And the curses and wails of a million fangirls could be heard around the world…~
If this doesn’t describe the reaction of a thousand fangirls, I don’t know what will. Anyway, hello everyone! After OC, Karakuri, Fosh, and anaaga, it is now my turn to cover this week’s Free! episode. And what a blessing that has turned out to be as this episode is definitely one of the most exciting (so far, of course).~
I have to say how brilliantly Kyo Ani trolled us fangirls with this mouth-to-mouth incident between Haru and Makoto. They set us up to think “Finally! Some actual fanservice!” but instead they tricked us and left fangirls with just enough material for everyone’s imagination to work with until the next episode. Personally I’m a big Haru/Makoto shipper, so it was a big blow to me as well. Fangirl point-of-view aside though, I like Haru’s and Makoto’s friendship a lot. It’s just so sweet as they take care and protect each other, forming a strong bond that the others don’t have. Speaking of Makoto, he’s been my favorite character from the beginning of the show, so it was sad to see him lose his upbeat self and agonize over his fear of the sea, as well as to hear him tell his story about why he fears it. I have to admit though it’s made me fall for his character even more…
Anyway, there’s nothing like a near-death experience to bond four bros together, right? Throughout the series, there was this sort of awkwardness between the four, like they didn’t necessarily connect with each other. Haru and Makoto have that closeness because of their longtime friendship, but all together, they seemed just thrown together. Having to experience this incident (unfortunately), and learning more about each other afterward, certainly brought them closer together as teammates and friends. I’m sure this new found connection will work in their favor once they start participating in tournaments, which judging from the preview, they are about to already.
More Free! fun, including the much-loved Shark-kun~ Show ▼
All right, aside from my fangirl feels and what not, this was an emotional episode with lots of nice bonding between the guys. I enjoyed it a lot. I think what I liked most about the episode though was that it had a lot of different elements to it. We had suspense in the beginning, then some almost-fanservice, but also some comedy from their night at the lighthouse, where we got to see some funny stories from the characters, and of course learned about Makoto’s sad story about why he’s afraid of the sea. And at the end we got to see the boys more connected with each other. All around it was a great episode, probably my favorite out of the series so far. Free! has been turning out to be five times better than what I expected, which makes me incredibly happy. I don’t know what I’ll do once the series ends.~
Preview: Looks like it’s finally tournament time for the boys, which means another race between Haru and Rin. How well will the boys fare? We’ll just have to wait till next week to see; in the meantime, let’s enjoy this nice end card featuring tan lines, heh.~