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Shinshi Doumei Cross - Allianz der Gentlemen, Band 01 (The Gentlemen's Alliance #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,090 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Haine Otomiya ist Schülerin der „Kaiserlichen Privatschule“, einer Eliteschule, in der die Kinder reicher Eltern unterrichtet werden. Die Schüler werden in drei Klassen (Bronze, Silber und Gold) unterteilt, je nachdem, wie wohlhabend die Familie ist. Je höher die Klassenzugehörigkeit, desto mehr Privilegien genießen sie. Aber nur einer, Togu Shizumasa, ist in der Gold-Klas ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Tokyopop (first published February 15th 2005)
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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, reviewed, humor


Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 59
Status: Finished
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo

This is based on the series as a whole. It’s eleven volumes and this is a high three!

What I didn’t like:

- lots cliches/tropes*
- Mary Sue MC (everyone under the sun is in love with her)*
- She can’t choose between two guys (there is a really unique reason behind this though and that, I do love)
- so many love triangles/squares*
- too many “I love yous”--I know it’s necessary, but I like subtly and slow-bu
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Silver
Jul 30, 2010 Silver rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Loveliest Evaris
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
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Miss Ryoko
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 a
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D.M. Dutcher
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
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Nicole *{Lady Aribeth}*
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, s ...more
Susan
Apr 10, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 encoun
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Sabrina "Look At My Books"
Jun 28, 2015 Sabrina "Look At My Books" rated it it was amazing
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 -.-
Thetravelingpanda
May 04, 2014 Thetravelingpanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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Theresa ♫
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 forw
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Fiona S
Feb 14, 2016 Fiona S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross

The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross was overall a pretty interesting series, but really cliche. The plot is a little slow in the beginning, and it was dull until around volume 5.

This series is basically a bunch of plot twists in the end, which most actually make the series better. The romance is a little too overwhelming for me, and some parts are really sappy.

(view spoiler)
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Luke Reynolds
Mar 20, 2016 Luke Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I've been missing Arina Tanemura as of late, so I'd thought it would be fun to start another one of her manga series. This first volume for The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross definitely didn't disappoint, and I thought it was a great start to the series!

I absolutely love how rambunctious and honest Haine is, even though she can be dim-witted. She's incredibly entertaining and will definitely make me laugh and smile throughout the series. We have a huge cast of characters (view spoiler)
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Ashley
Feb 11, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 somethin ...more
Elizabeth
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).
Sati Marie Frost
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 s
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Mizuki
Jun 08, 2013 Mizuki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cassiopeia's Moon
Apr 17, 2014 Cassiopeia's Moon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cassiopeia's by: Caro
Shelves: manga
When I first fell saw this manga I fell in love with the artwork and I just had to read it. Now that I read it I'm sad to have to say that the story does not have the same quality.

The story seems to follow the 15 year old girl Haine, who is nothing but way too childish, and her attempts to make her "one-true-love" fall in love with her. He on the other hand is way too serious and closed. There is no connection for the readers to hold on to.
There are really a lot of characters introduced way too
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Robin P.
I remember generally liking Tanemura's manga series, and The Gentlemen's Alliance was no exception. It was an entertaining read.

However, I'm not happy with how either the author or the translator (not sure who's at fault, here) presented a certain character.

(*spoilers below*)

Maora is VERY OBVIOUSLY either non-binary or (more likely) a trans girl, yet the other characters in the manga continuously refer to her as "he." So, like-- Yay, there's a trans girl in this series-- but UGH fuck whoever ma
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Starbubbles
Feb 03, 2009 Starbubbles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
it's my latest obession series. great plot twists for poor haine.
Sara
Hmm. I was confused. This was confusing.

I got the idea - the adopted high schooler is pretty much at the bottom on the social scale of her high school. The head student council dude is called The Emperor (?!) and she's in love with him.

The art was confusing to me. Lots of stuff going on in these pictures and I had trouble following it all. I had a hard time, too, as it jumped from scene to scene. Half the time I was confused as to who was talking and what they were doing.

Story line wasn't enou
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Oni
Mar 22, 2016 Oni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Live the life you want."

'The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross' is overall, an outstanding drama/romance manga. Arina Tanemura (known as the 'Shojo Goddess') draws with exceptional detail and beauty. Haine Otomiya (乙宮 灰音) is an excellent and unique protagonist who is backed by an equally unique cast of characters. Throughout the series, the obscure secrets of the student council challenges her - including the aloof and secretive president.

The series contained an excellent balance of comedy and plot,
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Mizumi
May 09, 2011 Mizumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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inga
One of my favorite shojo manga series. I read the whole series about five times, and it made me cry every time. I love the art, Haine (even though she is clichéd), and the whole story. I think Arina Tanemura is one of the best shoujo mangaka out there, even though I know many would disagree. But I love me my romantic, dramatic, beautifully-drawn, clichéd manga every now and then. So sue me.

I think Arina Tanemura is able to convey feelings with her art and it's these feeling that make me love he
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Nia
Feb 25, 2011 Nia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kereesa
Jul 10, 2012 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shojo fans
Recommended to Kereesa by: Jay
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 b
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Briana
May 19, 2009 Briana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fri
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Nick
Sep 11, 2008 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: B
Synopsis: 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
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Lauren
Dec 21, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Leann
Dec 03, 2013 Leann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 asp ...more
Karaoke OK
Aug 20, 2008 Karaoke OK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shoujo manga fans
Shelves: manga-to-ignore
[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
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Name in Japanese: 種村有菜 (Tanemura Arina)
Western Zodiac: Pisces

Arina Tanemura was born on March 12, 1978. She's the author of Full Moon O Sagashite, Time Stranger Kyoko, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Sakura Hime Kaden, and more.

Her favorite hobby is Karaoke. One song that she sings is Smile, originally by Myco. She has two cats, named Riku and Kai. She has one elder and one
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