No matter how you see it this isn’t a romantic drama. It is a drama, sure, but the romance is near to none. This is a story about love, not a love story. It’s a story about moving on and letting go. A story about allowing oneself to be happy. At times it’s so sad you just cry. You never really laugh that heartily but a smile might spread across your lips now and then. It is bittersweet. You root for everyone, even though you should not root for the ghost.
Yes, it is a ghost story. Rokka (or manager if you are Hazuki) owns a flower shop she once opened with her now deceased husband, Shimao. Hazuki passes said flower shop everyday and one day discovers Rokka while she waters the flowers (at first he thinks she is a junior high boy. I am not really sure the relevance of that but that is what catches his eye for some reason. That is never again mentioned though so. There is also a part about Rokka having a beautiful, round head; something that is brought up several times during the series.) Hazuki instantly falls in love and when the flower shop needs a part timer he is of course the first one to apply for, and get, the job. With the job, unfortunately, follows a jealous ghost.
Rokka’s deceased, since three years, husband is peacefully haunting the shop and apartment he and Rokka lived in. No one has ever seen him before but now a threat has come into his and his beloved wife’s life and things changes. Especially when Shimao realizes that Hazuki is able to see him. He is making all sorts of fuzz, disturbing every attempt Hazuki makes to get close to Rokka.
I don’t want to spoil the show but there are events that makes this show move from a pretty normal show into the more philosophical way. There are a lot of thoughts about how to move on when someone you love has died. If it is okay to give your heart to a new person. Rokka is very confused about her feelings and talks a lot about how much she loves her husband, even with Huzaki, who has confessed his love to her at multiple times. She doesn’t understand her own feelings for Hazuki, or even if there are any.
I can’t say anything more than I love it. I was a little bit afraid that the whole ghost part of it would turn it into a comic relief sort of situation but there isn’t any of that. Even though Shimao at one point floats behind Rokka and makes faces to throw Hazuki off you don’t really laugh. You are more annoyed at him than anything. That’s the kind of ghost he is, an annoying, in an unfunny way, ghost that comes in between the couple you are rooting for. But I can’t help to root for him as well, since there is a tragic story to him too and also, he isn’t a bad ghost, he just wants his wife to be happy. His means and ways to get there might be a little bit sideways since he believes he has the power to do it.
It’s not a love story, it’s a story about love. If you can have that in mind and be prepared that you at some point in this story will meet Thumbelina and Sleeping Beauty then I really recommend it.