In 19th-century London, class lines are sharply drawn, and the social standing to which people are born dictates the path their lives will follow. Emma, an honest and hardworking young maid, never felt her place in life to be a burden. But then she met William, a member of the gentry and the eldest son of a wealthy family. His warm smile and earnest affection threaten to capture her heart… but can love truly conquer all? – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
My Cousin Totoro
The anime and manga are very detailed in portraying London and the English culture in the late 1800s, and because it is about aristocrats and commoners in England, I found it quite strange that they were speaking in Japanese. Emma is one of those animes that I wouldn’t mind watching with English audio.
Emma: A Victorian Romance has some top-notch storytelling. A slice-of-life tale taking place in Victorian London, it won’t drag you through the emotional spectrum, but it will get you rooting for Emma and William and hoping they find a solution to their forbidden love. It has a great cast of characters, a terrific setting, and a stellar plot. The only thing it is missing is a dub. Otherwise, I have no real complaints. Highly recommended.
Anime News Network
Victorian Romance Emma is a must-watch for everyone who is into historical series. It’s a mature romance series with very likable characters that knows exactly how to use its time, and how to subtly develop its characters. Even though in the beginning it may seem a bit boring, it all becomes worthwhile in the end.
The problem with this series is the very slow pacing and lack of passion and emotion. Though repressed emotions may be realistic for the Victorian period, it makes for a boring story. The characters are likeable enough, though none show much personality except Hakim, whose extravagance is over-the-top-amusing, but he’s underutilized. However, the “dates” are nicely handled as the two main characters slowly develop their friendship. The episodes should be seen in order to follow the relationship, though they are self contained and each can be viewed on its own since there are no cliffhangers.
Not many shows since then have been able to capture Emma’s quiet dignity, which makes watching this series all the more special. Its mature, believable storyline combined with a well-written cast and attention to detail in regards to the setting is what sets this show apart. While the ending does not resolve the romance entirely, it does set itself up nicely for a second season while leaving the viewer with a nice, yet bittersweet feeling.
My Anime List
This is far from your standard shoujo series. The historical accuracy, which adds in a defiance of typical shoujo standards, and the way it invests you in every one of its characters make it shine. The slower pacing of the episodes and the romance feels just right, and the faithfulness to the manga source in story and art style are a real treat. The music and seiyuu add the icing on the cake.
The story was excellent, characters were exceptional, screenplay and dialogues were outstanding. I really like the character of William Jones. It was just like the story of Cinderella where a rich man falls in love with a maid, but with a different point of view. One of the main reason I like it was the era and the manner of how British peoples converse with each other. The role of Emma was also a delighted one. I have never seen such character in my life. I will give this series a full marks.