- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Viz LLC; 01 edition (22 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421511835
- ISBN-13: 978-1421511832
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
GENTLEMENS ALLIANCE TP VOL 01 (C: 1-0-0) Paperback – 22 Mar 2007
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About the Author
Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 at the early age of 18, when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. Tanemura gained notoriety 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 Kaitou Jeanne, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko in 2000-2001 and Full Moon o Sagashite in 2002. Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Full Moon o Sagashite have been adapted into TV series.
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.
Brilliant books as well
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!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Btw, I'm a 20 something dude, and I love this manga.
Haine, determined and resourceful, has worked hard to get into the prestigious Imperial Academy, the school where Shizumasa is the student council president and Emperor of the school. Her friend, Ushio, is the secretary of the council and her new friend, Maora, convinces her to join the student council to become Shizumasa's personal bodyguard. But can a mere bronze student hope to win the attentions of the school's only gold student?
This is a fun shojo story about the perceptions, false hope, and communications that constitute unrequited love. There are many triangles going on in this book, and it all hinges on appearances. For example at the beginning of the story Shizumasa is seeing his male friend, Maguri, but it's only a front to ward off the girls. His best friend, Maora, is in love with him... while Haine's friend, Ushio, seems to have a thing for her as well. The whole storyline hinges on misplaced love and the things that go along with it, but it is still a very interesting series. I look forward to reading more in the future.
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