Emma by Kaoru Mori
Emma and Emma Bangaihen is one of my favorite mangas. I am a big fan of Kaoru Mori and love to use her characters as subject of my sketches. I don’t know how she does it but she captures beautiful images of history and bring it to paper.
Emma is a story of Emma, a maid and a gentry named William who fell in love with each other. There are a lot of problems that arose of course. The drawing improves throughout the series. If you compare the final chapters from the beginning, the difference of art is very noticeable. It became more elaborate and alive. The plot is credible considering it was a romance manga, and very dramatic. Kaoru Mori didn’t just focus on Emma’s story but put other characters and showed their stories. This can be witnessed with Emma Bangaihen, the sequel.
This has an anime adaptation: Emma A Victorian Romance First Act and Second Act. The plot is a bit different from the manga. Personally, I liked the story of the anime because it portrayed Emma as a very brave and independent person. And William broke away from the clutches of society through his own efforts.
I love this manga because it has everything I ever wanted from a manga: beautiful characters, history, amazing art, credible story, romance, and much more.