Shinshi Doumei Cross – Chapter 47June 8, 2008 at 2:27 am | Posted in Shinshi Doumei Cross | 18 Comments
Tags: emo, fangirling
So, it’s over now. I really do want to crawl into a little hole and be emo for a week.
Endless Youth & Co. released chapter 47 scans and raws yesterday, so it’s time for my thoughts on the chapter. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so now.
There were a couple of comments Shinshi Doumei Cross Ends post from people who had just started reading the manga not long ago. I can identify with that because I can easily count the number of times that happened to me (it happened with Full Moon I believe, but I was stubborn and just read it as it was released by Viz so it would last).
But I’ve been reading ShinKuro almost the entire time it’s been running. So you’ll have to forgive me and allow me to be the emotional sappy girl that’s inside almost all Arina Tanemura fangirls.
I started reading ShinKuro the week before chapter 10 was released. It’s really the first time I got interested in a manga as it was running. Usually I watched an anime then read its manga to avoid being disappointed. But around that time I was starting to read manga that didn’t have an anime adapation.
So ShinKuro’s been running for about four years and I’ve been following it for three. It really does feel like there’s going to be a gap missing in my life. Because there’s no other manga I’ve followed for as long. ShinKuro is really the first thing I checked out scanlations for because I fell in love with Arina Tanemura’s work after Full Moon. And every month I’d go, “Oh! The new chapter is coming out” and I’d get all excited. Especially during the HainexTaka-kun arcs.
That being said…I am definitely disappointed that it’s over. I like the ending and I’m looking forward to Mistress Fortune…but *sigh* ShinKuro is my favorite Arina Tanemura manga. Now that it’s over…it definitely feels like something is missing.
Well enough of my sappiness. For some good news, there’s some rumors that Tanemura-sensei posted something about a ShinKuro omake that’ll serve as an epilogue in her blog. Usually we ShinKuro fangirls have a hard time getting hold of these side stories and such since there’s just so many but that’s since they’re stories about side characters. I have little doubt that if it’s true we’ll all get our hands on it before volume 11 comes out officially in English.
Now remember, those are just rumors for now. As soon as someone I trust states it with certainty I’ll let everyone know. The Arina Tanemura fanbase is wide, talented, and organized. It doesn’t take us long to get news.
Alright, this section is really only here to keep my current set-up going. I’ll do summaries for Mistress Fortune from now on and I would have done summaries of ShinKuro before this, but really, you have to read this chapter. Otherwise it’s just pointless.
But here are some of the highlights:
- Haine and Taka-kun get married
- Senri tells Ushio he loves her and takes off his glasses
- Komaki and Kusame seem to be on the student council in high school
- Maika and Kazuhito are having another daughter
- Shizumasa will be head of the Touguu family
- Taka-kun will be head of the Kamiya family
- The whole student council is now working for the Kamiya family
- Kasuga’s got the hots for Kiriaki
- Touya catches the bouquet and gives it to Riiko
- Shizumasa comes back and still hasn’t give up on Haine
And there we have it. Those are just things I consider noteworthy.
Some people think this chapter was a rushed ending. In fact there was someone who hated the ending. Honestly, this is exactly what I expected and was looking for. It’s a perfect Arina Tanemura ending. It reminded me a little of the Full Moon ending. The last chapter ended with an “OMG!NO!” sort of ending and the next chapter skipped past all that to go straight for the fluff. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The people who are disappointed with this ending aren’t really your “Arinachi fans” but simply Arina Tanemura fans if you get my meaning. Most of these fans really like Full Moon and ShinKuro but aren’t too interested in KKJ and consider TSK to be barely worth consideration. They often think the one-shots are stupid and often don’t even know what ION is. Arinachi fans on the other hand love every single one of her manga, especially Time Stranger Kyoko. We constantly pine over what TSK could have been if Tanemura-sensei had been given proper time to work on it. We adore every one-shot because they all so clearly represent what we love about Arina Tanemura manga condesnsed into 50 pages or less. And we are very much looking forward to Mistress Fortune.
Not to say there’s anything wrong with simply “Arina Tanemura fans” or anything. I’m just pointing out the difference. These fans usually like the serious drama more than the fluff. And that’s just silly. An Arina Tanemura manga without fluff is like…a CLAMP manga without a OMGWTF twist. It doesn’t really happen. You can’t be an Arina Tanemura fan and not like fluff. Even Full Moon had a fluffy ending. Silly girls.
There’s always a lot of drama when a great manga ends. Especially for the people who have been following it all along. But I think most fans are satisfied. I feel bad for the ones who aren’t though. I get the feeling that they really aren’t looking at things properly. I guess I naturally see things that others don’t because I always try to think like writer when I’m reading manga (and occasionally when watching anime).
But all that aside, it’s time for me to fangirl over this chapter. And also explain how I saw the things that others were disappointed in.
I’m glad I decided to blog this chapter, because a lot of people were looking at things the wrong way. Some people think that the ending was bad. Personally, I think it’s on par with the wonderful ending of Full Moon or its Arina Tanemura’s second best ending. Either way, no one could have written a better ending to this series. People shouldn’t say they’re disappointed. I get the feeling a lot of people were expecting the wrong things.
For example, when Haine said she’d marry both of the boys…here’s the reason. If you remember, Taka-kun has no family register, she’d have to legally marry Shizumasa in order to live with Taka-kun and be his wife. It’s the closest she could get to her happy ending. And if you notice the look in her eyes, it’s not one of complete happiness when she says that. It’s more of a, “I think this is best…” sort of look if you understand my meaning.
But luckily the polygamy is out. Shizumasa takes care of everything like he always does. I think that’s why I like him so much. His love for Haine and Taka-kun (my two favorite characters) is obviously a major factor, but I like the way Shizumasa can just fix things. Ultimately, he always wants to do what’s right. I’ll get more into that later as well.
Also, for Furuba fans, did it occur to anyone else, that Haine is a lot like Tohru? Obviously not personality-wise or anything, but the way she’s managed to deeply affect the lives of everyone she’s met. Shizumasa himself states that outright and that’s really when it occurred to me.
Best scene…ever! Haine still getting all flustered and blushy when she screws up and Taka-kun catches her. These two are just a great couple. Especially since they love each other so much. You can say that Haine’s feelings sway a lot, but I don’t think that’s really true. I think Haine has always loved Taka-kun most (because of the book) and although Shizumasa became a very important part of her life, ultimately the one she developed the close bond with was Taka-kun. And as for Taka-kun, Haine is the first one to acknowledge his existence, even if she didn’t realize it.
I think the two of them have a wonderful and touching love story and it’s probably why they’ll always remain one of my favorite couples. That and of course…
…they both so darn cute! Poor Taka-kun! Poor Haine! Ehehe! I wouldn’t have it any other way though. This is one of those scenes that I’d love to see animated. Assuming they get some good seiyuu for the anime.
20 years old, huh~? Oh they’re adults. That’s one thing I love about Arina Tanemura manga, she always ages her characters for the epilogue to a nice, appropriate age. I kind of wish I could see their college life. They’re all in the college section of the Imperial Academy, right? I’d kind of like to see what their everyday life would be like. I think it would be cute. Heh.
Also…yay! Haine’s hair is long again! I thought her short hair was cute, but Haine definitely looks best with long hair.
They’re all working together and causing Taka-kun trouble still! Awesome! It makes sense for Maguri to work for the Kamiya family, but aren’t Maora and Ushio the successors to their family? Well, Ushio probably left her family (and is now living a rabu-rabu family life with Senri, lol) and Maora’s dad was such a cool guy so he probably just gets to do whatever he wants.
The student council will always be together! This might have made me even happier than the Taka-kun and Haine’s wedding. Because Shinshi Doumei Cross (The Gentlemen’s Alliance) is ultimately all about the student council. Just with a focus on Haine, Taka-kun, and Shizumasa.
Komaki and Kusame!!! Awesome!!! Every new student council get new uniforms, so can we go ahead and assume this is theirs? If so…awesome~! I wonder which one’s the Koutei? Heh, poor Kusame, having such a rich girlfriend who buys him all sorts of stuff (even though he doesn’t care) I hope he gets to be the authority this time. Besides, doesn’t Komaki want to follow in her sister’s footsteps? She has to be the platinum! It’s a Kamiya girls thing (heh, sort of)!
And speaking of Kamiya girls, I wonder if we’ll get to see Haine’s baby sister in that possible omake. I’d like that, though I…kinda sorta doubt it. But more Kamiya girls would be good. Especially considering Haine isn’t technically a Kamiya.
Kasuga and Kiriaki. I knew they were supposed to have more to them, so this is it, eh? I approve. Kiriaki is too formal. He needs a good yankee girl. I kind of wonder if this is what the omake would be about…but too much guessing isn’t good for us. So I’ll stop now.
So after the Taka-kunxHaine stuff, this is probably my favorite part of this chapter. Ushio and Senri~! She’s such an understanding grown-up girl. Ah, but now she’s 20, so she really is grown-up. No!!! Senri isn’t a pervert anymore! That’s awful (lol, not really! It’s also awful that it took that long for things to get resolved. Ushion is so patient.
Yeah! There he is! My mischievous school doctor! It’s been a while with all the drama. And look at that! Ushio’s actually blushing a little! Cute! Embarrassed by her past. Haha, well it is quite a past. Oh yes Senri, she is very different from Shouka.
Yeah! Senri without glasses! I hope he still wears them sometimes though. He does need them, doesn’t he? So…yeah. But he looks nicer without glasses. Ah~! Senri and Ushio! I hope they get married sometime after the manga ends and all that. What am I saying? Of course they do! All Arina Tanemura couples get married!
Ah~!!!! AWESOME~! I kind of shouted when I first saw this scene! Because! Finally! An Arina Tanemura wedding! I’ve wanted the final chapter of ShinKuro to be Haine and Taka-kun’s wedding since their first date, when Haine was getting all excited thinking “Shizumasa” was going to propose. Oh my~! How far we’ve come! I…want…an…anime! Because there’s a good chance the wedding scene would get extended in an anime! Come on! Somebody!
I just finished talking about bouquets yesterday, didn’t I? It’s a marrying weekend in shoujo manga I guess!
I think Haine got the flowers to Touya on purpose. Because she wanted to show him his “happy end” and everything. I like Touya so I’m happy he gets a real happy ending and all that. But this is another reason why Haine reminds me of Tohru, forgiving the person who shot her and all that.
Oh, and speaking of Haine getting shot. I know some people were wondering what the point of the cliffhanger was. Basically, I think it was to show Haine’s dedication and, more importantly plot-wise, to give Shizumasa a chance to disappear and leave Haine a note. There you go people. Not pointless.
I get the feeling this scene went over some people’s heads. Remember Riiko? She’s one of Haine’s two friends that you used to see a lot in the beginning. In a special (I forget what volume) she and Touya had a club to help push along Shizumasa and Haine’s love. Riiko fell in love with Touya because of the time she spent with him, but got rejected since Touya “lives to serve” Takanari. It’s pretty clear that he liked her all this time. So…they’re the ones getting married next! Cute~!
I was really, really happy when Shizumasa showed up. Have we seen him smile like that…ever? Only when he and Taka-kun were little I think. Though it does look like he was a little sad for a moment, I’m guessing because Haine got married, but the fact that he can smile like that, Yay!
I found this scene to be really touching. Stupid Shizumasa not sending news back to anyone all that time (well, there was some news, but not much). Why are the Touguu boys so stupid?
lol, And jealous too. But that’s okay, because it makes Taka-kun cute. I love how he didn’t know anything about the three of them living together. And I also love how Taka-kun still has a bit of a bad attitude that you can see when he gets angry and jealous. He’s so cute. As for people disliking this scene, I think they’re taking it too seriously. ShinKuro started out with more comedy than drama, remember?
I honestly don’t think Shizumasa was being serious. He loves both his brother and Haine too much to cause them any trouble. I think that fighting is the only way those two silly boys know how to relate anymore. Like in chapter 46 when they were fighting over who knew more about Haine. They weren’t really fighting. It was just a fight between sibling. If you ask me, it means they get along.
lol, And Haine did what she does best in difficult situations. She ran away. She ran away back when she was confused about her feelings for Taka-kun (the cherry blossoms scene) and she hid in the bathroom (or some room) when she was stuck in the same room as Taka-kun. She’s so cute. We all know that she loves Taka-kun the most, but she’s just a cutely confused girl. Haine’s always been simple, expecting her to be mature now…is just silly.
I mean, it’s obvious that Taka-kun is the one she loves most. Haine married him and since her dream has always been to get married to the one she loves, you just know she won’t take that lightly. Have a little more faith in Haine. She just got embarrassed and ran off. The one she loves most is Taka-kun for sure.
And as usual, the whole manga ended with some nice narration. As expected, this time it concerned Haine’s dream to be Cinderella. I always love the messages at the end of Arina Tanemura’s manga. It’s always something I can agree with and it always shows how the heroine has grown a lot. Haine, who was once unhappy with almost everything in her life and even said it would have been better if she was never born at one point, says “To be alive…is something I love very much.” I love that.
Also, and to those who think that ShinKuro didn’t have a Taka-kun and Haine ending, pay closer attention. Everyone is chasing Haine, but Taka-kun is the one who catches her and gets to say, “Haine, I’m glad that I fell in love with you.” It’s a Haine and Taka-kun ending for sure.
I just think that people didn’t catch everything because Arina Tanemura has mastered the Happy Ending. It’s gotten more subtle instead of just, “Happily Ever After” being stated out right, it’s something smaller and…more precious. That sounds lame, but I hope you get my meaning. Basically…do what a person normally does after finishing a series. Sit for a moment, think, reread. Try to be positive and look for a happy ending when you’re reading. Otherwise you might miss it (as many people did).
Anyway, this is probably my second favorite ending for a manga…ever. My first favorite ending is the ending to Full Moon wo Sagashite, because that was just…wow. But this one was really, almost as good. I don’t cry when reading manga, but I can say without a doubt, if this ever gets animated, I’ll be in tears.
Okay, these aren’t my final final thoughts. I plan to write up a nice long two-parter with all my incredibly sappy and really final thoughts on the series. I can’t compress my thoughts on all of these characters and all of these storylines into just a few paragraphs. There’s no way it would work.
Safe to say, as I’m typing this out right now and even thinking “final” anything about ShinKuro…I feel even sappier and emotional than I did when writing out my post about ShinKuro ending. Then I get to just look up at the banner on my site and get all choked up again going, “It really was a happy ending!”
Lots of people seemed disappointed with the end, but I am completely satisfied, excluding, you know…the fact that I no longer get to read about Haine, Taka-kun, and the rest of the gang every month. It’s a little sad.
Even right now, I’m working on a video for ShinKuro (MMV) that’s been in progress for over four months. And soon, even that will be done. Then what will I have? *sigh*
I really hope an anime gets announced. If they announce a drama and not an anime…I think I’ll lock myself up in my closet, because I can oh-so-easily see them ruining this series. Dramas are good at that (though my hopes are high for the Taiwanese Skip Beat! one, I always thought that series would make a good drama).
But negativity aside. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to this series. I still have a few unread side stories to get to and all of that. And I’m expecting this issue of Ribon to arrive in the mail in a couple of weeks.
And on another note…I still need to find the special edition of volume 10 online and I need to get the ShinKuro artbook that’s being released this month. If anyone found them listed somewhere that ships to America, that would be great (I’d rather not go through second party shipping if it’s avoidable).
So, to finish this off…I’m going to prolong this goodbye over the next two weeks with my two upcoming entries on the series. But to end off this entry; I’m really going to miss ShinKuro.
And I leave you with one of those rare rabu-rabu images of Haine and Taka-kun that I got from the Shinshi Doumei Cross fansite I believe. Yeah…I’m going to miss Haine and Taka-kun most of all. I’m going to miss all of them.
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