What’s the show? Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, Episode 11.
So last week you ended the review saying the show was about to introduce another new character—at episode 11 out of 12?! Why do you sound so incredulous? They did indeed; we’re introduced to Aki’s older sister Matsuri.
Isn’t that a bit late to be introducing a new character? Maybe, but I’d say she’s probably one of the most important figures in his development—at least in the respect to his various hang-ups about being manly and in some respects how he views relationships with more assertive women. Her introduction—late as it may be in the season completes a psychological picture of Aki better than any previous episode attempted to.
So I take it she has an impactful presence in his life? Well the first thing she does when she arrives at Sunohara dorm is sneak into his bedroom, straddle his sleeping body and wake him up with her top off, so yeah I’d say she continues to make an impact.
Wow. And as admittedly alluring as this scene is, and how attractive of a character she is visually—she’s probably the worst person in this show, at least in terms of doing the most emotional and mental harm to Aki’s development as a person.
I’ll let the comment about you finding an older sister straddling his younger brother “alluring” slide and move on to what the specifics of the “harm” you speak of. She dresses Aki in girls clothing and constantly refers to him as her “little sister”, which he doesn’t even object to he just stands their passively which denotes this has been happening a long time because usually Aki is very outspoken with his objections to being seen as a girl or girly by the people around him. She’s also wholly possessive of him, mind and body and insists on bringing him home despite the fact that Aki’s living at the dorm with his parent’s permission.
So she’s a problematic character in an already ‘kinda’ problematic series. Indeed, but the show at least knows that she’s an ~antagonist~ of sorts, as it never sides with her instead it pits Ayaka up against Matsuri and Ayaka more or less (at least temporarily) wins over Matsuri with her unique brand of motherly kindness and large breasts.
So does the sister relent and let Aki stay at the dorm? Well~ kind of, after a few more failed attempts at kidnapping him, Aki proves himself as ‘a man’ by carrying his sister back to the dorm when she sprains her ankle and there’s a sort of sweet flashback that at least attempts to show how Matsuri got this way. Though her being a protective and caring older sister to how she’s ended up isn’t an a straight-line, seems like there’s a lot more that probably happened that made Matsuri so possessive and borderline incestuous.
And how does this whole sister thing end then? Matsuri transfers schools and decides to move in close by—for a second I thought they were going to have her move into the dorm but it’s probably better for everyone—viewer included that she didn’t. That said she does make a little bit of progress, she actually refers to Aki as her “brother” rather than “sister” so maybe things won’t be so bad for him after all!
Okay, fair enough. Thoughts on the episode overall? This episode is probably as close as this show’s come to feeling actually uncomfortable to me but it was more about the psychological side of things than anything physical or sexual. Obviously other people are free to have their own interpretations and misgivings about the things that happen week-to-week in this show, some people probably found the first episode to problematic and moved on already. I wouldn’t go as far as to say this episode was a negative experience however as it was important to know what Aki’s past and childhood was like and for that alone for fans of this series it makes it a worthwhile watch.
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
Within Earshota – Episode 8 Review
Shota, Sweat and Beers – Episode 9 Review
A Warning Shota – Episode 10 Review
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