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The Gentlemen's Alliance †, Vol. 01 (The Gentlemen's Alliance #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  12,181 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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 une ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC
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Kat Stark

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-burn when it comes to these sort of romances.
- lack of comedic elements (I really need to have thi
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
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
*Miss Fame*
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
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
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
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
Sabrina "Look At My Books"
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 -.-
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
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
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 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).
Apr 17, 2014 I.S.I. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to I.S.I. 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
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
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
it's my latest obession series. great plot twists for poor haine.
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
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,
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
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
Jul 10, 2012 Kereesa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Sep 11, 2008 Nick rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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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 2 of 5 stars
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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Sarah Evans
When the first two lines are "My name is Haine Otomiya. I'm a cheerful 15-year-old!!", it sounds like a bad joke. It's the quintessential shojo manga heroine, right? And a lot of standard manga ploys are here, a heroine who is adopted by a powerful family with money troubles, therefore she has to work multiple jobs, plus she's a former yanki (juvenile gangster) who harbors a passionate love for a distant and powerful boy who unknowingly turned her life around. Of course now they are at the same ...more
The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross Vol. 1 follows Haine, a former Yanki, as she does everything possible to get closer to the "Emperor" of her school, Shizumasa.

The tale of a hopeless romantic, out on a quest to make the man she loves straight for her. It was...I think the right word is "fluffy." It wasn't too well-written (though this may be because it is volume one, and a lot of pressure is put on the author to make it entertaining, comprehendible, and explanatory). Haine is determined to make Shi
* Le Sigh*

This manga was all over the place. While I liked the art, the story line was without structure. I couldn't really make sense of what was really happening.

The MC, Haine, was beyond ridiculous. I'm really getting tired of heroines whose lives totally revolve around a man. Godammit, there's more to life than boys.


I don't know if I'll give the next volume ago... I guess I'm just sick of this genre maybe? I keep expecting every shojo to be like Oura
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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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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