In an anime master-servant relationship, one person usually has power over another. This can be attributed to a variety of factors, including social position, wealth, or even supernatural abilities. The servant may be required to perform tasks that they would not normally perform, such as running errands or performing tasks beneath their facility.
In some cases, the servant may even be put in danger by their master. Despite all of this, there is often a deep bond between the two characters that goes beyond simply master and servant.
There are a lot of great anime series that explore these kinds of relationships, and in this article we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best. So if you’re interested in seeing some master-servant dynamics at play, then read on!
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Master-Servant Relationship Anime
Black Butler is an anime that explores the Master-Servant Relationship concept in a unique setting of Victorian England. The series follows young Ciel Phantomhive, known as “the Queen’s Guard Dog,” as he employs his loyal butler, Sebastian Michaelis, to help him complete tasks using supernatural abilities.
But Sebastian has a dark secret, as he is a demon who made a deal with Ciel, who exchanged his soul in return for Sebastian’s help in avenging the tragedy from his past. The series explores the bond formed between Ciel and Sebastian as they work together to unravel the mysteries surrounding Ciel’s misfortune, as well as Sebastian’s hidden motives for serving Ciel.
Kamisama Kiss is an anime that explores the Master-Servant Relationship concept, where Nanami Momozono, a high schooler, becomes the land god of a rundown shrine. Her journey begins when she helps a man being harassed by a dog and he offers her his home, which is a rundown shrine.
She is met by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. They mistake her for the man she rescued, Mikage, the shrine’s land god. But Tomoe refuses to serve a human and leaves. Nanami decides to take the role of the land god, but to keep everything running smoothly, she will need Tomoe’s help. She tracks him down and signs a contract with him, becoming god and familiar. The two must now journey together on the path of godhood.
Hayate the Combat Butler!!
This anime, like the others, utilises the Master-Servant Relationship concept. Hayate Ayasaki is an unlucky 16-year-old boy who has worked since childhood to make ends meet as a result of his parents’ irresponsible behaviour. On Christmas Eve, he discovers that his parents have escaped the house, leaving him with a massive 156,804,000 debt.
The Yakuza (who borrowed the money in the first place) intend to repay the debt by selling his organs and other illegal means, such as selling him as a slave. Hayate meets Nagi Sanzenin, a 13-year-old girl who is the sole heir to the wealthy Sanzenin estate, and her maid Maria while fleeing the debt collectors. Hayate initially intends to kidnap Nagi and demand a ransom of more than $150 million, but due to a misunderstanding, Nagi believes Hayate is confessing his love to her. Hayate is hired as Nagi’s new butler after he saves her from actual kidnappers.
The Duke of Death and His Maid
Like the previous anime on this list, or mc is unlucky because he is cursed with the ability to kill anything he touches. He is sent away to live in near isolation after being scorned by his family. Fortunately, he is not completely alone, as the manor’s staff—his faithful butler Rob and the flirty maid Alice—keep him company and make his life more bearable.
As the duke’s romantic feelings for Alice grow stronger, so does his frustration with the limits set by his unfortunate ability. As a result, he resolves to break the curse that was placed on him all those years ago, not only for his own sake, but also for Alice’s, because he is painfully aware of how difficult it is to avoid the touch of a loved one.
Mahiru Shirota is a typical high school student who enjoys simple pleasures. He is not one of my favourite MCs, but he is a decent human being. On his way home one day, he comes across a black cat and decides to adopt it, naming it Kuro.
The next day, however, he discovers that the black cat is one of the seven vampires who represent the Seven Deadly Sins. His name is Sleepy Ash, he represents Sloth, and when exposed to sunlight, he transforms into a cat. Mahiru accidentally forms a temporary contract with Sleepy Ash by giving him a name and a cat bell, and then calling him by his given name. The contract has been signed.
Hiro Hiyorimi becomes a dead hero after attempting to save a lovely young woman from certain death! However, because the dropped-dead girl is Hime, daughter of the King of Monsters, his “reward” is to return as a not-quite-alive soldier in her honour guard of horror! That includes assisting in the fight against the army of supernatural monsters unleashed by Hime’s siblings in the hopes of moving up the succession ladder.
And if fighting vampires and zombies isn’t scary enough, how can anyone prepare for the truly bizarre ones, such as were-sharks, pandas, and killer dumplings? This isn’t the afterlife Hiro had hoped for, but the worst part is that Hime is the good girl in all of this… or, at the very least, as close to good as you can get when you’re on the wrong side of hell’s gates!
Mato Seihei no Slave
Mato Seihei no Slave is an anime about a high school student, Yuuki Wakura, who becomes embroiled in a battle against dangerous monsters known as “Yomotsu Shuuki” that have been appearing in a different dimension called the “Mato”. A new resource known as “Peaches” has been discovered in the Mato which grants unique abilities to women only. To combat these monsters, the government has created the Anti-demon Corps, an elite group of women powered by the Peaches.
Yuuki gets lost in a Mato entrance, where he’s immediately rescued by Kyouka Uzen, the commander of the Anti-demon Corps’ Seventh Unit. Recognizing Yuuki’s potential, and wanting to boost her Peach power, she recruits Yuuki as her slave to join the Anti-demon Corps. He might find the experience enjoyable, more than he had expected.
“Princess Resurrection” immerses viewers in a world where the bonds of servitude take on a supernatural twist. Hiro Hiyorimi, an ordinary boy, becomes an extraordinary servant when he sacrifices his life to save Hime, a princess with the power to resurrect the dead. In return, Hiro is reborn as her loyal protector, bound to recharge his flames of life daily.
The heart of the story lies in Hiro’s unwavering commitment to safeguard Hime, whose life is constantly threatened by power-hungry siblings vying for the royal throne. As master and servant, they navigate a perilous world teeming with supernatural forces, making “Princess Resurrection” a captivating exploration of this unique relationship.