Foreign Friday: The Gentleman’s Alliance Cross

“I want to be in the light, with you.”  – The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross

This week’s Foreign Friday title is The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross by Arina Tanemura.

The Story

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 its elite members, especially those of the president who holds her heart – Shizumasa Togu, aka “the Emperor.”

The Characters

Haine is, more or less, your usual cheerful, less-than-brilliant high school heroine. However, unlike the usual shojo female, Haine (as well as most of the other characters) doesn’t have a spotless history, giving her some interesting depth. Shizumasa…well I won’t go into him so as not to spoil the plot, but he is a good foil for Haine as a serious, guarded person with plenty of secrets of his own. Haine’s friends, Ushio, Maora, and Maguri, add both darkness and comedy to the cast.

What I Thought

First, I have to say that The Gentlemen’s Alliance is very well written. It kept me intrigued and invovled through the entire series, even through the situations that made me uncomfortable. Tanemura deals with all forms of love, from the strong bonds of friendship to the harshness, pain and selfishness that can come from romantic love. It’s definitely a read I would recommend for a slightly older audience. The characters are consistent, and the resolution is satisfying. The thing most confusing about it is the title. I have no idea what it references in the series. All 11 volumes are available in English in the US.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. alicamckennajohnson
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 14:32:07

    I just found your blog- very excited for manga reviews! Thank you


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