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Emma, Vol. 5 Paperback – September 12, 2007
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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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Now for clearing up the confusion when ordering "Emma". The Manga is 10 volumes, which can be ordered and is listed as softcover.
Later, the Manga was released again, but in 5 hardcover books. So when when you order them, they will be in this order:
Emma: volume 1 hardcover contains volumes 1&2.
Emma: volume 2 hardcover contains volumes 3&4
Emma: volume 3 hardcover contains volumes 5&6
Emma: volume 4 hardcover contains volumes 7&8
Emma volume 5 hardcover contains volumes 9&10
So I hope this helps when buying this amazing, beautifully illustrated, epic story, page turning Manga called " Emma".
Emma returns to the estate to a firestorm of questions from her co-workers, who all remark that she seems quite a different girl than before. There's a reason: she and William have struck up a correspondence again. This feels more like a transitional volume, not doing a great deal to advance the storyline, but Mori's charming characters are more than enough to carry a volume by themselves. Lovely stuff, as usual. *** ½
In this 5th volume our favorite maid returns to Haworth after seeing William in London. William is still engaged to Eleanor, but in love with Emma. Insight is shown into why William's parents were separated quite a bit of the book tells their story. We also meet Eleanor's father and there's a lot of character development.
It is a quick and enchanting read, though it leaves you sorely wishing the next book was released sooner than December!
Due to a fluke in Amaxon's system, reviews for volume 5 and 7 of the series are merged. So, when I write a review for one, it posts to both.
This book focuses on the story of William's parents. His father came from a merchant family and mingled with but got the cold shoulder from old money. William's mother, who does not live with his family any more and who we haven't seen much of so far, was a free-spirited aristocrat. The dynamic of their relationship 20+ years in the past unfolds and helps to explain some of why William's father is so concerned with appearances.
In the present, although William has followed his father's plans and become engaged to a socially connected and perfectly sweet girl, William and Emma begin to write love letters back and forth.
In the previous book, Emma was abducted by Eleanor's parents who wanted noble woman Eleanor to marry welathy but new money William. In this book, William travels to save Emma and bing her back to London. Emma has been taken to America... I think.. although it seems to take William about half a page and less than a week to travel there. Emma's journey didn't seem any longer. When they return to England, the same thing happens.
Daring chase and rescue is only a small part of getting Emma back. William must also convince his family that he is serious about his decision to marry Emma, and deal with the consequences, both personal and social, of breaking off another engagement.
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.
Now that that's out of the way let us move on, shall we? Vol #5 presents more Emma goodness. This time we get more back story on William's parents and how they came together and of course more weepy melodrama on the long-distance courtship taking place between our two star-crossed lovers. As always, the artwork in this series is nothing short of fantastic (highly detailed and immaculate all the way through) and the storytelling is concise and engaging even though you know what's going to happen next a mile away.
One of my favorite bits in the entire series though is the author's afterward included in every volume and hand drawn by Ms. Mori herself. Its always entertaining and a nice look into her inspirations and the comic creation process in Japan.