In a nice treat we got to see what Adachi went through before approaching Shimamura at the end of the last episode.
Like Shimamura guessed last time Adachi was indeed at “the spot” during gym class. As expected she felt Sancho and the others took Shimamura away from her as a mental rain of darkness poured down on her. She thought Shimamura got bored with her and the beautiful smile she saw wasn’t especially for her.
Adachi tried forgetting her but couldn’t no matter how hard she tried. She went to the mall they shared great memories at and it hurt her. It all came crashing down at a pet store when she saw a puppy version of herself. It wasn’t necessarily the puppy that made her cry but what she represented, a hopeless lesbian yearning for the love of her life to come to her and not take action herself, or something like that.
Adachi seemed to have a thing with fortunetellers because as she wiped away her tears she ran into one who conveniently knew exactly what was wrong with her. Wonder if she’s related to the one on TV? Long sermon short the fortuneteller encouraged her to stop running away and be more assertive with her deepest desire.
Before we go back to the present two other important moments took place.
The preview hinted a big confrontation but when Adachi met Tarumi at the mall not much came of it. They had no idea who the other was after all. Maybe the confrontation takes place later in the manga or light novel unless their next encounter in the final episode gets intense.
The one takeaway for Adachi was how important the charm was to Tarumi when she gave it back to her. She thought it’d be nice if she could buy a matching pair with Shimamura. More on that in a bit.
Another moment came from this girl whom Adachi felt took her spot. Maybe it’s another sign of Adachi running from challenges but the takeaway here was that after meeting the fortuneteller she went to the spot again, still unsure of what to do. As if by convenience not only was the book the girl was reading on the ping-pong table but the bookmark was on a chapter that covered Adachi’s problem. It’s as if Kumaria and Godoka were giving Adachi an extra push with all these convenient signs.
Back in the present that’s exactly what happened. The yuri heaven’s signs worked and Adachi took the initiative, making a place for herself in a world she felt she didn’t belong in.
Adachi talked about getting a matching keychain but Shimamura thought it may not be a good idea.
We’ll end the play-by-play here because this is another “words cannot do it justice” scene. The rest of the 2nd half must be seen to be believed.
We already knew Adachi was a yuri legend long before the anime finale but this episode solidified her awesomeness. For people who will undoubtedly question her boldness, I ask you, specifically people who were socially awkward like she was, this. Put yourselves in Adachi’s shoes back in high school, especially people with crushes of the same sex (though it can be applied to the opposite sex also). Would you have approached your crush differently? Adachi was afraid of losing Shimamura for good and felt she had to take action so as to not lose her chance at true happiness. Personally it worked out better for her than me when I tried to go for even Bronze. I admire Adachi.
At this point it looks like Adachi will have to be as blunt as possible if she hopes to win gold, otherwise she’ll have to be content with silver because Shimamura still don’t get it. Maybe she does but is unsure of how to respond.
Yashiro and Imouto were in the episode and did something.
Like Nagafuji I don’t want this show to end but you know, “all good things” etc. G-View next time.