Kogure-sou is a crumbling old apartment building of just six rooms where four people live. On the first floor are the owner, a very old man who wants to have sex before he dies, and a girl in university who pines in a sad and complicated love. On the second floor are a salary man who finds meaning to his life in spying on the university girl below him, and Mayu whose boyfriend disappeared three years ago. Also involved are the florist from the nearby shop who worries over her husband's infidelity and Mine who is still troubled by a crime committed a long time ago. What all of them strive for is love, but they all find nothing but pain and bitter disappointments. Do they realize that what heals them is actually the run-down little apartment building and the real human warmth that they share with each other?
Story Koguresou Monogatari is basically made up of several related stories, each one following a different character. The reason why this isn't considered a collection is because the stories are related and even somewhat interconnected (with most of the characters appearing in each others' stories). Each of the stories give us a peek into the characters' lives, with some of them having romantic themes while others are more slice-of-life. I also like how the end of one story leads up to the next one. If I had one criticism, it was that most of the stories (and the manga overall) have an open ending (which is not nessisarily a bad thing, but is something to keep in mind if you prefer a more definite ending in the manga you read). Still, I found this manga to be a pleasant and enjoyable read. Art The art is probably the low point of this manga. While it's not bad per se, I have seen plenty of manga with better art than this one. Still, I suppose the art does get the job done (and I do like most of the characters' designs). Characters The cast is fairly vairied, with alot of them having their own quirks and/or troubles. Some are more likeable than others, but most of them do get at least some degree of development (though, some more so than others). Overall Overall, I found this manga to be enjoyable. If you like slice of life and/or manga that are made up of multiple interconnected stories, then you will probably like this one.