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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Wonderful and realistic...
By Michael Valdivielso
A Victorian romance is always a tad sugary and sometimes a tad too unrealistic. Maid marries Noble Gentleman and everybody is happy with it. Of course, the Maid turns out to really be a lovely Princess or Noblewoman down on her luck. Blah, blah, blah. Nope. That will not do for the Japanese. Real love is everything and if the Noble is worried about what the upper crust will say than go away and leave the Maid alone. Whiners can't handle love! TRUE LOVE!
The Japanese themselves are VERY much aware of the class system and the structured society of Victoria England, having lived within one for thousands of years. But they also have come to understand and believe in true love. Which means drama, pain, and a detailed plot, slowly built up character threads, and a story with a gritty ending. Warning, sometimes the Japanese prefer real over happy.
The artwork is wonderful, the characters seem so real you sometimes want to punch William, and the energy put into the historical background is amazing. And while the ending may upset a few people please remember that this is ONLY the first season! There is a great extra in the form of a nice book but few extras in the DVDs themselves. Enjoy with black tea and scones! And try not to kick the TV set whenever William Jones pisses you off...the spineless idiot.
If you enjoyed this anime may I suggest Death at Bishop's Keep (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 1)?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
If you like Anime in Victorian Times this is one of those for you. I was recommended of this anime by the video of WatchMojo listing the top 10 romance anime. Story follows a maid in 1800's London and the relationship between the people she encounters.
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By Rachel Gray
This is based on the manga, in which Mr. William Jones meets Emma, a working-class maid in Victorian London, and the finds himself drawn to her. The disparity between their social classes may make a relationship difficult, but William is determined to try. The series follows Emma's daily life and duties as a maid as well as William's life as a member of the gentry. I have to admit, I had trouble empathizing with both William and Emma (although there were several supporting characters that I liked a lot) because their inaction and their reticence with their thoughts and feelings made it seem like they didn't care about each other enough for me to care. Basically, I didn't really feel anything about the story of the relationship, although it was nice.
But the art! Mori's depiction of Victorian London is spot-on and beautiful, from the urban scenery to the clothing to the interior decorating in the homes. The street scenes are particularly exquisite, in my opinion. The characters are also nicely animated, of course, but the backgrounds and details are so lovely that I almost want to have this playing on a tv at all times, so I can just glance over whenever I want to and drink it in!
The score is perhaps equally beautiful, from the title music to the incidental music to the dances. The soundtrack is full of lovely instrumental pieces that I listen to all the time on my iPod. They are wonderfully evocative of Victorian England.
Another great thing about this anime is that it shows us life in the Victorian times. Mori has done an incredible amount of research about the period, and includes not only aspects that we all know (and love to see), like horse-drawn carriages, tea services, dinner parties, etc, but also includes lesser known aspects and trivia, such as Mudie's lending library. This DVD set includes a "Victorian Gazette" booklet with additional information about the story and the Victorian period, and also wonderful illustrations. This booklet makes the DVD package a must-buy, since it's not available through other avenues.