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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (March 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421511835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421511832
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. Tanemura gained fame 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 Kaito Jeanne, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko in 2000-2001 and Full Moon in 2002. Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon have been adapted into TV series.

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Cute start, good potential April 10 2007
By Wendy Callahan - Published on
Format: Paperback
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
Great Manga! May 7 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pure Shojo fun Feb. 23 2008
By Karusichan - Published on
Format: Paperback
15 year old Haine Otomiya used to be a lot of things... for one thing she used to be a gang member (a yanki), for another her surname used to be Kamiya until she was sold into a forced adoption by her father to the Otomiya family for 50,000 yen. She reformed when she met Shizumasa Tôgû, an idol of her's as a child. Shizumasa is a son of a very wealthy family who wrote a children's book when he was younger, one of Haine's favorites, and she has since fallen in love with him.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
one of the best manga ever!! Feb. 18 2007
By Kirarin - Published on
Format: Paperback
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. ^^
Never Bored July 23 2011
By Veronica Justice - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read every book of this entire manga series and I am incredibly pleased! The main character is a complete contradiction and reminds me of myself. She has a dark inside, and is very lonely, but she smiles everyday and pretends as though nothing's wrong.
I felt as though this manga really developed a full story. Each character was introduced well and given enough "Stage Time", and each character is unique. We have straight people, random gay guys that I wish were straight (haha), and guys who are gals! It's never a boring story and anyone looking to start reading manga, should make this their first choice. It is a legend.
The artwork is beautiful, and I just love how the story turns out. I kept in suspense, never sure what was going to happen. And unexpected things DID happen, which kept me craving for more to read!

The Con:

It ends!!! Oh nooo!

Anyway, I would definately suggest this for any young person (at least age 13) or old person that wants to continue finding great manga, or wants to begin reading, that THIS is the one to choose. And since the story has 11 volumes there are plenty of volumes to stretch out, so the story isn't cramped.

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