Emma #2 by Kaoru Mori Manga Review

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Title:  Emma #2

Author:  Kaoru Mori

Publisher:  CMX

ISBN:  140121133x

May Contain Spoilers

Oh, the tragedy!  Emma and William are allowed only a brief moment of happiness before the harsh realities of life interfere with their romance.  Mrs Stownar passes away, and suddenly Emma is left homeless.  With a heavy heart, she decides to return to her home village.  Her scheduled meeting with William never comes to pass, and she is forced to collect her meager belongings and board the train without biding him farewell.  Is this the end of their hopeless love?

If you want to read an uplifting, feel good book, this isn’t it!  Sad and wistful, the vast chasm between William and Emma is again brandished before them.  William’s siblings return home from school, and even they are dead-set against the young love birds.  William, in love with a maid?  Is he insane?  Think of the family’s reputation!  When Emma is confronted by William’s sister, Vivi, even she acknowledges that they live in two different worlds, and their relationship is doomed to failure.

With this volume, we get a glimpse of Emma’s childhood.  Raised by her harsh aunt and uncle after her mother’s death, she was reminded constantly that she was a burden, and that she should be  grateful to have a roof over her head.  Then she’s kidnapped and almost sold to a brothel!   Escaping from that dastardly fate, she struggles to survive on the streets of London, before the kindly Mrs Stownar finally takes her in. 

I am exceedingly sad to report that I consider William to be a spineless fop.  D00d, get a backbone and tell your father where he can stuff his opinions!  Be a man, not a petulant little boy.  Emma, maybe you should just choose Hakim!  He’s cute and rich!!  And don’t forget the elephants!

Oh, and Vivi is an evil shrew.

Here’s hoping things go a little smoothly for Emma in the next volume.  Release date – March 31.  Only three months to wait! 

Grade:  A

Rated for Teen+