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At the end of the 19th century, in a time when social classes dominate society, a woman named Emma serves as a maid for a retired governess. One fateful day, a man named William from the upper class arrives at the mansion to visit the governess, and leaves having fallen in love with the young maid herself. In a time of such prejudice, love between the classes is frowned upon; but for William and Emma, their hardships are just beginning. Can the two break free of the bonds society has forced on them, or will they succumb to the pressure and banish each other from their hearts?
If you like the 'impossible love' aspect of Romeo x Juliet, then you will find this classic Shakespearean formula replicated in Victorian Romance Emma. The core idea of love bridging a vast societal gap is touchingly explored and executed in both. VRE is quieter and more reflective than RxJ and its setting is real-life Victorian era whilst RxJ is a fantasy Italy. But both anime reach an intense level of (for lack of a better word) sexual tension that keeps you wanting the next episode.
Emma is working as a maid in the countryside, immersed in chores and grief; for her love, William, is engaged to a woman he does not love but whose family name will finally bring the Jouneses the status they have always craved. Resigned to their individual fates, the feelings that blossomed between them in London are seemingly a thing of the past. However, love does not rest so easily. Emma and William soon find themselves thrown together by chance. Once again they must make painful choices – love or prestige, passion or restraint – but this time so much more is at stake...
The divine mandate of society has always played a role in shaping the lives and deaths of those who breathe under her care; yet while being subjected to this mandate, can these existences break away and stand on their own? Such is the tale of Romeo x Juliet and of Victorian Romance Emma.
They are wonderful tales of differing golden eras (Shakespearean and Victorian respectively) that gave birth to countless classics that have been immortalized for eternity. A love that cannot be, social conflicts against the individual, and the repression of one's own true self ultimately leads to the question of manifesting one's own destiny. These are what forms the foundations of Victorian Romance Emma and Romeo x Juliet, as viewers of contemporary times, these classics embody the unison of the anime realm and golden eras of literature. Thus, finding fulfillment in one series certainly results to gratification in the other.