Friday, May 01, 2009

'Emma, vol. 8'

Written and Illustrated by Kaoru Mori
Translated and Adapted by Sheldon Drzka
Fiction/manga, 2007 (Japan), 2009 (English translation)
CMX, pb, 199 p.
Emma series, volume 8 (of 10)
The secret lives of the Emma supporting cast are revealed!
This volume is a collection of short stories focusing on some of the supporting characters introduced throughout the course of the series. The first chapter pre-dates the very start of the series, and tells the story of how young Kelly Stowner and her husband Doug try to save up money to visit England’s Great Exhibition. Then we revisit Eleanor Campbell, who spends a day at the beach trying to get over William, with surprising results.
A fun, quick read; this was another good choice for the read-a-thon. There’s not a lot more I can say about this series though that I haven’t already, when I talked about volume 1, and then volumes 2 – 7. The main story concluded at the end of volume 7, so volume 8 is simply a collection of short episodes in the lives of some of the minor characters that played a role in the story of Emma and William, and it was fun to revisit some of them. My favourite story was the first one about Mrs. Stowner and her husband as newlyweds, saving up to visit the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace.

The panels were again beautifully drawn, and I thought the section on The Times newspaper, with the paper as the common element in a variety of situations, was cleverly done. However, I must say that I did miss Emma and William so it wasn’t quite as engaging a read for me as the previous volumes, but there are two more volumes of stories about Emma and William’s world and I’m still very much looking forward to reading them once they become available in English.

First sentence: Excuse me, but might I trouble you a minute?

My Rating: 3.5/5
(#24 for 2009, Manga Challenge)

Also reviewed at:
things mean a lot (vols. 1-7)
The Written World (vols. 1-7)
If you've also reviewed this book or series, let me know and I'll link to it here.


  1. My favourite story was also the first one. I also really enjoyed the one about Eleanor. I felt so bad for her at the end of the series. It was nice to see her enter the next stage of her life.

  2. I would love to get my hands on this one sometime. I thought Emma was such an enjoyable series and for my first foray into was perfect!!

  3. I really enjoyed this, too! I haven't decided if I am going to review it or not, though. I might wait for the rest of the series and then review them all together.

  4. Nymeth - It was nice to see Eleanor start to move on after the William debacle. :)

    Staci - It was fun to get a little extra on some of the other characters from the series. Emma was my first foray into manga too, and I agree that it was the perfect choice!

    Kailana - I figured I'd just review it now because the next one isn't out for a few months, and I'm not sure when vol. 10 will be out, but I'll probably try to read and review the last two together.

  5. I really must check this series out with you, Nymeth and Kailana raving about it so much. I like the idea of adding on a little more about the background characters after the main story has finished.

  6. Rhinoa - It's a fun series, you should definitely try it.


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