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I’m kind of mad at all the people that are reducing ep 12 to shit writing…

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 probably didn’t have this HUGE sour taste in his mouth for competitive swimming, it was likely just one or two things stressing him out that he couldn’t get out of his head. If he hated competitive swimming so much, he wouldn’t have done it since he was a child, and then again in highschool. Its obviously something he enjoys, the context of adulthood was just making the whole thing stressful for him.

And I know everyone is like “wtf shiny pool, thats what changed his mind?”

NO. IT WAS NOT THE POOL. IT WAS HARU BEING GIVEN A CALM OPTION TO SWIM NEXT TO PROFESSIONAL SWIMMERS. He made the conscious choice to do so, thereby eliminating his stress.

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Then, seeing the really nice Australian swimmer, Haru was able to see someone who is genuinely happy in his career path and obviously loves to swim.

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HARU’S REALISATION FADES FROM THE SWIMMER DIVING, NOT FROM LOOKING AT THE POOL.

PLEASE DO NOT REDUCE IT TO THAT.

SEEING OTHERS SWIM IS A VERY PROFOUND EXPERIENCE FOR HIM AND THAT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE WRITING.


Sometimes seeing something like that (if you have an emotional attachment to the action) really can make you snap into a certain mindset, especially when its the first time you’ve been able to look at a situation without the weight of stress. Furthermore, I don’t think Haru is not so much ABSOLUTELY sure that he will be happy as much as a competitive swimmer as much as he now knows that it is POSSIBLE and he was able to see that the world like Rin does.

HIS PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN MAGICALLY FIXED, what has happened is that Haru now feels he has a chance. To me thats actually pretty profound…

Anonymous asked: (1) The message I took away from this episode was that Haru views "swimming=freedom" and the professional path is one where you are bound by restrictions and rules, where times and medals are everything, that winning is most important (i.e, things Haru does not care about/doesn't swim for).

sugarblaster:

(2) So, when he joins the National Team to swim along side them, sees this guy happy and content and eager to swim, I think it was a moment of clarity “Hey, I can have it both ways if I want.” IDK maybe I’m wrong but this seemed to be the message Rin was trying to get across to him in episode. 12, a sort of call back to episode 4 where Sosuke asks him what’s more important, swimming with his friends or swimming professionally and Rin straight up says “They’re both important.”

(3) Then he says the same thing to the rest of the team, fast times are important but wanting to be there is just as important. So, I took this as Haru finding his resolve that even if he decides to go this route he can still be “Free”. Seeing it in action rather then being told probably made it easier for him to believe it was possible. At least that’s how I interpreted it. (But yeah, I do agree it was a bit rushed. If we’d had an extra episode or 2, maybe we could have stretched this more)

Yep, I’m really feeling this explanation. A few other people have taken that interpretation as well.

Pacing is my only issue, it all felt a little weird for a penultimate episode. I guess I’m just accustomed to how last season went where the big deal storyline was run through right to the end. Of course there could be more to it than what we saw. So I’ve decided to stop jumping the gun and just wait it out. :) 

homosexualanimejesus:

it’s not that haru didn’t want to become a professional swimmer. it’s that he didn’t want to be pressured into a future that he thought meant swimming for other people.
haru swims for himself and he swims for his friends. he swims freestyle. haru cannot take the pressure of people calling him a prodigy; saying he has an amazing future ahead of him. he doesn’t feel good enough which is why he always looks so surprised when someone important tells him that they think he’s good.

the scene in which haru finds his light is not just him seeing a bigger pool or seeing professional swimmers. it’s that he’s swimming next to professionals, in a famous pool that anyone can swim in. and it’s him. he’s anyone. and he feels brave. there’s no pressure from anyone to do well in this scene. haru can confidently swim beside these people. and that’s what he sees.

his future; in front of a crowd that doesn’t matter swimming next to people the don’t matter. the scene focuses on him, and his swimming. no matter what people think of him, what place he comes in a race, he’s doing what he loves, and that’s all that matters.

nekonomiyaki:

What if  South Korea’s curl were like this

What If …what If

I feel like people saying they hated the new Free! episode are missing the point a little.

The point was that swimming is a part of Haru so deeply entrenched in who he is that it is a part of him. Haru is the one who swims. The one who swims free. The episode was about him realizing why it is that he swims. That was the whole thing with the bird shadow and him diving into the water in his daydream. It was him realizing that this is who he is and it’s not something he can just leave behind. The best thing I can compare it to is musicians: they may have some nervousness about getting up on the stage, but they get up there are perform anyway because they truly love music and that’s what they’ve dedicated their lives to. Some musicians might perform for an audience because they like pleasing other people, others might do it simply because they love making something beautiful and the audience’s presence matters less to them. Haru’s more of the latter. Haru’s realizing that yes, he’s had some anxiety over this, but now he knows that he loves swimming and that’s what he wants to do. He’s realizing that he swims for himself and for his own reasons and that he doesn’t need to let other people’s expectations get to him. He’s set himself free from them. 

Could it have been written better? Yeah, I guess. The resolution was admittedly rushed and the whole epiphany scene seemed to come out of nowhere, but everyone experiences things differently. Some people need a major event to have an epiphany; some people just need something simple. But the message is still the same. Haru’s set himself free from those anxieties because he’s realized that swimming is a part of him and that it’s really what he wants to do.

jadedahlia:

Ok, so I’ve always been an artist, ever since I was 5. In high school I went through a period of uncertainty as to whether I wanted to continue pursuing art, but eventually came to the realization that it’s what I love and what I’m best at, and I want to keep doing it for as long as I live.

So people saying that Haru’s resolution in this episode of Free! was unrealistic? As someone who has gone through almost the exact same thing, I can tell you it actually makes perfect sense.

korrazulas:

ppl who are saying that haru shouldn’t go pro bc of his anxiety make me a little annoyed tbqh bc by him going pro he’s beating his anxiety. he’s not letting that fear withhold him from something that could ultimately prove to be rewarding. no one is saying that he’s now suddenly over it, but he sees that this dream is worth fighting for. at least thats my current interpretation. we really don’t know whats gonna happen until next week anyhow

lena-lou-who:

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OK i want to talk about this scene cause this is after Haru completely loses his head and just retreats back to his house. 

At this point Haru is lost and refuses to look towards dreams/the future and doesn’t find a point in it however here comes Rin telling him they are going to Australia, a place Haru has never been to which means

Rin is going to show Haru a sight he’s never seen

In season 1, we saw Rin in Haru’s position, lost without a reason to continue his dream however as entangled as they were, Haru was able to bring back Rin. In season 2, now it’s Rin’s turn to bring Haru back.

By bringing him to Australia, Rin feels like he can inspire Haru to be Free in his future in different endeavors so here’s to crying about them for a week

So I got my blood typed yesterday and it turns out I’m B+.

And I was just looking it up because I didn’t know who I could donate to or receive from and ended up on a page with the history of B blood types.

It apparently originated in the Himilayas and is extremely common in Asia but less common in Western Europe and North America.

Does that mean I’ve got Mongolian ancestry waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back somewhere?

blazing-forge:

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thehomestuckwhovian:

Anybody else remember this episode? In it, a female villain called Femme Fatale is stealing millions of dollars in Susan B. Anthony coins. Naturally, the Powerpuff Girls go to stop her. She then convinces them that men are all horrible because female superheroes aren’t as well known as male superheroes, even asking Blossom to name some to where her only answer is Wonder Woman.

They start acting bitter, refusing to do chores when the Professor asks and even telling the Mayor to save the town himself. Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane talk to the girls and basically explain that being mean to guys won’t do anything and that isn’t the kind of message feminists should put out.

They proceed to beat up Femme Fatale while giving her a history lesson about Susan B. Anthony, the story where she voted and was found guilty because women couldn’t vote back then, but when the judge wanted to let her off easily because she was a woman, she forced them to take her to jail. The girls handle her and the lesson is that misandry will not stop misogny and we all should just respect each other.

And it fell on Tumblr’s deaf ears.

To the point where many among the sort of person depicted in this episode point out that Lauren Faust later regretted writing the episode. What they conveniently leave out is the fact that it was because of all the death threats she received from that sort of person.