Good help just got easier to find. Nozomi Entertainment, the anime licensing and distribution arm of the online anime store The Right Stuf International, are getting ready to give people a whole new chance to own one of their most distinguished titles: EMMA: A Victorian Romance. On September 6, they'll be releasing both seasons of the critically-lauded historical anime in a single, limited-edition DVD box set along with digital and physical bonuses.
EMMA, adapted from the award-winning manga by Kaoru Mori, is set (as the title implies) in Victorian-era London, and traces the slow but steady evolution of a romance between household maid Emma and upper-crusty son of privilege William. Class divisions and plot complications threaten to keep them apart, but they both strive to be together and allow love to conquer all. The TV series keeps all the things that made the manga worthwhile -- the eye for period research, the simple but attentive character and environmental designs, and especially the unhurried pace of the story.
Both volumes of Emma were released before, separately. According to Right Stuf's press release for this new printing, all the bonuses that were in the previous editions will be repackaged here, plus some lavish illustration books and many other goodies. The list price for the new set is $69.99, with Right Stuff offering it at $52.49 for pre-order.
However, according to Anime Today (@animetoday), Right Stuf's official Twitter account, there will be no English dubbed version of the set. This isn't unusual, as Nozomi is not known for commissioning English dubs of shows they license. (Their recent reissues of Revolutionary Girl Utena and El-Hazard did in fact have English audio, but both were commissioned by the previous licensors of those shows.)
Image: EMMA: A Victorian Romance. Image courtesy Pricegrabber.