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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation: B+
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 9781421519739
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Gentleman's Alliance

Gentleman's Alliance Vol. #07

By Danielle Van Gorder     October 31, 2008
Release Date: September 02, 2008

Gentleman's Alliance Vol. #7
© Viz Media

Creative Talent:
Writer/Artist: Arina Tanemura
Translator: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki

What They Say:
Determined to make Haine fall in love with him, Takanari tries to win her over at every opportunity. Haine is troubled by her growing feelings for Takanari, but she's even more concerned about her best friend's long list of paramours...

What We Say:

Now that Haine has learned the truth about Shizumasa and Takanari, she's finding herself torn between them.  While she tells herself that it's Shizumasa that she loves, Takanari is the one who's been with her all this time, and she's drawn to him as well.  While on a school trip, the well-intentioned meddling of some of Haine's friends results in her sharing a room with Takanari.  She's more than a little nervous about the whole situation, but when she ends up being the one to make a move on Takanari, neither of them know what to think, and Haine ends up saying some fairly hurtful things.

When she ends up in a bind, however, Takanari isn't one to let a fight stand in the way of her well-being, and he comes to her rescue.  Haine finally manages to admit her true feelings, and while they aren't necessarily what Takanari was hoping for, it doesn't leave him out in the cold, either. 

But even as Haine struggles with her feelings for both twins, someone else close to her is struggling just as hard.  Ushio loves Haine with all her heart, and not just as a friend.  Seeing Haine with someone else is tearing her apart, and driving her to some risky behaviors.  Being pushed from all sides to do what she can to help Ushio become happy, Haine makes a major decision that's likely to have consequences for them all.

After the main story are some nice extras, including a cute short story about Maora and Maguri's childhoods together.  While the story in general isn't without flaws (not the least of which is Tanemura's almost criminal screentone abuse, and general fondness for reusing the same character design), it's remained an enjoyable series with some really fun moments.  The return of Haine the Yanki was fun, since it's a side of her that hasn't been all that obvious in recent volumes.  With all the love-polygons that are popping up it's hard to see how this is going to end happily for all involved.  There's some serious angst ahead, so if that scares you it might be time to drop the series.  But this remains a solid shoujo melodrama with just enough fun to keep it from being too heavy.


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