After seeing his great grandfather have his ears cleaned on his deathbed, a young boy named Toru becomes obsessed with getting the same woman to give his own ears a spring clean. Then one day at a fireworks festival, Toru encounters the same woman and buys one of the handmade ear cleaners that she’s selling. He quickly grows excessively attached to it, even naming the implement Suzunosuke. But when his teacher accidentally breaks Suzunosuke, Toru falls into despair, and only the mysterious woman at the ear cleaning shop can ease his suffering…
This one shot was sent to me by my dear friend NimirRa on a day when I really REALLY needed some cheering up. When I clicked on the link I saw the english title Yamamoto Ear Cleaning Shop. Right away I knew I was going to fall in love with this delightful short. Ear cleaning is a very important thing to me that I take quite seriously at times. Sometimes I wish that I could look at it through a microscope just cause. So when I saw that someone took the time to draw out a one shot about this very subject it was like I did it myself. I personally don't relate to the growing up part of the boys life in this story but I do understand the pleasure someone can get from a simple ear cleaning. One thing that I really loved about it was all the different kinds of ear cleaning tools there were. I have an interesting amount of things I use and would love to try out some I saw in this manga. I just hope that one day my pants don't get as wet as his did if I am ever so brave and actually get someone else to do my ear cleaning for me.