Emma (2005 IMDb)

Categorization

Costume drama without physical costumes or actors.

Subject

A mild-mannered maid falls in love with a visiting man of the gentry in Victorian England.

Commentary

The maid is one of the more tragic stereotypes of mainstream anime. It is normally used to create situations where blissfully subservient, uniformed women attend to a man in obviously narcissistic and sexually objectifying ways. In much the same way as Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) broke new ground simply by taking humanoid vehicles seriously, Emma takes maids seriously, positioning them in their proper historical context. Absolutely no porn, action, or magic.

Japanese production animation series