This week on Free!: Rin does LSD
It’s my turn! Yep, smack in the middle of the season, I get the first competition episode for Free! So heading into the Prefectural Tournament, let’s see what’s going to happen?
Rin Gets Selfish
“I love you, Rin-senpai!”
This is pretty much the whole theme of this episode. We’ve known that Rin is completely hung up on Haru beating him, so despite having multiple strokes he’s good at, he only is entered in a single event: the 100m Freestyle, the only event Haru is going to be in (well, for now I’m guessing, but we’ll get to that later). He’s so caught up in it, that Aiichiro, who is really striving for the “Most BL Character in Free!” title, cause he’s seriously got a crush on Rin, is upset at him for taking a spot in the event he wants to be in (even though he’s apparently not good enough at it).
But all Rin wants is to beat Haru. And I was kind of surprised the show didn’t keep us in any suspense, having their matchup in the prelims (when Rin said he had hung back on his qualifying times to get matched up with him), which is won, barely, by Rin, who immediately lets it go to his head. He stands on the poolside, saying “I beat you, and I’m never racing you again!” Seriously? What a dick. Maybe he thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips, but either they’re ignoring the way swim meets work, or Rin’s barely even a prefectural class swimmer in 100 free. They were saying that the top 8 times advance. Rin beat Haru by something like a 10th of a second, and yet Haru doesn’t advance to the final and Rin does? According to the board, Rin is the 5th fastest in the finals (this also means that heat 4 was full of absolute scrubs, cause they crushed those guys). And even if he thinks he’s done with Haru, I’m going to guess that Rin’s going to see him again in the final, because the show will make up some reason for Haru to go there (DQ another guy, review of times, injury, something). Really the only way that Rin would never swim against Haru again is if he never does freestyle ever.
Jerk lessons from Rin
The Rest of The Club
Ama-chan always looks so relaxed
Since they ran the 100 free first, what we got from the rest of the crew is that they’re all in individual events, but no medley relay, probably because Haru didn’t want to. But now, Rei is interested in being in the relay, Nagisa always wants to do a relay, and Makoto will go along with just about anything Nagisa wants. So I’m going to guess they’ll end up in the medley relay as well, even if they haven’t signed up for it. Or maybe I’m wrong, and they’ll just wait until the next tournament for that.
Some detailed notes there
Other than that, tho, the start of the meet was pretty interesting, with some good atmosphere and with Kou-chan ogling all the guys. Amakata-sensei also came to ogle guys, albeit with more tact than Kou, as usual. But Kou has to get some credit for all her scouting work of the other teams, even if she didn’t just do it out of a sense of duty to the swim club.
Free! Fun Fotos!
The competition between Haru and Rin was surprising that it was this early, and also surprising that Rin acted like such a jerkoff after it was over. I get that he’s a moody guy, but that was pretty atrocious of him. And I don’t know why he thinks he’s so good, since it looks like he was really stretched in just barely beating Haru. I think we’ll probably see a comeback by Haru at some point.