Emma: A Victorian Romance season two seems to be almost an entirely different show than its previous season. The plot, while still languid, seems to be quicker and fuller. This may come from the fact that there is more conflict inherent in the story lines. Emma and William have gotten to know each other during the first season, fell in love, and been separated. Now they must decide if being together is what they really want.
In this season, Emma finds herself working on a large estate. Not only does she have to figure out her personal feelings but also how to function within a larger establishment. Once she has dealt with the adjustment of her new home and began to feel comfortable, the world conspires to bring her back into the arms of William. William also begins to come to terms with being apart from Emma and decides to move on but what a shock he will get at a party where Emma is present, as a guest of all things.
The overall plot of the second season of Emma moves in the same pace as season one with one difference, the addition of more secondary characters. Many of the same characters from the first season are back, with the same importance as before but during this season the secondary characters are expanded quite well. We meet more servants, ladies, and get to see the inner-workings of the Jones’ business. A couple of these secondary characters become real rivals for the hearts of Emma and William. We begin to wonder if it really is good for the two of them to be together or if they should remain with the people of their own class who seem to love them just as much. These additions make the plot feel more complete and realistic. Although it is nice to think that the only thing people do is fall in love and yearn to be together, the truth is that their lives keep going. We thankfully see much more of that during this season. At times I felt that season two could have stood alone as a separate anime.
After watching the second half of Emma: A Victorian Romance I feel much better about the anime as a whole. As a lover of anime and history, I am pretty satisfied although I will admit my anime side was a little happier than my history loving side. Although I am not sure if many anime fans would particularly like it if the anime were more historically accurate so there will be no complaints from me.