Makoto’s just showing off, now
It’s Myyyyy Tuuuuuurn! Yeah, my week to cover Free! Eternal Summer, and because I’m a generally lucky guy, it worked out that the episode focused on my favorite character in the show.
Making the Most of the Members They Have
Rei Reclaims what Haru Gives Away
Well, they can’t seem to get any more members, can they? But then again, the show isn’t about the club, it’s about these guys. And at least they won the Club relay, on the strength of Makoto and Rei being faster than everyone else in the school, making up for Haru’s slow-as-a-turtle running and Nagisa dropping the kickboard-baton.
Gou is trying to be the Master Love Sniper!
At least since there aren’t new members, we can concentrate on the guys we already have, and this episode focused on my favorite character from the first season, Rei. I just like his attitude toward the whole enterprise, even if he is sometimes a bit of a stick in the mud. But this time, Rei’s not being himself, and it’s freaking the others out. It doesn’t help Nagisa’s thoughts of betrayal that Rei is always falling asleep in class now and keeps begging off of after practice activities. We get to go through the normal ‘why is Rei acting weird’ routine: maybe he’s got a girlfriend! Maybe he’s got a boyfriend! (Gou really has her goggles on too tight) Maybe he’s going to go back to the track team! But even if he reassures everyone that he’s not quitting, they still figure that they need to tail him to find out what he’s doing.
A chance meeting freaks Gou out
The reality is that Rei is taking special lessons for all the other strokes. And the person who’s training him is Rin, who feels a debt to Rei for both his sacrifice of the spot in the relay (that they all got in trouble for) but also for the words inspiring Rin to get back in the pool when he was about to quit. And it really seems like Rin appreciates the chance to help him as well. And this is even a thing that Sousuke approves of, probably because it doesn’t involve Haruka.
So how is Rei’s swimming on the other strokes? Eh, it’s still not good, but at least he doesn’t sink now. And Rei’s pretty proud of it, even if it’s not that good, but that’s just another characteristic of his that I find interesting, if not attractive.
Bonus Suie-bu Antics!
That’s it for me this week for Free! At least I didn’t have to wait until halfway through the season to contribute this year. It’s nice to see general antics and almost no drama. You can’t count Nagisa worrying about Rei as ‘drama’, that’s just Nagisa being his normally hyper self.