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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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Sweet, and fulfilling. WAFF up the wazoo, lol.
Art is fabulous
A must read. The combination of precise art and unique story about a maid in 19th century England is just what it takes to get a 10. One of the best series out there
19th Century Lit Manga-Style
Bronte, Austin, and 19th century lit fans will enjoy this! Pacing, storytelling are all well done. Amount of research and attention to detail really immerses the reader into Emma's world.
Beautiful art, good story (albeit a little cliched and predictable), interesting characters.
"but very unlike normal shoujo's"
This is a seinen manga and not shoujo.
Art = 10
The art isn't great? That's total nonsense. An insane amount of detail has gone into every tile. The author seems to have painstakingly researched what everything from linens to chandeliers looked like back then, and faithfully reproduced them in this manga. Everything else is topnotch as well.
Brilliant! Simply brilliant! A wonderful maid-tastic tale, really. There's romance, but very unlike normal shoujo's. The historical setting is accurately drawn. Don't miss this great manga and the adventures of Emma, a brave maid who falls in love against society boundaries in a time when form was all that mattered.
The art is so refined... funny how the Japanese can produce a great Victorian-era story.