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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.


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Associated Names
Эмма: Викторианская романтика
エマ 番外編
Emma Bangai Hen
Emma Bangaihen
Emma Further Tales
Emma's Further Tales
Victorian Romance Emma

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.Sidestory + Omake (end) by Manga Underground over 8 years ago
v.10 c.20 by Manga Underground over 8 years ago
v.10 c.19 by Manga Underground over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 S01 / Vol 3, Chap 15 S02
Ends at Vol 2, Chap 14 S01 / Vol 7, Chap 52 S02

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Emma by Synthoxide


User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (985 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 4th 2018, 9:32pm PST



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Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

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English Publisher
Yen Press (5 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by yuno19
February 25th, 2011, 9:58am
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.
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I love it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MissRaw
November 3rd, 2008, 1:13pm
The manga was just... right. It's wasn't too dramatic, but it doesn't bore you either. All characters are lovable, and none can be hated. I was hesitant reading this and I stopped at the first chapter. I picked it up again, and I was so obsess with it, that I finish it really quickly.

A good ending too. Well, at least in my book.

AND, I don't consider this seinen. Maybe Josei, but not Seinen.

... Last updated on November 3rd, 2008, 11:53pm
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Not for me   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Saons
March 19th, 2012, 3:48pm
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.
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absolutely beautiful   
Rating: N/A
by andasideoffries
July 25th, 2011, 9:26pm
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.
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Definitely recommended series!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Meotastic
June 10th, 2007, 10:20pm
The artwork can be seen as a bit unusual at first, but it's unique and improves so don't let that stop anyone from reading!... Also the plot is just so captivating, whether it be romance or overcoming the difference in social classes, or just the industrialization is general. It's a nice read and definitely recommended.~
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Xeronia
June 12th, 2008, 2:32pm
Such an enthralling story! I enjoyed it every step of the way.

What amazes me about the story is how historically accurate it is. The social class structure of the Victorian era, how "stable" everything had to be, all the gossiping - that was all there. The artwork is very detailed, and is well-done and accurate as well.
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Emma Is Emma   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
January 5th, 2015, 3:05am
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
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very interesting   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lorie
September 13th, 2009, 11:56am
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.
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very good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jrdragon2003
April 21st, 2007, 3:12pm
wow this manga was very well done, it's been a while since i've been drawn into characters so much as this one. Emma is certianly unique and something you don't come across often, i'm glad i read it.
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I Love, Love, Love This Series!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 5:58pm
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!
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