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The Gentlemen's Alliance +, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

Arina Tanemura
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March 6 2007 Gentlemen's Alliance + (Book 1)
From the creator of Full Moon o Sagashite.

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."

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As collateral for her family's business debt, Haine has been taken in by the Otomiyas and sent to a fancy rich kids' school where she's at the bottom of the ladder. Still, she's outrageously cheery and somewhat simpleminded. She's also in love with the new student council president and school leader, but their differences in status mean she has to work hard to reach his class (in more than one sense). It's an old-fashioned premise—child swaps as business deals—that might fit in better in an old superhero title than in a modern shojo title. Haine's crush mostly ignores her, but why shouldn't he? She doesn't have much to recommend her, just unthinking determination. Tanemura's busy pages leave little white space, and the characters, drawn in stereotypical cute style, can be difficult to tell apart. All this overheated broad comedy—at one point, student outcasts let loose snakes on the council members—would be more palatable if the story didn't pretend to be set in a realistic present. Fans of Tanemura's previous hits, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon, will doubtless find more to enjoy in this energetic but broadly comic story. (Mar.)
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book. came in great condition May 15 2013
By Jessica
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love the book! great buy and great price! :D highly recommended i read this while crusing in my escalade with my homies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute start, good potential April 10 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! May 7 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best manga ever!! Feb. 18 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 Arina does it again. Aug. 15 2007
By Andrew Johnson - Published on
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Arina Tanemura has been one of my favorite mangaka ever since Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne. So, if you have ever read her work before, or are a following fan of her work then getting into this series is a no brainer. However, if you aren't one of those people... then what are you waiting for! The art for this manga is top notch, and the story is full of surprises even in the first volume. After reading the first chapter I was already wanting to know what was going to happen next. I guess the only thing I could mention against this manga is sometimes the dialogue seems hard to follow; I would have to reread sections to make sure I understood them, but the translators are pretty good about keeping you from getting completely lost, go Viz!

Btw, I'm a 20 something dude, and I love this manga.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best manga ever!!!!! (minor spoilers...) July 3 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.
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