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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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It felt like a Jane Auste novel came to life! ^^ It was good, very good but I wish the ending was a bit more....satisfactory. I was still debating to myself whether their love was actually 'love' and until the end I couldn't find the answer. I still don't know.
Pros: It was a decent read... I really enjoyed the whole "victorian" or English feel... It really reminded me of Jane Austen's stories and her attack on England's societal and aristocratic problems such as Price and Prejudice. Some scenes were very Romantic and the story intrigued me.
Cons: I felt as if the characters didn't have enough depth to them. The development of Emma wasn't as strong as most Romance mangas. However the main problem of the manga was it felt quite anticlimactic. In the last 10 chapters the story felt much more rushed than all of the former chapters, it was a sudden change of pace. After the end I felt a lot of things hadn't been taken care of and certain aroused plot obstacles just dissipated. The ending needed to be stronger and less abrupt.
I somehow found this manga after randomly browsing romance mangas on this website -and I was soooo surprised, because I remembered reading this in my public library about 2 years before I even knew what manga and anime meant and what they were! I really liked this series, even though I usually don't like historical stuff in general : ) I think that this was a nice series overall. : )
... Last updated on July 17th, 2009, 11:37pm
liked it more than I thought I would
I'm 3/4 of the way through Emma and I love it! Combines my love of 19th c. England and manga perfectly.
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Although I have to say I prefer Hans over William. That guy is Darcy incarnated. Of course love will prevail and she'll end up with William, but hey.. And now looks like they're having an affair through letters BAHAHAHA I LOVE THISS
... Last updated on April 18th, 2009, 5:16pm
Such a sumptuous manga! The art alone entranced me - every little detail of Victorian England from the architecture down to the quirks and customs that inhabited every day life is drawn with tenderness and clarity. The only downside for me was that I felt quite detached from the main character, Emma. I suppose this is due to the fact that she's quite timid and stoic, yet on the other hand this is understandable given her station in life. But try as I might, I just couldn't 'love' her like I loved all the other characters. And to echo what someone said earlier, William's father, Richard, sure was a looker back in the day ;-) I loved the backstory between him and Aurelia!
... Last updated on March 22nd, 2009, 11:51pm
dang it! Aw! The ending.... just... wow.
I love it, really. At the beginning the story was a bit boring... until the old woman passed away >_> And things started to get interesting. I love how realistic this book is, with the problems of different classes and all... The only thing I'm not satisfied with is the other characters like Grace or Arthur didn't get any ending... Well, this comic's title is EMMA anyway so it doesn't really matter...
But a sequel would be wonderful, really.
There's a detachment from the characters that I did not like. But that's how things were back then, so it only adds to the story. This is an awesome story if you like accurate historical stories. I'm stingy when it comes to giving out 9's and 10's but this one deserves a 9.
great and peaceful manga
to read with a cup of tea nice storey, very well told, is very pleasent to read, to know the victorian ways and its historical acuracy of the manga
good work must read if u like this gener
I didn't like the first few chapters at first, so it was on hold for some time. I'm glad I've returned and read it.
Emma's character didn't apeal to me much, and the fact that her and Will's story wasn't the center of other great stories and events made the read so much more interesting.
Will's father was really gorgeous back in his days, and Hakim was so cute>.< The art on Emma improved as the manga progressed, too. (notice the smaller eyes)
... Last updated on November 28th, 2008, 2:44pm
ever-improving art, lovely and in-depth historical details and characters
It feels like reading a novel of old (one of the good ones ) , with the plus of looking at very detailed, made-with-care pictures that really pull you into the victorian era . One of the further elements Ms Mori masters is the transition (both space-wise and span time-wise) betwen scenes, and the timing to place zoom-in and close-ups. Very effective ^_^ . The romance is there, but it's not the mushy type. Characters are quite a lot and varied, all of them basically have some time to shine and to endear themselves (or to make themselves spiteful , in few selected, purposeful cases XD ) to the reader.
Hopefully the sequel will be completely scanlated, there are a few chapters that can be considered a full ending to the story here (even if the main arc is wrapped up nicely ) - and what an ending , if I may add ^__^ - .
@Miss Raw: Emma is a seinen title because was published on a seinen magazine. It's all up to the target demographic of Japanese magazines, simple as that (one of the consequence of this being: people's tastes can be so wide and different that you can find very engaging romance - and with no ecchi! - inside something officially aimed at adult males. Don't you love the Japanese ^^? )