Café Stella and the Reaper's Butterflies
Takamine Kousei was living a carefree college life until, one day, he tragically died in an accident. But then, the bizarre happened: Takamine Kousei opened his eyes again. And what’s more, when he woke up, it was the morning of the very day he had died. He proceeded to relive the same day, unable to grasp the reality of his situation. Kousei soon realized that his previous experience was not some prophetic dream, nor was he experiencing deja vu; everything was taking place the exact same way.
Overwhelmed by fear due to the unbelievable situation he has found himself in, he came back to the place where had died. Then, at the moment of the accident, Kousei met a death goddess accompanied by a talking cat. The death goddess informed him that he has not yet avoided his death. In order to escape his grisly fate, Kousei must assist the death goddess with her work. And naturally, this means the opening of a café together.
By rewinding the world, Kousei may have overcome his fate for now, but can he overcome the certain death his future holds for him? This is the story of one man’s love and his defiance of the world and his own fate… maybe?
CHARACTERS Akizuki Kanna A death goddess who has lived for over 100 years. She has great difficulty operating modern-day technology, instruments, and tools. Her worldly knowledge is at about the level of a grandma living in the country. Even though she’s lived over a century, she’s a very down-to-earth person. She’s friendly, easy to get along with, and can be teasing at times. However, on rare occasion, you will see her act befitting of someone who’s lived as long as she has. Shiki Natsume A girl who goes to the same university as the protagonist. People view her as a cool, calm type of person, but in reality, that isn’t the case. She simply has trouble expressing her emotions. She’s also rather innocent, so even the slightest mention of anything sexual will have her blushing from ear to ear. At university, she’s particularly annoyed by the carefree, fraternity types that love to drink. She hates them, and as such, avoids them as much as physically possible. Sumizome Nozomi The protagonist’s childhood friend. She’s cheerful, straightforward, and kind. Even though she’s younger than the protagonist, their long acquaintance since childhood causes her to be more blunt than usual around him. Her family owns a shinto shrine, where she helps out and occasionally does shrine maiden duties. As a girl, she is quite conscientious of her weight, but put something she likes in front of her, and she can’t resist. She always succumbs to the temptation of good food, and comes to greatly regret it when she gets on the scale afterward. Hiuchidani Mei A spirited girl who’s full of energy. Her personality is so straightforward you’d never believe she could tell a lie. She has trouble processing complicated things, so she prefers things simple and easy to understand. She’s friends with Nozomi, and although they don’t go to school together anymore, they used to have classes together. She has a clear childish side to her. She loves stuffed animals and everything cute. Similarly, she loves being pampered, especially by her parents, which is why she hates doing chores around the house. Shioyama Suzune A patissiere girl who works at the cafe. Older sister of Hiroto. She has a friendly, candid personality, but can also be rather lazy. She never helps out with chores at her parents’ house nor her partment where she lives by herself, which has caused it to become quite messy. But she takes her work at the cafe very seriously, and you’ll never find her slacking off. She’s very particular about sweets, and stays true to her methods when it comes to making them. This does cause her to butt heads with those who disagree with her quite often, however.
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