my issues with free!es include but are not limited to:
I’m a loser so it probably wasn’t clear in the last post:
I think Haruka’s about face was very abrupt. It isn’t unexpected, but. I wish they had the time to flesh it out more, to make this the first step of many towards making the choice to swim pro.
I don’t think Haru wanting to go pro is an asspull.
There’s a part of Haru that has always loved competitive swimming - if he didn’t enjoy it, he wouldn’t have swum competitively for so long.
He did make the decision on his own, which is a Very Important Thing; and I’m glad he did.
I think part of the reason for the disconnect, though - there is a disconnect - if because, despite Haru being the protagonist, we hardly ever get to see what he thinks outright. His character arc is the embodiment of ‘show, not tell’, and the problem with ES, for me at least, is that there are So Many Other Things going on (I, at least) the viewer gets caught up in the side plots:
and I don’t know why, but in some ways„ this episode felt like a, to quote Rin, ‘giant detour’ for me? I enjoyed so many things about it: Rin’s homestay parents, the ENGLISH, but I felt there was Too Much packed into such a short amount of time.
Also: I can’t help wishing that there was more ‘tell’,when it comes to Haruka. I want to hear his thoughts about Rin’s ‘admiration’; I want to know what and how he feels in more detail:
my favorite parts of the episode were when he tells Rin it was ‘his first fight’ and ‘don’t just run off’ (abandonment issues touched on yes): parts where he VOCALIZES what he is thinking and feeling because that, in itself, is something Haruka needs to do more of.
also I’m mad Rin wants to accept the offer swim in Japan Rin please BUT YES I CALLED IT THE LETTER was from his coach and it was an offer I called it I wish I’d called Rin’s answer too
also Rin how are you such an angel
People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter
People know that it’s okay to just write the character’s name, right? It’s less annoying than constantly reading things like ‘the smaller man’, ‘the white haired boy’, ‘their female companion’, and ‘the bluenette’.