In the castle of Earl Craven, all the maids, including the lovely Priscilla, are strictly forbidden from ever looking their master in the eye. This is because the man they serve is none other than the detestable Demon King! But he's not a demon at all, and isn't even slightly evil, a fact that Priscilla learns when she accidentally runs into her employer in town. Over time, the girl becomes infatuated with the charming young man, but is terrified to reveal her true identity. After all, who would ever accept the love between a maid and an Earl?
Each chapter starts with a summary of the setting, which I'm sure is just an unfortunate consequence of it being originally published in serial format. The butlers and other subordinates of an estate created a rule that all maids must turn their backs to the Earl and avoid calling attention to themselves whenever he walks past, in order to try to them from getting too familiar and forgetting to respect their social statuses. Clearly, this rule wasn't actually very effective since the Earl fell in love with one of his maids despite all the attempts to prevent contact and the two of them secretly met each other every Sunday. One of the things that didn't make sense to me is "how did the butler have the authority to set up an arranged marriage?" I can understand how the butler was able to make rules for how the servants within the house were expected to act, because that's literally a butler's job. But this butler wasn't Roger's guardian (that was someone else, who ends up being much more supportive of him), so how does he have the authority to set up marriage partners for him? Also, just like Anita did, when others visited the estate, they surely would've commented on the rudeness of having people turn their butts to them whenever they walked past, so the rule doesn't make much sense. But the author probably wanted a visual way to show the eradication of social barriers.
This manga is one of my favorites. It's about a romantic love between 2 people of extremely different social standing, back when those types of things mattered quite a bit more. Although short, the story does a excellent job in showing the love blossom between the 2 main characters. Showing it go from curiosity to love and all the things they have to deal with as their love develops. The art is good but nothing really stands out to me about it either good or bad. The characters and story are what make this short manga memorable. I actually think it could have gotten a bit better if they expanded on the story a bit. However, it's just fine as it is. Overall, I'd suggest Josei romance lovers to check it out. It's short and well made. - Monthly Marathon Review
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