I was supposed to go to ‘Animania’ (Sydney Anime Thingy) last weekend, but due to unforseen circumstances and lack of interest from other parties this little trip was cancelled. Dagnabbit. I’m sure it was a great day. *sighs deeply*

So, to make up for my ‘lack of trip to animania’, I decided to download and read an entire series of manga that I hadn’t heard of.

I had a quick squizzy around *insert name of popular download stop here* and discovered ‘Emma’. It was totally worth it, downloading all 52 files… heh – took all day too! And I liked the scanlation so much I’m going to buy the books (as soon as I have funds).

Synopsis: Emma is a maid, working in Victorian era London for an ex-governess. One of her mistress’ ward’s, William, comes to visit one day, and they begin to develop a relationship with one another.

Sure, you may think, sounds normal enough. But back in ‘the old days’ maids couldn’t be seen fraternising with gentlemen like that.

Thus begin the trials faced by Emma and William as they pursue their ill-matched pairing, facing all manner of trials and trying to snatch as many sweet moments together as they can.

“Emma” covers a range of social issues, but not only that includes interesting side stories including William’s friendship with the young Indian prince Hakim, an arranged engagement to a young society lady named Eleanor, and the various different types of servants and maids that work in the different houses the characters live and work in during the story. Throw in a kidnapping, and a touch of ‘Pygmalion’, and you’ve got yourself a a pretty entertaining storyline!

Will Emma the maid and William the gentlemen end up together? How will the society snobs deal with the social repercussions? What will the neighbours think? Read all 52 chapters for yourself and find out! (Then buy the books – we have to support the industry!)

Rating: 3 ‘maids uniforms’ out of 5 – there were some slow moments, but these were generally made up for in the next chapter. The ending was satisfactory, leaving it open for more volumes in the future. All the artwork was amazing, the small details on the buildings and the attention to detail made Victorian era London come to life. A good read, indeed!

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