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The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross: Volume 1 (Gentlemen's Alliance Cross) [Paperback]

Arina Tanemura
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3 Mar 2008 Gentlemen's Alliance Cross (Book 1)
In return for a business loan of 50 million yen, the prestigious Kamiya family gave their daughter Haine away to the Otomiya family. Haine, now an Otomiya, is appointed to the student council of the exclusive Imperial Academy, a private school for the aristocracy. Even though Haine is of proper lineage to be on the council, she finds herself struggling to find her place among the many secrets of its elite members, especially those of the president who holds her heart - Shizumasa Togu, aka "the Emperor." Haine has been in love with Shizumasa Togu since she read the fairy tale he wrote as a child. However, the Emperor is so well sequestered by the student council that she hasn't been able to speak to him in the three months she's been at the academy. And as rumour has it, he already has a lover...

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421511835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421511832
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.5 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. Tanemura gained fame with the 1997 publication of I*O*N, a high school romance with a supernatural twist. From 1998 to 2000, she worked on the popular series Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko in 2000-2001 and Full Moon in 2002. Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon have been adapted into TV series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen's Alliance Cross vol.1 4 Nov 2008
By LaurenP
Story summary (from back of book)

Haine has been in love with Shizumasa Togu since she read the fairy tale he wrote as a child. However, the Emperor is so well sequestered by the student council that she hasn't been able to speak to him in the three months she's been at the academy. And as rumor has it, he already has a lover...

The artwork in this manga in generally pretty, with a romantic feel, but the story itself is very disappointing.

The plot is difficult to follow and the flow of the story feels disjointed. The characters are lacking any real personality, and often seem to act in a contradictory way, from page to page.

The author has included panels of character profiles, and comments on her thought process throughout the volume, which are not meant to be read until the end. Unfortunatly they are distracting and add to the confusing nature of the over-complicated artwork.

Perhaps the story will improve with future volumes. But after reading The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, I was left thinking, why did I bother?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and character filled rollercoaster. 4 Mar 2014
By km_i
I love this series, Arina Tanemura's art work is always beautiful and has a dreamlike quality that I love, however some of her work can be quite fluffy like i.o.n or mistress fortune.
The Gentlemen's alliance however is something entirely different, and a rarity in a shojo as instead of the common love triangle or story that starts with a clear couple that you know will end up together eventually The gentlemen's alliance introduces you to a host of characters all with their own back stories and romantic entanglements and motives.
Yes in the authors panels and character profiles she does give a bit away but it warns you at the start to read these after the manga and I find them a real insight into the mind of the author.
The story gets really complicated in the 2nd book but I don't want a book I can read in five minutes, I want a page turner that keeps me guessing from start to finish and that's what this is.
Gentlemen's alliance is fast paced and frantic but worth the journey.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fnatstic artowrk an intricate plot! ^_^ 11 Mar 2009
I bought this on a whim and the second that I'd finished reading i went and ordered 2,3 and 4! it has a beautiful love story that only gets better and more intriguing as the manga progresses!

Its a story about a girl called Haine who fell in love with Shizumasa upon reading a story book that he wrote as a child. The manga follows Haine as she is reunited with him and discovers that he has changed....

I must admit that there were some slightly confusing bits but only because the story gets very twisty from volume 2 onwards! ^_^

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good romantic comedy with lots of twists, turns and a beautifully romantic feel, you wont be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute start, good potential 11 April 2007
By Wendy Callahan - Published on
The main character in this shoujo, Haine, comes across as a bit airheaded, but also incredibly determined and strong. Although the first thing I noticed about the manga was the cuteness and the love story, Haine has a deeper side to her personality - a dark side that I hope will be explored in future volumes (I would love to see her cuteness and toughness co-exist...).

Haine harbors endless resentment for the business deal her father made, trading her for 50 million yen. Although her adoptive family is loving, she can not get over her anger, even after many years. But she hides it well...

Haine is bold, which is what makes her appealing to me. She understands Japanese societal conventions, and does her best to fight them. She is in love with the student council president, Shizumasa, aka "The Emperor". Unfortunately, he doesn't deign to notice her and comes across as a real jerk (hopefully his story will come out too in future volumes!).

Haine has a beautiful friend, Ushio, who loves her dearly and tries to look out for her interests. The assortment of characters also includes the "Postman", who I think is crushing on Haine; token gay guy Maguri, who is in love with "The Emperor"; and my favorite character - eccentric Maora, who walks around with her constantly-growling mini-sheep, Okorimakuri (meaning "always angry").

There is a pervy school doc to add some spice to the story, and I think I detected a bit of romantic tension with Haine's slightly younger adoptive brother.

The art is busy, which I personally find appealing. Backgrounds and effects are details. While this manga may come across as sweet at first, don't let it fool you. There are sad and dark pasts to be explored, sexual situations, and unexpectedly violent outbursts from cute Haine.

I am looking forward to volume 2.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manga! 7 May 2007
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My friend and I have purchased this book, and we absolutley love it! It has very nice looking art, the scenes are busy, and the story line is pretty good. I was unsure if I would like this or not, but all the strange aspects tie together in the end. I found it to be very unique and the characters are pretty lovable. Word of warning: Hiane and Ushio and a few other characters can be difficult to tell apart when you first start reading, so pay close attention to the character's details. I wish we didn't have to wait untill June 28th for volume 2!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best manga ever!! 18 Feb 2007
By Kirarin - Published on
The Gentlemen Alliance aka Shinshi Doumei Cross is a wonderful manga!! As always, the artwork is extraordinary and beautiful. The plot is very good and original. If you read CLAMP, this manga does not use the same thing that CLAMP does in CCS (you will understand what i mean when you get to the end of the first volume). The story gets better and better later on! So, try it and continue reading the volumes if this first one interests you! Arina Tanemura fans WONT be disappointed. ^^
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best manga ever!!!!! (minor spoilers...) 3 July 2014
By Kayleigh Benedict - Published on
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The story starts out kinda boring, but over time, it got reeeeeaaaaaaaly interesting. Like the male protagonist pretend that he's gay, and the guy he's pretending to be gay with is actually in love with him,(Oh, uh, spoilers) Theres many action scenes as well. I also freaking love the fact that the main protaginst is a female,(Gender equlity for all!!!)She's in love with the male protagonist. She's also no pushover. If you try to hurt her boo or her, she'll lay the smack down on you.
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't know how this got here 18 Feb 2014
By Kenny Adam - Published on
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I never looked at nor attempted to download this app. Funny how things work. I believe it was a pop-up I inadvertently went to but quickly denied.
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