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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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I dont think it was all it could have been   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ScytheMaster14
March 29th, 2013, 2:30pm
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.
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Please read till the end!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by anngeelaah
March 29th, 2013, 12:24pm
Well, this is my first post, so please don't mind my poor English.
I just wanted to let some of the readers(who may have thought the series was completed in the past due to many extra stories in-between), know that the official ending is at the very last chapter! And that the author did not left the ending open-ended! Oops, I don't know, if it's considered as a spoiler! ><
Anyway, the manga is superb!! Really like it! And most of the characters looks wonderful too. I love their outfits!!!
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Rating: N/A
by Reminded
May 30th, 2012, 5:43am
I can just tell you, that i loved it, completely.
You see, as Saons said the romance is not all written in words for you to read and go "ohhh", You need imagination for this kind of manga, As it's more "feel the atmosphere" rather than "and then they fell in love --" Ya know. XD So yes, Recommendation from me !

(Only reason i didn't rate it 10 is because of the ending, Don't get me wrong it's just an opinion, Maybe people like that kind of ending.
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The kind of they just show hints of the end, and everything is up to your imagination oh but they DO get together, No hanging in that!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Verix
May 29th, 2012, 11:23am
First off, the mangaka is awesome. You meet her in the afterword each time. Again, she's awesome.
The manga is a little hard to get into the first couple of pages (lol), but it gets so seriously good. The romance is sweet, the characters are likeable and interesting, the setting is very well illustrated and believable.. the slice of life doesn't bore, nor does the plot. But what's really amazing is the atmosphere, which builds up slowly but already from volume 3 on, you feel like you're living it. It has all the right things to make a great manga. Read it. I doubt I'll read anything like this again anytime soon... easily one of my favorites ever. To think that I initially stalled reading this.

TL;DR: I don't think I've been swept away to such a degree by manga before. Superb manga.
And oh, I don't even really like maids in particular. There's much more to the manga than maid fan service.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2012, 12:29pm
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So good!   
Rating: N/A
by jnatsumi
May 4th, 2012, 1:22am
"every time I think about you... my breath stops whether out of happiness or sadness, I can't tell"

At first, I honestly was skeptical about it. The art was totally not my style, but the romance is sooooo well told!!
Kyaaaa~~!!! I'm in a fangirl mode right now.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xdeLiiRiOus
March 31st, 2012, 1:31pm
The art was stunning and the plot and characters were beautiful. I admire the mangakas ability to make the characters come alive and off the pages. I sympathized with the characters and i cared for them. Too bad though, i would loved a sequel. It was just too beautiful to end. It was a nice feel good manga and definitely something i will be rereading.
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by willnira
August 8th, 2011, 3:00pm
It is a nice read.
The drama...well...(I loved more the love between the teacher and her husband ;_;!)
it has a nice feeling, was good~ I wanted more of the characters...but IT IS NICE!
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A MUST READ! especially for those who love a beautiful ROMANCE!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pandapple7
July 30th, 2011, 10:42pm
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 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 will leave you feeling so warm inside and you will simply fall in love with all the character's and their hearts smile
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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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