I imagine that this is the exact position the fangirls sit and watch Free! in.
|Through some strange twist of fate, I get the episode with the megane-kun that I’ve been waiting for. Kyo, you’re the best. Seriously. …Anyways, before we get started, were you aware that this is apparently based off of a novel? Or at least, the concept of this show is based off a novel called High☆Speed! that features the characters when they were in elementary school. Well, I thought that was interesting at least.|
Here I was denying that this had any bromance at all in it episode 1, I still thought so in episode 2, and then I see this episode. …Okay, fine. Maybe this is kind of a gay swimming anime. I can’t even deny that it didn’t have hints in it after Nagisa getting really close to Rei all episode. You can’t just have a guy call another guy pretty and not expect me to raise an eyebrow. Though then again, this was all coming from the adorable shota character, so maybe this can be overlooked. What I can’t deny though was that Nagisa pestering Rei all episode was cute (in both a BLish way and an awww, Nagisa is trying hard way). Maybe having Rei join because he also has a really feminine name is a terrible reason, but you can’t say that Nagisa didn’t put effort in. Running to school with him and following him around actually paid off too! Though it was mostly due to Haru, but still. So yeah, long story short, I guess there ARE BL vibes in here a bit. I was wrong. My bad.
Well, even with that though, I’m still here for the same reasons Gou is.
Me too, Gou. Me too.
And speaking of Gou, she’s still awesome! As a bonus too, she seems to be doing a pretty good job as a manager by trying to find a good place for them to practice while it’s still cold out and getting them a practice with Rin’s school. There wasn’t so much focus with her character this episode, but it’s nice to see that her admiration of well muscled guys hasn’t been toned down at all. As for Rin… well, he’s still around, I guess. He joined the swimming team too! …Well, there wouldn’t be much of a plot if he didn’t, but still. I’m glad that the plot isn’t forgetting the main conflict here with all of the moe guys going moe things that’s going on. I’m sure they’ll get back to Rin and Haru soon enough, but I’d say that trying to get the Iwatobi swim club together is slightly more important at the moment.
“Perfect form” indeed.
So then we get to the megane-kun, Rei, and things don’t go as calculated for anyone involved. Well, we all knew from the OP that Rei was going to be the 4th member, but it was a question of how or why. In the end, it wasn’t quite the “you’re not good enough for the track team” reason for Rei to join in the swim club, but more that Haru showed Rei a style that couldn’t be taught in books or calculations. Yay for Haru! …I figured that Haru’s amazing swimming style would be the end reason as soon as Rei started talking about how ungraceful swimming looked, and I’m glad that’s the case. It’s nice to see that Haru’s obsession with swimming is contagious.
I was looking forward to this character to get a proper introduction SO MUCH and Rei’s character did not disappoint at all! I was expecting a super serious guy based on what I saw in the previews and that’s exactly what we got. …Only with the added bonus of him being so serious, it adds humour occasionally. It’s a nice combination. I was kind wondering how he’d fit in with the others since they’re all childhood friends and he’s the newcomer, but I don’t think Rei’s personality will drag down the team at all. He seems eager enough to join, and they definitely need him in order to do competitions. …Whether his actual skills (or lack thereof) will drag the team down or not is a different story though.
At least Shark-kun can swim.
Is… is the swimming team going to be okay with this? Rei can’t even swim. The rest of the guys have been doing this ever since childhood. I can’t imagine that his inability is going to be much of a help to the team at the moment, let alone in a competition. Though with his obsessive personality, I imagine that Rei will be able to swim with no problems in the near future (because fictional characters can do that). Actually, I’m impressed at how Free! is managing to get in a good balance of the characters interacting and actual swimming related activities. I was expecting either one or the other, but
unlike the K-On! girls, the swim club is actual capable of doing both. It helps vary up the episodes a bit at least and actually, now that I think about it, I doubt Haru’s character would ever let them forget about the swimming aspect of the show. Yay for Haru! Again!
Well, other bloggers have definitely said this before, but Haru is extremely eccentric. I thought he was going to strip to his swimsuit again when they were all talking about trying to find a 4th member in the staff room, but unfortunately, he didn’t. So I guess the end question is still, when will Rin and Haru compete again? Since that’s what a huge portion of the plot is about now. I liked Haru’s line about it all being in the past and it being enough that Rin’s started swimming again. Hopefully he won’t be too worried about beating Rin when it comes down to it again. …But yeah. The important thing at the moment is making sure that all 4 swim club members can actually swim.
Preview: Rei may or may not drown in the near future, but hopefully the next blogger enjoys his… stretching.