Emma, Volume 1

Emma, Volume 1

by Kaoru Mori


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Calling upon his former governess, William Jones, gentleman, is startled when his knock is answered by an uncommonly beautiful servant, the soft-spoken Emma. Throughout his visit, William's eyes drift to the maid whenever she enters the room, and he contrives to meet Emma socially as she goes about her errands. But London society is a web of strict codes and divisions. For the son of a wealthy merchant, seeking out a working-class girl is simply not done! William's father plans for his son to marry into the peerage and elevate the Jones family to greater heights, but although William says and does what is expected of him, he longs only for Emma's company...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401211325
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 09/20/2006
Series: Emma Manga Series , #1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.95(w) x 7.35(h) x 0.50(d)

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.

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Emma, Volume 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I found the anime first, I am super excited to read the manga. The art is gorgeous and the characters are endearing.
LoriMill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I decided to read Emma because it combines an old love of mine (English period novels ¿ I love Jane Austen¿s Emma) with an intriguing format I had not yet explored (Manga). I was drawn into this story of forbidden love through Kaoru Mori's beautiful drawings, which bring 19th century England to life. On the first page the reader is dropped into this setting as the view descends in each panel from a map of England, map of London, bird¿s eye view of the city, and onto the city street that bustles with horse drawn carriages. Mori's depiction of Victorian architecture and clothing show her careful attention to detail. Even when the text moves along slowly, the art keeps it ever interesting. Telling this period romance in Manga format makes it fresh, and readers who might quickly reject Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte might actually give this one a shot. They might even enjoy it; I certainly did.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow... I've had this series recommended by a few different people, and I'm so glad I picked up the first volume. This is a beautiful manga set in Victorian England... not my favorite setting. However, the mangaka's love of all things English really shows and its hard not to share it! Emma is a "proper British maid" working for a retired governess, Kelly Stownar. When Kelly's former ward, William Jones, stops in to see her, he falls for Emma, but he's certainly not the only person to have a crush on her. The artwork is highly-detailed, often resembling watercolors, with amazing amounts of detail (check out the mudie scene). The characters themselves are not done in your typical manga-style... if you're typically put off by manga, this one would be worth giving a try. The story itself is slow-paced and somewhat subdued (at least in this volume), and I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next. You get the feeling that these characters and their story has a great deal of depth to be uncovered.
RGQuimby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Subtle and deftly told, this well-crafted historical romance defies stereotypical conventions about manga and graphic novels in general. The artwork is so incredibly detailed and authentic that readers will feel as if they have been transported back to Victorian England. The gradual, unhurried pace of the story may be frustrating to some readers, but those looking for a character-driven, romantic story will not be disappointed.
davidscarter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
William is the eldest son of a wealthy family. Emma is a former street urchin raised to be a proper British maid in Victorian England. Will they find a way to bridge the gap of class distinctions and recognize their true love?The plot of Emma vol. 1 (CMX, $9.99) by Kaoru Mori sounds like the typical setting for yet another shojo manga. Except it's not; Emma is seinen, manga intended to appeal to young men. I find it interesting that there's an entire subgenre of manga that are essentially romance comics for boys & young men, and Emma is a stellar representation of that genre.Mori's art and storytelling in Emma are astounding, the attention to detail, lush background, and sense of place and space all contribute to making Emma a winning reading experience.I won't say any more of the plot so as not to spoil your enjoyment, except to mention that there are elephants...Of course we know that William and Emma will somehow end up together when the manga finally ends; it's the journey that makes all the difference, and in Kaoru Mori's Emma it's a journey well worth making.Rating: 4 (of 5).
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The lovely drawings of Emma and William and scenes from Victorian England made this beginning of an upstairs/downstairs romance something quite special. Emma is a maid living with and working for Mrs. Stownar an elderly lady who was widowed at age 20 and then worked as a governess for well-to-do families for many years before retiring. William Jones seems to be the only son of a wealthy English merchant family that hobnobs with the aristocrats, and Mrs. Stownar used to be his governess when he was a boy. One day he comes to visit his old governess and meets Emma, and the romance begins. He seems immediately attracted to her, but social conventions against relationships between classes prevent him from furthering their acquaintance. Things get more complicated when his visiting friend from India, Hakim, is also attracted to Emma, and when his father starts plotting for him to meet and hopefully marry a pretty young lady from the gentry class named Eleanor. The story is very subtle, and much is deduced from the detailed drawings. I especially loved the drawings of Mudies, the great lending library in London. In the short story at the end of the book where Kaoru Mori writes and draws about the making of Emma, she complains about the tediousness of drawing all the books in the library. It may have been very tedious, but the result is amazing. I am drawn into Emma and William's story now and have already started reading Volume 2.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Japanese manga set in the late 19th century in which a rich gentleman falls in love with the young maid of the now aging woman who used to be his governess when he drops in to call on her. I liked the Upstairs, Downstairs theme (a British television programme which used to be my favourite when I saw it in the 80s), but the drawings were average at best, and I found the dialogue of poor quality and completely lacking in historical verisimilitude. Not quite my cup of tea.
dschander on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Victorian love story. In manga format. What's not to love? I can't remember where I ran across the mention of this series that caught my eye, but I'm glad it did. It's the story of a young lady's maid who falls in love with a gentleman's son. Events move appropriately slowly, and that gives us time to get to know the characters, both the two shy leads and the disparate secondary characters. The author does a beautiful job of telling the story with pictures as well as words.
ShelbyStancil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A young maid named Emma literally runs into the young man named William who her employer was governess to. They talk and begin to like each other as more than friends. Williams friend Hakim for a visit and he too falls for Emma. Williams father finds out that he is in love with a maid and forbids him to marry her. Instead he basically betroths William to another girl. Emma¿s employer dies and she is forced to leave London for her home town. This is where the novel leaves off.Personal Reaction:The graphics were good. A little too detailed in some areas but overall it was good. The story was rather intriguing. It was not something I have ever come across before. I love graphic novels and especially the ones deemed ¿Manga¿. This one fits in to this category. It is a simple yet intricate story that I¿m sure most kids would be able to understand. It would be more for girls seeing as it is mostly a love story but the historic quality is still there. It is fiction so it is not all true but the general idea is great. I am very anxious to read the rest of the series.Classroom Extension Ideas:1.Have kids create their own mini graphic novels following the same pattern of this one.2.Show the kids pictures of the time period and have them research more in it.
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must say that I loved this story - it's beautifully drawn without the huge exclamations I've seen in other Manga, the pacing is very even and calm with a story-arc like a regular period novel, and, so far (I've only read the first two in the series yet), there are no peculiar supernatural events. The characters are easy to sympathize with and the period is presented with loving detail - it's obvious that Kaoru Mori has done her homework! Admittedly, I probably enjoyed this more than other Manga because it's similar to Western graphic novels, but I that's only to be expected, I think. I will definitely read the whole series (at this time, nine have been released and number 10 will be released next month).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best manga ever written.  If you're a fan of Jane Austen and/or Victorian manga, like Black Butler, you'd love this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read these at the library and the story is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
awesome book! you should read it!