Emma Volumes 5 and 6

The events in the series are building with intensity and drama. In words the story could probably be told as a novella, and yet with the art there is a double sense of everything and nothing happening, drawing a single scene out over ten pages. As a series it’s hard to review without giving anything away, but I’ll try to keep to facts mentioned in the summaries.

image from Amazon

In Volume 5, Emma returns to Haworth glowing from her visit to London. After the happiness there, however, it may prove hard to go back to being content. Meanwhile, William discovers a passion for letter-writing as an antidote to his troubled emotions. We also get some of the backstory to the relationship of William’s parents, which explains why some characters behave the way they do. Overall this volume is very sweet, showing us more of the romance between the characters and paving the way for future events.

image from Amazon

In Emma: Volume 6, William must finally confront the reality of his engagement to Eleanor, and what this means for his relationship with Emma. Emma, on the other hand, becomes more confident in her love. Soon circumstances arrive, however, that may prevent her from ever seeing William again. The pace begins to pick up suddenly here. This volume gets somewhat melodramatic, and it’s hard to ever feel happy with the outcome when love triangles are involved because someone always gets hurt. Kaori Mori has William’s siblings reading a romance called The Prisoner of Zenda, which is apparently a real book, and I kind of want to get my hands on it.

What can I say? I adore this manga and can’t wait to read volume 7, even if the sixth book was a little unsatisfying.

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  1. […] I’ve been pacing myself with the Emma manga, but it’s been long enough since I read Volume 6. Finally, in Volume 7, Kaoru Mori finishes her story of the Victorian maid who dared to fall in […]

  2. […] The airship Thursday recalls traveling on is called the Ruritania. Ten years ago I would not have known what that referred to, but I’ve been meaning to read The Prisoner of Zenda for a while now. […]


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