Hit Me With Your Best Shota – ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’ Episode 1 Review

What’s the show? Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, Episode 1.

And what’s it about? It’s about a 14 year-old boy who looks like a girl being relentlessly molested by a big-breasted woman.

I… uh… okay… no, wait, what?! It’s a thing, just go with it.

Oh boy.

No, you’re going to need to explain this to me, and I can’t believe I’m even asking that because I always regret it when you delve into anime fetish culture. Shhh, shhh, I’ll be gentle.

Ugh, so why? Just “why”? That’s my sole question here. It’s a fairly common trope, though moreso in erotic doujins. A young boy or “shota” (the opposite of a loli) being doted on and ‘romanced’ by a matronly older woman with large to extremely large breasts. The most ‘mainstream’ example I can think of off the top of my head is from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, for those of you who remember there’s a young boy called ‘Shouta’ (not even subtle about that) who is living with the dragon in human form Quetzalcoatl, who has the seventh largest boobs in (unofficial) anime history.

She wants him to feel her heartbeat, I think he’s going to feel something else first…

And so what’s the appeal here? Come on, don’t ask me that! I’m not here to kink shame, people can be into whatever they’re into as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. Also, I don’t want to go off on too much of a tangent here, this is a review of Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, not an essay about potentially Oedipal fetishes in anime!

Hey, don’t take that tone with me! You’re the one who mentioned ‘molesting’ I figured you had some things you needed to say! Fair enough.

So, uh… is this show any good? …Actually yeah, it’s kind of sweet and adorable!

What do?!

Really?! Okay… but would you be saying that if it were some buff muscular man stroking and caressing a ‘loli’? You mean ‘How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord’ for example?

Touché… I suppose… Hey, wait a minute; didn’t you make a post earlier about that this being a show that wasn’t available on any English streaming services? How are you watching it? What are you? Some kind of narc? So I had to go through ‘unconventional’ means to watch this show, we all have to make some sacrifices now and then!

I was going to rebuff this statement but I am engaged to an older woman irl so…

“Sacrafices”? Well this is a fan-sub, and it’s uh… well they tried! But I’m not here to review the quality of fan-subs, just let it be known that while I got the gist of what was going on—it’s a slice of life after all, not like there’s intricate plotting I’m missing out on—it was still a somewhat ~lacking~ experience.

Okay fine, so getting back to the original question, ‘what’s so good about it?’ Our young protagonist Aki is constantly being mistaken for a girl so he moves to Tokyo to try and get a new lease on life and be treated as a ‘man’, but from the get-go his gender identity troubles continue, even up to him arriving at the new boarding house where he’ll be living. The busty caretaker, Ayaka mistakes him for a girl and promptly bathes him, but Aki is quick to correct her, but this does nothing to stop her advances—if anything it spurs her on further, going as far as to nibble his ear as he washes his back.

I mean if you’re into this kind of thing, more power to you I suppose!

“Is It Wrong To Suck A Shota’s Ear In The Bath?” Nice reference…

Thank you. So uh… when are we getting to the ‘good’ part? It just sounds creepy to me? Shota’s insecurities about being constantly mistaken for a girl take the forefront in this episode and I sympathise with the little dude, we even get a flashback to his life in the country where his big sister used to dress him up as a girl.

Fair enough. Anything else? Well, we’re also introduced to 3 other members of the boarding house and they’re all wonderfully interesting girls and as it turns out caretaker Ayaka has been making suggestive advances towards all the girls who live there!

I adore the one on the right, *swoon*

So she’s an equal opportunity molester? I kinda regret starting this blog with that word. I kinda like Ayaka, she’s sweet… in her own way. But yeah, pretty much every other character is better than her, I mean unless you’re into big breasted anime girls and oh look at the time!… Man this review went a lot longer than I expected!

Uh-huh… so do you plan to review the rest of this series? In a perfect world I probably would, but I don’t think I can be bothered to deal with the shoddy makeshift subtitles that sound like they were put through Google translate a couple of times ‘til something ~vaguely~ coherent came through. (I know that’s not the case, I’m just being a jerk) Should this show get an official translation I’ll watch it in full, I’m at least passingly curious about how more suggestive this show can get and I like the supporting characters quite a lot, but until that time comes I’ll pass… I mean unless this review proves to be ridiculously popular! (ahaha, wishful thinking…)

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12 comments

  1. I enjoyed this show, which kinda seemed like if you took a bunch of characters from different shows and put them together: Shouta and Lucoa from Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and add in Mao from GJ-bu, Nonna from Girls und Panzer, and then Chitose from Yuru Yuri to ship them. Then throw in the main cast from Galko-chan on their way home as side characters. Now, given what I know of your watch history, you probably haven’t watched most of those shows, but that’s how I’d put it.

    But the show was nice. It had a good underpinning of sincerity to it, which helped a lot with the over the top skinship, which wasn’t bad, but was the kind of thing that could get really embarrassing to watch, but the in-narrative identification of it as a known problem was a good thing to point out.

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      1. Galko-chan is one of those shows that I’d say everyone should watch, whether they think it’s something they’d like from descriptions or not (like Marina’s review here, a year or so after it aired: https://marinasauce.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/review-please-tell-me-galko-chan/ ).

        GJ-bu is more of a show that you have to be in the right mood or mindset for. I find it to be a really interesting look into coed socialization of teenagers, with interesting exploration of boundaries and identity. But to be seeing that, you really need to step back a lot and be thinking less about what happens in the show and more about the meta setup of the show, which sounds super pretentious, but is more just “think about their situations more than just for the comedy of them being embarrassed.” It’s enjoyable enough if you like a ‘cute people doing (not a lot of) cute things’ show, but I think it’s more interesting in what it’s not explicitly saying.

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      2. Great review, def makes me want to check it out, especially the ‘body positivity’ stuff, different body shapes are such a lacking thing it seems in most anime. Why’d you stop reviewing things if you don’t mind me asking?

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      3. Thanks. Metanorn was a good group blog that had new content daily for something like 7 years, but eventually people moved into new life phases (graduating college, getting married, etc) and it just became too much of a chore for the few people left to keep going with it. Plus, I had some personal issues with some of the commenters, especially toward the end, and that really sucked a lot of the fun out of it (because it wasn’t “my” blog I couldn’t ban them, like I would have way earlier, or even smack them down for what they were saying and how they were saying it). I wrote there for something like 4 years and it was a lot of fun, but there was definitely some burnout. 🙂

        I’ve thought about making another blog, but so far it’s been just commenting on a few other people’s blogs.

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      4. Sorry it got like that for you, it always sucks when something fun becomes a chore! Even though I may not always reply back or say so I do appreciate your lengthy comments on my reviews! You’re obviously an intelligent and well-informed individual with lots to say and I always smile when I see you’ve commented. Whatever you decide to do in the future whether it’s a return to blogging or otherwise I’ll be happy to support you!

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      5. Even as a chore it was still fun, it was mostly the lack of support that wore me down. But the comments thing was the biggest problem for me, since the part of blogging I like best is the longer form conversation that you can have in a blog and comments, something that other social media like twitter, tumblr, and reddit aren’t able to get at, or even blogs with high reader and comment counts and cultures that foster scoring points and upvotes more than conversation. I like that your blog even replicates that kind of conversation in the posts, and of course I like replies to my comments. 🙂

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      6. I’ll try my best to reply more, sometimes it feels like your comments are so comprehensive I just have nothing else to add and would just be agreeing with you!

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