Over the top classic romance rendition

Sense and Sensibility - Manga - Jane Austen

Disclaimer: based on a NetGalley digital edition


Sense & Sensibility is possibly my favourite Austen novel, but this version just didn't do it for me. I found the old-school shoujo art a little too over the top. It's flowery and expressive to excess, and while it attempts to convey emotion in a story about outward reserve, I felt like it just undercut any gravity or impact in the story. The love interest looked like a child, which was just generally distressing, as well as being unconvincing.


In terms of story, the pace doesn't feel quite as rushed as some of the manga classics, except perhaps at the end. Austen's language is more accessible than some, so I could see this being helpful for hesitant readers or anyone looking for a pretty Coles Notes version of a classic novel.