Emma, Volume 2

I was able to read Emma: Volume 2 in about forty-five minutes at work today, and found myself really wishing it was longer. At the end it was almost a shock to find myself still at the store and not actually in Victorian England!

This picks up with the story of Emma and William where Volume 1 left off. Even as they admit that they mean something to each other, class differences seem to forbid their courting. Circumstances soon leave Emma no choice but to leave London behind.

Again it was not very action packed, but the real beauty is in the art. There are some fantastic street scenes, as well as the Crystal Palace. I don’t think the faces Kaoru Mori draws are particularly unique (William and his brother look identical), but she is a whiz at showing emotion through expressions and gestures. The pages where Emma packs to leave have zero dialogue and are unbelievably poignant. It’s not what you might expect from manga. If you do a Google search for “emma kaoru mori” there are some images from the series that others have put up, to get a taste (the black and white ones are better than the covers). I don’t want to paste any into this post because of copyright issues, but I wish I could.

I’ll have to put the next volume on hold at the library, but I’m not sure what to do after that. You can probably guess where this is going…

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  1. […] Volume 3 Just like Volumes 1 and 2 from Kaoru Mori, Emma: Volume 3 is sheer delight. The artwork continues to be beautiful and the […]

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