I haven’t seen the new Free! yet, on account of my limited internet connectivity :((, but from the spoilers:
I am actually really glad that there seems to be indications pointing towards Haruka becoming more proactive?
Mainly because I have always felt he has the ability to be so
I mean, a kid who hates competition wouldn’t compete, you know?
But even before Rin came along Haru was in his school’s swimming club: and more than that? He was /good/ - and? His reaction to Rin stemmed from the feeling that /there was somebody better at feeling the water than him/:
And if that isn’t a competitive personality I dunno what is
Also: I /want/ Haru to be proactive. I want him to embrace that competitive side of himself; I want him to make the decision to take himself further because he wants to, not because he’s following someone else or just going with the flow:
It’s really the best thing that could happen to him, and to Rin: Haru making the right decisions for the right reasons: strengthening his bond with others through a better understanding of himself:
And hey: if it takes a confrontation with Sousuke to do it, I say bring it on. He’s going to do great.