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...
I had average expectations going into watching Victorian Romance Emma with my wife. I never expected it to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. The Second Act is just the continuation and finale of the anime. The story takes place in 19th century Victorian England, except now it is no longer just London as Emma has moved out to the countryside. With William being left behind, he now finds himself entangled in a relationship with a nobleman’s daughter, Eleanor Campbell, who is an innocent girl completely infatuated with him. On the other side, Emma is getting used to her new life at the Mildrake estate. In time, she adjusts and finds herself being called upon by another suitor as well. However, neither she nor William are able to truly commit to these new relationships. As far as animation goes, the anime has a very soft look to it. Nothing is overly vibrant or flashy, which feels natural for this era and locale. The characters are somewhat plain looking, but not poorly done and they are animated consistently throughout. The backgrounds look authentic and add to the atmosphere very well. The music is nothing out of this world, which is perfect! It plays to the story properly and it is music you would expect to hear from this time period. The ambient sounds of the various scenes, especially the outdoors ones, are subtle but quite appropriate. Along with the aforementioned music, the entire audio soundtrack compliments what is happening at the specific scene in any particular episode. The audio compliments its authenticity. Although everything mentioned up to this point is excellent, what makes this series the most enjoyable are the characters. In the Second Act we are introduced to a few new characters, such as Hans the butler at the Mildrake estate, and William’s estranged but doting mother, Aurelia Jones. The only minor complaint I have is that the addition of these new characters takes away ever so slightly from the two main protagonists, Emma and William. Then again, maybe that is a good thing since season one was highly saturated with both of their individual character development and life. And to be fair, a character like Aurelia does make the main story arc much more interesting since she was only oft mentioned in season one. In conclusion, the Second Act is a slightly shortened and slightly unsatisfying ending to an otherwise excellent story and wonderful anime overall. Then again, this could be me just being selfish as I could've easily watched another season on the next stage in evolution of William and Emma's relationship. Personally, it doesn't merit me deducting a point from the overall perfect romantic story. Then again, I am being biased here. ENTERTAINMENT SCORE: 10/10 Season One Review Additional Information: Video Format: DVD (2013) Audio Format: Japanese Dolby Digital Surround (with English subtitles) Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment Equipment Used: Samsung UN40C5000QF 1080p LED TV, Samsung Blu-ray Player BD-P1590
WARNING: This review contains a little bit of spoiler. Well, I watched the anime and I must say.. ..I love it.. ..And I don´t know how was it even possible for me to not know about it earlier.. But I still prefer the manga storyline more though. There is a lot more drama in manga that gives it a nice kick, the storyline is quite differend and it ends good in both. I recommend it. So, for those who didn´t watched the anime nor read the manga, do it.. It´s really worth it, It´s a such beautiful anime in my opinion. It warmed my girly heart. ♥ Ps. My rating is for the anime, not manga!
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