***makoharu shippers, i have a sideblog called makoharuland!!***
jasmine. 23. north carolina. silly fangirl. kawaii princess. future manga-ka.
i draw. i write manga scripts. i read manga and watch anime. i live on the internet. deviantart and tumblr are my homes.
loves pretty things, cute things, vintage things, sparkly things, shiny things, and colorful things. and gorgeous anime guys of course~~
there is a lot of free! on this blog because that is my obsession ^__^ (click here if you don't know where to watch it.) also there's my art, artwork by others, art tutorials, writing advice, and random funny/cute/pretty things.
blog started december 2012. but this blog is the continuation of my previous blog, "supersachi," which started in march 2011.
this is a post about makoto. makoto, my favorite character. makoto, the sweet and loving guy. makoto, the angel. we all know that makoto is a selfless person who always does his best to help other people, while at the same time putting his own wants, needs, and feelings aside.
So I’m back at episode 1 of Free! ES and I wanted to highlight this exchange that not many people seem to remember:
(This is when Haru and Rin are about to race next to each other.)
Rin: Since we can’t race in a relay today, this showdown is between you and me.
Haru: I don’t care about my time.
Rin: Are you still saying stuff like that? *pause* Even if you don’t care about winning or times, you think no one can beat you in water, don’t you?
Haru doesn’t deny this, and the surprise that flickers in his eyes right before his face hardens implies that Rin is spot on. We also see during and after the race that Haru does, indeed, care very much about beating Rin. And that dialogue, for me, sums up the crux of Haru’s feelings towards swimming. He says he doesn’t care about winning or times, but he is very competitive - and has always been so, ever since he was young - because he believes he is the best in the water that he loves so much. He has always loved the thrill of racing and winning and being the best. Thus his decision to go pro is not a 180 degree personality change, nor shitty and fanservicing character development. The only disputable issue is the speed at which he came to this realization - it probably would’ve been better had KyoAni placed the declaration of Haru’s new dream in the next episode. But then again, we don’t know what’s in store in the last episode of the season - so let’s wait and see!
i don’t know why this was in the makoharu tag??? but whatever, now that i have seen it i would like to answer it.
because actually, when i watched that moment in episode one… i didn’t say anything about it because i didn’t think it was important, but now i will saw that i didn’t like that moment. it made me uncomfortable. now back then, i was under the impression that haru really didn’t care about being the fastest, and that he would not become a pro swimmer. now, ep 12 tells me that’s not true. but in ep1 i didn’t know that. i was upset because i disliked the fact that rin was speaking for haru. to me it looked like rin was saying something inaccurate about haru. so i was annoyed with rin at that moment.but now i know that rin’s words WERE accurate… although, it really makes no sense.
i do not agree that haru’s a competitive person. he’s competitive around rin, sure, but in general, he isn’t competitive. he competes with his friends, but that’s because he’s swimming for his friends, not for competition’s sake!! and the whole season, he’s been uncomfortable with going pro. and it makes perfect sense that he’d be uncomfortable with that, it fits his character. and also, ever since season 1… he was introduced as a character who loved swimming just to feel the water and that’s the only reason. (and later, he discovers that he loves swimming with friends, too.) he didn’t care about being the best. he didn’t need winning, trophies, fame, olympic dreams, any of that. not that there’s anything wrong/bad about wanting those things… in fact, i’m that way with my art. i’m an ambitious person like rin. so i’m not saying it’s bad to be competitive and have ambition. but, at the same time, i also understand why some people do not want that. and that’s not what haru wanted. and i respected that about him. he was happy swimming with friends. he was happy feeling the water. he didn’t need anything else to be happy with swimming. but now… suddenly, in order to be happy with swimming, now it has to be pro?? what??? that’s new. that’s a new thing the writers threw on top of haru, and they did it in order to make rin happy. haru just so happened to have the exact dream rin wanted him to have! basically the writers forced the pro dream onto haru- who, because of the thought of going pro, had a nightmare and then was unable to swim- because haru going pro works out perfectly for rin. it’s what rin wants, so the writers made haru do it, regardless of the fact that it makes no sense.
i think haru should have been a chef, or artist, or some other career. that way he could swim just for fun, and he wouldn’t have to swim and train on a strict schedule. he wouldn’t be swimming for scouts, sponsors, medals, trophies, fame, fortune, cameras, fans… he’d just be swimming for himself. now that’s “free!”
i especially care about the drama cd. i was thinking free! was only gonna have one drama cd this year, even though they had two last year. but i am soooooooooo happy that there will be another one =D too bad it’s in november, i want it noooow lol. i liked this first drama cd so i am definitely looking forward to the second one!! =)
here’s why rin’s convincing haru to go pro in this episode is not believable
i didn’t want haru to go pro. and even if he did go pro i didn’t want the person to “save”/”inspire” haru to be rin (i’d rather it be all of haru’s friends… or just makoto XD)
but even if i were to accept haru going pro, and rin being the inspiration/catalyst/etc… there’s still a problem with how that all happened.
look at what happened in the episode that made haru want to go pro. rin talking about his childhood memories in australia. rin telling haru how much he admires him. rin bringing up a childhood memory he had with haru. and also, there was the part where rin brought haru to the big pool.
rin meant well and he was being nice in this episode, but still… he was talking about himself more than he was talking about haru. and the episode in general seemed to be more about rin than haru, to be honest.
you know what would have been more believable for me? rin having a conversation about haru’s feelings, not about himself. rin asking haru how he feels about possibly being a pro. haru telling rin all about the causes of his anxieties. haru telling rin about his nightmare. haru telling rin about how he felt during that race when he stopped in the middle of the pool. rin fully understanding haru’s feelings. then rin actually trying to analyze haru’s anxieties and come up with a solution.
see? now that would have actually made sense!! now, can’t you see why the episode left me confused? it just was NOT written well. haru had such a sudden change of heart for reasons that the writers did not develop properly.
pinkaliciousbunnysent: So, I feel super conflicted about Haru's development right now. He's been my absolute favorite ever since the beginning of Free! and especially this season because I empathize with the way he felt pressured to do what everyone expected from him but after making it seem like he won't ever go pro and then suddenly making him reconsider... I dunno man, I mean, I still love Haru with all my heart but he deserves better than this. Like, I'm happy he's found a dream but it just doesn't feel right
It was surpsingly poor writing for him, considering he is one of the most interesting characters in the show? I think his writing in season 1 was impeccable and that he was a very original, interesting character and his development was natural, genuine, and beautiful. But this season it’s like parts of his story have been ommited or replaced by the wrong things, as though they didn’t know the ending when they began writing it, and I’m a bit confused about what is driving him.
I love Haru a lot so I’m disappointed, too. In the writing, at least.
i LOVED, LOVED LOVED haru’s character development in season 1. i thought it was PERFECT. i am serious, i just thought the way the writers handled him was flawless and beautiful.
in s2, i thought haru’s character development was still pretty good for the most part. in fact, i loved it so much in ep9, ep9 was my favorite episode in fact, i just liked seeing haru’s slow breakdown. it was sad, but i liked the plotline because it was so interesting.
but now, this episode made absolutely no sense whatsoever when it comes to haru’s character. it was basically the writers molding haru into what rin wants him to be. the episode was truly about rin, not haru. there was nothing in haru’s character development that happened to make him want to go pro. instead, rin was a magical fairy who cast a spell on haru. then suddenly haru was REALLY HAPPY, for no reason. rin magically fixed haru’s problems so suddenly, and it wasn’t natural for haru’s character.
i still adore haru very very much. but i don’t like what the writers have done.
honestly can someone explain to me why haru wants to go pro, after the thought of going pro made him anxious for multiple episodes and he had a nightmare and he was unable to swim his race because he felt so upset and uncomfortable???
i want to know what changed. i want to know what was making haru so anxious, and why that thing is suddenly not there anymore. if someone doesn’t give me a reason, i’m going to keep assuming that it’s bad writing. yes haru was happy. i don’t care. because the writers made him happy for no reason.
and what i also hate is that it confirms what sosuke said in the last ep. sosuke said rin needs haru to go pro. wow, haru’s only going pro because rin and sosuke want him to lolol
and don’t answer with “because rin inspired him!!!” how did he inspire him? what did rin do to make the thing that was causing haru’s anxiety to go away?? because i don’t see it. rin said some nice, sweet words, how exactly does that create a change in haru’s character that is so powerful that it reverses the anxiety he felt in previous episodes? let’s face it, it’s just bad writing. it’s just the writers doing australia ex machina. (thanks, theory-of-beauty!!) rin is a wizard, he did a magic trick to make haru magically forget his uneasiness. that’s my theory.
THE ENGLISH OMG HAHAHAHA I LOVED THE ENGLISH SOOOO MUCH IT REALLY MADE ME SMILE.
the part with rin and haru and the host parents, that entire part was really cute and heartwarming.
the backgrounds were beautiful. the art quality in this episode was amazing, of course it’s amazing every episode but i really noticed it more in this episode. as an artist and art lover, i really care a lot about the art quality in anime and manga so it honestly means a whole lot to me that this show has good art. i wouldn’t say this if i didn’t mean it: the artists deserve so much credit- thanks for making such nice art!! ^__^
RIN APOLOGIZED. i was this close to disliking his character altogether. i was recently telling someone else on tumblr that if he doesn’t apologize i’ll be so mad. the fact that he sincerely apologized, and was overall very nice to haru in this episode, makes me want to give him a big compliment. although i’m not okay with the entire concept of haru going pro and wish rin hadn’t guided haru in that direction, still i want to give rin credit for just being a nice person to haru in this episode- what he did in episode 9 angered me and now i can forgive him.
i took video of myself both this week and last week and i might post both videos, i might not, idk, i will tag as “me” if i do
anyway. ten mins before the episode aired i was suddenly hit with a lot of nervousness. i panicked, i was sooooooooo scared and felt very uneasy. i normally don’t feel THIS nervous before episodes. not even before ep 11.
then the episode began and i immediately began smiling and laughing a lot, because of all the english. XD
and if i post the video, you can see that I HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE ON MY FACE. AND I WAS LAUGHING A LOT. I WAS VERY HAPPY. okay? i really was happy!!! i truly was!!! i was like “hey i like this episode, this is a good episode, i had no reason to be so nervous”
and then about halfway through, yeah you know what happened. ^__^UUUU sooo that made me upset XD
but it wasn’t just that. it wasn’t, believe me. if you think that’s all i care about, you are wrong. because it was what happened next that made me even MORE upset. i went from being really happy to on the verge of tears, simply because i’m so frustrated that i actually had to watch this take place. everyone predicted it would happen, and i did too, but at least that was just speculation! it was not confirmed. actually watching it happen was awful. i am feeling shaky right now and i’m not crying but i just feel angry.