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Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou (すのはら荘の管理人さん, Sunohara-sō no Kanrinin-san) is a manga series by Nekoume. It centers around Aki Shiina, a boy who constantly gets mistaken for a girl and transfers to Tokyo to reaffirm his masculinity. But due to his feminine looks he gets mistakenly put in a girl's lodging house called Sunohara-sou. He quickly develops a crush on the Sunohara-sou's caretaker, Ayaka Sunohara, who acts like a motherly Cool Big Sis. He's also constantly at the mercy of the other girls living there and put him in embarrassing situations.

The series is serialized in Ichijinsha's seinen manga magazine Manga 4-Koma Palette since 2014, and has also been collected in three tankōbon volumes. An audio drama was released on July 22, 2016, and an anime series was created by Silver Link and began aired on July 5, 2018.

Provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abduction Is Love: A rare instance of it occurring between siblings let alone an older sister to a brother. While Ayaka and Aki go out shopping, all it takes is a second for Ayaka's back to be turned for Matsuri to snatch Aki away.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Pretty much every female resident of Sunohara-sou is perverted to some degree, and most of them exhibit this by seeing Aki as a cute boy they can treat as a toy.
    • Nana and Yuri are the worst offenders who have been physical with Aki a fair few times, with Nana even trying to get dirty thoughts into Aki's head when she presents herself.
    • This also extends to Nana's friends, with Nana using Aki as a bribe to make them do their homework in exchange for them playing with his body however they like for a certain period of time.
    • Then Aki's older sister, Matsuri, takes it the furtherest of all, seemingly wanting to fetishize Aki as a little sister.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Yuzu has one of the most unusual ones ever seen, wearing a plush chicklet-topped hair loop. She does so due to her Height Angst in a bid to look taller.
  • Bishie Sparkle:
    • Ayaka is sometimes accompanied by a majestic heavenly glow to signify her pureness.
    • Sumire gets these when she gets revitalized by having Aki or Yuzu ride on her shoulders.
  • Bland-Name Product: A Google knockoff appears as "Gaagle".
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Matsuri Shiina displays very obvious attraction towards Aki, sneaking into his room, climbing onto his bed, and asking him to undress. The weird-er part is she seems to think of him as a little sister.
  • Casting Gag: This isn't the first time Ai Kayano voiced a fair-haired girl named Shiina in a series taking place in a students dormitory.
  • Censored for Comedy: For some reason a spider gets blurred out in one episode.
  • Character Title: Ayaka Sunohara is the titular Miss Caretaker.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Aki elicits this response from others whenever he's been forced to wear something cute... or just in general actually, especially from Ayaka.
    • Sumire also shows this towards Yuzu.
  • "Dinner, Bath, or Sex" Offer: Yuzu once describes to Aki the kind of wife she wants to be and has a daydream where she welcomes home her husband with this exact phrase. However after noticing Aki fidgeting she adds "Or maybe you can eat my bath scrubbers instead!" while throwing them at Aki's head.
  • Ear Cleaning: Ayaka is exceptionally skilled at this, having done this for Nana many times prior to the series.
    • Upon seeing it, Nana then forces it upon Aki so he can experience Ayaka's ear cleaning too. He ends up falling asleep on her Lap Pillow.
    • Later when Matsuri is assessing Ayaka's skills as a caretaker, she experiences ear cleaning as well.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Aki always refers to Ayaka as "Kanrinin-san"note  and Yuzu as Kaichounote .
  • Genki Girl: While Ayaka is pretty upbeat already, Nana takes it even further and gets excited by everything.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Yuzu has the height and A-Cup Angst variety, being extremely jealous of the enormous busts on the other girls she lives with.
    • Sumire has this towards Yuzu's apparent tsundere crush on Aki, being constantly jealous of her interest in Aki. At one point she goes so far as to check what Aki has that she doesn't. Yes, we're talking about his thing.
    • Matsuri who takes it to Clingy Jealous Girl levels, not wanting to share Aki with anyone else, especially Ayaka.
  • Harem Genre: Aki is The One Guy in a lodging house full of girls, with many of them finding him cute and after his attention.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Played for Laughs when the Caretaker gets drunk and starts 'attacking' everyone. Sumire volunteers to hold her off while Yuri hides Aki, but both Sumire and Yuri get dragged off and tackled by Ayaka.
  • Lap Pillow:
    • Ayaka loves giving these and has done so for most of the Sunoharu residents, especially Aki. By her own admission Yuri is the only one who hasn't experienced yet to which she's been practicing for the day she finally does so.
    • One time Yuzu insists on it in a bid to act as Aki's onee-chan.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • Invoked with Aki and the other girls of Sunoharu, especially Ayaka and Sumire who openly have declared themselves Aki's onee-chan.
    • Yuzu actually fits the bill to Aki best of all, displaying something akin to a Sibling Rivalry with her tsundere moments, but also the one she's most likely to turn to for sensitive topics like her body image. The two actually hold each other tightly when they both become terrified.
  • Slice of Life: The main premise of the series showcases the day to day life at Sunohara-sou.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses:
    • While Ayaka poses as a teacher to help with Aki's homework, her teacher attire has her donning a pair of glasses.
    • Yuzu has a pair of glasses that block out blue light whenever she uses the computer. Though she mainly seems to wear them to make herself look smart.
  • Tempting Fate: Yuzu berates Aki and Ayaka for being so careless they let the ladder fall down, right when she's on the ladder and it tips over with her on it.
  • Wall Pin of Love: A drunk Ayaka does this to Aki.
  • Wham Line: Ayaka reveals she may not have been so oblivious after all when she responds to Aki's intimate massage with:
    Ayaka: Akkun no ecchi.

Alternative Title(s): Sunoharasou No Kanrininsan