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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.


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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

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (1119 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)

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Monthly Pos #926 increased(+240)
3 Month Pos #1574 increased(+52)
6 Month Pos #1663 increased(+25)
Year Pos #1725 decreased(-29)

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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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Beautiful Series: Worth the Read   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by frozen_night
January 27th, 2010, 2:48pm
I guess my last comment really wasn't a very proper review, so I'm editing it a bit in hopes of helping some other people in deciding whether to read this series or not.

The art, as always by Arina Tanemura, was nothing short of breath-takingly beautiful! Although some complain that her style makes it difficult to differentiate between characters, I had no trouble in this aspect so I can't say I agree. That may be because I've read quite a few works before Shinshi Doumei Cross though.

I began this series after I finished Full Moon, but before it was released in the U.S., so I read scanlations all the way through it's conclusion, waiting faithfully for chapters every month. As others have said, I enjoyed this story from the very beginning! It gave a unique twist to the cliche high school romance story, and I actually genuinely liked the vast majority of the characters, even Shizumasa by the end of the series. Their lives seem surreal in this school so different from our typical setting, but their characters and emotions hit so many of us close to home. You can always relate to the way they feel at one point or another, and you understand these characters. They have a depth that many shoujo series characters don't. So I definitely bow to Arina Tanemura for creating such a lovely, yet realistic world.

At this point, you're probably thinking that since I've gone on and on about how simply amazing this series was, why my rating wasn't the full 10, or even a 9. This is almost purely because of the final few chapters. While there IS a lot of drama present in this series, it's always well paced and feel realistic enough for you to understand and follow it without becoming overdosed in angst. However, the final few chapters completely spiral out of control. As I said before, I was following the series from the beginning, one chapter per month, every month. So when I hit that point, I was very nervous because it seemed like the dive for the ending was coming much too quickly.

The end annoyed me not for it's 'cheesy' or 'happy' mood, but because it became unrealistic. There were a thousand happy ways to end this series realistically, without overusing cliche drama techniques. But instead, what happened in the last few chapters was like a whirlwind of nonsense. It didn't make sense in my mind, and became more like a rush to the finish. It feels like what was put in the final 5 chapters should have been spread out in at least 10, but instead everything was stuffed into a few chapters and the entire series was wrapped up.

I'm not going to spoil anyone on events that happened in those last few chapters, but for me, it wasn't the events themselves, but rather the pacing that became difficult for me to follow. I ended up annoyed, and very disappointed.

However, despite that, this is still an excellent read and well worth your time! To me, the ending was important enough for my personal rating to down a few notches, but it may not be for you! Or you might not even be as saddened as I was by the way the series ended. Either way, I would still recommend this series to anyone who likes a good shoujo with a solid plot and believable characters!

All in all, I was disappointed by the end, but I still rank this series near the tops of my favorite shoujo series. After all, every other aspect was well done, and isn't it unfair to judge by the last few chapters alone, however important they may be?
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Rating: N/A
by SaneJenn
January 17th, 2010, 2:20am
Great art and an alright storyline, but I felt that the manga tried a little too hard to be unique so the story ended up being pretty nonsensical. None of it is realistic at all and the random angst is totally unnecessary in some chapters, as well as the complex situations that didn't really end up getting dealt with. But if you don't try to understand everything or think about it much, it's a nice read, if you can deal with some of the embarrassments of the main character. Also, I can't really see that much shoujo ai with it besides some underlying tones, but the I do think the shounen ai part comes out a lot in the series as a whole (it's shoujo overall, but it serves as a warning), so if you like/don't like that stuff it's something to consider.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2010, 2:22am
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Rating: N/A
by Orka_n
January 5th, 2010, 6:11pm
We've seen the classy private High School setting before. We've seen the energetic but stupid main character before. We've seen her cold and on-the-surface perfect love interest before.
But man, I was surprised. Because this manga actually has an unexpected plot and character depth that you don't see until a few chapters in. Something that always makes me happy is a well-planned and solid plot progression. There's good dialogue, too. The mood so far (I'm only on chapter 8) is pretty gloomy, though. This manga reminds me somewhat of Akuma to love song.
The art is... well, fully functional shoujo manga type art. Nothing special, but it looks good enough.

So far, it's been a very nice read. I recommend it.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by icecreamy
September 8th, 2009, 6:35am
The ART was AMAZING!! I really like this manga since it is so cute.....the storyline gets confusing at first but once you get to know the character it is much easier to understand.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shelleymallow
July 20th, 2009, 10:23pm
I loved this manga soo much! <3 soo much that i usually pick this manga when i tell others about cute romance mangas.
It was coincedential that i happened to accidentally (that's right, an accident) kick the second volume of GAC at Borders. The lady at Gloria Jeans death stared me down and so i was sorta forced to read this book at first. Like all manga, especially those that have some confusion in them, not reading from the first volume is a fool's mistake. I read volume 2 and although i was literally screaming and swearing at the ill-natured emperor guy (that is before i started thinking he was pretty cute >~<) i had to admit, this manga was really captivating. I re-read from volume one and things began to make more sense. There are scenes in this manga that sometimes makes you want to hit Haine with a golf club becoz its cheesy or she's just making a total fool of herself but that's whats good to have in a manga that also has a little tragedy in it. I thought it was a little cliche but cute when she changed from the yankee because of Togu (or so she thought^^) and when she realised she loved the guy who really drew the book, i was like "awwwwwwwwwww". I thought it was a little sad how she found out what happened to her mum at highschool and how she thought her step* dad was evil and wanted to rescue the sorta crazy mum from him, but when she finds out the truth and the three of them are lying like dead corspe as the building burns (burn baby burn) it was sad in a cute way. I gotta compliment Tanemura for her drawings, pretty much all her shoujo mangas that have been a great hit (full moon, GAC, KK-Jeanne, Mistress Fortune & her newer ones like Sakurahime Kaden) have fantastic drawings in them. I really like both the guys and girls and i truly think she has a talent like no other because her drawing is so fabulous and unique unlike some artist who share similar art styles (which get confusing when u try to identify who drew what). I just really think that GAC is a great manga and that anyone with a taste for romance, cute characters and more shoujo shud deff read this one>>>

Good luck

... Last updated on July 20th, 2009, 10:25pm
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Favorite Shoujo Beat.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RedAkii
July 12th, 2009, 4:53pm
I was at Borders and bought the first 4 volumes on a whim. When i read the first volume, i kinda regret buying it since some parts were confusing, some characters looked alike, but the character's emotional expressions were well drawn. Then i continued to read the other 3 volumes and after that....i was desperate to buy the rest, that i forgot to wait for coupons to come out and use them! Yes, i'd rather buy the manga i owe than reading it online. I really like the artwork, the storyline, the drama, and i have no single regret buying the series. I don't really know why some people don't like this manga.
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Love every bit of it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lightning Hiro
June 19th, 2009, 3:05pm
I was at Borders, trying to look for a certain volume of a certain manga ((v. 12 of D N Angel B{, it wasn't there!)) and found this! I thought it was an interesting plot so I bought it ((v.1 not the whole series, with my Borders gift cards from some friends as gifts for my birthday)). But then when i read it, I loved the characters (except Senri, i though he was creepy, but I grown to love him too though) especially Haine!! Although the story got serious everywhere, as it progresses the minor scenes were hilarious to get me out of the well seriousness! At the end, I loved every single one of them, they were all good (meaning no evil intentions at the end) and all drawn hot, that I didn't really care who ended up with who, because they all look nice together!!! There are some people who don't like any of the things I liked from this story, but it's my opinion, and also like a lot of people tell me I'm very innocent so that could be why people hate this cliche and happy happy stuff, but I'm for fairytales that end of with Happily Ever After!!

... Last updated on June 19th, 2009, 3:05pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jessicali12
May 18th, 2009, 4:53am
One of the most cutest, yet adorably entertaining manga I've read lately!! I recommend this to anyone who likes Full Moon wo Sagashite and more Ribon works.
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Ending was horrible.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Jeli
May 2nd, 2009, 10:13pm
I really liked this series at the beginning, but then around the last chapters were kind of outlandish. I mean, I thought this was supposed to be a realistic high school manga. Or was I just expecting too much?

I thought it was a nice part to the story that Haine lost control, and just became a yankee because she didn't have the attention and crap, but then one night some high class guy [Shizumasa] meets her on the street, and recognizes her right away after years? Like, really? Come on.

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Also, the ending was absolutely disappointing. I thought it would be as good as Full Moon wo Sagashite would be, but it wasn't.
I mean, why couldn't Tanemura Arina just make her choose one of them, and not be like "I MUST MARRY BOTH!!" I personally thought that she would end up with Takanari, since most shoujo mangas go for the tsundere guy. And technically, people can't be married to two people, right? I know it's a story, but can Tanemura just be a little realistic?

If you just ignore the last chapters, SDC was pretty good in my opinion.

... Last updated on May 2nd, 2009, 10:13pm
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Excellent Series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lil_heaven
April 18th, 2009, 4:23pm
This series was really spectacular to me. There were portions that I did not like, however on a whole I feel it is one of my favorites by the story line.
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