Previously, I had read two other mangas by these authors: Kono Sekai no Owari e no Tabi and Kami no Kodomo; both of which I greatly enjoyed. This one was no exception. This is truly an avant garde manga, it's style of art and storytelling is refreshingly, even shockingly, different from the typical slice of life mangas. That being said, it will not suit everybody's taste, but it's definitely worth checking out.
STORY -- 9/10
The manga consists of short stories, ranging from 8-pages long to 20-something pages, detailing bits and pieces of people's lives. I was impressed by how seemingly mundane situations became surreal and how reality seemed more like a dream, with the stories' dialogue. What added to the enjoyment of the stories for me was the focus on the characters' thoughts; there would be just one character narrating the entire story solely from his or her thought processes. It was interesting to be fully immersed in what the character was thinking.
I found it hard to interpret some of the stories. I think everybody's understanding of the stories will be different, based on your own perceptions and experiences. For me, I stopped trying to figure out things like the story's meaning, or its point, after a while and just enjoyed the writing and art. There were some instances though, when I felt like I grasped something important or significant, it gave me something to brood over and contemplate.
ART -- 10/10
I am probably being totally biased when I give this score but I can't help it. I just love the art. Very, very unique, beautifully drawn and most importantly, complements and enhances the story. I won't talk much about it because the art is straightforward, you can go and see it and come to your own conclusions since everybody has different tastes. For me, the art gets a full 10/10.
Overall, if you're looking for a quick read and like strange or abstract stories, or you're just looking for something that's different, you should pick this up. read more