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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.
エマ エマ 番外編 英國戀愛物語艾瑪 Emma Bangai Hen Emma Bangaihen Emma Further Tales Emma's Further Tales Victorian Romance Emma
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Great art but the story tends to go tangent
First, the artwork. Like Mori's other works, the background art is fabulous with great details. You can really immerse with the world because of the background art. However, by today's standards, the character design and facial expressions are somewhat lacking.
Now, for the story. The story is very slow. Its purpose is to allow the readers to slowly dream inside its world, accompanied by the detailed background artwork. If you're a person that likes to read about slice of life moments and focus the story on side characters as much as the protagonists, then it'll be great for you.
For the romance aspect, it's lackluster. The romance between the main characters came very sudden without much build up. Because the author likes to build upon slice of life moments for side characters, the story tends to go on a BIG TANGENT, which really disrupts the flow of the main plot. Often, there'll be a chapter that ends in a cliffhanger drama and you'll be anxious to read what happens next to resolve the problem but then the entire next volume will focus on side characters' daily lives... This type of tangent happens quite a lot. So much so that about 70% of the series seems like fillers or oneshots. So for people who's looking for strong romance and developments, you'll be somewhat disappointed.
Overall, it'll have been perfect if the author didn't go tangent with her stories but that's how she is for her other series too. However, after reading this series, you really do feel like the world she built was alive because of the art, the historical details and of the amount of attention she spent on sol moments for the side characters.
... Last updated on August 8th, 2015, 2:43am
I absolutely loved it! Went through the whole series in one sitting. I can see that a lot of you found that your expectations of the manga did live up considering that the author's current work Otoyomegatari was/is an artistic masterpiece, but do note that Emma was an earlier work of the mangaka's and would have been substanstially different from her latter works.
Nonetheless, the story was moving, well-thought out and the mangaka really knows how to put emotions into her characters.
Again, brilliant, absolutely brilliant!
Emma Is Emma
As with anything, if one uses a different set of standards than are intended, the work does not hold up. Otoyomegatari is Otoyomegartari; Emma is Emma. The artwork comes off as simpler because what is being drawn is simpler. The relationships seen in this manga function differently because the setting is completely different. Etc. (For me personally, it helps that I read Emma before Otoyomegatari: I immediately had to read the latter as a completely different animal.)
I know that this manga is tagged as "Love at First Sight," but neither of the protagonists are examples (sure he's immediately interested in her, but that's rather a different thing). The romance is not annoying, and the social customs and background seem just as important. Emma both reads well and shows a fair bit of realism without attempting to be normal (because the situation obviously isn't). In short, Emma is believable and delightful (from the characters, to the art, to the plot, to the pacing). As always Mori Kaoru is incredibly detailed and uses her medium superbly. Either ending (volume eight or ten) works well, without being too laborious, though all the tying of ends and insight into characters was a superb touch.
... Last updated on January 5th, 2015, 3:07am
your jane austen manga
I like this manga because im a sucker for historical love. I recomend reading this to almost everyone who love romance but to be honest, i like the side couple (uhmm i dont remember name but they are so cute: wife is sexy and all that while the husband is quiet but kinda freaky too).
I Love, Love, Love This Series!
I know the title is silly, but this was my reaction the whole time reading Emma. I don't know where to start with this series. The characters? The plot? The accurate display of Victorian England? The love between the protagonists? The art? The drama? Seriously though, I could say a lot regarding this series, but I won't. I'll keep it short though: READ IT!
I LOVE IT
it's wonderfully subtle and I can tell a lot of research went into this whole thing. The romance is not annoying and main girl is relatable.
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.