Thursday, September 24, 2015

#TBT: Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma/ Emma: A Victorian Romance

by Gaby

Today's throwback will be back to 2005 when a beautiful anime by the name of Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma, or Emma: A Victorian Romance was airing in Japan.
The story of Emma takes place in early 19th century London, a time when social status was
The Governess

everything and it meant how you were going to live your life. Emma is a young maid who was taken in by a retired governess, Kelly Stownar.  Although strict, the Governess actually cares deeply for all those in her life, especially Emma.

The tale in this anime starts when one day, William Jones comes over to pay a visit to his former Governess Kelly Stownar. William spots Emma and immediately takes a linking to her and begins to make more frequent visits to see his former teacher, when really he is hoping to see Emma.
Emma knows that he is from a higher class than she is, with him being the eldest son of a wealthy merchant rising into the gentry, there was no possible way.  But William keeps trying and goes as far as buying Emma presents until they finally begin a discreet courtship.

William keeps bumping into Emma
This anime is purely a beautiful romance about a love that society says cannot be. I recommend this one to anyone who loves Jane Austen type stories, Victorian romances, old fashioned courtships, and just a darn good love story.
You will see fun sights in this one like the Crystal Palace or old school inventions.  Definitively worth a shot. With 2 seasons both 12 episodes long its a good short watch.

Here is the Season 1 Opening so that you can get a feel for the show.

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