Emma - A Victorian Romance

Emma - A Victorian Romance is an anime series in the Emma - A Victorian Romance franchise
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Emma is a housemaid in 19th-century England, devoted to her employer Kelly Stownar, a retired governess. Miss Stownar is unable to stay idle and has taught her working-class servant how to read and write. Emma's life is thrown into turmoil when the house is visited by William Jones, a handsome man who was once one of Kelly's pupils. What began as a simple courtesy call takes on new meaning as William and Emma feel an instant attraction, although the path to true love is unlikely to be smooth-William is a member of one of the most noble families in England, whereas Emma is a mere scullery maid. As such, the couple might as well be from different worlds, and that's before William's friend Hakim, a bona fide Indian prince, arrives and falls for Emma himself.

Emma is a gorgeous, refreshing anime for the 21st century, a Victorian Cinderella invested with a truly rare quality-the people who made it actually seem to like what they are doing. The impoverished Studio Pierrot was obliged to curtail this adaptation of Kaoru Mori's beautifully observed manga from Comic Beam, ending it 24 episodes before the original plan. However, it achieves much more in its 12 chapters than so many lesser anime with greater running times; the sights and sounds of 19th-century England are lovingly recreated in a quiet, understated drama that recalls Little Princess and the better productions of the World Masterpiece Theater. At a time when the word "maid" in an anime synopsis normally heralds something like Maids in Dream or Another Lady Innocent, Emma is a sign that while corporate raiders and carpetbaggers are doing everything they can to ruin the medium, anime still has rare gems that can surprise and entertain. It is also another example of the curious Japanese love affair with Englishness, most notable in recent years in Steam Boy and Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Note that, in a piece of Edwardian stunt-casting, lead actress Yumi Toma was also the Japanese voice of Kate Winslett in Titanic.

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Name Emma - A Victorian Romance
Name: 英國戀物語エマ
Romaji: Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma
Publisher Pierrot
Start Year 2005
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Aliases British Love Story Emma
Victorian Romance Emma
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