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Shinshi Doumei †  
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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."

Haine has been in love with Shizumasa Togu from the day she read the picture book he wrote as a child. She enrolls the Imperial Academy to be close to him and is accepted as a member of the student council. But with that, dark secrets start to reveal themselves! Why does "The Emperor" act differently? Is Haine really in love with Shizumasa? Why did her father sell her and why doesn't her mother write to her anymore?

Includes the following extra stories:

• Kusame and Komaki and the Key of Love in vol. 5
After Komaki confesses and Kusame accepts unwillingly, Kusame tries to break up with her, but how?

Shoujo Eve Ringo Jikake no 24-ji (Eve's Applework 24 Hours)
"Kawaii”... Eve has come to hate this word. "Kawaii" has ruined her life and made her a social outcast. Yet she still has hopes Niikawa will return her feelings for him, that is if the rowdy class idol Kashii doesn't spoil everything first!

Umi no Sakyuugi Yasoukyoku (Nocturne) in vol. 11
Searching for the meaning of people's lives is the mission that is given by God. The reason for my birth... It's okay if it was just to meet you that night.


Related Series

Associated Names
Альянс Джентльменов +
Allianz der Gentlemen
Eve's Applework 24 Hours
Gentlemen's Alliance
Gentlemen's Alliance Cross
Hội quý tộc
Kusame and Komaki and the Key of Love
L'accademia dei Misteri
ShinKuro (TANEMURA Arina)
Shinshi Doumei Cross
Shoujo Eve Ringo Jikake no 24 Ji
The Gentlemen's Alliance
The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross
The Globe of the Sea - Nocturne
Umi no Sakyuugi Nocturne

Groups Scanlating
Aku Tenshi
Enchantment Scans
Endless Youth and Co.

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.22 + Extra by Esthétique & Enchantment Scans over 8 years ago
v.11 c.Epilogue by Endless Youth and Co. over 9 years ago
v.11 c.48 Special by Fateful Encounters over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)
7 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (1118 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 23rd 2017, 4:59am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (11 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #630 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #878 increased(+308)
3 Month Pos #1409 increased(+217)
6 Month Pos #1634 increased(+14)
Year Pos #1696 (No change)

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Forum Posts
Chapter 42 over 6 years ago
Ending...? over 6 years ago
How come Haine still liked Shizumasa after everything? over 8 years ago
What did you think of Shinshi Doumei Cross? over 9 years ago
about shinshi doumei cross over 10 years ago

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by born2shop
November 17th, 2011, 6:08pm
I have to agree about the start of this manga. If you were to go by just the beginning, you would probably drop it. Haine is loud, rash, and simply idiotic at times. Everything that I hate in a heroine. The art is a bit fussy at first also, but it's something that you get used to and over.
I do love the story line though. There is a bit of mystery there and you just want to find out what it is. You'll keep reading just to see if Haine gets better or if you continues to be the idiotic character that she started with...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by andrelle
October 26th, 2011, 12:49am
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:'( wow the end I really wanted to read it again LOL OMG i'm crying hahahahaha this manga is so good 10/10 dude HAINE WANTED TO MARRIED THE TWO OF THEM! I will if I was Haine I will never forget this manga never ever in my whole life ;)

... Last updated on October 26th, 2011, 1:18am
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The art . .   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by slykid
August 6th, 2011, 5:14am
The art is JUST OVER THE TOP it TOO EXAGGERATED I couldn't stand it and it really affected the manga I felt like it was a magical fairy tail which I hated I just want beautiful art but this just wasn't I never understood why people judged art and what exactly the were on about with art but now I understand this was just a let down :/

EDIT:yep after 4months I came back to this a yes, I read it the whole way through, cept this time I actually focused on the story more then the art and soon after I got ust to it.I really liked it, but towards the end it just became completely rushed and stupidly unrealistic,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
. anyway I didn't mind that its just the fact that or happened so quickly and everything was all flowered and perfect....Nothing went wrong, and the female lead is totally screwed and her reaction to things that would shock and anger a normal human being did nothing for her, I got really angry, I mean for god sakes
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
: when the twins told her they were twins all she said was"oh" ..WTTF....WOULDN'T YOU HE LIKE"WTF you guys are totally screwd, how could you do this" ....

I recommend this if your ready to actually read this and forget about the art for the first few chapters, and also if your desperate for new mangas

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2012, 1:31am
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Really depends on your taste   
Rating: N/A
by Silver Fantasy
June 10th, 2011, 7:00pm
From a critical standpoint, the most impressive thing about SDC is the art. As you can tell, the art is very, very extravagantly detailed. Perhaps even blindingly so. I respect Tanemura for being able to do all that on her deadline. Honestly, I do. Style is a preference but her foundational skills are better than most, even though I personally think she relies too much on screentones and sparkly flower which makes my eyes hurt sometimes. (I also noticed she’s not particularly good at different perspectives/anatomy – thus causing her characters to appear stiff.) Most of the art is impressive because of the level of detail and the “finished” look of it that a lot of other series fail to accomplish. The backgrounds are really amazing and detailed. So it’s 50/50 based on what impresses you. I would say I am impressed, even if the style is too shoujo to my eyes. On another note, it’s difficult to differentiate between characters because the only thing setting them apart is their hair. The parents look like they’re 15 as well, which was a little unsettling, but other than that, the art is impressive.

I usually attempt to steer clear of fairytales, clichés, and whiny heroines but I was curious since I had already finished Full Moon and didn’t know which way the mangaka was going to develop in terms of style. What I found out was: people like me can never take this story or these characters seriously. The plot is, sadly, borderline non-existent and the entire progression of events was rather obviously conceived as the author wrote, as opposed to being loosely planned out beforehand. There is way too much unnecessary drama at points that it became burdensome. The cast provided adequate humor and cute side stories, but the main characters and their story were not by any means more memorable than the next ones in line. Though Tanemura’s stories are longer than and not as simple as most shoujo stories, they and SDC come off as a little simple-minded.

A lot of people here expressed great dislike for Haine. I actually kind of liked her simplicity and her supposed “idiocy”. She has her extreme yankee moments and her calmer moments. She made me laugh a little and seemed good-natured with a lot of random quirks. (Though Tanemura’s heroines are nowhere close to what I’d consider a proper role model, the only one who ever rubbed me the wrong way was manga Mitsuki. She seemed a lot less bratty in the anime.) I guess the only thing I had an issue with was how weak Haine was around men. Why was it that when a guy tried to kiss her, she suddenly forgot her yankee moves? I do like her angst about her family life and how Tanemura tried to develop her and the two male leads deeper but it seems that a lot of it was not put to use properly.

SDC’s ending was worse than the beginning and middle, but since I wasn’t too emotionally invested in the characters, I just kinda raised my brow and congratulated myself for getting this far. But I can completely understand why it would leave most readers capitally pissed off. I think that was the reason Tanemura wrote an epilogue to fix the problem, though the mere fact that it happened was pretty faceplam-worthy. But despite all these flaws and being totally outside my normal comfort zone with manga, I enjoyed reading it, in a lighthearted way. This seemed like a fantasy to me because the real world does not remotely resemble the world inside this story, so maybe that’s why I didn’t mind it seeming so far-fetched. I would recommend this story to people who are comfortable in shoujo, and don’t mind sugary stories, but if you only read a little shoujo, this may be difficult to sit through.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bats6767
April 3rd, 2011, 7:58pm
Arina Tanemura's best in my opinion, one of my favorite manga series. I'm a boy, and most of her work is too fluffy/girlie for me to handle. (I can only take so much girlie.) BUT this series is girlie but has a nice serious edge to it. I guess the slight mix in of sensual in her fluffy romance gave it more of a mature feeling. Her heroine was innocent but she could kick some @$$ which made her awesome. (I love a girl who can kick some @$$) It kept me interested and reading.

It was a really good series. I highly recommend it!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
November 27th, 2010, 12:47am
One thing i really liked about this manga is the story line and how the characters fit each role perfectly. Haine, the main character is one of the strongest heroins i have ever encountered in manga You'll fall in love with her optimism, cheerfulness, strength, kindness and determinism. This manga has some deep words about life and uses quite a bit of metaphors but that is what makes it so entertaining and amazing! The other characters that surround her are also very well introduced and created. Together, these characters is what really carried out the story. I also love how the story was all resolved and answers all your questions!
The ending:
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I got a bit confused as to who she chose in the end because after she marries Takanari, Shizumasa comes back and says "i never said i'd give her up" BUT after reading the epilogue it came clear that she does indeed love Takanari a lot and that she knows shizumasa is using her as a "pond" so he can have the chance to try living with his big brother, Takanari again. She loves no one but Takanari and that is made very clear in the Epilogue so DON'T MISS IT. I love how Shizumasa was actually a good guy in the end and just wanted his brother to be free (by allowing himself to die by his illness). but nevertheless, they were both granted freedom THANKS TO HAINE, you rock. haha.

Awesome Read! Definitely a 10.

Edit: The art is amazingly beautiful!

... Last updated on November 27th, 2010, 12:49am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by xUyennie
August 10th, 2010, 4:04pm
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Omgosh, the 4th manga that I've ever read in my life, and it's such a cute shoujo manga too. I was really shocked when I found out that they're twin, I didn't even expect it coming. The ending really make me smile because every characters was happy. The artworks is really cute too (I think I only read one that are cute anyway, lol), and it was also funny. The kissing scenes shocked me, rofl, I did not expect to see her being kissed by everyone in the student council. I really like it! :)
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Rating: N/A
by iflytwoo
July 9th, 2010, 6:29am
i lluuurrrrvveed this manga! it was so cute!!!~~~
i found out about this manga cos i was in the library, at the manga section, and all the other mangas had pretty bad art (==), so i chose gentlemen alliance cross, even though it was the second volume. i finished it that night, and when i finished it, i was alll 'kkkyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaa<3 SO CUTE!'
i reckon one of the best things about this manga is the great art. i loved it smile. i've read heaps of manga and manhwa where the art is, well, not that great, but this manga had the best art i've seen yet biggrin.
i reckon the story was pretty good, and all the characters are pretty LOL-worthy, and the relationship (in terms of the twins) was something i havent encountered before, so that was a nice change of scenery smile
i loved this manga cos it was mostly happy, and really, really funny. the only thing i would have wanted more from this manga would have been to have more scenes and art of the time when they were in the dancing scene (formal dresses are cute !^^) but even still, i loved this manga, and whoever out there loves funny, cute romantic mangas should read this one <3
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Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by purfect_kutie64
June 28th, 2010, 10:53pm
the author makes the main girl soooo stupid naiive at first.
the beginning was sort of confusing and could have been made alittle smoother.
i would be understood wayyy better if it started from chapter 9.
well that's the only problem that i had with the series.

as the story started going, it got better and better!!!
the art is pretty good, too!
check it out! check it out! CHECK IT OUT!!! biggrin

... Last updated on June 29th, 2010, 3:38pm
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Excellent Series   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by astroasis
March 15th, 2010, 12:10pm
This was an amazing read... It started out a bit lackluster, I suppose. Too many characters all introduced at once and too much going on before I really settled in and could follow it all. A few volumes in, I was hooked! So many twists and turns in the plot - I was expecting a simple high school romance, and got a lot more than I bargained for!

However, I felt the ending was a little... disappointing. It was almost as if Tanemura took the easy way out and tried to make everyone happy when, I'm sorry, but a certain person in this story doesn't really deserve to live happily ever after...

Not to mention...
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Shizumasa is forgiven of all the crap he's pulled throughout the entire series and makes the RIGHT decision to study abroad and leave Haine to Takanari. That makes the whole "I was a dick through the entire series, but now I'll be all nice and live happily ever after with everybody" thing kinda pass. BUT THEN he shows up at the very end, at Takanari & Haine's wedding, for pete's sake, to rain on everyone's parade and try to steal Haine from Takanari all over again. WTF? Can someone please punch that guy out and maybe drop him off a cliff somewhere?

Speaking of which... There were definitely some pretty outlandish parts in the last volume or two. And, again, Tanemura wusses out on what could've been an awesome Big Rescue scene... :( So disappointing.

But even with those foibles at/near the end, I still would say this is a top notch series that any shoujo fan would be remiss not to read! smile
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