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...
On a tragic night in Neo Verona, the Capulet family is murdered by Montague and the country is seized. The only Capulet survivor is the child Juliet, who is rescued by loyal knights. Fourteen years later, people in Neo Verona live in poverty and fear. Juliet has spent her life in hiding, and in disguise as the male Red Whirlwind, secretly fighting Neo Verona’s oppression. On one of her secret adventures, she is helped by Romeo and falls in love. Finally, on one fateful day, Juliet’s family reveals her heritage and their desire for her to reclaim her title and rescue Neo Verona from tyranny. Meanwhile, Juliet also discovers that Romeo is the son of her worst enemy. Can Juliet rescue Neo Verona and kill the father of the man she loves?
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.
Both Emma 2 and RxJ are about forbidden love and love thwarted by circumstances. While Emma is a quieter sort of journey through the lovers' trials with a historical focus, RxJ is far more explosive sort of passion with more cheesy fantasy elements, but still both are very touching in their style. Definitely check out RxJ if you liked Emma.
Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?
Both of these are very quiet sorts of anime that take a touching approach to romance. Nothing is rushed or hurried and the lovers face their own insecurities as well as external problems in order to learn to build a viable relationship. If you want more of that sweet, quiet style, then try out Bokura ga Ita.