- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: CMX; First Print English Translation edition (December 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140121133X
- ISBN-13: 978-1401211332
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emma, Vol. 2 Paperback – December 20, 2006
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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.
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.
Volume 2 continues in the same manner. The ever-popular maid Emma has feelings only for William, yet society can't permit two lovers from upper and lower class to be together. William crosses this unwritten rule and asks Emma out to the Crystal Palace. At nightfall, they are locked in and must wait until morning to return home. Although the romance between the two seems secure, Emma must soon decide whether or not to stay in London or return to her birthplace after her employer's death. Jane Austen-like mishaps ensue even though this drama plays out 90-so years after Austen's novels.
This review refers to the German translation of Emma, but I recommend it to anyone who wants a clean, refreshing romance...because compared to some of the trashy manga out there, that's exactly what Emma is--refreshing.
Okay, I've now finished the second volume of Emma, and I'm entirely captivated by this. Mori takes the classic Victorian lovers-separated-by-class gig and presents it in a surprisingly classic way, but the characters are so engaging and Mori's POV fresh enough that it somehow seems to avoid most of the clichés you find in things like this. (Not all of them, but most.) I was planning on spacing the rest of the books in the series out over the rest of the year, but that ain't gonna work. The next four are already on the list of "stuff I'll be putting on hold at the library next". ****