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The second floor of the gym. That’s our spot. Class is in session right now, but they don’t hold class in a place like this. This is where Shimamura and I became friends. What is this feeling? Yesterday, I dreamed of kissing her. I’m not like that, and I’m sure Shimamura isn’t either. But… when Shimamura thinks of the word "friend”, I want to be the first thing that comes to her mind. That’s all.

Adachi is skipping class when she first meets fellow truant Shimamura in the gym loft, and just like that, a friendship is born. Except now Adachi’s having dreams about kissing her, and she doesn’t know what that means, but she’s pretty sure it’s not something you do with a friend. What are these strange feelings she has when she thinks of Shimamura? And is it possible Shimamura feels the same way?

Adachi and Shimamura is a Japanese Yuri Light Novel series written by Hitoma Iruma (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, Regarding Saeki Sayaka) and illustrated by Non, which began serialization in October 2012 in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko Magazine. The light novels are licensed for English release in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Nine volumes are currently out. The series has been adapted into two manga series, and an anime adaption directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and Tezuka Production began airing in October 2020.


Adachi and Shimamura provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The fish in Shimamura's fish bowl stand out due to being 3D animated.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:Shimamura's eyes are purple in the anime, rather than brown like in the Light Novel.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Plenty. Tarumi and Shimamura call each other "Taru-chan" and "Shima-chan". Yashiro calls Shimamura's little sister "Shou" ("little one" in the subs) and is called "Yachi" by her in return. Hino also used to call Nagafuji "Tae-chan", to the point her mother thought that was actually Nagafuji's first name instead of Taeko.
  • Airplane Arms: Shimamura runs with her arms at her sides making airplane noises towards the end of the first episode. In the light novel her inner monologue adds a wry remark about wondering how long she can do that before getting embarassed.
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  • Beta Couple: Hino and Nagafuij. The story frequently takes breaks from following the titular character around to focus on their own budding romance. Shimamura's little sister and Yashiro form a Gamma Couple for similar reasons.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Yashiro gets weirder the more the series goes on. From the start, both Shimamura and her little sister note that she is unusually light and her skin is always cold to the touch. While squeezing her cheeks, Shimamura notices that they also seem to be softer than normal. Volume 8 really ramps up the weirdess, when Yashiro sneaks inside Shimamura's bag during her school trip. Beyond the little fact that there shouldn't be enough space inside for her to enter, Shimamura didn't feel any extra weight and she wasn't caught when the bag was scanned. She also claims that she won't make any mess while eating inside the bag because she curls her body around the food before eating. In the same volume, she tells Shou that her eyes are just decoration to help her blend in among earthlings. When Shou asks how Yashiro sees then, she just taps the center of her head.
  • Book Dumb: Inverted with Nagafuji. In spite of the lack of common sense she displays in her daily life, she gets good grades at school. Shimamura wonders how she does it.
  • Cast Full of Gay: It seems the only women who are not lesbians in this work are the mothers of the main characters. And not even all of them! A flashback in Volume 9 reveals that Hino's mother and their maid Enome were classmates in high school and were "very close" to each other. When a young Hino asked Enome how she feels about coming to work for her mother as a maid after she got married, she calmly answers that they considered that to be the most realistic way to remain together as adults.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Hino and Nagafuji have known each other since they were small. Considering the genre of the series, it shouldn't be a surprise that they have almost as much Ship Tease as the main characters. Tarumi also clearly hopes to become this with Shimamura, but she isn't so lucky.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Adachi gets jealous of Shimamura spending time with other girls very easily. After the events of Volume 5 she realizes this behavior is no good, and starts making an effort to not let her jealousy guide her actions anymore. Through her negative feelings are still obvious for Shimamura.
  • Close on Title: The anime episodes tend to show their titles at the very end.
  • Closet Gay: Adachi spends the second half of Volume 1 unable to admit she has fallen in love with Shimamura in spite of her Homoerotic Dream.
  • Closet Key: Shimamura is this for Adachi, who didn't realize she was into girls until her Homoerotic Dream with her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • There is something odd about Nagafuji. Besides her self-confessed terrible memory, she seems to be seriously lacking in common sense. Many of her words and actions are pretty much non-sequiturs, such as trying to lift Hino out of nowhere just because she thought she could. In addition, her idea for helping a friend pick a gift for her little sister is to go to the mall and point to everything that could be a gift until she finds something her friend likes. She directly compares it to a brainstorming session. Then there is the fascination with boomerangs that is revealed during this "session"...
    • While she is not as bad as Nagafuji, Shimamura can be a bit... weird at times. She comments in her narration in the novels that when she was smaller a teacher wrote in a report card that she was an absent-minded child, and admits this is accurate. The chapters of the novels narrated from her point of view show that her mind can easily wander into weird directions, which can be either relevant philosophical pondering, or just random stuff. She casually compliments Adachi's Lap Pillow, has no problem with or doesn't seem to pick up on any of the more suggestive things she and Adachi say or do to each other, and comes to agree with Nagafuji that a boomerang is a fun gift note .
  • Complexity Addiction: Because of her shyness, Adachi can't just ask Shimamura to exchange chocolates with her in Valentine's day. She has to invite her to eat in the shopping, reject going to any place that doesn't have a special event for the holiday (which involves making an excuse in the spot) and after finding one that does, "casually" bring it up to Shimamura so the conversation "naturally" arrives at the chocolate exchange. Shimamura figures it out in a flash, and is shocked she went through so much trouble.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: After spending days angsting about Shimamura drifting apart from her and making new friends, Adachi realizes that she could have spared herself a lot of anguish if she'd just talked to Shimamura.
  • Covert Pervert: When thinking about Shimamura, Adachi sometime finds her mind wandering to places like her thighs and her breasts.
  • Cute Little Fangs: The fortuneteller who helps Adachi has a small fang.
  • D-Cup Distress: Nagafuji doesn't like being such a buxom, claiming the only thing her breasts do is attract unwanted attention from guys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The fortuneteller has comments like these in response to Adachi's attempts to scream with all her might.
    "Yeah, you really shook the mountains with that one. Nice going. How about doing it for real this time?"
    "Okay, now do it the same, except way better."
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Tarumi's debut does this to the Childhood Friends trope, especially regarding how it is often portrayed in anime. Usually in this kind of work, friendships that start at childhood are preserved for a long time, and even if the friends are separated, they will still care deeply about each other. Their reencounter is usually a dramatic moment and they quickly rekindle their relationship. In this work, it seems Tarumi was expecting things to follow this pattern after meeting Shimamura again, but her childhood friend spent their entire date feeling incredibly awkward. Shimamuras changed a lot since she was a kid and didn't know how to interact with Tarumi anymore, and in turn Tarumi was visibly disappointed to see Shimamura acting so different. The reconstruction comes at the end of the date, when Shimamura decides that in spite of all that, she doesn't want to lose her friend again, and starts making an effort to connect with Tarumi again, in spite of the difficulties.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Shimamura guesses that because Adachi's homelife is so cold, she longs for someone to treat her with kindness and warmth, which is why she has latched so strongly to her Only Friend. She is mostly correct, but has misread what kind of affection Adachi wants from her.
  • Embarrassing Last Name: Shimamura dislikes her last name, since it reminds everyone of a fashion store, and wishes she was a Shimazaki.
  • Face of a Thug: Shimamura describes Adachi as having "a classic case of 'resting bitch face'" despite being so laid-back and mellow.
  • Fanservice: Downplayed. The anime has plenty of moments of Male Gaze(or Female Gaze when you think about it) aimed at the females leads and some of the side characters, such as Episode 5 when Shimamura is in the pool and the camera focuses on her legs and chest area a few times, Adachi fantasizing about Shimamura's thighs and breasts, and some scenes depicting the characters in an Out-of-Clothes Experience fashion.
  • First-Name Basis: Not actually used by the main characters when addressing each other (except Yashiro, who is always called by her first name by Shimamura), but the possibility of using this trope and its implications are mentioned sometimes. Adachi briefly considers switching to First-Name Basis with Shimamura to get closer to her, but dismisses the idea because for her, "Shimamura is Shimamura". Hino and Nagafuji also used to be on First-Name Basis, a sign that they (or at least Hino) were more honest about how much they like each other when they were kids.
  • Friendless Background: As shown by a flashback in Volume 4, Adachi never even tried to make friends before meeting Shimamura, aware of her lack of social skills but without any will to try and change it.
  • The Gadfly: Shimamura is fond of teasing Adachi by reminding her of her more embarrassing moments. Her mother is an even bigger example, which Shimamura finds to be incredibly childish for an adult woman.
  • Gayngst: Not a very overt example (mostly because she worries about many other things), but Adachi suffers from this. While her Closet Gay phase only lasts for half of Volume 1, the scenes where she is planning to get close to Shimamura in the following volumes sometimes have her worry that Shimamura may hate her if she confesses. During their Christmas date, she looks around and sadly notices that all the other couples in the mall are heterosexual ones.
  • Genki Girl: Intentionally invoked by Tarumi during her second date with Shimamura in an attempt to make things more fun to her.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Adachi and Nagafuji both have black hair, but the anime stylizes it as dark blue and purple respectively. Particularly notable because the one straightforward example of You Gotta Have Blue Hair in the series is meant to be weird, In-Universe and out.
  • Hammerspace: Yashiro is seemingly able to take anything out of her pockets, including fully intact food like pieces of cake.
  • Homoerotic Dream: Shortly after meeting Shimamura, Adachi begins having dreams about kissing her.
  • Iyashikei: While this work is a Romance, it avoids most dramatic tropes and plotlines associated with the genre. Instead, it features teenaged girls doing mundane things like skipping class, hanging out in the mall and visiting each other's houses. The romance is developed mostly by the cast spending some time together and trying to make it an enjoyable experience, without any dramatic changes to their daily lives.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: When Shimamura doesn't get her Sanpei reference, Hino responds:
    Hino: She just doesn't know what Hi-knows! Get it?
    Shimamura: Oh my god, shut up.
  • Lap Pillow: Early in their friendship Shimamura learns that Adachi likes laying with her head on Shimamura's thighs.
  • Last-Name Basis: The main characters (except Yashiro, curiously enough) are only addressed by their first names when interacting with their families. Amusingly, it turns out that Adachi and Shimamura forgot each other's first names due to spending so long under this trope. They are only reminded at the end of Volume 3/beginning of Volume 4, after which Shimamura develops an habit of calling Adachi by her first name when she wants to see her getting embarrassed.
  • LGBT Awakening: The chapters narrated from Adachi's point-of-view in Volume 1 are mostly about her discovering and accepting her own feelings for Shimamura.
  • Love Triangle: Tarumi's introduction changes the main romantic plot into this, since both her and Adachi have feelings for Shimamura.
  • Mood Whiplash: As Adachi angsts about Shimamura drifting apart from her, she meets a shady-looking fortune teller who gives questionable advice, and inadvertently helps Adachi realize that she should have just talked to Shimamura in the first place.
  • No Antagonist: Since this series is purely focused in following its cast as they live their mundane daily lives, there is no character that can be called an Antagonist here. Even Tarumi, who is a corner in a Love Triangle with the main couple and theoretically an "obstacle", never does anything remotely bad enough to justify being labelled an Antagonist.
  • No Social Skills: There are several factors getting in the way of Adachi's attempts to socialize: she is timid, frequently overthinks her plans to get closer to Shimamura, and has a strong fear of messing up and being rejected by her. The result is a blushing mess.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shimamura completely misses very obvious hints that Adachi and Tarumi want to be more than just friends with her. Partially justified by her personality: she deliberately avoids interpretating her friends' behavior in a way that could "complicate" their relationship.
  • Official Couple: Adachi and Shimamura start dating at the end of volume 6.
  • Only Friend: Adachi claims that Shimamura is her only friend.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Adachi has always been an introvert who has trouble vocalizing her thoughts. Because of that, she never could properly tell her parents what she liked and disliked. After a while, her mother just gave up and resigned herself that "she couldn't understand her daughter". Nowadays, mother and daughter don't even try to communicate with each other.
  • Puppy Love: There is a lot of Ship Tease between Shimamura's little sister and Yashiro. Although the latter may not be as young as she looks.
  • Qipao: Adachi wears a blue one to her part-time job at a restaurant. After Shimamura says that she finds it cute, Adachi wears it when meeting with her on Christmas.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: After falling in love with Shimamura, Adachi becomes the Red Oni to her Blue Oni. While Adachi easily gets flustered when spending time with her crush and has a tendency to overthink things and get very worried, Shimamura is level-headed, and always ponders things in a calm and rational way. This also ties into the struggles of their respective Character Arcs, and the reasons their relationship progresses very slowly. Adachi is overly emotional and can either be too shy or too much of a Clingy Jealous Girl. On her side, Shimamura keeps people at arm's length due to her finding relationships to be troublesome, especially because she understands, on a purely logical basis, that most friendships that start when you are a child or teenage don't last. She self-depreciatingly wonders if she is a cold-hearted person.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Much to Hino's annoyance, Nagafuji rarely understands the sarcasm of her friend.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: All four (later five) members of the main cast are lesbians still in high school.
  • Secret Relationship: After volume 6, Shimamura prefers keeping her relationship with Adachi a secret, afraid to deal with the prejudice against homosexuals. However, the first classmates to finds out aren't bothered by it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • While out fishing with Shimamura, Hino calls herself "Sanpei the Fisher Girl." Shimamura doesn't get the reference.
    • When asked to describe how Adachi is, Shimamura first mentions that she only saw her drinking water. Hino concludes Adachi is a Namekian.
    • When Adachi says that she agreed to go to the karaoke with the others because she was bored, Hino comments that is a good reason for high school girls or Shinigamis.
    • Volume 3 has a subplot about a special Valentine campaign where the viewers of a TV program collect the letters broadcast at the end of each episode. The letters spell DANCOUGA.
    • Hino's and Nagafuji's first names are Akira and Taeko, respectively. Because Shimamura can't remember the names of her new classmates in her second year of high-school, she mentally nicknames them Sancho, Delos and Pancho. All these names come from Live A Live.
    • The closest thing to an explanation Yashiro gives about her Hammerspace is declaring that she has decided to become Yashiemon.
    • During the school trip in Volume 8, Shimamura finds out too late that Yashiro has been hiding inside her bag. She tells her to make sure nobody discovers she is there. Yashiro assures Shimamura that she can think of her as Nezuko.
    Shimamura: Can I put a gag in your mouth then?
  • Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: Very much on the Characters end of the scale. This work doesn't have anything that can be called an overarching plot besides the basic premise of developing a romance between the main characters. Thus, it fully dedicates itself to accompanying its leads as they hang out together, as well as exploring their thoughts and feelings. Character Development happens entirely due to the cast interacting with each other.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Pointedly averted with Nagafuji. Shimamura notes that she has the stereotypical "female nerd" appearance, in part because of her glasses, but she is a Cloudcuckoolander that does not seem to be very smart.
  • The Stinger: Episode 7 has a post-credits scene in which Shimamura walks into the Nagafuji butcher shop and sees Tarumi again.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In later volumes, Yashiro becomes a permanent addition to the Shimamura house, eating there with everyone else and doing pretty much everything a resident would do except sleeping there. Hogetsu is bothered by this, but her family accepted Yashiro very easily.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The fishermen don't seem to be that taken aback by the sight of Chikama Yashiro, a small girl in a full-body spacesuit.
    • Similarly, Shimamura and her mother don't seem at all really surprised when they spot Yashiro literally flying around Shimamura's little sister. Only the former even comments on it and does so in a rather laid back, unshocked manner.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mostly averted. Everyone has realistic hair colors and Shimamura's unrealistic light hair (which is only unrealistic because she is 100% Japanese) is established from the start to be a dye. This is why everyone is surprised when they meet Yashiro, who literally has blue, sparkling hair.
  • Yuri Genre: This is, first and foremost, a story about girls falling in love with each other.

Alternative Title(s): Adachi To Shimamura, Adachi And Shimamura


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