Adachi and Shimamura Episode 10: Winds of Change

It was the 2nd year of high school for our heroines. Change was on the horizon. Everyone could feel it but had no idea what awaited them.

Shimamura's new hair color

Shimamura’s natural hair color.

We began the episode with Adachi thinking about GOD and wondering if there was a divine entity she could pray to to grant her wish, being in the same class as Shimamura in year 2. The Lord works in mysterious ways, even in yuri stories. I do believe this was the first time viewers learned Adachi’s first name while Shimamura’s may have been mentioned once before. It’s Sakura Adachi and Hogetsu Shimamura.

I mentioned this before but it’s kinda scary how relatable Adachi is. Perhaps for some viewers it’s Shimamura but to me I 100% relate to Adachi. Again it’s a little scary.

Shimamura saw only shadows

I’ll go into more detail on this moment later.

Shimamura's reasoning

Shimamura’s reasoning for not getting along with others or forming close friendships with people was this. While it made some sense, the thing about relationships that I learned the hard way back in my school years (all the way to college) was to make the first move but not go too hard. With friends you just gotta be brave and step up. Relationships are absolutely a game of chess though but Shimamura’s deal was with people in general.

Lonely Adachi

One thing that hadn’t fully changed was Adachi’s passive possessiveness of Shimamura. She did not want to share her with others. She barely coped with Nagafuji and Hino but Pancho, Sancho and Delos were pretty much strangers to her and she wasn’t ready to step up again choosing to retreat instead. Adachi was absent for a while since then. Shimamura considered looking for her at their old spot but again thought it was “going back to the regressive past” like the last time she thought about “their spot”.

Tarumi tries to open up to Shimamura

One day as she left school Shimamura’s phone rang. Deep down she hoped it was Adachi but Tarumi was on the other line. She invited her on another (not) date to make up for last time. Tarumi went all out, openly thinking how to best open up to Shimamura.

Shimamura laugh moment

As hard as both girls tried their second (not) date was almost as awkward as the last. Most likely a combination of Tarumi trying really hard (not exactly TOO hard because she’s aware of it) and Shimamura “not feeling it”.

Tarumi could tell Shimamura wasn't really into it

To make things even more awkward Tarumi could tell Shimamura wasn’t all there.

Tarumi's wish

Fortunately Shimamura cut her some slack when she revealed her main goal. Pretty sure her ultimate goal was something beyond friendship but we’ll talk about that next time.

Oh right. Yashiro showed up at that moment, giving fans of hers more credence she’s an alien cupid who may hook up with Shimamura’s imouto.

Shimamura saw only shadows

Let’s go back to this scene again. This right here showed us despite their different mindsets…Adachi and Shimamura weren’t that different from each other. They both saw people they didn’t care about as shadows or dark figures. They could talk with people, sure, but it’s not like they’re really invested in what others had to say. As Adachi said before Shimamura was her “sunshine”. Symphogear fans KNOW how powerful that is. Meanwhile Shimamura had the classic “the heart knows what the brain doesn’t”. She keeps saying how she can’t feel anything with other people but can’t quite understand why it’s different with Adachi.

Adachi returned to Shimamura

Again, the heart knows.

Excellent episode as it showed Shimamura slowly getting there. Next time looks like things will step up yet again.












Nagafuji kissing Hino's forehead again

DID YOU REALLY THINK I WAS GOING TO FORGET THESE TWO!? Come now ladies and gentlemen. You know how invested I am in NagaHino. I bet you think I’m going to just say “You have to see it for yourself”. HECK NO! We are diving in head first this time brothers and sisters! So we joined Nagafuji visiting Hino’s house, aka a mansion. Their relationship was the same, Nagafuji barely containing her true feelings for Hino and Hino unsure how to react.

Hino's Mom

I think the reason why Hino’s relatives’ faces aren’t fully shown is because they’re part of the problem for her. Put simply Hino’s an ojou-sama but she’s also a tomboy who couldn’t care less about the “hoity toity-ness” of her family name. Nagafuji noticed this.

Nagafuji washing her bodyHino's surprise guns

As both ladies surprised people of culture in the bathhouse Nagafuji jokingly talked about trading houses with Hino who gladly would have accepted as she preffered a common life more. She even said nothing would change were she to leave her home.

Hino realizes the truth

Suddenly Nagafuji was like “Not in public but when we’re alone they’re all yours baby”. As Hino tried backing away Nagafuji wouldn’t let her go, leading to Hino most likely solving the puzzle. I mean NagaHino have to be official by now or close to it.

As always no manga/light novel spoilers.

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14 Responses to Adachi and Shimamura Episode 10: Winds of Change

  1. There was so much to digest in this episode, so I’m going to address my key points in parts.

    I totally get what you mean and absolutely agree about relating to Adachi so much. She really does remind me of myself, especially back when I was in HS, just hopelessly gay, where me being Bi hadn’t even crossed my mind at that time. More so it’s her loner and introverted tendencies. And the way she runs away from her troubles or retreats internally instead of speaking up. Though with her action at the very end of the episode, she might just be changing for the sake of her love. I was happy to see that, and am curious to see what she’s going to do about that situation.

    Shima seems to be slowly changing too, though she’s not quite there yet. She’s slowly becoming aware of how different her time spent with Adachi differs from her time spent with everyone else, and how she could care less about others, where somehow her mind always seemed to drift to Adachi when with others. We saw that last episode during her first (not) date with Tarumi. It’s indeed the heart knows what the brain doesn’t as you said, but Shima’s slowly making the connections, and that’s good news for Adachi. I also couldn’t help but think of the saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder here as well, as it seems Shima became increasingly bothered by Adachi’s absence the more she retreated and at the end, she appeared to be very happy she approached her. Almost like she was waiting for her, hoping she’d come, but wasn’t willing to be the first to reach out.

    Tarumi. She’s not even trying to hide her interest in Shima tbh, however she manages to avoid making it as obvious to Shima because Shima is so uninvested in their interactions. If Shima cared to listen and pay attention to Tarumi properly, there’s no way she wouldn’t know how she feels by now. I mean, you don’t exactly comment on how your old friend has gotten sexier if it’s only about rekindling the friendship. Tarumi totally wants Shima, and she’s got more courage to go for it, to the misfortune of Adachi. However, Adachi is also fortunate because no matter the advances Tarumi may make, Shima isn’t interested in the slightest, so I don’t even think we can call Tarumi a contender for Shima’s heart. Of course we still have two episode’s and she hasn’t officially confessed, so we’ll see how it goes. Perhaps this will be the push Adachi needs to act.

    And last, but not nearly the least, NagaHino! Oh my goodness they are so great. There’s no way they aren’t dating already. Or they are the literal personification of girlfriends who didn’t realize they were dating until years later. Nagafuji knew just what to do to cheer her girl up, and just what she likes. I could hardly believe we were blessed with such an event as to have Nagafuji willingly place Hino’s hand on her boob and give her permission to do so again in private. No way they’re just friends, and even Hino has to admit that Nagafuji must like her after doing all of that. They are so cute and are honestly going to be good role models for AdaShima once they’re officially a couple too. Since they are both kind of hopeless and may take years to ascend the bases if they don’t get a little guidance from their knowing friends. Every NagaHino scene this episode had me so giddy and strange noises came out too, especially during that bath scene.

    I’ve said it before, but I have to say again, I love this show so much!

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    • OG-Man says:

      My goodness this episode was one bombshell moment after another. The development continues to hit close to home. It’s scary.

      Adachi is a freakin’ legend. I’ve said this many times but she keeps showing us why that remains a fact.

      Slowly but surely Shimamura’s brain is catching up to her heart. Hopefully soon they’ll be in sync.

      Tarumi is proving to be a worthy opponent.

      There aren’t enough words to express how much I love NagaHino.

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  2. tbiscut74 says:

    Another Fantastic Episode!

    My God, do I love NagaHino so much! Every scene with these 2 soulmates is Amazing! They are God Tier.

    Can’t wait for more.

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  3. LuzeP says:

    I myself can relate to Adachi. When I really like someone I will do something about it, not too much but enough to show that I want to be their friend. Let’s not talking about going out yet. Just a friend is enough. But it’s a two way street, if they don’t seem interested I just give up. Sometimes the rejection making me like Shimamura. Like, I’m tired of this, maybe I better alone. But not everyone is the same, Shimamura should stop giving up altogether.

    Looks like both Adachi and Tarumi are trying their best here. I don’t know what is Tarumi objective. Is she in with love Shimamura or she’s feeling bad because she once left Shimamura away. We’ll see. Episode 11 is gonna be a tough one.

    Also based on Hino’s reaction, I’m pretty sure NagaHino had the ‘talk’. They’re going out alright.

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  4. chikorita157 says:

    I knew this is bound to happen. After all, Adachi is really shy and Shimamura seems to have her attention taken away. Still, it’s obvious that she is still worried a bit about Adachi, which is obvious by how she reacted when Adachi called her name after a few weeks. It’s also noticeable that Shimamura doesn’t seem to have a huge interest in Tarumi compared to Adachi. It’s surprising since I kind of see Tarumi as a threat to Adachi. Still, it’s kind of cute how Shimamura calls Adachi by her first name.

    Also, seeing more of Taeko and Akira is always nice.

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  5. opaco1234 says:

    The theme of ”artificial friends” was so related but meaning that Hino and Nagafuji are kind of out of Shimamura and Adachi orbited, is happens because their apparently link required the class and disappear when their change, Tarumi had this fear and tried insistently recover her bond with Shimamura, ironically Yashiro bond with her is stronger because the little one actively tried to get closer of them, Adachi discover that she need to be more actives.

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  6. Nick says:

    Shima with her natural hair color was a shock at first, I think I like her blonde more, but by the end of the ep I was warming up to it.

    Good to see Adachi and Shima are still in the same class, although a new set of challenges awaits them with new classmates.

    Adachi wasn’t really around a whole lot this week, mainly a Shima focused ep but I’m sure she’ll be back with a vengeance next week.

    Lots going on with the Shima and Taru camp. Taru definitely wants to be more than friends with Shima, had a feeling it was like that from the start, but it’s very clear now that’s her end goal. I wonder how this will all play out. Also from the preview for next week it looked like Adachi and Taru bump into each other, so that should be interesting as well.

    Gotta say I was wondering why you hadn’t mentioned the big NagaHino moment this week. Like they were one step away from bath sex and I thought you had just missed that part of the review, but alas, I scrolled down and there it was. I should’ve know better. I’ve known you long enough to know you wouldn’t miss that.

    Man they brought the heat this week!! I like how they had some decent screen time too, not a short scene and then it was back to Adachi and Shima, we actually got some time with them and learned a bit about what’s going on with Hino’s home life. She needs someone like Nagafuji to sweep her away from all those troubles and worries and live somewhere nice and quiet together. Those girls were meant for each other and watching them grow closer each week is a joy. Even if things don’t work out for the main couple, I hope NagaHino continues on with all the love and passion they have.

    Next week looks to be another good ep as well! What a week we’ve had!

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    • OG-Man says:

      She’s saving money on hair dye.

      Hopefully it won’t take long for Adachi to adjust to her new classmates and get more time with Shimamura.

      Taru’s a worthy opponent for Adachi so it’ll be interesting to see what happens when they cross paths.

      Saving the best for last. NagaHino’s development was mind blowing and so damn sexy. They deliver every time they get the spotlight, even when it’s brief. Bless them so much.

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  7. yurimylove says:

    So I’m guessing Hino and Roko would make good friends with a common “interest”.

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  8. Teagan Blayn Litcott says:

    It’s a bummer that NagaHino isn’t in the same class as Shimamura anymore, but at least we still get to enjoy their shenanigans.

    It tells a lot that upon seeing Hino in a yukata, Nagafuji’s first reaction was basically “BAE CUTE. MUST KISS.”

    Now to wait for Adachi to put her feet down and show that none shall steal her wife!

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