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by Kaoru Mori

  Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience

A review of Emma, vol. 1   (2008-12-12)


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by tiamatq

Wow... I've had this series recommended by a few different people, and I'm so glad I picked up the first volume.  This is a beautiful manga set in Victorian England... not my favorite setting.  However, the mangaka's love of all things English really shows and its hard not to share it!  Emma is a "proper British maid" working for a retired governess, Kelly Stownar.  When Kelly's former ward, William Jones, stops in to see her, he falls for Emma, but he's certainly not the only person to have a crush on her.  The artwork is highly-detailed, often resembling watercolors, with amazing amounts of detail (check out the mudie scene).  The characters themselves are not done in your typical manga-style... if you're typically put off by manga, this one would be worth giving a try.  The story itself is slow-paced and somewhat subdued (at least in this volume), and I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next.  You get the feeling that these characters and their story has a great deal of depth to be uncovered.

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