The following is a short review for two one-shots of this compilation by Tow Ubukata and Azusa Mase, as other one-shots do not have any existing translations available.
Saki ni Ikimasu (Then, I'll Go First)
I was checking recommendations on Reddit when I saw a thread for this one-shot. I didn't even bother checking what the comments were saying about it, and it was a quick random click to the website hosting the scanlation.
Then, I'll Go First is a unique and heartwarming story of human interaction. It starts off with a cynical view of the world seen from the perspective of one high school girl, and her
would-be tedious trip from school through the train. Along the way, she sees the station's bulletin board drawn with a man jumping from a building with the words "I'll go first." written beside it.
Explaining what happens afterwards would be a disservice to this one-shot's narrative, so without elaborating on specifics, the aftermath of the story is a life-teaching lesson on our world and the optimism with our race. It is pretty much "Faith in humanity restored: the manga" and is one of the most refreshing reads in recent memory.
Chikyuu Umare no Anata e (To you of earth-born)
The second remaining available one-shot from this compilation is Chikyuu Umare no Anata e, a standard-fare shoujo one-shot that remains balanced in terms of melodrama and metaphoric beauty.
A mailman continues to deliver unsent packages and letters to the people who survived after a devastating earthquake. Meanwhile, he looks back on his life with his wife before the catastrophe.
While Then, I'll Go First is a story with radiant optimism, Chikyuu Umare no Anata e takes a much more bittersweet route—deaths are involved, and sweetened romance ensues in this barren and lonely setting. Yet despite its tearjerking-indicative tone, the story follows consistently with its themes of hopefulness in the world with a much more romantic twist.
As someone who loves using stars as metaphors, this was a pretty enjoyable read. It isn't as shoujo as much, too, and even the average manga reader would benefit from this short story.