Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma Daini Maku Second Act

Title:Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma Daini Maku Second Act
Emma: A Victorian Romance Second Act
英國戀物語エマ 第二幕 SECOND ACT
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Notables: R1 License - Right Stuf Intl
Continuing from where the first season left off, Emma has moved down to Yorkshire becoming a maid for the eccentric Molders family trying to move on with her life while William Jones wonders how his relationship with Emma went wrong. With the viscount's daughter Elenor becoming more in love with William, the young man finds himself increasingly pressured to conform to the standards of higher class society. But fate has a nice way of reuniting separated lovers as Emma and William later find out.

(2007, 12 episodes, 25 min. each)

Animated by: Asia-Do

Licensed by: Right Stuf International
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Buy 9 8 8 8 9 8 Ggultra2764 [series:2172#1552]
Following after Emma's first season, Second Act continues off with its heavy devotion to maintaining the historic accuracy of Victorian England and the tensions that escalate with Emma and William's relationship. This season gives us a number of new cast members with Emma's entry into the Molder household whom we get a good sense of the type of people that they are like the rough-spoken servant Hans, the not-so-conventional actions of Dorothea Molders, and the friendly Mrs. Trollope. These three new characters, in particular, play a major role in helping to push along Emma and William's conflicted thoughts regarding their relationship, especially with what we later learn about Mrs. Trollope who gets a great deal of background depth over the type of woman she winded up being. Hard decisions are made by characters in this series and one situation leads to another as one person's happiness leads to the suffering of another which pushes along the conflicts the Jones family later face in the show's second half. These events felt believable enough considering the time period in which this series is set in since challenging conformity and differences in social status are the major themes for Emma and William's romance. Despite being animated by a new studio, this season of Emma retains the good quality artwork and character designs that I admired from the first season. The instrumental songs used from the first season are also retained as they do well at setting up the mood of the OP and specific scenes in the series.

Emma was quite the worthwhile romance and historical title for me. Besides featuring a different take on romance and maid-themed anime, I learned much more about Victorian-era England since this title was just about flawless in covering every feature of the era with the clothing, mannerisms, social roles, buildings, history, etc... I hope to see more titles like Emma in the future with believable historic renditions of foreign countries.

Last updated Friday, July 31 2009. Created Friday, July 31 2009.

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