Love stories are hard to get right, in big part because love itself is complicated. It defies barriers of class and social station, and impels people thought of as sensible to do things that are anything but.
All this, and more, is encapsulated in a love story set in England's Victorian era, now the subject of our latest anime review: Emma: A Victorian Romance (season one) (compare prices), courtesy of Nozomi Entertainment / The Right Stuf International.
Originally a manga by Kaoru Mori, and reviewed glowingly by Manga.About.com's Deb Aoki, Emma presents the titular protagonist -- a woman working as a maid in a modest household -- finding herself the target of a man's affection, one who happens to be several rungs up the social ladder from her. Each of them should be wholly outside the other's social station, but the heart has a way of ignoring such things when it's convinced it's right.
Emma was previously issued by Nozomi in a limited-editing chipboard box set, which has since gone out of print. This new reissue uses more conventional single-width DVD-case packaging, and comes in at a slightly more affordable price point ($49.98 list). Episodes from the series are also available via Nozomi's official YouTube channel here.
Read our full review of the first season of this historical romance, and feel free comment below if you've seen this series.
Image: Emma: A Victorian Romance: Season One, courtesy Pricegrabber.