Makoto’s new job: drowning children
Free! is back with Highway this week! And this time it’s my other favorite character’s turn.
Whaddaya Wanna Do With Your Life?!?!?!
Maybe Makoto’s got a clue about it now
That’s been a question all season for the 3rd years in the swim club (and the answer probably hasn’t been “I Wanna Rock!“). Haru seems completely uninterested in thinking about the future, and Makoto has just been rather swamped by the whole idea, unable to think of anything that he wants to do. But I think we might have gotten an idea about what he’s going to be drawn to with his latest side activity.
He’s making you look bad, Gorou
Having gone to the swim club to try to get Gorou to take a look at their times from the prefectural meet, Makoto is asked by Gorou to help out at the swim club by teaching a swim class. So because he’s got nothing better to do, he helps out. And he’s got the class of 5 kids, one of whom doesn’t like swimming. I liked the way he worried about Hayato-kun not liking swimming, and also the way that he tried to figure out, and eventually succeeded, a way to get Hayato to like swimming. I wonder if he could think of something different for a kid that had a different phobia, but applying his own experience certainly helped Hayato.
Odds and Ends
My best friend ran off with my other best friend!
We get a little background stuff for Haru, in a confluence with Makoto’s swim class, as one of the students is the younger brother of one of Makoto and Haru’s elementary and middle school friends, Kisumi. They really gave the impression that Haru had a problem with Kisumi, shunning his overt friendliness (the same stuff that Haru accepts from Makoto and Nagisa) perhaps over some old grudge or something. But Kisumi does bring some interesting information: Sousuke has been getting treatment at the hospital for his shoulder (someone mentioned that possibility in the comments last week).
Sousuke is the world champion at looming
Meanwhile, Sousuke himself does something a little out of character: He helps Ai-chan (who is seriously the most annoying person on the show) try to get better at his stroke so that he can swim in the relay with Rin. I don’t know if that will help Sousuke be less of a wet blanket, but maybe they can put the two of them in the pool together and get them off the show.
Fosh’s Free! Funnies
Not a bad episode at all, focusing on Makoto and what seems to be something that might turn into a vocation for him. He was really good with all the kids, seeming to enjoy his time with them and be sad to have to stop. I know that it focused on Hayato, but I think it’s important to see how much all the other kids seemed to respond well to his teaching. There wasn’t anything else from most of the other characters, just a setup for Ai getting into the relay that I’m sure will be coming as the big finale of the show, possibly at the expense of Sousuke.