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Emma, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 20, 2006
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Volume one of the series contains the first seven chapters of the eventual fifty-two and focuses on basic introductions. We meet the shy, but kind and intellegent, Emma, the exotic Hakim, prim Mrs.Stowner, the somewhat daft and dashing Young Master Jones... the list goes on.
Pretty much every character we see, be they the main focus or the bit part side characters, will show up many times throughout the series, and not just as filler. Every single character has a point to them, whether it be to show some side of Victorian Society or to help a more important character (or even just the reader) figure something out about the story at large. I really must applaud Mori for this.
The art is superb, with a strict attention to details and architecture. There's something about the way Mori draws that lends elegance to her character's features. Despite the fact that Emma and Eleanor are considered beautiful, they're not drawn in the typical manner associated with beauty in manga... in fact, they're quite atypical if you compare them to other manga... but, in the spirit, mood, and fasion in which they ARE drawn, you cannot help but see them as so.
The pacing is just right for this sort of quiet courtship... slow and delicate, with an emphasis on subtlety that makes you feel like you're sharing a well reasoned secret with Kelly as she watches the two grow closer.
In the translator's/author's notes/bio at the end of the volume, a point was made that CMX has decided to bring over the series untouched.Read more ›
But I'm also a reader of historical romances -- Regencies mostly -- so period tales appeal to me too.
I was browsing Amazon one day searching for something 'new' to read (can't camp on the "order now" button for the next "One Piece" volume all the time... heheh) and stumbled across a review for "Emma". Curious and intrigued, I bought the first volume. I'm willing to give most things that pique my interest a try with at least one volume.
Oh my. I devoured it in less than 15 minutes. Then went back and savored it again with a slower, more thorough read. And did that again and again over the next week while I waited (impatiently!) for my copies of volumes 2-3-4-5 to show up.
Gorgeously and subtly rendered art and story. Compared to shonen, this story moves at a snail's pace. But that's part of the charm. It builds. Slow and sure. Lets you become familiar with the people and place and the time. The rich details of daily life (for both upper and lower classes) are astounding. Not boring, but fascinating. So much cleanliness and comfort and convenience that modern, industrialized life renders simple and of little thought to how to it is achieved now, used to be done by laboriously by hand. And in the case of the lifestyles of the wealthy, by many many hands. It took a lot of support to run a mansion. (Which also employed a lot of people!) We've forgotten that. And forgotten that many of the world still live that way - by hand and with support from many others.Read more ›
If you're a fan of quiet heroins of Jane Austin and the graphic styles of Japanese Manga, I think you'll find this first book appealing.
As to the story, I also enjoy reading it. I'm a fan of Austen, Bronte, Gaskell, etc so I no doubt like this kind of story in manga form written by Mori-san. I look forward to discovering the manga story since I've heard it differs from the anime story.
As a manga freak who's growing tired of the romance mangas that feature 100 hot girls after a boring guy (known as harem manga/anime), the sappy high school romance manga that has misunderstandings galore with the girl running away crying every 10 pages, and the popular guy/girl meeting an unpopular girl/guy, Emma is a huge breath of fresh air! I normally prefer action/fantasy over romance, but, once again, Emma has me more interested in her struggles with society over a magical girl's struggle with an evil queen. Buy it. Please. The other reviewer put it perfectly: Emma is a winner. Thanks to it, I feel more interested in Jane Austen and the rest of the English authors I will be reading throughout my education in Literature. I hope they release the touching and heartbreaking 'Emma' anime as well....
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This is a pretty boring story. Not really for adults, I think.Published 4 months ago by Anna Goodman
I just got these from my girlfriend for Christmas. I watched the anime version first and wanted these since they began publishing them in the States. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Albritton
The art is beautiful, but I only found it ok, because the story is very lame in my opinion. People fall in love and you don't really know why. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Vivi W.
When I saw the hardcover version being produced by yen press I wanted to get the entire collection but have to wait for the remaining volumes . Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by T
My experience with Emma was interesting, as I was introduced to Kaoru Mori via her later long form work (A Bride's Story) and also tracked down several of her shorter works before... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Xyon McKell
I can't believe that while I live in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world that I have not given manga a chance before today. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Kimberly
I dislike sappy romance novels but after this manga got rave reviews, I decided to read the first few chapters out of curiosity. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Gromer
Kaoru Mori, <strong>Emma, vol. 1</strong> (CMX, 2002)
Mori's first manga series, set in England circa 1885, is your typical upstairs/downstairs romance, with all... Read more
I enjoyed Emma for a lot of reasons. No, I wouldn't say it's totally accurate historically; some of the situations are pretty far-fetched. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by StarReviewer