A man has just made a big mistake.
To escape from those around him, he decides to take time off outside of Japan.
He ends up in Australia, where he studies under a researcher who deals with the natives and their culture.
If you were thinking Love Hina, kudos to you, because that was exactly what I was thinking when I read this.
Surprisingly, what I described above is not the events of Love Hina, but the events of a volume from a series known as Oishii Coffee no Irekata.
Oishiii Coffee no Irekata, which can be translated to How to Brew Tasty Coffee, is a romance novel series by Murayama Yuka. It follows the love story of Katsutoshi and Karen, as they deal with their hardships of being together while being legally cousins, 8 years apart in age, and hiding the fact that they are dating to all around them.
Katsutoshi and Karen's relationship starts back when Katsutoshi is still in High School. His father has to move out for work, but Katsutoshi has no intention of moving to switch schools, so he is told to stay with his cousins, Karen and Joe (Technically romanized as Jou, but as Katsutoshi mentions that both their names could work in English, I'll romanize it as Joe here). He meets them for the first time in many years... and finds that the Karen who had been like an energetic boy in her youth had grown up to become a real beauty. Soon enough, he discovers the secret of her upbringing of being an adopted child, and helps her get over her doubts as well as her feelings for her past love (who she discovers is her blood-related brother). It doesn't take long for them to fall in love.
The funny thing about this series for me, though, is that Karen, the undoubtedly true heroine is the series, isn't nearly as much to my liking as her competitor in love, Hoshino, who is a classmate of Katsutoshi's from college. This stems, probably, from the fact that Karen's side is largely hidden from the reader. Things happen at times that really makes you wonder what in the world she was thinking, often times doing things that make even the reader doubt her loyalties. Oh, no, she doesn't actually cheat on Katsutoshi; at least she doesn't look like she actually cheated on him, but she sure as hell makes it believable.
Now, on the flip side of things, Katsutoshi has ended up in a lot of the same situations, often times thanks to Hoshino (though at no fault of her own; she isn't told the true nature of Katsutoshi and Karen's relationship until much later), but being protagonist, we get to see everything that happens to him, we even get to see inside his thoughts, so of course we the readers know he has no cause for scrutiny. We, however, have no such luxury with Karen.
You might say, then, why is Hoshino preferable? This is because Hoshino is so evocative regarding her feelings, and I don't mean with just words or action; she's so forward with her feelings that even her reactions betray her. After learning of Katsutoshi and Karen's relationship, she starts trying to find ways to turn her feelings away from him - sleeping with another man and telling Katsutoshi about it, doing and saying things to make him angry etc, all in an effort to make him hate her, so that she can give up. She, of course, ends up tripping over her own words over and over again as she starts apologizing without meaning to, asking him not to hate her, then realizing that she's going against her objective and overturning the statements yet again. She even develops anorexia over her love and his rejection. We spend so many pages following the inception of her love, her rejection, her down-ward spiral, and her recovery that you can't help but feel closer to her character.
Ever since Katsutoshi and Karen had gotten more... er, intimate in their relationship, however, the story has more or less moved away from these matters. The most recent challenge thrown Katsutosh's way is of his own making. Following the introduction at the beginning of the post, he makes a mistake and runs away to Australia, just as Keitaro had done in Love Hina. Here, however, Katsutoshi's mistake is neither light nor a jump to conclusion the way Keitaro's was. No, he as the death of a family member in his hands.
The author, Murayama Yuka, has been on a year-long hiatus since the publishing of the fourth volume of this arc, and have since left this arc unfinished. As of right now, it doesn't really look like she plans of continuing the series any time soon, either, to her fans' chagrin. It leave this reader wondering if Katsutoshi will ever be given the chance to finally put this painful arc behind him and find repentance.