The Duke of Death and His Maid

Alt title: Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid

TV (12 eps)
3.741 out of 5 from 1,363 votes
Rank #2,370

When the duke was a young boy, a witch made it so that any living thing he touched died. Unable to cope with such a cursed child, his family sent him away to live in an old mansion. Now a young man, his only companions are an elderly butler and his childhood friend, a buxom, blonde maid named Alice. Despite the fact that touching the duke means instant death, Alice is constantly teasing him, getting close and flirting mercilessly. But even though Alice loves to make the duke blush, her affection for him is the real deal. Can the two figure out a way to break the witch’s spell?

Source: Seven Seas

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Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid is a great watch. The whole anime is divided into two parts: the first has little to no importance for the story and only consists of comedy and a bit of fan service elements, which are not annoying, by the way, and the second has many important elements for the story development. The whole plot is rather simple. Because of a curse, the duke called ‘Duke, or Bocchan’ cannot live the way people live: because whenever he touches a living being, they will die. Hating life, forced to move away from his family into a large mansion deep in the woods, the duke is treated as if he does not exist. Thankfully, he has a maid, Alice, who helps him cheer up. Now the duke does not hate his life anymore, because he is now to find a way to lift up curse and spend his life with the girl that has never given up on him. As it has been mentioned already, the anime has many kinda filler episodes that are supposed to have some humor about them. The problem is, this anime has far too many unnecessary episodes and sometimes you just watch the new episodes, where nothing really happens and you see the same things repeated over and over again. Do not get me wrong, it is not bad, but sometimes you just want to see something new. That is not that much of a problem and will not be a problem for you at all, because what this anime can do is the fact that it can perfectly balance comedy, a tiny bit of fan service and drama. All in all, there you have it. The anime is real fun to watch, but these filler episodes that have little to no importance for the story and the story that could have used a bit of spice to return the viewers’ interest, are somewhat of a problem for me to rate it anywhere higher than 6.5/10. Not bad, but could have been much better than that.

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