In Victorian England, a young girl named Emma is rescued from a life of destitution and raised to become a proper British maid. When she meets William, the eldest son of a wealthy family, their love seems destined. But in this world, even matters of the heart are ruled by class distinctions.
I was extremely impressed with the detail in Mori’s drawings of Victorian England; it certainly wasn’t something I was expecting to find in Japanese Manga.
Yet, nothing happens in the first volume of this series and the whole plot is very cliché — female servant resists the advances of a man higher up in the social rungs than her while he falls further and further in love with her only to be married off to someone of the same class. The relationships between Emma, her employer, and William are implausible for Victorian England, and I find it hard to believe that so many men would propose marriage to Emma. The characters speak in today’s tongue while maintaining a — albeit beautifully drawn — period setting and costuming. Wonderfully drawn with great attention to detail, but the plot lacks substance and originality.
- Mori, Kaoru. Emma: Volume One. La Jolla, CA: WildStorm Publications, 2006. Print. 183 pgs. ISBN: 9781401211325. Source: Library.