Takato Kei is just an ordinary college student, training for an ordinary life, when he falls into a strange and appealing part-time job. He's been hired to tutor a teenage girl at home for 10,000 yen an hour! The girl in question, Fujioka Yukari, is not a high school student, but a highly successful day trader who has already amassed 170 billion yen! Despite her money and her beautiful apartment, Kei can't help feeling like there's a certain loneliness about the cute teenage girl. She even seems embarrassed of her career, as if her obsession with the stock market and the vast amount of time she spends moving stocks makes her an otaku. Kei may be just the person she needs to help her break out of her isolated lifestyle and acquire the one thing money can't buy—happiness.
First off: this is my first time reviewing, yeah yeah.
I'll start off with a summary of what I think: it's not a typical, all-too-frickin-familiar romance. Although it starts with the "I'm just your average student guy" thing, it doesn't really fit into the stereotypical seinen (monstrous sex on whim), shojo (lovey-dovey knight in shining armor with feelings flying ), josei (drama and sex), or shojo (whoops, slipped on a banana peel and touched your boob). To be more exact, it's a refreshing seinen with a more comprehensive story and feel than most.
The story itself isn't exactly something out there. While it's not entirely drab
and plain, it doesn't really have what one might call an "interesting concept". However, this is easily excusable in the face of romance, so the fact that it does not throw in annoying plot devices and deus ex machina makes me feel all bubbly inside. Also, another thing that makes me grin with admiration is that it is NOT episodic. You know: event x, climax, everything back to the way it was, ha ha! No, it is a seamless story such that development is exactly that rather than punctuated equilibrium.
I'm sorry, but bias will always creep into reviews. Although the art is not something incredibly unique, I must agree with myself when I say that the art is to be reckoned with. The people don't all look the same, the detail is pretty well whetted, and the choice of scene and point-of-view for panels is aesthetically pleasing, to say the least. Also, there isn't an overload of those cutesy face caricatures that are plastered all over shojo. In short: yeah, I like the art. It has an adult and mature feel to it that fits the setting of college students. Warning: Fujioka isn't some super hot babe or overly cute girl. If you're into that kind of thing, just click any random romance manga.
Well, there are only 5 chapters out as of now, so I can't really make a long standing claim. Upon what I know so far, the character feels a lot more realistic than most manga I've read, and that makes me a happy guy. The main character, Takato Kei, almost feels as though he avoids archetypes entirely. He is a dry and somewhat reliable and serious guy that doesn't do or say anything in particular that screams what he will be like for the entire manga. Fujioka Yukari, on the other hand, is an obsessive day trader who doesn't seem to get outside much, and thus her personality is naïvete accompanied by a tad of cynicism and melancholy as result of the prior. All of this feels very plausible and realistic to me, and once again, I am impress. On top of all this, I find the two a good match despite differences and are individually quite likable; that is, they haven't done anything that warrants a facepalm, yet. Overall, I really like the characters as they are now, and I look forward to how they develop when more chapters are released.
Let me tell you a little bit about me (it's only a little, okay?): I'm a cynic who likes seriousness and has a soft-spot for realism and romance. Well gee wilikers, I'd say this manga is a perfect fit, wouldn't you? If you don't take anything seriously and you like those little "monster-of-the-week" kind of stories, better pass on this one. I'd suggest Girls Saurus DX for those peeps. As for me, I unduly enjoy this manga more than once and I think you will too. Unless you're one of the people I mentioned above.
The characters express emotions and such in a more complex manner than "Oh no, my girl/guy is in trouble! I better help!" and "Ohh, he/she's kinda cute!" Loneliness, lack of identity, insecurity, and grudging chagrin are a few. I find it sad that I am impressed to find such things in a manga because I believe every manga should. In any case, I've read a handful of mangas and not many capture these ideas and feelings quite the way Billionaire Girl does.
A couple of the characters aren't so clear cut as to what their motives and personalities are, which makes me intrigued and more interested to learn more of. This is in contrast to most other times in which a character will act the same way throughout ("Oh, that's typical of sidekick-kun.") I'm VERY grateful Takato doesn't have that guy-friend-to-the-rescue that we see way too often, but instead two or three friends with interesting input and juxtapositioning, so much so that I'd not mind reading a seperate manga about just the side characters.
Another thing I feel I must mention is the sequence of events as they happen feel on tempo and not too slice-of-lifey to where the character doesn't have time to his or herself. The deliberate omission of Fujioka's daily life feels realistic in that we are following Takato, and not that we are hand-picked "pivotal" moments in each others' lives, so far as to say I'm not entirely sure what will impact the future in this manga, which is a good thing. Too often do we see obvious plot devices in the making introduced unsubtly such that we can predict its role later.
Overall, while it is not 100% perfect, it comes pretty damn close in my opinion. Definitely one I will remember and keep my eyes peeled for any updates. I suggest you get started as well. It's only five chapters anyway.