Title: Adachi and Shimamura Vol. 2
Author: Hitoma Iruma
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Publisher: Yen Press
Love is difficult to convey. While some romance may come easy, other relationships take quite a bit of work. Showing your feelings to someone and earning their trust and love can be mentally exhausting. Adachi and Shimamura Vol. 2 packages this experience up exceptionally well for the reader, and its relatable scenes make it tough to stomach at times. However, it’s comforting to know that we’re not alone when it comes to being more than friends.
Adachi and Shimamura Vol. 2 trades off chapters narrated by either Adachi or Shimamura. From their first encounter, they have now been friends for a few months. Even with her outward confidence, Shimamura struggles with some inner thoughts. However, that’s put on the backburner as we spend more time with Adachi. This is extremely painful to read sometimes because Hitoma Iruma did such a fantastic job conveying the doubt and frustrations of getting your feelings across.
Adachi is a highly complex character by design. She doesn’t express herself fully and holds back essential context. It makes things drag on as she goes about it all the longest way possible. However, Shimamura doesn’t seem to make things any easier as she pretty much gives Adachi an open platform to develop her feelings. I don’t think she’s being mean about it or careless either, I think she’s just being herself, but her feelings for Adachi are far more mysterious at this point.
Expressing self-doubt and allowing your brain to invent imaginary situations where the person you love doesn’t love you back bleed from the pages. It’s almost tough to get to at some points as Adachi stares at an accusatory unsent text. I hate to admit that I’ve been there, but it was nice to know that I wasn’t alone in these feelings. It’s all rather playful, but I think giving Adachi more chances to explain herself is what is needed at this point because there’s too much uncertainty in the air.
The illustrations from Moke Yuzuhara are incredibly charming. The winter themes shine in the panels, and when the characters are close together, it’s like you can feel their warmth. I enjoyed seeing more of Shimamura’s home and getting a better idea of how the two girls’ upbringing differed. It’s crucial for their relationship and necessary for upcoming volumes.
Adachi and Shimamura Vol. 2 is a brilliant display of emotional anxiety. The thought of loving someone so much it causes you to dwell on it for every second, but if you act on those emotions, you may lose what you’ve built with them is warmly displayed throughout each chapter. I’m interested in understanding more about the pain that resides inside Shimamura, but I’m happy we got so many of Adachi’s feelings on the table. Whether you’re into yuri love stories or not. There’s something to relate to for anyone that has been in love in this story.
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