I kind of got this manga on a whim, after reading some of the reviews.
WOW! I started reading this just for a little before I went to bed, and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting - very unusual for me now as I tend to fall asleep easier than I did 20 years ago (yes, I'm old). But it definetly says something that I actually turned out the light, then turned it back on, walked over to the shelf and pulled Volume two off because I HAD HAD HAD to know what happened.
The story and characters in this story are outstanding - you really get a feel for the angst and pressures of school years, and the wavering quality of these times. And the emotions never feel forced or fake.
I went into this manga thinking the protagonists would be bad, but you never feel that they are evil/bad/wrong. Misguided yes - but you also really feel like they are trapped.
I especially liked the emotional quality of MR Money - the conflicting, contradictory events in his life are a source of puzzlement, but the rationalizations he uses hit close to what I have seen in real life. And the teacher without a true goal or purpose hits closer to home - as I get older I sometimes feel like that.
The art in good, it doesn't add or detract anything in particular. It goes between detailed and austere as the scene calls for it.
Enjoyment was high, pure drama, very thought-provoking. This manga earned a permenant spot on my shelf : ~ )