If you missed Emma
during its original release you'd have to pony up some serious dough to
series on DVD. People who were lucky
enough to pick up copies before it went OOP were asking a lot of money
their copies. That's understandable. It's a great show that passed under the radar
of a lot of otaku when it first came out.
Luckily, RightStuf and Nozomi have released the touching and
series again, and at a very affordable price.
I fell in love with the show when I reviewed the first season
happy to say that the second set of shows is just as engaging and
Set in Victorian England, the first season tells the story
of Emma, the sole maid in a modest house belonging to Mrs. Stowner, a
governess. One day Mr. William Jones,
the son of a wealth businessman who was taught by Mrs. Stowner, comes
door to visit his old tutor. William is
smitten by Emma and starts spending his time 'accidentally' bumping
into her on
the street. Soon she falls for him too,
but they can't be together. They come
from different classes society would never permit it.
At the end of season one, Mrs. Stowner dies
and Emma runs off to the countryside leaving William in London.
As the second season opens, Emma has found employment in the
large county estate of the Mölders, a family who have emigrated from Germany. She's the new girl and the rest of the
domestic servants aren't sure if they can trust her, but she slowly
Meanwhile back in London,
William is miserable. He misses Emma so
he throws himself into his work, helping his father run their company
trying to get partners for a large project:
building a railroad system in South Africa.
Eleanor, the young lady from an established
family who is in love with William, keeps on pursuing him and he
caves to her charms. With Emma out of
the picture seemingly for good, William proposed to Eleanor and she
The pair's families throw an engagement party, and things
are going well until William runs into Emma, who is attending as a
favor to a
friend of her new boss. Both William and
Emma are shocked to run into each other and it makes William realize
never be happy without his true love.
The problems that the pair faced in the first season are still
however, and now that he's engaged, there's no way William can stop the
marriage without harming the family business.
This was another wonderful season. It's
the next chapter of the same love story
and the show still has a lot of heart, tender emotion and a meticulous
attention to detail. With Emma having a
new, more appropriate suitor (another domestic at the new house where
working) and the repercussions of being snubbed by polite society being
immediate the show manages to do what all sophomore seasons try: to give viewers more of the same, only
different this time. They succeed
This collection brings the story to a nice conclusion.
It's not perfect in that regard, there is a
bit of hand-waving that goes on, but the show is wrapped up in a manner
won't seem hokey.
This release collects the entire 12-episode second season
into one compact single-width DVD case.
Inside you'll find four discs with three episodes each. In these days where most anime companies are
cutting corners wherever they can, it's nice to see this wonderful
out across four discs.
The show comes with the original Japanese audio track in
stereo and optional English subtitles, and it sounds fine.
It is a rather sedate show, with no mecha,
space battles, or fight scenes, so there not much going on aurally. The audio suits the show, with a clean and
clear dialog and some exceptionally nice piano music for atmosphere
comes through nicely.
The anamorphic 1.77:1 image looks very good. As
one would suspect with only three episodes
per DVD, there isn't any compression artifacts.
Aliasing, a defect that often plagues animated shows and films,
absent and the same can be said of other flaws that creep in with the
encoding. The show uses a warm color
palate and that comes through nicely.
This is a great looking set.
The bonus material includes character biographies, a clean
opening and closing, Japanese TV spots and promos.
This second season is just as heart-warming, fun, and
enchanting as the first. If you haven't
seen the show, give it a try, chances are you'll be pleasantly