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Haine ist Schülerin der elitären „Kaiserlichen Privatschule“. Die Schüler werden in drei Klassen (Bronze, Silber und Gold) unterteilt, je nachdem, wie wohlhabend die Familie ist. Aber nur Togu Shizumasa ist in der Gold-Klasse und wird von allen „Kaiser“ genannt. Ausgerechnet in ihn ist Haine verliebt, aber weil sie nur in der Bronze-Klasse ist, bleibt er für sie nahezu uneHaine ist Schülerin der elitären „Kaiserlichen Privatschule“. Die Schüler werden in drei Klassen (Bronze, Silber und Gold) unterteilt, je nachdem, wie wohlhabend die Familie ist. Aber nur Togu Shizumasa ist in der Gold-Klasse und wird von allen „Kaiser“ genannt. Ausgerechnet in ihn ist Haine verliebt, aber weil sie nur in der Bronze-Klasse ist, bleibt er für sie nahezu unerreichbar. Natürlich versucht sie trotzdem alles, um ihrem Schwarm näher zu kommen…...

Title : The Gentlemen's Alliance †, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9781421511832
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Gentlemen's Alliance †, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2019-04-03 19:12

    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Arina Tanemura introduces her newest manga, The Gentlemen's Alliance †. The head of the prestigious Kamiya family sells his daughter for a paltry 50 million yen to the head of the Otomiya family. Haine now attends the exclusive Imperial Academy as a bronze and accidentally is appointed to the student council where she will face the emperor of the school, Shizumasa Togu, and her childhood crush.I heard so much about this series that I have been waiting with bated breathe for my library to FINALLY get it in!! Talk about petitions to buy manga!! So I was super excited to get this off my TBR and onto my read shelf...Up until this year when I started reading manga again I typically rate manga 5 stars that I love and then I have another shelf I throw all other rated manga onto because they were so rare! So I was flummoxed to get to the end of this manga and just find it eh. Yeah!! I know, what in the world does eh mean?! You tell me that! I know I didn't hate the manga...The art was not my favorite, it's well drawn but at first I mistook which character was which because the girls all looked alike. The frames are VERY full and lush, which is not what I want in a contemporary. A ton is going on... this is good because the story is dense... but I also had trouble understanding what some frames meant because they were kind of just stuck there without reference. This is an old style of drawing that modern mangka don't use much anymore...I didn't much like the main characters Haine and Shizumasa... She was running around throwing out the love word when she doesn't even know the kid!! I don't mind her thinking she loves him but to tell him boldly to his face, when she has to know MANY girls are telling his this everyday? Are you dim? And Shizumasa was even more obscure with his little random tantrums and jerking back and forth... I was intrigued why he felt the way he did toward her...The side characters were quite good!! We had Maguri the gay VP who was Shizumasa's beard to keep the girls away... Maora the childhood friend of Maguri and obvious brains of the student council who stuck her fingers into all sorts of things not her business... The lovely Ushio who would cause any woman to doubt her sexuality!! LOVED Ushio, she was worth finishing the volume for!! And can't forget Toya, Shizumasa's servant and friend!! Oh, yeah and Kusame, Haine's adopted brother who doesn't like her to be on the student council!! There were also the heritics, which could turn into some seriously cool side characters if/when they return, especially their leader (Yukimitsu)!The plot by comparison was bleh. It felt really random how and why things happened. It was kind of confusing how anyone got to the conclusions they did. It just all felt contrived. A lot of why I love manga is that it is visual but I still get to understand why characters are doing what they are doing - this manga obscures those reasonings, stealing a lot of enjoyment. The chapter endings (i.e. where the twists come in) were better than the story or how we got to the twists... right now they won me over to stick with volume 2...Art/Illustrations>⭐⭐⭐⭐Main Characters>⭐⭐Side Characters>⭐⭐⭐⭐Relationships>⭐⭐⭐⭐Story/Plot>⭐⭐Chapter Endings>⭐⭐⭐BOTTOM LINE: A full and diverse cast of side characters!!______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...

  • Silver
    2019-04-13 16:03

    Honestly, it depends. It depends completely on what type of story you gravitate towards, and while I did thoroughly admire Arina's art and some other things, I can't say this type of story is mine (though it may be yours). Shinshi Doumei Cross is a typical sugary, unapologetically cliche, shoujo manga with a rather overused type of heroine. I felt Arina tried too hard to portray Haine as a strong girl with a sensitive/romantic side - it just came off as annoying in the end, though she IS better than some of Arina's other heroines. (Good God.) There are a lot of contradictions that make her character inconsistent which may annoy some people. I do like that the author went into some depth with the characters' backstories and such, and some of the supporting cast are pretty good for side characters, but be warned there is barely a plot since it focuses mostly on Haine trying to get her crush to love her. Arina struggles to find a strong series of events that could make a decently convincing plot though she did better with that in other series. Overall, it's a non-fantasy story with a lot of cheese and fluff (and a fairytale feeling but at an academy) - best for romantics I guess. Compared to the array of shoujo mangas randomly out there, this is actually better than most, I guess I just am too hard to satisfy.

  • Loveliest Evaris
    2019-04-21 14:04

    I was excited to finally get a volume from my library, but it was highly disappointing.First off, the art isn't the best. I don't like huge-ass eyes on my manga characters. I could handle it in Kitchen Princess because it had a good story to make up for it.This has no good story. It's confusing from the outset, and the whole synopsis of the volume's "arc" is laid down in the first 3 pages. Usually everything is spaced out and the full details come out by the middle of the volume, and then things get kicked into high gear onwards. Not so for this.Also, all of the pages were a pain to read because everything was so crammed in it hurt my eyes. I usually do not have this problem, but it's like this manga WANTS me to hate it.Also, the heroine is completely stupid. She's a bubbly, hardworking girl who happens to have been a punk ("yanki") in years past? She's determined yet a hopelessly-in-love girl who happens to have kept her feelings for a boy she BARELY knows all this time? The female heroine is a walking contradiction! It flipping makes no sense! And there are tons of other manga out there that have played the "outcast girl surrounded by bitchy aristocrats/talented people at a prestigious school" card way better than this is turning out to: Gakuen Alice, Kitchen Princess, etc. etc!!Needless to say I stopped after 10 pages. Couldn't even finish one flipping chapter of this dumb piece of crap.

  • D.M. Dutcher
    2019-03-22 12:12

    I'd call this a messy shoujo manga. Messy art style, messy plot, messy characters.Haine is a 15 year old who attends a very prestigious academy. She has her eyes on the Emperor of that academy, Shizumasa. She fell in love with the fairy tale he wrote as a child, and chases after him, even reforming herself from being a yankee which is a juvenile female gangster/delinquent. Soon she finds herself on the student council, and has to be his bodyguard from the Heretics, a group of student/delinquents. Can she win his love?Okay, first of all, the art style is way too busy. Even for shoujo manga, there's a lot of linework, hyper-exaggerated eyes, and really detailed backgrounds. It doesn't work at all that well, and in many scenes it would be clearer if she just used simple backgrounds or even blank space. Second of all, I refuse to believe Haine is a delinquent. The backstory makes sense, but both the character design and her personality don't mesh with that. She is an ex-gang member, and she would be cracking heads, often with the japanese equivalent of a baseball bat. She could reform, I grant that, but I can't see this bubbly girl who wears a maid costume while sweeping the school entrance and is naively cute to be one. A good example of a yankee is Arisu from Fruits Basket, Vol. 1. She's trying to go straight, but even then comes across as a wounded badass who clings to Tohru both to defend her and for her own healing. The big eyes especially work against this.Third, the plot is weird. There are gold, silver, and bronze levels of students. Bronze=peons, silver=rich or working obsessively hard, gold=class president i.e. emperor. But all of the students are children of CEO's or heads of industry, which makes little sense to have a pecking order. She works a part time job to help out her parents because their business is going through a hard time, but they run a business which could loan her ex-father 50 million yen to adopt her. This is shoujo, not an epic fantasy, but even by shoujo standards there are a few weird plot holes. So it's meh. I didn't really get into the main love interest either-he didn't really have much witty banter or room to shine with all the characters. Maybe it gets better in later volumes but for now pass.

  • Susan
    2019-04-20 19:00

    Honestly, I didn't like it that much myself, but for those who find incredibly convoluted manga plotlines appealing (and when we're talking about manga series, which can sometimes be very drawn-out, there is actually an audience for this)this will have a lot of drama and twists to keep them hooked.Follow this plot if you dare...Haine, the heroine, was coldly sold by her father into adoption to another family. This spurs her into a career of infamy as a yanki (juvenile delinquent) until an encounter with her crush inspires her to change her ways. She gets a job at the school to help her adopted family which has fallen into hard times, but ends up with a surprise "promotion" to student council bodyguard. And who is she sworn to protect most of all? Her crush, Shizumasa who rules the Student Council (and the school) as "Emperor". So far so good, but what follows is like a big mix of the most preposterous gimmicks from soap operas---mistaken identity, secret twins, boys masquerading as girls, love triangles, rivalries, rumors, conspiracies, and more. The cast of main characters (mainly student council members but also assorted family members and outside love interests) is numerous and a bit hard to keep track of, even with the sidebars profiling each one in Volume 1. Haine is scrappy and likeable overall, though her feelings for Shizumaya are about equitable to the soppiness Bella displays for Edward in Twilight--so be prepared.Maturity (Vol. 1): Scant mild, cartoonish violence, no obvious fan service, sex, or nudity. Haine fantasizes about her crush once or twice, but it's all lead-up, nothing happens, we see nothing really. Two boys kiss in one scene but it's not what it looks like. Overall, all smoke, no fire--and not even much of that. It's more about the romance (and one-sided, unrequited romance at that as Shizumasa is standoffish towards Haine)than anything. Volume 1 acceptable for 11-12+

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-04-06 12:56

    Hopefully this series will pick up because I'm in it for the long haul...The first volume was very meh. The main character is bipolar... not clinically diagnosed, but clearly. It's always strange to me when manga-ka give female leads two crazy opposing personality traits. I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing that someone who is ditzy and always happy was once a yanki - someone who was violent and gruff. I can understand a yanki going soft - someone who made a choice to change their life and become a better version of themselves...but I doubt that version of themselves is essentially a bimbo. I know her ditziness is supposed to be endearing and make her lovable, but it doesn't work on me. I find it annoying.Then there was the "twist" with the main male lead... (view spoiler)[he's gay! *gasp* But just kidding, because he's not. He only said that to keep girls away. *sigh* How lame! I thought that'd put an interesting twist on the story, though the more I read, the more I worried that he would suddenly not be gay because of Haine... but the fact that he really isn't and it was just a front was really disappointing. (hide spoiler)]A whole slew of characters were introduced in just this one volume that I had a hard time keeping them straight. So that was also slightly annoying. The warden looks like a cool dude though.There are parts of this I think will make for an interesting read, and hopefully it WILL pick up and get more interesting and less annoying. But for now, I was definitely not impressed with the first volume. In fact, I'm actually a bit surprised anyone continued reading after this first installment. *shrugs* Oh well. On to the next (and with hope it'll be better)

  • Nicole *{Lady Aribeth}*
    2019-04-06 17:53

    This manga is a great example of why people think manga is ridiculous. Haine is a girl from a poor family who wants to join the student council at her school and earn enough points to become a silver at her school! Yes, this particular school ranks its students based on how rich they are, from bronze to gold. The only gold-worthy student is the "Emperor," a student who basically rules the school. Haine is in love with him, and this is pretty much all she can seem to talk about. *Cue the large, shiny eyes and inner dialogue about how she MUST get on the student council to be oh so close to him!!!* Gasp! Wow, I'm sorry, but I just don't understand the appeal of the shojo genre. And this is coming from a girl who loves pictures of Hello Kitty and makes jewelry based on the My Little Pony cutie marks because they're so gosh-dern cute! Seriously, even I can't handle the weird and confusing gushing of these books. The plot is super awkward. The characters are annoying. The only saving grace for me is the artwork. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I can see why some other might like it, but it's definitely not for me.

  • Deb
    2019-04-01 13:49

    Haine is a former Yanki (girl thug) who reformed after encountering and falling in love with Shizumasa Togu, the student council president (nicknamed "The Emperor") at her elite boarding school. In the first volume of this series, after a series of misunderstandings Haine is placed on the student council as the Emperor's bodyguard.A very blah & typical start to what by the second volume is shaping into promising shojo series: girl likes boy, girl goes out of her way to attract boy's attention, girl does something clumsy that attracts said boy's attention but not in the manner she wanted.

  • Theresa ♫
    2019-04-11 14:55

    I love Arina Tanemura's art! She has awesome drawing skills.Anyway, I haven't finished The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, so I might edit this review in the future. But so far, it's a good 3-stars.It's terrifically original!!Now to be completely honest, I forgot most of what this series is about, so I MIGHT have to reread it. But I do remember that I was thinking of giving G.A.Cross a three star rating. The romance is a little blurry, but otherwise, this series was very very interesting.I look forward to reading more!

  • Thetravelingpanda
    2019-04-05 15:08

    As soon as I finished to read Full Moon, I started this manga of Arina Tanemura. The art is still great and awesome! The story is very different from Full Moon, which is a good thing because usually manga authors are always doing the same type of stories. It is the story of Haine who is entering a very prestigious school and meet "the president" an elite member whom she has loved from childhood.Haine is a cute and lovable character she seems to be a bit like Mitsuki, never letting herself down and always looking on the positive side even when her story is very dark and sad.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-11 20:14

    Another girly high school manga revolving around a girl who likes a boy who doesn't really pay any attention to her and is way out of her social group (but she's cute and nice and most everyone who gets to know her really ends up liking her...so really the same as every other girly manga ever written). The series gets better after the first book or two (it's hard to remember since I read most of them online).

  • Mizuki
    2019-03-22 13:10

    I dislike Arina Tanemura's manga series, because most of them are so damn cheesy. But The Gentlemen's Alliance is an exclusion. I really, really, really enjoy this one. Yes, from time to time the story is still cheesy and the characters filled with cliches, but as a whole The Gentlemen's Alliance works out quite well.

  • Sabrina
    2019-04-17 18:49

    Gave this bad boy a reread. It is really good and I can understand why I liked it so much back then.Now I need to get Vol 3-11 -.-

  • Starbubbles
    2019-03-22 18:10

    it's my latest obession series. great plot twists for poor haine.

  • Dani
    2019-04-07 19:10

    I was never really into shoujo mangas, but I admired Tanemura's Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne from the moment I saw it on the TV as a kid. I remember when I started with mangas, I found the author and read also the Fullmoon which I fell in love with. I couldn't sleep because of that damned cliffhangers. Then I found out she was drawing new manga and always wanted to read it.And now, after many many years is the day I read the first volume. Just on a whim, because I remembered. And I immediately remembered also, why I always loved works from this author. I like the artstyle, I know, the eyes are really big and the characters sometimes look square, but the overall effect feels really pleasant. I also like the whole relationships are a bit different from other cliches shoujo mangas, where heroine even can't interact normally with her crush. Haine is bold and dumb (lol), but I like her cheerful personality, my top favorite is Ushio, thou...I am interested what this all be about 'cause it looks like the is not any plot conflict established, but I love how we looked back into Haine's past and found out one of her major insecurity. And also how she turned her delinquent side into one of her strong points. Perfect light and cheerful read.

  • Susan
    2019-03-31 12:00

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT CIRQUE DES GEEKS: http://cirquedesgeeks.dreamwidth.org/...The Gentleman's Alliance Cross is very pretty! Whenever I think "shojo art", I think of something like this. (Other options include the art of Skip Beat! or CLAMP; that is what I know! I'm sorry!) All of the main female characters are large-eyed and lovely, with gorgeous costume design and fascinating hair - which has the disadvantage of sometimes making it really hard to tell anyone apart. There are some panels where I've actually had to sit and squint to work out who the hell is talking because I couldn't just couldn't tell, and sometimes the panels feel busy and cluttered. On the whole though: very pretty, and very much my style.The story... Haine Otomiya is in love with Shizumasa Togo, Emperor of Imperial Academy, and is doing her best to earn her way to a ranking in school that means that she can actually see him. To that end she fights snake-bombing trouble-makers, "rescues" Togo from "kidnappers", joins the student council, attempts to reconcile the boy who convinced her to give up her delinquent lifestyle with the icy Emperor of Imperial Academy and change both him and the way the council operates for the better. I have no problem with the story, in theory - all of these elements can be interesting! It's just that they're put together in a way that I'm really... Not okay with.For example: the leader of the snake-bombers (they do other things, but what sticks in my mind is that the DROP SNAKES ON AN ASSEMBLY, WHAT THE HELL GUYS.) is a dark-skinned man. Fine, okay - except that when he is reformed and stops raising hell at the school, his skin changes colour. His skin actually changes colour depending on his alignment. What.As another example: Shizumasa, at the start of the manga, is secretly dating Maguri - one of the male characters. Except that no, actually, this is a one-sided relationship where Maguri is in love with Shizumasa and Shizumasa is using him so that none of the girls in school bother asking Shizumasa out. Okay, fine, that is could also be an interesting plotline - except that no, wait, he dumps Maguri so that the main character can be his fake girlfriend even though that makes no sense and will only cause more problems! Worst of all, the break-up scene is presented as something comedic - the characters are in chibi form, pulling faces. When the manga has an entire plotline about Haine trying to get Shizumasa to take her feelings seriously, this just feels cruel and disrespectful. Doesn't it defeat the point if you're telling you're audience to take one character's love and dedication seriously and laugh at another's?(Plus, the manga somehow manages to make Maguri's relationship all about Haine and her issues! When that happened I did have a moment of "Well that is a sweet scene and in retrospect it makes sense with her issues... But why did the characters even think of that?)Aside from that... I am bemused by the school's policy of "Boys wear ribbons and girls wear neckties, which they then swap once they start dating" because a) enforced heteronormativy is strange and confusing, and b) why would a school want to encourage dating rather than focusing on work? But then, nothing about the structure of Imperial Academy makes sense, really, especially considering that the student council RULE THE SCHOOL and also the rank system (which allocates students to different social and academics classes based upon, primarily, how much money a student's family donated upon enrollment.).Moving on to the main point of the manga (at last! I know!): Haine! I find her really interesting in terms of her backstory; it's very rare (in my experience; if anyone has any recommendations please leave them in the comments!) to find a happy!bouncy!protagonist whose backstory is "So I was in a lot of emotional pain and made some stupid life choices because of it" - usually if a character has bad experiences in their backstory, it's not their fault? So this is something I really liked, as well as the fact that Haine owned up to her past and has tried to move past it. She is in the middle-ground of what I like in a shojo protagonist - she is adorable, hard-working, and Doing Her Best, but she's also ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH THAT ONE MALE CHARACTER AND NEARLY EVERYTHING IN HER LIFE IS DEDICATED TO BENEFITING OR GETTING HER CLOSE TO THAT ONE GUY BECAUSE SHE LOVES HIM and if I never have to see that trope again it will be too soon. However, I can live with this, because Haine is not my favourite. USHIO, Ushio is my favourite, even though I'm fairly sure that her story arc is going to make me rage so hard that my head explodes. Ushio is Haine's gorgeously drawn best friend! Who is in love with Haine! And letting male characters use her body because she apparently doesn't care! ... If her story arc ends with any sort of pining forever for Haine, or going "Oh, I guess I'm NOT a lesbian, better settle down with whichever of these male characters has a name!" I will FLIP TABLES. I love Ushio and her dedication to Haine, and her deadpan manner, and just everything about her character and costume design.BASICALLY: My primary interpretation of this manga is that I'm supposed to take away the message that Shizumasa is a terrible person, and the good end is that Haine realises this and starts dating someone nicer. I suspect that I might be wrong on that one. Shizumasa is actually the main reason I wasn't enjoying this manga (I don't like him! But everything and everyone revolves around him!), but I got the second one out of the library at the same time as I got the first one out, so I might as well read that too.Verdict: The art is good and I like the secondary characters, but the lead male character and the heroine's obsession with him wore on me fast. Wouldn't specifically recommend it, but if it's in the library it's worth flicking through.

  • Em Mirra
    2019-03-29 11:56

    Pending.

  • Laura
    2019-04-16 14:02

    I found this manga a bit difficult to follow as there are a lot of characters which can at times be a bit difficult to tell apart. The words are also a bit all over the place which can make it a bit hard to follow.However, over all I did enjoy the story and am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

  • Amanda Setasha Hall
    2019-04-05 17:03

    This is definitely different, but kind of cute. The character art and art in general is pretty great though, so I'll probably finish the series.

  • Mizumi
    2019-04-14 16:04

    For the record, I own all eleven volumes, but I'll type my review for the whole series here. Not sure if I'll add all volumes yet, but at any rate, SPOILERS AHEAD (I did hide them, though). I'll also refer to the series as Shinshi, as its Japanese title is Shinshi Doumei Cross, which is how I came to know the series.So, five stars after rereading the whole series in one day (previously, I read each volume as it came out). Perhaps I should start by stating I'm a big fan of Arina Tanemura's work, not in the last place because of her art (although it's sometimes hard to tell her characters apart). Half the fun is just checking out all the details and seeing what designs for dresses she came up with this time. Or with her fantasy aspects, but with Shinshi being her most realistic manga to date, that doesn't apply here all that much - despite of the almost fairytale like schools and buildings. Oh, rich people.(view spoiler)[Anyway, the reason I love her storytelling is because pretty much every single character gets fleshed out. It's not just about one or a couple of main characters who have to figure out their problems, but everyone has to deal with something, somehow. There's much more than what meets the eye at the first volume. You get to meet the characters more in-depth as the story progresses, learning how they became the way they are now, and then you see them change during the rest of the journey. I really like that. It's not just a story with a beginning and an end: the past is just as important, especially with Shinshi. It's also nice to see how most stories are intertwined, especially when rereading as I just did. Now knowing why Kazuhito gave Haine away to Itsuki for adoption, namely to return her to her real father, adds more to my early opinion of him. Even the authoritarian figures, parents and teachers for example, all have to deal with something, and they aren't perfect. In fact, for a shoujo manga, none of the guys are really perfect, aside from looks. There's this constant switch with both Shizumasa and Takanari - who is the evil, and who is the good twin? Although I'm still partial to Takanari, he too made some mistakes of his own, with good intentions or not.I'm still kind of wondering how Maora managed to change into the post man SO fast in the early volumes, though. It almost seems as if that wasn't planned ahead. One thing I do want to remark, and that relates to Tanemura's statement that after Shinshi, she found out that she doesn't think 'boy/boy or girl/girl relationships are very interesting', which... well. Ushio apparently never really was in love with Haine, and Maora is so much a girl in both looks and behavior that it's pretty hard to see him as a guy, even when Tanemura draws him as one (and as a guy, he seems more attracted to Haine than to Maguri). That, combined with some in-story remarks (like this little text balloon saying 'no, that's a usual reaction' to Maguri when his heart pounds faster for a girl and he's all 'wait, this shouldn't happen' - although that may be the translator, but I saw it translated in a similar way in unofficial translations before)... It just got me thinking. It seemed a bit strange for me to see a story that is so careful and considerate with the way people feel, seems to disregard sexuality at least partially. I don't know, it just kind of bugged me. That being said, I still love the series for reasons mentioned above, and I certainly intend to reread it more often. Although it is in many ways just a typical shoujo romance manga, it has significant character depth and a main character that isn't too cliché - she messes up her lines and she kicks ass when she needs to. Haine is no damsel in distress, but the true heroine, who saves many people on her own. She needs to be saved herself, too, in certain ways, but she doesn't solely rely on a guy for that. She has friends and family who help her, and of course significant others, but the story isn't only about a blooming romance. It's refreshing. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kereesa
    2019-03-31 15:05

    Initial Review:The Gentlemen's Alliance seems like a pretty typical shojo. Girl (Haine) love/obsessed with a boy (the 'Emperor' who's name I can't remember) who was nice to her on various occasions in her past, rich kid high school with a hieracy and conspiracy, and a cast of supporting roles. Somehow, however, there's small nodes of hilarity, emotion, and truth in this very light-hearted manga.I've been meaning to check out this series for a while now, and picked up the first one on a whim to be honest. Overall I liked it, but I don't think I'm crazy enough to really want to get into it. It's cute, but nothing more than that. The plot is pretty wacked. It's all over the place and events and character reactions jump back and forth a little too quickly. It follows, but it's odd. As the first volume in a new series, though, it's forgivable as the mangakan is probably still figuring out where she's going. The art is beautiful, but confusing. Most of the characters look way too similar to one another, and I had to really look when reading to figure out who was who on each page. I understand that eventually pretty much every art style will show similar character looks, but I expect it more around the 15 character mark, and not in the first volume. It indicates to me that things will get so much more confusing a few volumes down the road. The characters, surprisingly, are what keep the story together. Or at least they did for me. Most of them seem a bit stereotypical with pasted on characteristics, yet the majority of them still hint at deeper personalities that the series will expand on. I was left at the end of the volume wondering about the various relationships between the characters, and how things were going to work out for them. While a lot of things initially turned me off to this manga, the hilarious moments, and the characters maybe keep me going. 3/5Re-Read Review: After my trip to Moncton, I stumbled across the second and third volume to this series used. Like my encounter with this volume, I picked both up because I figured why not give this series another shot, and because Jay, the Anime/Manga Master, told me repeatedly the series gets crraaazzyyy. He was totally right. A lot of what I talked about in my initial review is still kind of applicable. The Gentlemen's Alliance feels like a typical shojo, with its light-hearted comedy and jokes, and has a somewhat confusing art style. The premise seems simple, young, poor gal likes the rich, unattainable guy in a school setting. And, for the most part, this first volume is really quite light-hearted and simple. AND THEN YOU CONTINUE THE SERIES.And everything, EVERYTHING starts to have like fifteen billion different meanings, and you're going OMG I GET IT. Everything starts to come together in a lovely, well-planned way that just makes me so happy. I know I'm writing this review after reading a few volumes after this one, but I didn't realize how much I liked and understood this one until I did. The art style, I do have to admit, is a bit confusing in the beginning and once in a while does throw me off. However, it has gotten much easier to read the more I get into this series, and the art in general is just gorgeous. I don't think I've loved a style like this since I first discovered Matsuri Hino's work, and that's saying something in my opinion.All in all, I think I highly underestimated this manga the first time around. I dismissed it as being silly and funny, and while it still is both of those things (the MC Haine is definitely more than a little silly), there is so so so much more lurking behind the surface here. The characters, the plot, everything really is definitely going somewhere, and I'm buying first class tickets to see them. 4/5

  • Kelcey
    2019-04-18 15:01

    This is a review for the series.Wow, what a crazy, fun, emotionally wrenching series. I have had volumes 1-3 forever but Susan pretty much threw 4-11 at me and was like you need to read these. I am so glad she did.Haine is such a fun yet realistic main character. She is not all happiness and sunshine, she has times where things get pretty dark and she has a decent amount of dark moments in her past as well. At first, I thought the bit with the twins was weird, but then I started to remember other stories like Yu Watase's Ceres and the other manga that have had weird bits with twins.I think it is hard for the reader to not like and feel for Takanari, but I also felt bad for Shizumasa because of his circumstances and how haunted he was from his one decision (not saying it was right but just saying one decision can really screw you).I loved Ushio and while it can be hard to understand her, she is quite an interesting character. A little like a darker version of Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura, Woops, gotta go, TBC.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-10 16:01

    I have to point the finger at my man for turning me on to this new genre. He is total into manga, that all he reads. So when he shared with me a few of his favorite manga I was total like yea right, your just looking at the photos there isn't a story line. But I gave it a try, I wasn't sure if i could really find a series that would peak my interest and make me want to read more. In hopes to maybe finds something good I have selected three manga and will be review them to see if this is something that I can fully get behind.The Gentlemen's Alliance is a story that is focused around a young woman who was adopted by a prominent family so her family can get a loan for 50 million yen. ( in us dollar that is aprox. 400 thousand ) That is a small drop in the bucket. Now that she is adopted by a high ranking family she is allowed to join the Student Council but her past is still with her and Haine is having a hard time finding her place amongst the other members. The overview really doesn't do much for the story it's self. There are some really funny moments with the characters that unless you open the book you really wouldn't know about. Like the allusion of a sex scene that the school doctor walks in on and then tries to get some but the girl just says that she will let him if she is allowed to join the student council. Or the moment when the emperor finds out about Haine being sold for money then losing her position when the family has a boy. This story is wanting to heartfelt and bring up a point that you as an individual can find your own place within the world.This is the starter book to the series so you just see the surface of the story line. The author makes her own comments at the end to ensure readers that the next few book will be more about the characters and the school and not the insane love that Haine has for the emperor. I do feel to really understand the story that I would have to read more. I didn't really get enough to know if I like it or not. While I'm a strong abdicate of the 50 pages rule to find out weather or not a book is worth my time, but with mangas I fell like it takes maybe a few volumes to really know if the book is worth your time. So far I can't really say much sence this is the first book within the trial run. Stay tune to see what will come of this.

  • Nia
    2019-04-06 14:14

    When I first received this book, I wasn't sure what to think. I won this copy in a raffle at an English edition release of one of the author's other series. With a little bit of trepidation because it is listed as a shoujo and looked to be a possible romance, which I don't really care for typically, I began reading my signed copy. Before I knew what had occurred, a couple hours had passed before I finished the book. What amazed me most was how long it took me to read the story. Normally a manga that size I would finish in about 30 minutes. There was enough intrigue and decent drawings that I found myself making sure I really looked at the pages as I read them. I am going to have to get vol 2, too bad it isn't likely I would get that volume signed.Ok, that wasn't really a review as such.The story takes place at an exclusive private school. Each student's family is already in a place of power and on the rich side. Inside the school, there are several 'levels' to the student structure. Bronze students are basic students, while Silver students enjoy a few privileges. The most elite, rich and powerful students are Gold. Students can earn points to raise in level, but the quickest way to achieve higher levels is via donations from the wealthy families. Our story follows a young lady who helps her family by working part-time jobs and is one of the bronze students. There is only one Gold student in the school and he has a special entrance and is called the Emperor. Of course, our "heroine" is obsessed with him (Not in love, no, not that!) because he helped her randomly when they were younger.The story starts a bit slow, telling a little about the school and students and how they interact, and then our little lady begins climbing the social ladder... completely by accident of course.The Emperor is cool. Literally. He keeps a stony unaffected mask and is the head of the student council. Nearly everyone respects him for his status and his leadership.When our two heroes begin interacting, that is when the story begins to take off.

  • Karaoke OK
    2019-04-07 18:12

    [Series Length: 9 volumes / Read: volumes 1-3]Believe it or not, this might be the only title by Arina Tanemura that I can tolerate. That being said, I've come to realize that her books simply are not targeted for folks like me.Much like Tanemura's "Full Moon O Sagashite" series, this manga tries to immediately set up a sympathetic female protagonist without offering much to like about her personality. But instead of a terminally ill girl who wants to become an idol singer, we have Otomiya Haine, a lower-income student at a prestigious academy dominated by snobby rich kids, and her fearless quest to strike up a relationship with the student council president.And much like in Tanemura's other series, we have a whole cast of supporting characters, 90% of whom either secretly or openly wants to help our main character (and therefore making me wonder why she even has any struggles at all). Plus, given that Otomiya regularly does things like ignore her only real friend (before finally catching the student council president's eye and winning his protection from the mean kids), I don't see why the hell they should.Everything else about the series seems formulaic too for a shoujo title. The handsome but aloof male lead, a dash of lesbian and gay innuendo, the insane amount of characters either in love or devoted to helping the female protagonist... it all seems done before.What to like about this manga? The school uniforms are nicely designed. And I guess if you're a fan of shoujo and relatively new to the genre, it's a decent pick-up.Despite my lack of interest in her books, I still have a lot of respect for the author, having met Arina Tanemura at an autograph signing at the Comic-Con convention not too long ago. At the very least, she has a distinctive drawing style and a flair for costume design.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-08 15:54

    Poco puedo decir ya que la sinopsis no cuente. Hace bastante tiempo que no leía mangas y como las únicas escritoras que he leído son Wataru Yoshizumi y Arina Tanemura, al ver este libro por bookmooch, me animé y le pedí. La historia es interesante y los rasgos de los personajes bastante diferenciadores y algunos hasta te sacan una sonrisa, como la protagonista Haine, quien cuando se enfada, le da bastantes patadas al diccionario. De ella lo sabemos todo, es guapa, inocente y pronto se convertirá en la guardaespaldas del chico al que ama. Todo por un tonto error del que ella saldrá beneficiada. Pasa a formar parte del Consejo, una élite separada del resto del colegio y donde tendrá acceso continuo a Shizumasa, su amor. Las cosas no van con él todo lo bien que ella deseara. El está triste y la ignora, aunque hay ciertos detalles que no la hacen perder la esperanza en cuanto a ese misterioso chico que nunca sonríe.Aquí se mezclan personajes de lo más variopinto, desde un chico obsesionado con el Emperador, hasta una chica no muy femenina pero que enseguida nos cautiva, pasando por un cartero y un guardia un tanto especiales ó el mismísimo criado del Emperador. Todos tendrán su papel en la historia. Hay multitud de personajes que se presentan en este primer tomo pero es fácil seguirlos a todos ellos y no interrumpe para nada el hilo de la historia.Lo que tal vez me convenza menos de la historia es que sea la chica la gamberra y que se meta en líos y no lo sea el chico. Se me hace bastante raro que la chica quede como la vulgar y bruta, y que al final de la saga, como es previsible, acabe con el Emperador. Lo que tampoco me gusta es que tenga 11 volúmenes, a mí me gustan las historias de un volumen o dos como mucho. De esas que me leo de un tirón y sé como acaba la historia y no tener que esperar a ir a la tienda para seguir leyendo.

  • Nick
    2019-04-11 14:55

    Overall Rating: BSynopsis: Written and drawn by Arina Tanemura, Gentleman's Alliance follows 15-year old Haine Otomiya as she starts high school at the exclusive Imperial Academy. Haine has been in love with Shizumasa Togu since she read the fairy tale he wrote as a child. However, he is now the Emperor (top student) at the Academy, and almost impossible to see if you aren't a Silver (second tier student) or on the student council. Haine is only a bronze, and rumor has it the Emperor already has a lover...a man.I wasn't sure whether to love or hate Gentleman's Alliance when, in one of the earliest scenes in Volume 1, the school's delinquents released snakes into the assembly room (I am terrified of snakes). Fortunately, the snakes didn't look remotely real, and Haine captures all of them (apparently she can do so easily because she was born in the year of the snake). So, I kept reading and enjoyed the rest of volume 1.Haine was a yanki in middle school, but has since reformed. However, she ends up getting pretty violent a couple of times in the first volume (especially after she becomes the Emperor's bodyguard) and knocks around some of the pretty boy delinquents (who are not what they seem). The only drawback is the series is I keep feeling like I've seen these characters in other manga and anime (Haine reminds me a lot of Tohru's mom in Fruits Basket). That being said, overall it's a fun book, and I'll definitely be checking volume 2 out to see if the series develops more.For more manga and anime reviews, please check out Hobotaku.

  • Sati Marie Frost
    2019-04-21 11:52

    I really enjoyed this one, even though it's not in the running for "favourite ever", and I'm at a bit of a loss as to why I liked it so much.The art is gorgeous - cute girls and beautiful boys abound. However, the characters look very much alike. I have real trouble telling Haine, Ushio and Maora apart, and that's not something that's ever happened to me with manga. The boys are a little easier, but that might be because there's only two of them and one of them wears a bandage all the time.The storyline, at first sight, seems a bit pieced-together, with elements that appear to have been borrowed from other manga (the ditsy heroine from Fruits Basket, the elite high school from Ouran, etc). Yet as I got through the first volume, things started to fall into place, and depending on where they go with the adoption storyline and Haine's yanki past, I think that there's definite potential for this series to carve out its own little niche.The characters, I'm undecided on. Haine initially seemed too simple and silly to appeal to me - her doe-eyed optimism and obsessive love for Shizumasa made her seem extremely young and fluffy. Yet her years as a yanki, and her tendency to get into physical fights, create an interesting dichotomy, and I think she may be more of an intriguing character than I'd initially expected. Shizumasa seemed like an unusual hero from the start, and I'd like to know what drives him.All in all, this isn't quite 5 stars for me, but a solid 4.5, and I'll definitely try and continue the series.

  • Leann
    2019-04-12 16:58

    Arina Tanemura is most definitely one of my favorite mangakas. Much of the story is depicted through her signature style artwork that, even if the story isn't that great, is certainly something to look at. Also, as an artist, it is fun to walk along with her and watch her art improve with each series. I have most of her series; the rest are due to my budget *coughallowancecough* Gentlemen's Alliace (Cross) is one of her few that doesn't deal with the supernatural or have some sort of magical aspect to it. The story is good, but have a piece of paper with you as you read this. Why? So you can make a relationship chart. I tried reading this in seventh grade and gave up when I found out that one of the characters is a twin who doesn't legally exist because he takes the place of his twin who does legally exist and did or did not do X Y and Z in the story. Many of the characters are quite lovable, and if you like drama, don't hesitate to pick this up. My favorite part of the first book was how the characters and artwork explain the school. The story is, sadly, a bit ADHD (reason for the relationship chart,) but hey, isn't life? I think that's the thing that people must remember reading this; like Ouran High School Host Club, it is hard to make up a storyline for something that has none- high school.

  • Briana
    2019-03-28 15:08

    omfg this is one of meh fav book series!! <3 =^.^= (Tanemura-sempai sugoy!) (ok, spoilers ppl, watch out)anyway, this book series (or book) is basically about Haine and her parents sold her when she was little. She got so upset she joined a gang organization, the Yankees. the only thing that could bring her into the light was this book written by shizumasa. anyway, one night she was escaping from the police, and she climbed into this girls's room. she too was unloved, so haine soon became friends with Ushio. (ushio wuvs haine... i mean that in the most literal way you can bring urself to think of.. >.>) so later, haine just got out of a fight (that girl is strong!!o.O )so she's sittin on the curb and a limo pulls up. a guy gets out and orders his (i dunno) person-who's-with-him to ytake haine in the car. haine's like 'wtf??' but then the guy is like 'u dun remember me?/ o.O' and she remembers he's shizumasa, spend the night together, blah. watevr. anyway, so later haine finds out shizumasa is going to this high school, so she sorta ditches ushio for a while to study to get there. (she dropped out of the yankees. see wat i mean now about shizumasa being the only one to bring her into the light??) ok, so she gets in, guess wat? so does ushio. later, she gets into the student council. (yay!)