「二等辺トライアングル」 (Nitouhen Toraianguru)
While I’m still in doubt AtS is in real need of sassy little sparkling alien children to help the yuri on track, there’s no denying it’s not hurting in that regard. We may only be three weeks in with nary a move into confessions of love and kisses galore, but fret not—because keeping feelings buried and unvoiced is about to test Adachi to her limits, and probably test some other characters to boot.
I’m probably a broken record at this point, but anyone still doubting jealousy is going to be front and central in this story should consider changing said opinions. You don’t get more emphatic than a whole episode effectively devoted to monopolizing Shimamura’s attention after all, and that’s before touching on some other major flags that I firmly anticipate not remaining ambiguous for long. Poor Adachi, for better or worse, is a girl wholly smitten with Shimamura, and her continually intensifying feelings are quickly leading her to take actions you can be sure she would never have considered before. Responding to teasing; sticking it out when asked to; seizing the initiative; Adachi, whether she recognizes it or not, is changing and also quietly opening up windows for Shimamura to see the side of her she has (until now) kept hidden. Considering how slowly/carefully AtS is taking things I wouldn’t expect Adachi to acknowledge her desires anytime soon, but keep our little alien girl around as a convenient plot development tool and I wouldn’t fret too much over progression.
Where things get interesting, however, is with Shimamura. Although the girl is very much playing the trophy on a pedestal right now—i.e. in the position of choosing who wins her hand—there’s nothing preventing Shimamura from deciding to push matters herself, especially in light of those internal struggles over care and interest. It’s not unlikely for example that Shimamura, in an attempt to reach out and mitigate her concerns, starts gently pushing Adachi on more personal issues to better understand her, which in turn gets Adachi to start recognizing what’s written all over her face. Could it be the catalyst to turn coincidental friendship into romantic friendship? Anyone’s guess right now, but having the love interest get the lover to realize their love would certainly be a pleasant twist on the usual romance shenanigans.
Well, unless things go the way of extraterrestrial matchmaking of course, because you know full well that possibility remains firmly on the table.