Japanese media tends to portray homosexual relationships as sweet and caring, but ultimately not that serious – especially once the lovebirds get old enough to graduate into “real” relationships with the opposite sex (see Hibike Euphonium, Aria, and Shin Sekai Yori). However, some newer anime are trying to change that, such as Fall 2018’s Bloom Into You and, of course, Fall 2020’s Adachi and Shimamura. Let’s check out how this tale of awkward schoolgirl lesbian romance is going so far!
Characters Drawn Directly from Reality
The undisputed best part of this entire anime is how the two main characters are some of the most realistically written teenagers we’ve ever seen. Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura aren’t exactly friends at the start of the show, but they’ve been skipping class to play ping pong together on the second floor of the gym for months now and are only starting to realize that their absentminded conversations may be more than just a way to relieve boredom. As they start hanging out more and more, they find that they feel more comfortable around each other than anyone else and there may even be some budding romance between them... but they’re both far too awkward to actually admit it.
Adachi is the shy type who doesn’t really have other friends besides Shimamura, so she has more time to figure out her feelings and utterly fail at spitting them out. Shimamura, on the other hand, is more outgoing and overtly friendly, but feels so overwhelmed by maintaining her spunky image that she can’t see her relationship with Adachi for what it really is. If you weren’t exactly like one of these two awkward teens in high school, then you definitely knew someone who was. It’s so hilariously spot-on that we wouldn’t be surprised if these characters were directly based on real people!
This Show Is So Gay
Also, this anime is so true to real-life same sex relationships (especially among young women) that it’s almost unnerving. Adachi has a dream about kissing Shimamura, but denies that it means anything... except that maybe she would consider kissing her if nobody was around and Shimamura was asleep and definitely wouldn’t wake up for 24 hours and then after 23 hours Adachi might kiss her just to relieve some boredom... yeah, keep telling yourself that.
Shimamura also has a moment where Adachi asks to hang out with her on Christmas and fumbles with her words somewhat, so Shimamura interprets it as Adachi just wanting to hang out with someone because she has no other friends. She couldn’t possibly want to spend time specifically with Shimamura on such a romantic occasion... surely not.
And the gayest thing of all is when the two girls are at a park and Adachi finally works up the courage to ask Shimamura for a head pat. She’s so purely joyful for that frozen moment in time that when Shimamura asks for her drink can to throw away, she decides to keep it instead and puts it on her bookshelf to remember the head pat forever. Aww!
We’re interested to see where this anime goes from here, especially since it’s already off to such a solid start. Who exactly is that “space alien” girl who insists on third-wheeling Shimamura and Adachi at every opportunity? Are Shimamura’s other two friends lesbians as well? Will there be more indirect donut kisses? We need to know!
So, what did you think of our first impressions? Have you been watching Adachi and Shimamura this season? What’s your favorite awkward gay moment? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!