Swimming fashion is serious business
|After Overcooled, Kara, and Fosh review the past episodes of Free!, now is my turn to do so. Other will get their turns again of course, but listen to me fangirling about this gay swimming anime first, nee?|
If some people have seen the comments I left in the first episode post, it is obvious that I am a huge fan of Makoto. And now I got the episode that is heavily involved with Makoto! Imagine a short tanned Southeast Asian “girl” jumpin up and down while rolling on the bed at the same time, that’s me when I watched this week’s episode. It seems that the Wheel of Fate has been good to us Free! lovers in Metanorn for giving us what we wants *drool in Makoto screenshots*
What this episode is all about… And some swimming
Anyhow, the “camping” and “beach” episode really surprised me. Being an anime fan who have seen countless of anime episodes, I expect Free! to throw some ranom and meaningless camping that is filled with naked but sexy abs. And Gou in a bikini! But nope, the anime caught me off guard when they actually has a special camping routine for their swimming club. They’re actually taking swimming very seriously here. I keep forgetting that because… I’m always distracted with the abs and the
true plot yaoi. Anyhow, it’s nice to see fanservice and actual plot together side by side. It makes the episode feels useful and worth it. Of course, the “side story” aka. Makoto’s past is just as interesting as the training the boys undergo. I wonder what makes Makoto sort-of traumatized with ocean. Did he see a cremating ceremony where they throw the ashes to the ocean? Did he see someone drowning when he was small? Haru mentioned something about goldfish, so… Um, Makoto’s goldfish drowned in the ocean or something? It seems that the plot is getting thicker and thicker, but I’m totally fine with it. Gay swimming, bishies, and good plot will never be a bad combination.
The plot isn’t the only thing that shines since the characters did a fabulous job being themselves. In this episode, the audience sees many unexpected sides of the characters. Well, more like Makoto and Rei. Makoto is the fatherly character of this anime, so it’s no wonder that Rei is charmed by his words and smile. Especially when Rei is working really hard to be on par with the others. As an audience though, it’s amusing to see Makoto twitching every now and then every time he sees the ocean. Not that I hate his “smiling face,” but sometimes it’s annoying to see him smiling all the time. But I guess that’s what happens when one is the father figure and takes the others’ problems. As for Rei, it’s kind-of encouraging and sweet how
Kara’s man Rei tries so hard for one of the lousiest club he rejected before in episode two. We’ve only been given the silly part of Rei, so seeing Rei working so hard makes him less like a lump of sexy abs and more like a true human being now. Though really, seeing Rei trying to hard even at night made me raised my eyebrow. Smart move, Rei. Anyhow, the two characters that stick out the most happened to be stuck on the ocean at night together. I hope by them being together, their lump of negative emotions can be left behind and the ocean, and both of them can rely on others more.
Complicated love triangle among Makoto, Haru, and Shark-kun
But let’s forget about the characters and talk more about the yaoi! This episode was dripping with yaoi in every second of it. Even when Gou found a “secret summer camp training,” I knew right away that scene is a hint from the anime god. I mean, if seen with fujoshi goggles, this episode is all about Makoto finally showing his vulnerable side to Haru, after years of monotonous and bland relationship. I guess some spice is always needed to make the love hotter, heh. Everything, as in everything everything, is all about Makoto and Haru. From the secret glances to little things such as “I want to sleep with Haru!”, every second of this episode is dedicated for us Makoto x Haru fans. Even when the two of them share a popsicle! That sexual innuendo! Everything is Makoto x Haru, which is totally fiiiiinnnneeeee for me…. Sharing a “popsicle” is a sexual innuendo, right? … Anyhow, those who ship Makoto with Rei should also rejoice, because both of them have reached a “whole new kind of understanding” together thanks to Makoto’s
pretty boys jutsu fatherly personality and Rei’s hard-working attitude. Sharing a tent together? I bet they’re going to have “fun” “sleeping” under the same tent. They’ll have the kind of “outdoor slumber party” that have never been seen and tried before *giggle*. Well, they have tried that in Brokeback Mountain, but never in anime! Rei and Makoto will revolutionize the anime world and follow the footsteps of the manly cowboys in Brokeback Mountain! “Sharing a tent” will never be the same again. I hope the coach cooks red rice in next week’s episode.
Pretty Boys “Camping” Together:
Well, that was fun. I know I was going to enjoy the yaoi fanservice here, but KyoAni really knows how to treat his fangirls. Not only that the fanservice is everywhere, they also tie the fanservice with the plot of this week’s episode. We fangirls love fanserive, but we love smart fanservice even more. It’s nice seeing how Free! is sticking with his swimming concept despite while having the endless amount of fanservice at the same time. Let’s just say that everything is balanced out perfectly right now. Everything. If KyoAni keeps this up, Free! will be the anime that will have the nods of not only fujoshi but other fans also. At least, for me. I wonder how non-fujoshi fans see this anime through their unfortunately non-yaoi goggles. Are you guys enjoying it? I hope you do, because I’m enjoying everything about this anime right now.
Preview: Shark-kun tells Makoto who he actually is. Will Makoto able to face the truth?