a better closure to each cases when they didn't explicitly told in the story frame.
The most impacting aspect of this manga for me, however, is not the story but the characterization. This manga shows different type of people with different reason to end their relationship, that in itself got me hooked to the next chapter. And while I like the characters, I think the author didn't try to overkill with the characterization. Most of them could considered normal if I try to judge objectively, although kashiwagi might not agree with me. And as I've said before, kashiwagi's POV is really important to the storyline.read more