The first, and title, story in this collection is wonderful! It focuses on the touching, and sometimes amusing, relationship between a successful doctor, whose parents want him to get married and move out already, and his high school friend, who is trying to make a living as a lyricist/poet. I could have wished it had been longer and more fleshed out, but it's lovely as it is.
However, two of the later stories seem to be Fumi Yoshinaga's misguided attempt at writing sci-fi/horror/mystery. One of them features "sexaroids," multiple violent deaths, a male harem, and incestuous overtones. The other is a bizarre, almost moralistic, tale in which virtually the entire population of Tokyo (and possibly the world) simply vanishes.
One of the other stories almost seems like it could be a footnote to Fumi Yoshinaga's Ichigenme series. It chronicles the unsuccessful attempts of a law professor to find love after his wife dies. It's sad, it's not yaoi, and it feels rather unfinished.
The last story is actually interesting and compelling, if sad. It follows the life of a pianist whose promising start never actually panned out. It is yaoi, sort of, but that's not really the point of the story.
All in all, this volume is quite the mixed bag. There are good stories here, but there are also some off-putting ones.