I Believe In Shota Claus – ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

I Believe In Shota Claus – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’ Episode 12

What’s the show? Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, Episode 12.

So we’re at the season finale of “boy ‘n boobs” how is it? I thought I told you to stop calling it that!

Yeah, yeah… so what’s this episode about? It’s a Christmas Episode (and technically a New Year’s Episode too—but mostly Christmas!) And I don’t engage in hyperbole often but I dare say that this is the single best Christmas episode of any anime I’ve ever seen!

Pfft, you always engage in hyperbole—it’s practically your go to! Don’t try and pull the boobs over our eyes! I’m serious—I mean granted a lot of my experience of anime Christmas episodes are based of slice of life and CGDCT shows, so maybe there’s really good Christmas episodes in genres I ~don’t~ have that much experience with but out of the Christmas-themed episodes I’ve personally seen this is easily the best of the best.

It’s a wholesome Christmas episode I swear!

Okay, so what’s so good about it? It’s just so damn wholesome—which after last-week’s ‘slightly uncomfortable sister shenanigans’ it was sorely needed.

And what happens in the episode? Well after some Kotatsu shenanigans with the caretaker, we cut to Christmas Eve and Aki and Yuzu are walking along when Aki mentions how excited he is for Christmas, hoping that Santa brings him a good gift, wonders if he knows that he’s moved into the dorm and that he intends to try and stay up late to catch a glimpse of the man! Yes, our little Aki still believes in Santa Claus. And thankfully it’s Yuzu who’s the first to hear this revelation—despite the fact that she’s the dorms resident tsun, she doesn’t tease him about it because she too recently believed in Santa Claus and knows the heartache that comes with learning the truth. She even says to Yuri and Sumire that she was “out of commission for a week” after learning that Santa doesn’t exist.

I kinda ship these two after this episode, even if Aki only has eyes Ayaka.

That’s pretty adorable, I must admit. Yep and so it continues on, Yuzu let’s everyone in the dorm know not to mention “the truth” and what’s more she intends to ‘sleep with’ Aki in order to make sure he does fall asleep and isn’t left disappointed. Also, minds out of the gutter, she’s just sleeping next to him.

So does he find out? Is his Christmas ruined forever? Thankfully for Aki, he doesn’t. His sister stops by to give him his present, and Ayaka the caretaker just happened to be dressed as a sexy Santa so the two of them quietly enter the room to leave the presents on the pillow, at which time Aki opens his eyes and in his hazy state comes to the conclusion that, “wow Santa Clause sure looks a lot like the caretaker”.

Belly pats to help sleep.

Is that all? Would it be the best Christmas episode ever if that was all?! Of course not! Returning to slumber we enter Aki’s dreams for a moment and are treated to one of the most adorable and wholesome scenes this show has done with Aki, Ayaka and Nana riding through the sky over Tokyo in a sleigh that’s being pulled by Yuzu, Sumire and Yuri—all dressed as reindeers! I probably don’t do it justice but rest assured this episode will be getting a repeat viewing at Christmas and every Christmas henceforth! I loved it that much.

The actual scene is much longer than this gif suggests.

Right… well that’s certainly high praise… probably… So, uh, what was that about New Years? A much shorter portion of the episode is spent with New Years, and thankfully the usually dull ‘shrine visit/make a wish’ portion is confined to play during the end-credits. The actual meat of the New Years section is our core cast sitting down to have some New Year’s Soba, then Aki tyring to stay awake to midnight so he can keep the caretaker company, it’s very low-key but like the rest of the episode it’s unfailingly sweet. And then that’s it!

He’s trying so hard to stay awake with her, so sweet!

So overall thoughts on the Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou finale? Arguably my favourite episode of the season, it was just joyous from beginning to end, and I’m usually not too keen on holiday episodes so this was especially surprising! It still has its requisite level of big-boob fan-service and shota worship but it’s never distracting enough from the Christmas spirit, and you know what else, it’s also got some of the best character development and humour in the whole series too, really a benchmark episode and I’m genuinely sad this show has come to an end.

I don’t know if that’s how Kimono’s work…

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
Blood Is Thicker Than Shota – Episode 11 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

I love anime and more recently manga too. What else do I need to write here?

5 thoughts on “I Believe In Shota Claus – ‘Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review”

  1. Yuzu really is the best character in the show. I love earnest characters that are doing their best. And that look she had when Aki said how warm she was and how she smelled good. I get the feeling that Yuzu would probably say yes to an invitation from Aki to date, but wouldn’t bring it up herself, partly because that’s not how she would do stuff, and partly because she’s interested, but not interested enough to take him away from someone else that liked him more. But for now she’ll be the model of a big sister.

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  2. Your shota puns never cease to amaze me.

    I’m glad to hear this episode is an improvement. I was going to watch it anyway but I also wasn’t too thrilled with the second to last episode so I was holding off on the finale for a bit.

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