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Emma, Vol. 3 Hardcover – December 29, 2015
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Meanwhile, with Emma beyond his reach, the Young Master Jones is doing his best to play the dutiful son; working harder, attending social dates, even doing charity work. This, of course, confuses his sister, Grace, and you can feel the tension and mild cognitive dissonance in her whenever she's in panel... that is, when she's not flustered by a trio of hens clucking away in admiration of her.
Then there's Eleanor... pining away.
The story progresses as both Emma and William do their best to live apart in their newly assumed roles, but fate has something else in mind as Emma meets someone in the countryside with an immutable connection to the Jones household.
The art, as always, is beautiful and detailed with tons of work put into the historical setting (this rings true for the story aspects as well... I think it would take a scholar to spot any non-dialogue related inaccuracies). Mori-sensei went to a lot of effort to make each character, setting, etc., unique and distinctive and succeeded brilliantly.
Pace and flow feel fairly natural save for a few off-panel incidents whose build up and results happen in-panel, but these are mainly comedic moments such as the soiled sheets and bump on the head incidents and actually add a humanizing touch.
As always, I most heartily recommend a buy (hell, buy two or three and give some to friends)... and apologies for the late review.
Mori has split William and Emma; she took off for home on a train at the end of vol. 2 ("home", we find out, being in Yorkshire; for some reason I'd assumed she came from south of London). A chance encounter on the train leads to her employment with a nouveau-riche German family once she gets there. William, on the other hand, is trying to move on with his life and become the model son his father is looking for. Mori takes a chance splitting her protagonists, but everything right about this manga remains so; it's a stunner through and through, at least the volumes I've read so far. *** ½