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Ok, now I get the whole Haru thinking thing.

But I didn’t even really care about that as much in the first place.

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Episode Analysis Post: Free! Eternal Summer Episode 12 - “What will you do?”

themorninglark:

This was a really nice episode that rewards rewatching and paying attention to the detail. There are a lot of immediate reactions that Haru’s change of heart feels sudden and out of character, for a guy who’s spent all his life saying he has no interest in competition. But I think that ignores the fact that, for someone who says that, Haru’s sure spent a lot of time in swimming competitions, and winning them. He swims relays for his friends, but why does he swim to win solo competitions?

This episode gives us some much-needed insight into that part of Haru’s mind, and it had to be Rin who brought that out, because that is not how Makoto relates to Haru. Makoto himself knows that. That’s why he turned Haru over to Rin.

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momohtaro:

can we all calm down and just

MAKOTO DID HELP HARU REALIZE HIS DREAM, OKAY, his decision to leave for tokyo, TELLING HARU THIS DECISION, was the catalyst for haru to realize truly that he is the one who will get left behind if he keeps putting off thinking about his future

BUT RIN ALSO HELPS…

adelaide-angel:

HARU YOU CAN’T JUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY EVERY TIME YOU AND MAKO FIGHT.

adelaide-angel:

HARU YOU CAN’T JUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY EVERY TIME YOU AND MAKO FIGHT.

skystaria:

I swear to god if they brush over Makoto and haruka’s fight I will kill a man

bokusoratobu:

Just reminding everybody that the female voice actors in free! also voices the babies. 

bokusoratobu:

Just reminding everybody that the female voice actors in free! also voices the babies. 

aobasluttygaki:

Everyone is freaking out about how ‘sudden’ Haru’s change of heart is and I think they’re failing to realize something pretty important. Haru swimming professionally is something that’s been discussed since the beginning of the season, so its obviously something he was thinking about.

He…

shure116:

I love the fact that Rin used to talk about Haru to every fucking person he knew… his family, his friends, people in Australia… It’s like he was going around saying “Hi, I’m Rin, nice to meet you! Did I mention this one guy…”

Nice, Matsuoka.

F R E E ! es + sceneries

arminspants:

elsa what are you doing in swimming anime?

arminspants:

elsa what are you doing in swimming anime?

sasukesramen:

Their names are considered girly in Japan.
They’re in Australia.
That reasoning doesn’t work Rin.

infinitenil:

MAKOHARU AND SOURIN ARE CANON AND YOU CAN’T CONVINCE ME THAT THEY’RE NOT

zankyou-no-takatsu:

NO BUT SERIOUSLY I THOUGHT HE WAS A PEDO WHO WAS GOING TO KIDNAP RIN

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I’m pretty sure everyone did, and it just suddenly evoked fears of the suppressed memories on Rin’s behalf, and if there’d be another, much more R rated season 3 for another set of emotional breakdowns after this.

apicturesquescore:

grand-trash-king:

theory-of-beauty:

Can someone please explain to me how Haru going pro makes any sense for his character and isn’t completely contrived? Can someone explain how this has any verisimilitude WITHOUT using shipping reasons?

I’d like to see…