It’s here! (○⌒∇⌒○)
Welcome to KyoAni’s second run of Freeeeeeee! aka Water porn and other types. (✿◠‿◠) This will be another series, which will be blogged by different writers on weekly basis on Metanorn because everyone wanted in the glory. Without further ado, let’s start with the opening by OLDCODEX (Makoto’s voice actor Suzuki Tatsuhisa’s group)ﾉ
QWERTYUIOPASDFGHKLZXCVBNM I CAN’T ALL MY FEELINGS (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧ ヽ( ★ω★)ノ (ﾉ≧∀≦)ﾉ
I had something semi-intelligent to say here at one point, but after THAT ENDING, I lost most of it. You know what I’m referring to.
So it’s time for ReFree! I don’t know if I’ve been anticipating this show very much, but I’m interested to see how it’s going to go. I pretty much have a thought though.
// Kyokai: Iwatobi Swie-bu // The Iwatobi guys are back and in full bloom I must add, even when there’s winter over there. There hasn’t been much of a change in their daily lives because Haru is still a fish, Makoto the protector, Nagisa the kawai shouta and Rei their annoyed but adorable aunt. Let’s not forget Gou, who has firmly grasped the fangirl heart of millions by commenting and doing everything we would do if we were in her situation. You go, girl! Keep flying the fangirl flag with sparkles and loads of screenshots.
Anyways, from where things left off last season, we are back with the boys after Winter break with the new mission of restarting the swimming club. Things are not so easy though because none of the young’uns want to join in because it’s cold and the swimming club promo looked more of a stripping show with complicated steps… I am surprised why most of the girls were not lining outside their club room after seeing those muscles. I guess, not everyone is as sharp as Gou. On the other side, at Samezuka, Rin is on a mission as the new Captain, to keep their swimming club in check with proper selection of swimmers for their club to continue their performance streak. The difference between these two is just slight emotion to ambition but I have a feeling that both will end up in the same path.
Now, let’s hear from the other author favourite characters and their theories surrounding them:
// anaaga: Haru and Makoto // My OTP is back in this season and I’m so glad because this means more doujinshi – I mean, more boys being angsty about swimming. Though it seems that Haru and Makoto are going to be angsty about things other than swimming now. It seems that the two will undergo some personality and character changes, all thanks to Rin’s question about their future plans. My hunch tells me that the two will rediscover themselves and what they’re planning to do later on. Sounds like a simple thing, right? But not really, since rediscovering one’s self is always the hardest part of being a teenager. Now that they’re more adult-like, they have to think about things other about swimming and their bromance and swimming together and all that manly stuff. They have to think about their future, their examinations, their university choices, and so on. This is even hinted at that SO SEXY AND CUTE ending, which is titled Future Fish.
I can already imagine what Haru is going to be all angsty about: his changing personality, how he’s starting to be concerned about his swimming time and the feeling of not wanting to be defeated by anybody. And there’s that future self-stuff too. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but this is so not Haru because all he thinks about is swimming. And now he has to think about things other than swimming, and I’m sure he will have a hard time adjusting to these changes. As for Makoto… I don’t know what he’s going to be angsty about, but I know it will be about Haru. My guess is that he is worried that he’s going to spend less time with Haru, how the future Haru will see him as, whether the future Haru will find him useful or not, yada yada yada about Haru because Makoto’s world is Haru… And the swimming club, let’s not forget that. OR he’s going to be worried about the swimming club and decide to work harder to gain new members? I don’t know man, Makoto is still one of the mysteries in Free! However it’s going to be though, I’m sure that Makoto will support Haru no matter what, and that is what Haru will need later on. No matter how hard it’s going to be, they have and will always have each other. All these Makoto x Haru hintsヽ( ★ω★)ノ
// Karakuri: Rei and Nagisa// Being a year younger than Haru, Makoto and Rin, Nagisa and Rei don’t really have to worry about futures quite as much. …Plus knowing Rei, he might have a five page essay already planned for his future that probably won’t work out the way he wants it to (and Nagisa would probably either wing everything, or surprise everyone with having the most logical and well-established plan of them all). I guess there’s always the concern about finding new team members so they can keep the club going, but the whole team can work together for that one. So what are the shota and megane characters doing now? Rei seemed to have integrated himself totally into the group, at least. There was still the part where he kind of seemed like an ‘outsider’ again since he didn’t bring his swimsuit like the rest of the team. But for the most part, he seems way more comfortable with everyone than what we saw before. …But we already knew that from the last season. Nagisa didn’t even really do much for the episode other than add some shota in there. So it will be interesting to see what the S2 does for these characters, since everyone else seems like they might have some planning for their futures and whatnot.
// Highway: Samezuka Swie-bu // I certainly wasn’t expecting anything different for this first episode, and I sure didn’t get it. Anyone who’s seen other KyoAni sequel shows knows that their sequels don’t exactly break the mold. Generally they seem exactly like the first series, but with more characters, and that’s what this first episode felt like, even though we never had an increase in net characters. Trading the previous Samezuka Academy extra character in the club president for a new Samezuka Academy extra character in the senior transfer student from Tokyo, it did feel like the outgoing president was gaslighting Rin a little bit (what, you couldn’t actually TELL him about pertinent things for the club?). I wonder how much Rin’s being the club president will actually affect things. Maybe he was made the president so he couldn’t pull any stunts like before and get disqualified again. But it’s possible that the position will tie him down too much to really interact with the Iwatobi guys. Nah, they wouldn’t do that.
// anaaga: Rin and Sousuke // Or Rin x Sousuke? I’m shipping these two already. Anyhow, I expected Rin to find his own team members at the end of season 1, and it seems that I’m right. Well, at least that’s how it looked to me, with Sousuke being one of those team members. Whoever he is, he is definitely someone who seems to know Rin really well, judging from Rin’s expression. Though I’m not so sure whether that’s a happy expression or not. Is he one of Rin’s friend? Or is he one of Rin’s many unresolved rivals? But what’s bugging me is how in the world did Rin know this guy when he came from Tokyo? What, they communicated through smoke signal or something? Is that even possible with the distance between Japan and Australia?
Since not much is known about Sousuke, I can only give my theories about him. My theory is that he is Rin’s childhood friend from Australia who moved back to Tokyo for some unknown reason. It seems that I’m right though, based on the episode preview. I hope I am. Anyway, in the preview, Rin is seen all kira-kira talking about something to Sousuke, and I guess that something is swimming…. Or Rin’s Iwatobi friends. Yep, my money goes on the latter. That’s probably why Sousuke visited Iwatobi Swimming Club before his appearance at Samezuka. He wants to see Rin’s precious Iwatobi Swimming Club or something. I bet he’s going to have some conflict with the Iwatobi peeps about Rin. That’s how it’s usually done. Or maybe KyoAni wants to try something different by creating a rivalry between Rin and Sousuke? Maybe he wants to challenge Rin’s position as the captain of the swimming club. There are many mysteries about the relationship between the two, but I have this feeling that Sousuke will make a big impact on Rin and I’m so excited about it.
We did not forget, Shark-kun! <3
Double the wiggle~
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If you see my Tumblr/Twitter, you’ll see that I’m excited about Free!…’s ending. I’m all explosive about Free, but I’m actually excited because of the ending and Sousuke only. There was nothing to be excited about because the episode starts with third grade senior high school philosophy and all that, so I just went “meh.” I can see a good foundation to build up the story though, with Makoto and Haru’s anxiety + Rin’s new position as the captain. It seems that this season will focus more on finding one’s self and all that nonsense, but it’s OK as long as I get abs and some tight swimming suits until the last episode. Besides, I’m sure things will get more dramatic and gayer, and I’m totally cool with that. Also, THAT POLICE WIGGLE. WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE. WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE.
We’ll see how the new character is when he has a bigger role in the story (please please please don’t let him turn into another character like Rin’s annoying kouhai), but from this first episode, things are going… swimmingly.
…Okay, that was terrible. I sincerely apologize. OTL Yeah, this felt like a continuation from the last season, but that it TOTALLY OKAY in my books. Watching the characters interact was a great part of the last season, so it’s fine that they’re not drastically changing the formula for this season. I’m sure that I’m not alone on this, but seeing Rin keep his character development was great too. Not that I ever thought he was ever in danger of losing it (the writing for this isn’t terrible), but it’s just such a great change from all of the angst of last season. I’m kind of scared that they might bring back more angst (with Haru or something), but hopefully all of the fanservice distracts away from that enough if it does come up.
Yep, just as expected, which isn’t really a bad thing. Had a race, saw all the characters again, had some minor changes. Goro’s swim club is new but not out of the box. New character is not out of the box. I thought maybe they played up Gou’s ogling a little much, without the much more subtle Akamata-sensei’s ‘advising’ to balance it (she’s there to ogle boys, too, she just doesn’t get flustered and obvious about it). But Rin was definitely better this episode, although he’s being all “Think about your future!” stick in the mud with Makoto and Haru (who are totally going to be losers when they graduate). Hopefully he won’t go back to being moody and awful.
A good reunion of the old with the hint of new in this first episode. I liked how even Goro-chan has got his act together by taking over the old Iwatobi Swimming Club rebuilding. He will go far as a business man because of the risks he has taken. Beside reunions, we also have the appearance of a new challenger! Well, him and an additional kouhai in Samezuka, who will give some tough time to Ai-chan. I see these three along with Rin, challenge the Iwatobi boys to a relay match soon enough. I hope the angst meter will go down this season as Rin has gotten over his hormones and competitive streak against Haru. Though, in turn it’s high time for Iwatobi boys to think about their future rather than being clueless high schoolers. We did receive some hints for their future professions in the ending theme but don’t take this Future Fish by the main voice cast so seriously. It is definitely way different than the first ending but definitely grows on you.
Time to see Souseke’s deal~