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Manga Review: Emma

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Manga Classics: Emma
by Stacy King, Po Tse
and Jane Austen
Rating: ★★★

Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humour and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). 

This Classic Manga begins in the 19th century in Highbury, England. Emma Woodhouse is a beautiful young woman that treasures love above all and constantly strives to bring people together but she’s also headstrong and a little abrupt with her matches. The illustrations were bright and flowing with nature and art.

The story starts with Emma’s governess of sixteen years marrying and leaving Emma and her father on their own. Emma is sad to see her go but happy for Miss Taylor finding love. She has no problem with finding love for others but she’s committed to not marrying to stay and take care of her father. Emma still has many friends, admirers and Mr Knightley, the neighbour she constantly butts heads with.

It’s funny that Emma was so against a relationship but she ended up in the weirdest situations with men confessing their love. Even if she was oblivious to things and acted shallow at times I admired how Emma was able to see her faults and openly discuss things people don’t like about her. She was definitely a character I enjoyed reading about.

“I already have independence, wealth, and many things to occupy my time and affections.
What do I need with marriage?”

Then everything starts to look up when a young lady, Harriet, comes around and Emma decides to take her under her wing. Harriet is more than happy to follow Emma around and do whatever she says and Emma is happy to have someone to spend her time with after Miss Taylor left. Then when Emma sees that Harriet is interested in a man far beneath what she thinks is appropriate she decides to take matters into her own hands and find the right man for her. Emma ruins Harriet’s chances with Mr Martin, then makes a disastrous match with Mr Elton and even Mr Knightley but she finally comes to her senses in the end and lets Harriet decide her own life.

After Harriet’s introduction, there are a couple more important characters like Jane and Frank that join into the story. Jane Fairfax is a beautiful woman that keeps her thoughts closed off and her emotions controlled but Frank Churchill is a completely lively and youthful man. I felt bad for Mr Martin when he was rejected so then I didn’t care for Mr Elton at the start of the manga but after he showed his true colours I hated him!

There was so much drama in this manga! So much heartbreak, gossip and scheming but there was also sweetness and friendship. It also had a fantastically perfect ending with a wedding and a great love. This was an awesome manga adaption of a classic novel!

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– Kirra

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