Within Earshota – ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’ Episode 8 Review

What’s the show? Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, Episode 8.

So what happens in this episode? The summer fun continues again—with what I think makes it four consecutive Summer break centred episodes in a row! Though this is actually the end of that ‘arc’ if you want to call it that. And what other way does Summer break end, then with ear cleaning!

Huh?! Sorry, I meant a Summer festival and fireworks. Oh but ear cleaning features too… one of those distinctly Japanese past times(?) okay, forgive my ignorance but I really don’t see the appeal of having someone ~regardless~ of how attractive they are clean your ears for you. Is it like a fetish thing?

This looks more sinister to me then relaxing but apparently I’ve got some deep-seeded trauma about ear-cleaning that I’ve suppressed!

Don’t kink shame! I’m not, I’m not! Trust me, I’m not going to judge what gets people excited, but I don’t see the appeal of having your ears cleaned by someone—no matter how good it apparently feels (and based on the reactions during this episode it feels pretty good) I just don’t think I trust anyone with a long stick going near my ears!

Patron saint of ear-cleaning and nice oppai.

So it’s more of a trust issue with you, is it? Would you like to talk about this? What are you my therapist? No, I don’t need to talk about it. Anyway after that segment we’re treated to what makes up the bulk of the episode. The Summer Fireworks Festival, which is about as cliché as this show has been up to this point—but then again there’s only so many things you can do with a Summer Festival episode so invariably therefore the repetitiveness of these types of episodes can grow wearying. The best Summer Festival episodes are ones less focused on the activities and more about where something happens to change a relationship dynamic between two people or even a group of people. Sadly I feel like here it’s more-or-less a pain-by-numbers kind of endeavour with the usual carnival style games plus food plus fireworks.

Another Summer Festival cliche, he’s terrible at all the games whereas Nana is amazing. Seen that trope before!

So it’s not a good episode? It’s a fine episode, it’s got a lot of humour to it, it’s nice and relaxed plus Nana’s boy-hungry friends show up and they’re always good for over-the-top shenanigans. But it’s ultimately unremarkable, even the scene where Ayaka and Aki are walking along the river banks as the fireworks begin and he thinks to himself how ‘romantic’ this is and well, you can’t just ‘say’ something is romantic and expect the audience to nod along obligingly. Actions speak louder than words and while, there’s probably not a lot of leeway with things they could have done, a kiss on the cheek or forehead from our busty caretaker would have made that comment more believable. Yes it was a ‘sweet’ and ‘nice’ moment, but “romantic” seems a bit of a stretch, but then again I’m not a 15 year old boy in this situation, so…

Maybe if I was looking into her eyes and not the back of her head this would be more romantic. That came out way dirtier than I intended!

Anything else happen? Now that summer is over that means Nana is leaving, and even though her farewell is tinged with a bit of bittersweet sadness I didn’t believe for one second she was going for good, or even for a little while—something that’s 100% confirmed when she returns in the post-credit scene and appears in the preview for next week! Ordinarily I’d be annoyed at this but the show even references the fact that her goodbye was unnecessary seeing as how soon she returned, plus I just really like Nana as a character so the more the better!

Glad to hear it!

Previous Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou Reviews:

Hit Me With Your Best Shota – Episode 1 Review
Shota In The Dark – Episode 2 Review
Amateur Shotagrapy – Episode 3 Review
Shota-gun Wedding – Episode 4 Review
Shota and Bothered – Episode 5 Review
When It’s Hot Outside Drink Lots of Shota – Episode 6 Review
Calling The Shotas – Episode 7 Review


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2 comments

  1. You’re significantly overstating his age (well, relative to his age). I think Aki is 13/14, since he’s in his first year of middle school (Nana has left to go to High School, and Yuzu, Yuri, and Sumire are all older middle school students). And all we know about Ayaka is that she’s older than 20.

    I thought this was a fine episode. Like most of them are. I actually kind of find the Ayaka vs. Nana competition, low grade as it is, a bit tedious, because it seems like Aki doesn’t really particularly care for Nana, anything more than to the extent that he’s a good person who cares about everyone. Yet she monopolizes him and bullies Yuzu and feels like she assumes too much. So Nana’s not really my favorite character.

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    1. Yeah I’ve been getting his age wrong for a while now. I might fix that when I get home from work. I get what you mean about Nana, for me it’s more like as an outsider watching this show I like her, but if I was Aki I probably wouldn’t be too fond of her.

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