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Emma, Vol. 2 Paperback – December 20, 2006
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About the Author
Kaoru Mori's previous series, Emma, about a maid and a gentleman in Victorian England, has been lauded by Library Journal and was named to the YALSA Great Graphic Novels list. A Bride's Story has only broadened her fan base in Japan and the U.S. with its elegant style and delicate story. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This volume finally shows William and Emma together at last on their first date, but the ending (after hearing Emma's tragic past and some nasty confrontations with William's stuck-up family) is far more tragic, at least to the readers. The volume begins happily but ends sadly. Thankfully, unlike the anime that was originally going to end here (before season 2 was announced to begin this Jan in Japan), the manga goes on for five more volumes. Mori has us on pins and needles, and she probably enjoys it. Never before have I wanted two people get together so much in any manga, anime or any type of media/literature. Hats off to Mori, the genius romantic authoress.
In this book, upper-class William finally gets Emma, the maid he has been interested in since meeting her, to join him on a date. They visit the Crystal Palace, and it's pretty and magical. Meanwhile, William's socially conscious father is moving on plans to set William up with a socially connected wife. William is paired with debutante Eleanor at a fancy dinner party, and the two hit is off talking about how their parents make them go to fancy dinner parties and it's not their favorite thing in the world to do.
Emma's childhood also emerges, with some flashbacks to her arrival in London and early childhood before she was taken in by the kindly retired governess, Kelly. Emma also confronts her childhood, and decides to go back to her home town for the first time in 10 years.
Overall, this series was a good quick read. It's a mindless romantic comedy. There isn't much that's serious, including the ominous class differences which are not at all developed and just sort of there. Characters reemerge through the series and are fleshed out over the course of 7 books. Even minor characters are likely to reemerge and become more developed at some point in the future. The series does a good job of building personalities, and a self-contained world.
A dinner party gives Eleanor a chance to strut her tailfeathers a bit while continuing to display her naivete. This gives the Old Master Jones a window to keep her in the picture and interested and serving as a piece of contention between father and son.
Stephens, the Jones's head butler is given quite a few moments here and there to illustrate proper behavior whilst inserting a few droll (yet properly subtle) jibes... whenever I see him in panel, I instantly think of Anthony Hopkins and smile.
Emma's origins and her first meeting with Madame Stowner are shown in this volume, along with the introduction of several new characters, the most important of whom only gets a few panels and is never ACTUALLY introduced... and keep an eye out for the shifty looking carriage driver as he shows up later as well (in almost Dickensian fashion).... Needless to say, volume two does a great job of thrusting the young lovers into the stark reality of their forbidden love while providing much in the way of character development.
Paper stock issues are the same as the first volume, rough texture cover that easily bows and offwhite newsprint that muddles the crispness of the art. But, it's Emma, so I'm buying it anyway.
I must reiterate my Vol.1 recommend here and implore you to buy this series... it is well worth it.
As a post script, I must say I really enjoyed the alley cat's denouement and how it almost parallels with Emma's situation in this volume. Well done, Mori-sensei... well done.
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