I personally believe that Death Jr. is herself a girl (both the pink tie to her robe and the highness of her squeaks) but other than that I am in 100% agreement with you. And a part of me knows it could have been very dark indeed. When the needle in the beginning stopped over France, I was sort of afraid that they'd be adding Cristophe in (Cristophe was a reaper who was created by some French writer (forget who). as the "Demon of Death" ( as opposed to "Angel of Death") He' supposed to look just like Death except that he wears no robe. He specializes in "bad deaths" ones that are unfair or cause great suffering (he's the one who would show up to reap children from their parents, or separate true lovers, or cause the death of leaders who passing plunged their nations into war and terror.) But Death jr. does seem like a nice reaper as well as a fair one (I'm fairly sure Anubis cheated with the rabbit)
"For I have heard the Song of War, and to me, it sounds just like "Please, Mister Custer.""
Cogito Ergot Sum, "I think there is something wrong with this rye bread." (Aplogies to Seafrol.)