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Emma, Vol. 1

(Emma (5 books edition) #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Calling upon his inimitable former governess, young aristocrat William Jones is startled to find his knock answered by a clever, bespectacled maid--Emma. From that moment forward, the two are drawn to each other and slowly but surely grow ever closer. But as the love between Emma and William builds, so too do the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. For in Victorian ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Yen Press (first published 2002)
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Salma Shekhawee
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I noticed in this volume that people at the 19th century were very strict with each other and the datings and romantic meetings don't take place in public like nowadays . ...more
CW: Child trafficking

I read the last quarter of this while I ate dinner and my food nearly went cold as I yelled, squealed, and flailed around.
My father was slightly concerned.

This manga is tremendous! It's adorable and sweet, the story is captivating, and the art is charming.
Although it does feature some of the slightly odder British/Indian moments that can be seen in other manga, (Black Butler, I'm looking at you.) the clothing, especially women's dresses, and the settings are meticulously r
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was cute!! I really enjoyed the Victorian setting. I think I only gave this three stars because of the fact that there wasn't much development; however, I'm sure that will change as I begin to read future volumes. I think the artwork is good and I love that it's tackling social issues specifically in the realm of status in society and who can marry who. It reminds me so much of a Jane Austen novel and that's probably why I'm enjoying it so much. I definitely already have volume 2 & 3 checke ...more
Dov Zeller
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is called Emma for a reason, I imagine, with a tip of the hat to Jane Austen.

The series takes place in 19th century London and Mori has clearly done a lot of research and creates a compelling cityscape. She navigates gracefully from place to place and person to person, between interior and exterior moments.

The protagonists of the novel are Emma, a maid for Mrs. Stowner. Mrs. Stowner, a retired governess and a widow who can be severe but who cares quite a bit for Emma and for William.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gorgeously illustrated manga set in Victorian London? I'm all in! I only wish all of the collected volumes were out. ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comics
I really enjoyed this! The juxtaposition of an English drama with a manga writing and art style worked really well here. The characters are adorable. Their flaws and strengths are easily highlighted. I am excited to read more of this series!
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Gentle, gracious, and good.
K. Martin
Oct 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
The short review [of the whole series]:

I’d read this series years ago initially when it was published by CMX, and thought it was a wonderful read (4 – 4.5 starts). Years later, I’ve read through it again - this time the Yen Press editions (which has a different translation job) - and sadly I’d have to give Kaoru Mori’s “Emma” series 1 – 1.5 stars.

It’s the standard problem of someone from one culture (Japan) writing about another culture (England): the author likes the imagery and “idea” of the c
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3.5 Playing with simplicity.

This manga is rather unique artwise to me.
The dialogue is very simple with the art telling most of the story. I found that rather refreshing.

The overall plot was pretty standard and not anything new, but I did enjoy reading it.

Also, the cliffhanger at the end was heartbreaking.

I look forward to the next volume. ^^
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This review is for the entire series (5 volumes). The relationship between Emma and William does feel a bit insta-loveish, but the characters were all great, even the minor ones. It's can also be a little melodramatic, but that's in the spirit of Victorian literature so I think it works well. I read the special edition volumes and I was surprised that William and Emma's story ends halfway through the 4th volume in a surprising place. The rest of the volume and #5 are side stories. Most I liked, ...more
Destiny Henderson
A cute, wholesome look at different class relationships, i.e rich dude fancies a maid. It's really adorable how William is so absolutely aware of Emma. He was smitten at first glance, and the illustrations of (view spoiler) were so movie-like with the framing, the angles, and the building romantic tension. That was my favorite part. However, nitpick: William and Emma fell in love way too fast. When the other characters started referencing how they were in love, I ...more
Watching the anime for Emma: A Victorian Romance really made me interested in reading the manga. Mostly to see how well the anime followed the original story. I have to say the anime holds up quite well, though it does draw out certain scenes that were only a few pages in the manga.

All in all, an excellent start to the manga, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Mori has in store in the second omnibus edition.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel bad giving this only three stars (really 3.5)! The story was exceptionally compelling, and the illustrations were great. However, I was lost about 20% of the time due to the time and scene jumps and my unfamiliarity with the way to read manga. This book DID make me want to read more of it, though, so I'll go get the second installment and practice more! Overall, a great manga for beginners. ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 *s.

This is my first manga read, so I don't have anything for comparison. It was cute and really quirky at times. The illustrations were amazing. I read this for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I might pickup the subsequent volumes to break up my heavier reads.
ML Character
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
ahhhh, the fantasy of Edwardian/Victorian UK life is so extreme, but it's also sort of fascinating to read it as a kaleidoscope mirror of what signifiers come through about the exotified English Other. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
If Downton Abbey was a Manga.
Marian Kamatchi
3.5 the story was cute.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I was hoping for a slower love build up..things seem to happen fast generally though
Mina Ramirez
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m invested, despite the odds.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, manga
Reading a manga set in London during the 1900s is new to me.

I love how this is a forbidden romance novel between a "nobleman" and a maid. I love reading and watching anything that deals with this and this manga so far has not dissapointed me. We are left on a cliffhanger and I'm excited to read the next volume to know what happens between our two lovers.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, manga
There better be a happy ending!

Love the characters. I hope the story ends well for the two of them.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Re-Read Review:
I re-read this volume for OtakuAThon and wow did I love this even more than the first time I read it. When I first read this, I was new to manga and trying to find my way. Hopefully this will be a more comprehensive, spoiler free review.
First off, I love the fact that this is a historical manga series. I find the Victorian era very interesting and I loved seeing Kaoru Mori's story told in this time. Along with that, I love that it feels like Kaoru really captured the essence of t
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Content Rating: Adult (some unnecessary nudity, kidnapping)
Format Read: Hardcover

Series/Purchase Note: This physical US edition consists of 5 omnibus volumes. The original Japanese release consisted of 10 volumes. The digital US version appears to be for sale as 10 individual volumes as well.

Author Kaoru Mori's current ongoing series, A Bride's Story, about a traveling Englishman and the local families he meets in 19th-c
Pip (Bookish_Pip)
I've been looking for this omnibus forever and even though it was pretty expensive it was definitely worth it after waiting so long. Hardback manga is something I'm definitely digging at the minute, the dust jacket on this volume is so cute and it's reversible too so you get your pick of whichever side you prefer best. The hardback itself is a dark green with gold calligraphy font on the spine.

At first I wasn't too sure about the artwork - the faces all seemed a little... odd however, the costu
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
~Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a giveaway~

I was super excited about getting this lovely hard bound copy of the Emma series.

Its a very sturdy book and I really appreciate that.

As far as the contents are concerns: I like this series. I feel like the very reserved Emma grows a bit in this book (not as much as I would like) and has gone through and is going through more tough times.

I can see why some folks would not like this book. Emma is not the relentlessly cheerful type of girl
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I don't usually double-dip, but this series completely deserves it! Pricetag is a bit high... YenPress went 2-in-1 thick hardcover books with full-color reversible dust jackets!
And slightly touched up translations from the previous CMX releases

Anyways, this starts out as pure romance novel fodder: wealthy merchant family eldest son falls in love with the maid of his former governess.
You got your list of class-crossed love cliches? Good, chuck it, and enjoy some awkward sweetness, occasionally b
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well, much like A Bride's Story, Vol. 1, the artwork and detail in this work is phenomenal. You can see how much time and care the writer/artist put into the accuracy of the period. The story itself was a bit slow and meandering and the characters flat. I may check out further volumes just for the art. ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
My first foray into manga and I'm not sure I can ever try it again. The writing was ridiculously simplistic and bland and the illustrations....ugh...I found myself skimming over them just to quickly read the text. No differentiation between characters, no expressions, I just had zero connection with this book. ...more
This really was as delightful as I'd been led to believe all of these years (and I'm glad it's now back in print in North America). Nothing too terribly deep but a solid story involving class struggles amidst romantic tension. (And while it's still rather sweet overall, it's definitely darker than, say, Downton Abbey.) I'll be picking up the other volumes from the library, soon. ...more
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