Sakura Yuki, four stories in the same bundle, settled of various eras and picturing some different genres. Perhaps it hit other people deeper than me, but in my case it did not mean a lot. Following this introduction, I will explain why this story should be rated as I estimated.
Story (7) :
The format of the stories follow a short pattern, introduction of characters, development of the story, ending. Those very endings may have a significance, but the most interesting part is certainly how dispatched are the stories, kind of like novellas, short stories, whatever you'd call them.
For introduction and describing of links between characters, there
was only a slight attempt. But in the same time, each characters can be the incarnation of a feeling, loneliness as boreness ; perhaps are the characters just an introduction to their philosophy and their reaction against the feelings the stories themselves would tend to propose?
Art (5) :
Honestly, I did not really appreciate the art for this manga, precisely because of how confusing I found it : I had to pass every action scene, for they are what I can't understand in a manga, and the average art of more passive times isn't especially stunning. It be said, I confused every characters... Meanwhile it wasn't especially standing out, I wouldn't define it as unworthy, industrial or even more critical terms. It is to be reminded the one responsible for the artstyle and story is the same person, and this is the state of manga drawing as of 2002-2004.
Character (6) :
If I said before I confused the characters for their artstyle, and even went ahead to say they were just the interpretation of a philosphy or feeling, you can find out that they are, to my point of view, hardly rememberable. But nonetheless, even if a character is not made to be rememberable, in this story's purpose they were good enough.
Enjoyment (6) :
This is not the kind of manga you will find either inspirant, or even awesome. This mustn't be revolutionary, so even if I did find this interesting, some parts were clearly boring. I consider thus this rating to be fair to quantify something so subjective as enjoyment.
Overall (6) :
This manga is as platonic as this review, and any delved meaning is going overboard. Nonetheless it achieved to be enjoyable (?). This is more of a manga I would not recommend to any beginner, but why not for more experienced readers who already know their boundaries of genres?