In the fifth episode of Adachi and Shimamura, Adachi quite simply wants to ask Shimamura a question. Well, of course it isn’t that straightforward for Adachi. Shimamura also happens to notice that Adachi has been acting a little odd.
This time around we are getting the adaptations of the second and third chapters of the second light novel: “Adachi’s Question” and “Abnormal ☆ Adachi” respectively. To boil the summary of this episode down to its simplest form, Adachi asks Shimamura a question.
Technically Adachi does ask Shimamura several questions in this episode, but they tend to be her actually avoiding what she really wants to ask. Yeah, Adachi is in full gay panic throughout the majority of this episode, and that is what makes it so enjoyable to watch.
We also get another one the second light novel’s interludes adapted for this chapter, providing us a little more Hino x Nagafuji interaction. That particular scene pretty much plays out exactly the way it is described in the light novel, too.
Ask me for a single word to describe this episode (and the light novel chapters it adapts, I suppose), and I’d have to go for “almost”. There are things that just don’t quite happen, but come oh so close. Still, I really enjoyed this episode, so this anime must be doing something right.
The first half of this episode is the adaptation of the “Adachi’s Question” chapter, which is told from Adachi’s point of view. “Abnormal ☆ Adachi” is told from Shimamura’s point of view, and that is carried over into the anime.
In particular, Shimamura narrates how she has noticed that Adachi has been acting strangely, and perhaps slowly starting to realise just why that may be. As to whether Shimamura’s feelings are mutual… well, we’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.
It only took an entire episode to get the main point, but it was a journey that was very much worth watching. The anime adaptation has absolutely been doing the light novel justice, and that has continued with this episode.
Next time, we’ll see if Adachi plucking up her courage will pay off.