Story: I went in expecting something sweet. I came out getting so much more. The first story, Hana no Miyako de, made me tear up, and broke my heart. I wont say anymore - just that it's bittersweet and if you want a fluffy, happy ending, back your way out of this manga. Otherwise, hold tight and enjoy! As for the second story, Hana no Migoro ni, has that fluffy, happy ending. While there are rough spots in their relationship (and a cross-dressing instance), it all turns out well.
Art: Beautiful. I have a soft sport for this artist. If you ever read Seven Days, it's
the same artist. Except you get to see her draw some sexy stuff in this manga.
Characters: I'll just do an overall statement. I liked them. Most of them were well thought out, though a couple of minor characters were a bit 2D in the second story.
Enjoyment: I was ~feeling~ so much the first time, I couldn't write a coherent review until after I've read a couple of more times. Definitely a 10/10. The first story rips your heart apart in a way that you don't mind, and the second story sews a bit of it back together.
Overall: You should definitely read both! They're not that long and worth your time. However, if you can't take sad, bittersweet endings, skip the first story and just read the second.
I like melancholy, and this manga has a very melancholic mood.
The story is simple, nothing particularly special about it...The interesting thing about this manga lies more in the "atmosphere"... in the mood it generates. I think it transcends the yaoi genre... this particular manga would work even without the one sex scene it has... there is more to it than that.
Yaoi characters, as a rule, tend to be very stereotyped... and I don´t think that´s the case here. It is yaoi because it has an explicit sex scene, but the general feeling you get from the manga as a whole is closer to shounen-ai,
because of the development of the characters, and the bond between them.
I think you can enjoy this manga regardless of whether you like the genre or not.
This manga is a prequel of Hana nomi zo Shiru, but it can be read as a standalone story and works very well on its own.
The story is simple yet powerful, it works around the conflict in a straightforward manner that feels refreshing.
The characters are well written and real. There's not much room for character development on such a short manga, but they still stand out as unique. As for the art, it's simply beautiful, as it's usually the case with this artist.
Fro those who are bothered by graphic sex scenes, there is one in this manga, but it fits into the plot
(so it's not gratuitious porn) and it's pretty light.
All in all, a lovely, bittersweet story. If you want a proper happy ending, this might not be the right manga for you, but I personally found the ending to be really satisfying.