Emma

Created by: Kaoru Mori

Published by: CMX

ISBN: 1401211321 (Amazon)

Pages: 183

Genre: Drama, Historical, Manga, Romance

Emma

I am officially on-board for any of Kaoru Mori’s future projects. The author’s zeal for the era of her focus is blindingly evident and her rendering of its particulars exhibits such attention and joy that it’s hard not to get swept up by the objects of her affections. Let’s be clear. In real life, I have no interest either in late-19th-century Britain’s class disparity or in maids. Yet due to Mori’s work here, I was absolutely engaged for the whole seven volumes, finishing them over the course of a day. If she decides to write something further on the matter, I’m certain to be drawn in again.

Emma by Kaoru Mori

Mori’s storytelling is impressive. The weight of her line perfectly suits her subject matter; it’s crisp and confident. She excels at choosing setting, pace, and moment, giving her characters the opportunity to reflect on actions, words, or thoughts from prior panels and pages. As well, Mori includes any number of silent scenes, allowing the reader to pause and take in the full scope of what is occurring within the more introspective parts of her characters stories. Keeping the reader involved, Mori uses a number of visual devices, requiring one to pay attention to camera angles and character details. The storytelling occurs as much through visual relief as it does through verbal narrative and dialogue.

Emma is chiefly the story of Emma and William, an orphaned household maid and the son of the monied class. This is a romance and we see them meet-cute, fall for each other in that stereotypically understated Victorian way, encounter difficulties due their class distinctions, and finally resolve their relationship. It’s a lovely little story.

Emma by Kaoru Mori

As Emma is the story of two principles, Mori leaves every other story untold. While William and Emma’s story finds its resolution, a reader could easily become frustrated with the many loose ends Mori leaves untied in her supporting characters’ regard. Personally, I found this abandonment of other characters charming and felt their untold stories just added to the book’s wonder. Because of Mori’s reluctance to end all stories with the conclusion of Emma and William’s story, she keeps Emma from being yet one more example of contrived romance.

That said, I am thirsty to know more of the lives of the other characters. Eleanor. Hans and Adele. All of the Jones family. More, more, more. Please.

Emma by Kaoru Mori

 

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