Since this is a collection of short stories, I will be reviewing each chapter individually on their own merit. Before that, I'd like to talk about the art.
The art in this is gorgeous. Simplistic at times to convey the mood of the scene, but there is not an ugly page anywhere in this manga. It's not the best art I've ever seen, but it deserves recognition for the amount of detail that went into the backgrounds and textures.
The Red World (7)- This one was rather interesting and has a mystery/horror tone. The characters aren't that intricate, but they are endearing. The story is rather interesting
as well, if not a little far fetched. The pacing was a strong point of this one, and it never felt rushed. Overall I enjoyed reading this one.
The Story Time (8)- I really liked this one. It is purely romance and drama, but it is a mature romance. It tugged at my heart strings pretty hard and I wasn't quite sure how to feel. When a story can make me feel that way, it must be doing something right. Much more of a character piece than the first story, although some of the pacing was a little unbelievable in parts.
The Pigeon's Wings (9)- This was a truly gorgeous story. It was pretty unique, and it offered a viewpoint most people wouldn't consider. The main character in this one was very solid, and the supporting cast were all pleasant as well, especially one character in particular. It's touching in places and uplifting in others. My favorite of this collection.
Flowers in the Palm of My Hand (6)- This one wasn't bad, but it for me it was the weakest of the four stories. It heightened the suspension of belief needed to enjoy these slightly interconnected shorts, and the romance was nowhere near as strong as The Story Time. The characters weren't very compelling either. The art was still nice, and the premise was intriguing, but not nearly as intriguing as the other stories.
All in all, this collection of short stories gets a strong recommendation from me. It has drama, mystery, romance, and tragedy. You can knock the rating down to a six if you must have comedy or ecchi, as this is a manga for mature minds and most of the stories really get you thinking.