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Manga Classics: Emma

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  816 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen's classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). - Manga ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Udon Entertainment (first published 2015)
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Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
Emma is the second Manga Classic I read. This Manga is based on Jane Austen's classic novel Emma.

I did not enjoy reading Emma as much as I anticipated. The story was ok. Emma is a delusional girl and a match-maker. She assumes two people are in love and tries to set them up for marriage. Even though she was the protagonist but I didn't like her much in the start. At the end, she gets better when she realizes her mistakes.

Mr. Knightly was my favorite. Tall and handsome. Not to forget, he is sensi
Simona B
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Emma is only my second Manga Classic rewriting (the first one was Pride and Prejudice) and I must say that I liked Pride and Prejudice better. I think, however, that this slight preference of mine is due to the fact that the story and the tone of the original Pride and Prejudice are better suited for a comic adaptation. Adapting Emma in this form was no easy task at all, and truth be told, once again I am rea
[Shai] Bibliophage
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
I'm grateful that the publisher has given me an opportunity to download and read these amazing adaptations to manga of some of the classics. I admit that I still haven't read my copy of the novel of this particular classic book; so this manga version is a big help because I was able to read on how amazing this story is.

Reading the novel version would take me at least a week or more to be able to finish because they are really long. But this manga adaptation/graphic novel really made it easier f
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I knew absolutely nothing about the original Emma by Jane Austen so I had no idea what to expect going into this. I’m sure the original Emma is probably a bit more serious, but I thought this was a super sweet, light story with little bits of humor that work so well with this art style.

Just like I mentioned in my review of Les Miserables, this one has inspired me to read the original novel and even check out the movie. I also think it is a great way to tell a classic story in a modern way, which
I just had the opportunity to read the delightful Pride & Prejudice rendition for the Manga Classics series so I eagerly snatched this one up to read Jane Austen's Emma turned into a graphic novel. While I enjoyed many of the same aspects of this one that I did in P&P, I didn't love it. More on that in a minute.

The story follows the same path as the original with the same characters as it should. Emma is a young lady from a good family who happens to be one of the two leading families in the nei
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This is probably the least favorite of Jane Austin creation.

Emma is just...irritating. Match-making all the time even if she is not that good. (Ok she was half good as mentioned in beginning of the book) but that other than that one couple, she caused nothing but confusion and heart-break including her own.

Now you might be wondering why attach 'Sonam Kapoor' here. You see I'm not great fan of the actress but when I realized she is acting in the movie which is Emma adaption, I decided to watch t
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I was delighted to see there was a new Manga Classic on Netgalley, after I read several others already (Les Miserables, The Scarlet Letter and Pride & Prejudice). I'd never read the original Emma so I didn't know what the story was going to be about and I can't judge if the manga represents the story well.

Overall, it was a very fast and light read that did remind me of Pride & Prejudice. It's not completely my cup of tea, but since it's
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated adapted version of this classic novel, I love manga and this is a wonderful start to those who haven't read classics before.

*Huge thanks to Jane Austen, Po Tse, Crystle S. Chan, Stacy King, Udon Entertainment and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*
K.K. Summer
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Emma movie and now that I´ve read the manga I can only say: I simply love it :) No more words needed :)
This review was first published on 'Babblings of a Bookworm': http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

I downloaded this Manga version of Jane Austen's 'Emma' with a sense of real curiosity – I love Jane Austen’s works and if I try to analyse why I like them one of the the things that jumps out most is her style and humour. To me, the most important things about an Austen story is not so much what happens but the enjoyment I get from how she describes it, so I was interested to see how well this
Kristin Davison
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I would like to thank netgalley and UDON Entertainment for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a mediocre adaptation, nothing really stands out. I did enjoy the ending.

Price: free via netgalley

Michael (Mai)
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The art was pretty good. I don't usually like the style of the eyes the artist used but it was fine. The adaption was confusing. I had a hard time following. I recently read the manga adaption of The Scarlet Letter and loved it. It was compact when it came to details but still gave me all the information I needed to follow. Emma, however, confused me often and I had trouble following the relationships.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun, funny, and gorgeously illustrated, this is a pitch perfect retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel. Fans of manga will love the intricate details, lively facial expressions, period clothing, and beautiful settings, while fans of Jane Austen will love the witty banter and hilarious plot as Emma tries her hand at matchmaking. I wasn't sure how well the novel would translate to manga, but this did an excellent job. I was especially impressed by how closely the manga followed the plot and how ...more
I enjoyed this much more than Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice and even a bit more than the novel this manga is based on. I haven’t read the novel in a long time, but I remember thinking it was too slow. This manga adaptation, like all other adaptations, makes the pace a bit faster, so that made the story more enjoyable to me.

The artwork is very pretty and (thankfully) very distinctive. I hate when I’m reading a manga and all characters seem to look exactly the same, so it was a relief that t
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher (UDON Entertainment) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Afraid to read and review a literary giant? Is your boredom level over 9000? So your balance sheet doesn’t balance? Have been forced to read classics as part of your school requirement? So you can’t relate to any of the socially awkward questions about great works of literature and most read classics clothed with universal appeal?
“Who? Emma? Sorry. Can’t relate.”

Lara Mi

This is another adaptation in the Manga Classics line - this time of Jane Austen's Emma. And while I had praise for the Pride & Prejudice adaptation, I think this one is superior.

Emma seems a much more appealing character for a manga. But more importantly, the story had a much smoother flow. In Pride & Prejudice, the narrative could feel a little jumpy and scenes would change rather abruptly. This is rarely the case for Emma, though, and just makes the reading experience all the better.

The art i
Well I must say that this was better adapted than the manga version of Pride and Prejudice put out by this publisher thanks to no additional made up scenes and a closer adherence to the original characters.

My biggest complaint though is that manga will just never be a good medium for this type of story. Manga typically requires its characters to over express, and so much of Jane Austen's stories are a result of subtlety and nuances. Emma's reactions in this telling were often over the top and o
Bailey Marissa
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pretty accurate adaption that amused me pretty well. Emma is not my favorite Austen story but this made it a lot more enjoyable.

Recommended 13+ for romance, matchmaking ending badly, and Manga-style drawings (though this is on the conservative side, so it's not bad).
Katelyn Powers
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

First, let me say that I LOVE these Manga Classics. I adore them, and I'll probably end up purchasing them in physical copy at some point. The story itself (sorry, Jane Austen), unfortunately fell flat for me. I'll probably read the original at some point, but I'm giving this edition a 3.5 star rating.
Sarah Marie
Manga Classics: Emma by Jane Austen & Po Tse

3.75 stars

Emma is a novel that I have yet to read. Sadly I have yet to read any Jane Austen and the manga classic adaptations of P&P and Emma are the only exposure I’ve yet to have. I have to say, I do enjoy them and can’t wait to pick up Austen’s novels. I think that in the Manga Classic division the Austen adaptations are the strongest- the best being P&P. I didn’t know much about Emma going in, but I know all about her now. Emma is a young girl who

Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I read the original Emma by Jane Austen years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I love that they're creating all these classics in manga form. A lot of people feel a bit intimidated by big classics (Emma is a big book and Austen is very well-known for her smart writing and somewhat complex vocabulary), so this is a great way for them to read it. I've actually already read a Pride & Prejudice comic, so I knew
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of an un-edited electronic proof from UDON & Morpheus via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The following thoughts are my own and have not been affected in any way by this.

Emma is not actually my favourite Austen, never has been as I've always thought that Emma's not a very likeable heroine BUT this adaptation made me see things in a totally new light. I have read the book 3 or 4 times, seen the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow a time or two, and yet, this
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I love that this manga adaptation of one of my favorite classics kept somewhat closely to the original story, even using some of the original dialogue. Jane Austen is one of my favorite classic authors, and "Emma" is my favorite of all her books, so I was really excited to read this one!

The artwork is really lovely and the characters are all so distinct. I love their costumes and the pretty scenery. Sometimes I think the drama goes a little bit overboard though, as though the characters are shou
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, graphic
Manga Classics: Emma First things first: I received an ARC through NetGalley.
I have not read the original book before I read the Manga but while reading this I got really interested to read the book, just to get a little bit more insight and more depth that you probably can't get while reading a Manga.
But that being said I really enjoyed reading the story and I really liked the different characters and the relationships. The art was really good and it was overall just a really quick and easy r
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I quite literally dove blindly into this one because
1) I've never read a Manga before
2) I've never read Austen's Emma

It all worked out well for me because the art was GORGEOUS and the story was very well laid-out so it was a quick read. This was important to me because I took a really long time to finish reading Pride and Prejudice because of the lengthy prose. But after reading this, I'm really interested to go for the full-text version of Emma which, I think, was the intention here. Well done
Bea Flores
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was shocked when I saw this. I didn’t thought there were classics like these one! The idea’s amazing. What I love about this idea and the book ofcourse is that.. it gives more life to the story. And also, it gives young readers the chance to understand the story better. I hope to read this kind of MANGAs soon! I really enjoyed flipping the pages and looking at the beautiful illustrations. Such a wonderful book!
BookWorm 221
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, arcs-2016

What a wonderful way to re live one of my favorite stories, the illustrations were perfect and so were the dialogs, I only wish Mr. Knightley had said my favorite line of the book “Badly done Emma”

Keep Calm and Read On

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Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars! I actually really enjoyed it. It wasn't the most amazing thing in the world, but I thought it did a decent retelling of Emma. I would also recommend this one to others, so overall? I t think it did it's job. :)
Review to come.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first ever manga and I'm hooked! What a brilliant multimodal adaptation of a classic!

The artists and writers of this adaptation did an excellent job of summarizing a classic whose language can often be complicated and confusing to readers by carefully choosing dialogue and filling in the gaps with easy-to-interpret images. They stayed true to the plot and themes, not leaving out anything important, and to the characters - Emma was portrayed as the obnoxious and oblivious busybody tha
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