Review: Manga Classics – Emma

July 12, 2015 Review 22 ★★★½

Review: Manga Classics – Emma
Manga Classics: Emma by Crystal Chan, Jane Austen, Po Tse, Stacy King
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Publisher: UDON Entertainment Corporation
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 308
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Series: Manga Classics
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Girls & Women, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, manga
Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen's classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). - Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I knew absolutely nothing about the original Emma by Jane Austen so I had no idea what to expect going into this. I’m sure the original Emma is probably a bit more serious, but I thought this was a super sweet, light story with little bits of humor that work so well with this art style.

Just like I mentioned in my review of Les Miserables, this one has inspired me to read the original novel and even check out the movie. I also think it is a great way to tell a classic story in a modern way, which is sure to captivate new audiences.

Things happen a little quickly in this adaption but the positive side is that there really isn’t any filler, making for a fast read. However, it is a bit difficult to keep all the characters and names straight since we don’t get to know too much about anyone.

I felt like Les Mis had a bit more depth to it but I think that’s only due to the nature of this story; Les Mis is a lot more emotional. Still, I definitely recommended this one and I can’t wait to check out the other manga classics.
Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

22 Responses to “Review: Manga Classics – Emma”

  1. Karen

    Glad you enjoyed it :) Emma is one of my favourites as far as Jane Austen is concerned. If you want to watch an adaptation I recommend the BBC mini-series. Romola Garai is so wonderful as Emma and it has Jonny Lee Miller as Mr Knightley. Swoon! :)

    • Alise

      I’ll have to check out the book someday then, for sure. And good to know, I’m definitely going to look into that! :D

    • Alise

      Agreed! I haven’t read the original so I’m not sure if it’s a perfect retelling but I did enjoy it.

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    This sounds so fun and cute! I need to read more manga – not to mention how I need to brush up on my classics o_O so this sounds like a great way to get the ball rolling XD I’m loving these manga reviews Alise, keep ’em coming ♥
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    • Alise

      Haha, it does! Two birds with one stone and all that ;) Manga is so fun, I’m glad you like reading reviews of them! :)

  3. Kelly

    Such a brilliant idea to introduce classics to teens isn’t it. I wasn’t a fan of Emma really, not my favourite Austen either. But this sounds like a lighthearted, fun semi retelling almost. I’m not generally a fan of manga, but might check this one out. Your review has me really curious now. Lovely review Alise and so glad you enjoyed this for the most part <3
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    • Alise

      I think so! I might not have ever known the story of Les Mis or Emma otherwise, aha. You should, see what you think! The manga seems a lot less tedious than the full novel. Thanks :D

  4. Naban

    This is such a great way to make classics more appealing to a younger audience! Such as me, I guess. xD I haven’t read the original and didn’t really like what I’ve read of her work so far buuut I think I will go ahead and give this a try sometime. Maybe it’ll make me want to check out the original as well. ^_^
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    • Alise

      It really is! Haha, me too, I might never have known the story otherwise. Ooh, if you do let me know what you think!

  5. Wattle

    I think retellings as manga is such a cute idea, it would certainly make getting into classics a bit easier! I’ve only read a retelling of Emma (a novel) and I sort of hated it, which has made me super wary of the original, but I might have to check this out. It looks fun! :)
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    • Alise

      Definitely easier! I’m really curious about the original now then, I wonder if they would be different because this one was a pretty lighthearted, fast read.

  6. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    It’s too bad we don’t get to know the characters too well. I’ve read, in the Manga Classics collection, Pride & Prejudice, Les Misérable, The Scarlet Letter, and I’m halfway through Great Expectations and so far the best is P & P. I really hoped this would be amazing, too, but oh well. I think I’m going to read the book first so I can have my good idea about the characters. Maybe this way I’ll enjoy it more. *croseed fingers*

    Thanks for the honest review!!
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    • Alise

      Good to know! P&P is my favorite classic so I’m really curious about that one. I know nothing about Great Expectations. It’s still a good read, just not as good as I found Les Mis. I haven’t heard the best things about the original Emma.

  7. Romi

    Oh, I’d be so interested to see your thoughts on the original Emma after having read this, Alise. I wasn’t a fan, really, of the novel and probably wouldn’t go into a manga adaptation of it because of how little passion I have for the story, but this does seem like a really neat series, and there are plenty of filler bits in Emma that I would have been glad were they cut out. So maybe this would be a really good read for me! I’m definitely going to check out Le Mis, so if I like that enough (And Pride and Prejudice) I might just move onto this one.
    Lovely review! xx
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    • Alise

      So many people have said that so now I’m really curious xD I feel like the original might be a little tedious since it’s kind of long and there’s kind of a lot of drama. Ooh, I hope you enjoy, Les Mis was pretty good! Thanks :)

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