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In Victorian-era England, a young girl is rescued from a life of destitution and raised to become a proper British maid. Emma meets William, the eldest son of a wealthy family, and immediately falls in love with him. William shares her feelings, but the strict rules of their society prevent their relationship from ever coming out in the open. Traditional class distinctions and rich, historical details provide the backdrop for this appealing romance.
Note: Volumes 8-10 are "Emma: Further Tales". They fill in details from the Emma manga, both before and after the events in that storyline.
Each chapter explores the motivations or simply shows a day in the life of a particular character from the story.
Find out about the romance between Doug and Kelly in their early days, or follow the adventures of Eleanor as she overcomes her heartache and begins to live again, or visit with Tasha and her family on her day off.
Emma won the 2005 excellence prize at the Japanese Media Arts Festival,
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but not oh-so-wonderfully-emotional as expected.
The story's got detailed background. The author worked on researching the era pretty well. The plot, I mean the 'overall' plot or idea, is not new and can even be considered cliched. To be honest, I don't like the (original) ending (Chapter 52); it's too open-ended. I'm not much fond of the very end ('The New Era') either, since it still leaves too many things behind (or probably just 'untold', which is still unsatisfying). The love is also unrealistic as if it jumped out of some novel.
Despite these, the story is made very interesting somehow. Dramas and romance are properly deployed. Although Emma cannot make me feel much for it being not so touching, it is sweet, and can even be cute at times.
I've read Otoyomegatari before this, and I'm actually surprised seeing the art quality difference. Otoyome's art is apparently better. This however doesn't mean Emma's is not good. It's good, and well detailed for sure.
Emma is much more than decent; it's just that it could have been even better.
... Last updated on October 28th, 2013, 7:30am
Charming and detailed
It really is a good read. A satisfying ending with a good start. However, near the end we never really see how Emma debuts into society or how she managed to obtain William's family acceptance and what not. The side stories near the end overwhelms the reader and sometimes I don't even know who is who with the introduction of so many side characters.
The art is wonderful and really sets the mood for this type of story. The details in the story proves that the author puts much hard work in researching.
Emma and William's love story is cute and sweet. Wholesomely illustrated,sure it was a good ending and circumstances.
That German couple's story is very appealing too..sweet and cunning.
I dont think it was all it could have been
this wasn't the first manga i read by this author i read Otoyomegatari first and i was expecting another masterpiece, and this delivered for the most part. i thought there were some parts of it that were lacking or didn't quite fit though. the main story revolves around a "love at first sight" kind of deal and shows their struggles in a world where status in society basically can determine everything. the sentiment of the story was good but i feel like it went off from the main point of the story. there were tons of side stories given or spin offs or flash backs, which were really good and interesting for giving the story more body. but i feel like there were too many all at once. in the beginning the story focused mainly on Emma and William, but as they were finishing some of their struggles the story suddenly branched off into all these different back stories. they were all one after another and i found myself wondering when they would get back to the main plot, instead of enjoying the background given in the spin offs. at one point they did briefly go back to what Emma and William were doing at that time, but it was very short and that was the only time it did that. i think if they added in maybe one or two more of those peeks into Emma and William in between the side stories, it wouldn't have seemed quite so overwhelming. another thing about the sides stories that bothered me was that they all weren't connected to the story. in Otoyomegatari, the spin off stories always were connected to the main characters or main storyline somehow, but this wasn't the case sometimes in Emma. while all of the stories were well made, i felt like some could have been one shots rather than being used as side stories. i loved the ending, i really did. its was really sweet, exciting and it just portrayed a happy feeling on every page. except for the main characters. when i saw them appear in the last couple chapters, neither of them seemed very happy about it
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i mean you can finally get married after all the struggles you've been through, one of you getting KIDNAPPED for pete's sake, you'd think you would dance with everyone or smile or blush a bit more. they both were just very calm and quiet the entire time while everyone else was dancing around and radiating joy everywhere they went.
the last thing that bothered me was why the circumstances suddenly changed at the end
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i didn't really understand what changed in the time when Emma lived with Williams mother. it seemed like she was studying to be able to go into society but they never showed her going to parties, or trying to convince others and make them think "she's fit to be his wife" and i also wondered what William was doing the entire time. i would understand how they were able to get married if maybe William made a name for himself and got to the point where he could marry whoever he wanted, but they never showed that if it happened at all.
and its not like the fathers opinion on the situation changed either. it just makes you think "why now, and not before? what changed?" overall it was a really well executed story. i liked how the art style was very modest, unlike other mangas that portray foreign based stories like novel adaptations where its all sparkling. its very simple but in the usual Mori sensei fashion, she shows her skill with her detail work.
Please read till the end!
Well, this is my first post, so please don't mind my poor English. I just wanted to let some of the readers(who may have thought the series was completed in the past due to many extra stories in-between), know that the official ending is at the very last chapter! And that the author did not left the ending open-ended! Oops, I don't know, if it's considered as a spoiler! >< Anyway, the manga is superb!! Really like it! And most of the characters looks wonderful too. I love their outfits!!!
I can just tell you, that i loved it, completely. You see, as Saons said the romance is not all written in words for you to read and go "ohhh", You need imagination for this kind of manga, As it's more "feel the atmosphere" rather than "and then they fell in love --" Ya know. XD So yes, Recommendation from me !
(Only reason i didn't rate it 10 is because of the ending, Don't get me wrong it's just an opinion, Maybe people like that kind of ending.
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The kind of they just show hints of the end, and everything is up to your imagination oh but they DO get together, No hanging in that!
First off, the mangaka is awesome. You meet her in the afterword each time. Again, she's awesome. The manga is a little hard to get into the first couple of pages (lol), but it gets so seriously good. The romance is sweet, the characters are likeable and interesting, the setting is very well illustrated and believable.. the slice of life doesn't bore, nor does the plot. But what's really amazing is the atmosphere, which builds up slowly but already from volume 3 on, you feel like you're living it. It has all the right things to make a great manga. Read it. I doubt I'll read anything like this again anytime soon... easily one of my favorites ever. To think that I initially stalled reading this.
TL;DR: I don't think I've been swept away to such a degree by manga before. Superb manga. And oh, I don't even really like maids in particular. There's much more to the manga than maid fan service.
... Last updated on May 29th, 2012, 12:29pm
"every time I think about you... my breath stops whether out of happiness or sadness, I can't tell"
At first, I honestly was skeptical about it. The art was totally not my style, but the romance is sooooo well told!! Kyaaaa~~!!! I'm in a fangirl mode right now.
The art was stunning and the plot and characters were beautiful. I admire the mangakas ability to make the characters come alive and off the pages. I sympathized with the characters and i cared for them. Too bad though, i would loved a sequel. It was just too beautiful to end. It was a nice feel good manga and definitely something i will be rereading.
Not for me
After multiple attempts to read this manga, I've finally completed it. I now know why it couldn't take a liking to it. Emma has absolutely no personality. She is seriously one of the most boring heroines I've come across. Weak, has no conviction, and barely shows emotion. Which is kind of ironic, seeing as the side characters have so much more personality (with the exception of William, who is almost as boring, and twice as much of a douche with what he did to Eleanor). The romance is plain, and unoriginal. The drama's okay, but it's the side characters that can even keep it interesting--barely, at that. The art's weird too, in my opinion. The backgrounds and clothes and anatomy are all very nice, but their faces are so bland, cartoonish, and unexpressive. I didn't like it. (Luckily it's improved a tad by Otoyomegatari, which I have also not completed for similar reasons).
I'm also irked by the fact that there is no appeal to Emma other than her face. If she were just an average-looking maid she'd never have caught anyone's attention, let alone William's. It makes the whole relationship feel extremely shallow, especially by the fact that they barely speak a word to each other before they "know they're in love".
It's not horrible, but for what I hear about the quality of this manga it really didn't pack a punch. The story of Emma is plain, boring, and unoriginal--just like the character that claims its title.