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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,
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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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.
It is a nice read. The drama...well...(I loved more the love between the teacher and her husband ;_;!) <3 it has a nice feeling, but...still...it was good~ I wanted more of the characters...but IT IS NICE!
A MUST READ! especially for those who love a beautiful ROMANCE!!
this was such an engrossing story! when i began to read it, i knew that the two characters would fall in love at first sight, and that there were to be problems due to social standing, but never did i expect such drama and situations! it was a nice surprise to read! my favorite thing about this manga is the characters. such wonderful character development, from start to finish! i love romance, but this is the FIRST MANGA i've ever read that had such realistic, beautiful, passionate, dramatic, and vivid romance...my heart melted so many times throughout this story. this beats any shoujo or shounen romance that i've come across!
if not for the romance, or the amazing plot, read this for its wonderful characters. DON'T MISS OUT on this story because this story had such great character development...and the mood and art expresses their emotions so well.
this is a story i will definitely be reading again and again! PLEASE DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS WONDERFUL STORY...it will leave you feeling so warm inside and you will simply fall in love with all the character's and their hearts
Emma does what any real life based romance mangas can only aspire to. The believability of the characters is such that even the more subtle parts of the story become "quaint" instead of "boring". I found myself smiling at just the little touches -the way emma talks to the young master, how the head butler speaks in dignified tones... Emma is an engrossing and romantic story that despite its many subtleties or perhaps, because of them, delivers a wholly compelling and thouroughly enjoyable read. You will not be dissapointed.
it's been in my wish list for a very long time and after a lot of recommendations i read it. it's a very good manga, very like a classic novel. though, it didn't show much of the hardship they went through and not much drama. His mother was unexpected twist. And i really like the German couple ) i really like to read further, what happened to them later on. especially what happened on her society debut and after the wedding /:-)
i've been reading this manga like a millionth times, (well, maybe just about a hundred), and i am still moved by it. the mangaka has excellent way to deliver the story. she pays attention to historical detail, she gives pauses between acts, and she lets many panels without dialog: its like she lets the drawing told you the story; and its executed very nicely. pay attention to characters' eyes, hand gestures, body postures, and the succession through panels; nothing is too much, and nothing is too little. all is smooth! when you enjoy the unwritten words, the story became more and more enjoyable as you flip (or click) the pages. just totally recommended.
This manga really fleshes out the setting and gets you attached to the characters. Though the story may seem kind of simple it's sweet and heartwarming. Probably the best romance manga written.
(By the way, "mono no aware" should be added to the categories of both Emma and it's sequel)
Emma was such a good read, I finished it in one sitting. I loved the few but extremely tender sweet moments Emma and William go through. The story was so different from the cliche romances, yet I found myself gushing over them, sigh. In my opinion, one of the best mangas I've read.
One thing I like the most from this series is how the mangaka make each chapter episodic, unlike other/most mangas where the next chapter is just like direct continuation from the previous chapter. I also like how the mangaka draw each panel with no dialogs. They show how a picture can convey more meaning than thousands words Oh, and also the details of English in 19th century, from the culture, any new invention at that time. I guess, the details alone are enough to mesmerize anyone. Emma and Emma Bangaihen both worth the read.
Nice but something is lacking
I first read the first volume, and then because I didn't quite like the whole thing I haven't touched it for like months. Although I quite like the art and all the little details on history, I agree with Azari02, Emma lacks characters depth. I just don't feel the romance between Emma and William, and also I too, don't feel attached to the heroine Emma. Maybe because in the story she was made to be elegant? But she's just too timid, for me she doesn't look like a charming girl. I then tried to read Emma again, volume 1-2 still didn't interest me. I began to take interest after (minor spoilers) Emma works for the Molders family. I even like Hans more than William! Oh well.. But my favorite character must be Dorothea, she's gorgeous! If you like historical romance manga you should give this a try. I give this an 8 mainly for all the accurate historical facts. The ending really doesn't satisfy me..*sigh*..