Free! Episode 12 (FINALE) – BROMANCE TO THE MAX

Free rin hugs haruka bromance
BROMANCE.

A solid conclusion.
Free! Episode 12 Review
Iwatobi Swim Club Episode 12 Review
“Distant Free!”
“Harukanaru Furī!”
(遙かなるフリー!)

A reconciliation of friends and the rekindling of passion is what this final climactic episode expresses. There’s always something beautiful with a conclusive happy ending, and this one is no exception.

Free! Episode 12 Impressions

HUGE.

Wrong thing to say, dude.

D:

Rin struggling to get out of pool

Wow, that hits me pretty hard.

Haruka iwatobi shocked

Hits him even harder.

Matsuoka Rin angry

SHARK TEETH D:

Matsuoka quits swimming

I honestly wouldn’t blame him if he did.

Free nanase haruka depressed

I’m sure that all of us expected to happen as a result of the previous episode’s cliffhanger. Rin may have had childish moments here and there, but you have to feel sorry for him here. Losing one precious part of swimming after another shown by his rage is nice though the part where he fails to get out of the swimming pool after he loses miserably struck me as most disheartening. It symbolizes how he can’t pick himself up after the loss and needs a helping hand to grasp to which Haruka responds. It really does hurt to watch him struggle like that which makes this one of the most powerful moments in the anime. Discreet and impactful, scenes like this distinguish the average shows to great shows.

They really are fabulous. Even when they are kids.

Ryugazaki Rei fabulous

REI TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM. Too good.

I suppose that the only way out of the situation has to come down to this after all. Indeed, they are really going to swim again together all four of them. It’s something that only Rei would understand after speaking to Rin who is actually quite similar to him. That, is a real sacrifice for the team that anyone would appreciate. Though, now that the past is cleared up, it’s still a bit confusing as to when Rin picked swimming back up again. He quit after coming back the first time, and his passion was regained from racing Haru. Though, I’m sure it’s when they first raced back in episode 2 and not at the tournament as shown here. Even so, I think back then it sounded like Rin didn’t just start swimming again. I suppose he didn’t completely quit? Oh well, ONTO THE BROMANCE.

He looks even angrier than usual. How that’s possible is beyond me.

ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO PUNCH HIM?!

Wow, what awesome reaction speed.

Free iwatobi rin crying

TEARS :O

Free anime rin

LOL. This kind of reminded me of those moments in romance anime.

Free anime haruka

TOTALLY FABULOUS THOUGH.

All those pent up emotions have finally been left loose in the form of tears. Finally, after a whole season, Rin is true to his feelings and Haru is there to support him. The position has been reversed as it’s time for Haru to show him “a sight he’s never seen before.” After watching a decent amount of dramatic shows myself, I can’t say I am all too impressed at this scene here. It is, however, still perfectly fine. I just didn’t feel too emotional as the tears fell. It’s still a definite plus that I didn’t feel the need to roll my eyes at what’s shown here though as many other shows tend to fall into the trap of being too dramatic.

tachibana makoto

YEEEEAAAAAHHH!!

Tachibana makoto swimming

FABULOUS.

LOL. DAT SHARK.

Hazuki Nagisa

What the heck is he? A seal?

Matsuoka rin smiling

WHOA WHOA, A SMILE?!

Swimming anime rin

DEM MUSCLES.

free matsuoka rin happy

Iwatobi anime

TOO FABULOUS.

Haruka-chan swimming Haru-chan swimming

GO GO GO.

Iwatobi swim club

MANLY HUG OF MANLINESS

Matsuoka rin crying happy

Aww…

Matsuoka Rin laughing

DAT LAUGH.

Ryugazaki Rei

Yes, but you are too awesome Rei.

As the dolphin, killer whale, and most importantly, the shark came on screen, I couldn’t help but smile. Seeing Rin actually smile with his shark teeth is also quite… interesting as most of the time it’s associated with pure rage. With beautifully smooth animations, this final climactic swim of the season is really quite a sight to behold. Not only that, but we also get some FABULOUSLY MANLY HUGS OF BROMANCE THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE CLIMAX OF THIS ANIME. If this isn’t a pleasantly happy ending to the main conflict in the show, then I don’t know what is. It just feels so very… complete with smiles and laughs everywhere. It really is the end of the season.

Nitori ai

THUS A NEW BROMANCE IS BORN.

Free iwatobi swim club showering

DEM MUSCLES.

No, you’re a shark.

As expected.

iwatobi swim club

With a “see you next summer,” this anime concludes with one of the most happiest endings of the season. Rin is able to move forward with the help of his friends, and the anime will no doubt go into unknown territory should it ever have a second season. It would be awful if KyoAni is teasing that last part of the episode without staying true to their words. Even so, the ending is solid enough that it doesn’t need a second season to complete what’s shown in this one which is quite an accomplishment. I like how the anime is making a parody of the typical situation where the student transfers to the same school. That happens far too often and it needs to be addressed in this kind of manner.

Free! Episode 12 Review

I can’t say I’m exactly overwhelmed by what this episode has shown. However, the more I watch it, the more I like how everything ends up turning out. I’m not a fan of the moments where Rin looks to the dazzling light and so on because it’s a cliche that’s been done plenty of times. Still, the anime has enough variety with how each person has a different perspective in water so it’s definitely not too bad. It’s also helped by the amazing visuals as that is something even haters would agree to unless if they’re just plain ignorant. I still can’t get over how great the water effects are.

This is the type of ending that is happy enough for me to not get that void after watching it. Usually, I’d use that emotion as an indicator as to whether on a subconscious level how much I like the show. For Free!, however, I didn’t really feel that I needed a second season right now or that I wanted more. The times that this happens is when I don’t like a show or when the conclusion is solid enough for me to not feel that way. Free! is definitely within the latter category. The main conflict concerning Rin has been wrapped up and everything seems to be at peace. This does mean that it’ll be harder for the next season to make meaningful conflicts when most conflicts have been resolved.

Overall, I can say that I am happy with how this ended even if I’m not blown away. Climactic episodes like these usually warrants higher expectations. This episode mostly meets that, but it’s not at the level where I can say, “Damn, this is an absolutely phenomenal episode.” Nonetheless, most people should be happy with how this has turned out from the beginning as I wouldn’t have expected things to end this way from the first episode. At first, I saw it as a FABULOUS excuse to do some reviews, but it became much deeper than that with actual character development and progression in the general story. I’m glad I stuck on for the ride, and thank you for reading my reviews! See you next summer!

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  • Irenesharda

    So far this was the best episode yet. It was a finale that was the best I’ve seen this season so far. It went exactly the way I wanted it to and I was amazed at the beauty of the relay race.

    The amazing feels in this episode were just….I am totally speechless. Poor Rin finally broke down and we found out how much of his self-esteem had been broken ever since Australia. That whole tough guy act was a facade to cover up just how bad he was hurting.

    I am so glad that everything came out and all of them became friends again. I loved everything about this episode and it really made this series a keeper for me. Though they didn’t go to nationals, it didn’t matter. They gained their friend and teammate back, which was more important. And it looks like Rin might be leaving Samezuka? I will definitely get this on DVD and I was so glad that I watched it despite the hype. I will be highly anticipating next season in July 2014.

    I give this episode a 10/10, and the series an 8.45/10.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      I don’t think Rin is leaving Samezuka. His “introduction” is just for the luls I think. The one piece of evidence that makes it clear that he’s not leaving is right after his “introduction” when he says he’ll show them how strong Samezuka is. Besides, he’s building his relationship with Nitori and the Captain even has faith in him. I doubt he’s leaving any time soon. They’re just going to compete/swim together from now on though.

  • Irenesharda

    Oh, by the way, Nagisa’s token animal is a penguin, not a seal. I’m glad you picked up on the symbolic animal imagery there. I didn’t notice it until my second viewing. The thing is, the main 4 all get marine animals as their symbols, and yet:
    Haru = Dolphin
    Makoto = Killer Whale
    Rin = Shark
    Nagisa = Penguin
    Rei = Butterfly?

    Why is Rei’s animal symbol the only one that doesn’t do water? How can he be included in the swimming symbolic imagery KyoAni, unless you give him a proper sea animal and not just the animal that his best (only) event is named after?

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Ah right, it was a penguin. Totally forgot.

      Yeah, Rei is the only one left out like how he’s left out in this finale :/

      • Petit Ange

        Actually, if you notice, the bubbles at that scene are in a butterfly shape.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Jesus, you’re right. Oh gawd I’m missing a lot of random info here and there. Thanks! :)

  • Gwyn

    This was a pretty good episode, well paced, and KyoAni does try pretty hard to be as anti-cliche as possible. Also, it gives enough hints for fangirls to sail their ships (RinHaru/HaruRin fangirls finally get quite a bit of love here. They’ve been patient for so many episodes already. XD). At long last…Nitori isn’t ignored either. XD

    I agree about this being best left at Season 1 (as much as my fangirl heart screams otherwise). The issue of Rin and reconciling Rin with his teammates was brought up in Episode 1, and nicely resolved in this episode. A lot of other juicy scenes/fujoshi bait can be given in the Drama CDs.

    I have two interpretations to that “See you next summer” line at the end. It could directly mean a season 2 of Free! next summer, or a “Look forward to KyoAni’s next production next summer!” If they do plan a second season, my only guess is that it will revolve around Rei. It’s kinda unfair to the poor soul (though very brave on his part) to give way to Rin to allow the red-haired to fulfill his desire of swimming with his old team and move forward. Had he not done that, I think Rin would have self-destructed and become even angrier more withdrawn than he is now. It doesn’t seem to be KyoAni’s style to leave things hanging, so if they do not cover Rei’s progress in another season of the anime, they will probably do so in the Drama CD. All the same, this episode wraps things up nicely (though yeah, a second season would be nice…and not nice at the same time…gah…can’t make up my mind…*mutter mutter*)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Ah yes, you’re right about the “See you next summer.” I didn’t think of it that way. It’s true that we’ve had new adaptations by KyoAni based on their LN award or something. Kyoukai no Kanata, Free, and Chuunibyou are all ones that got adapted because of that. Even though, I’m sure that none of them won the grand prize to be adapted, KyoAni is doing it anyways.

      I don’t think a second season would be terrible, but it’s just that it’ll be harder to do than this season. Though, it’s based on the LN High Speed which I think has more than this amount of material so I think they may if the sales are good enough.

  • Petit Ange

    Oh, you just can’t help but to feel at ease and with a smile in your face with Rin and Haru again after all that struggle. It was a long but definitelly enjoyable ride. Thank you for your weekly lovely reviews, it was equally pleasant, Entrav! <3

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thank you very much for reading my reviews! :)

  • Flaiboy

    Loved the visuals all round . . . it was gorgeous to watch. I think my daughter’s fave part was immediately following the race: Nagisa was crying and I thought she was going to die from all the cuteness.

    I got a little tired of the “wet, quivering eyes” effect. I felt they overdid it. In fact, I was rolling my eyes a lot during those bits and during the race when they each were entering their own state of nirvana.

    My main gripe is the way the conflict with Rin was resolved – it amounted to an asspull in my opinion at Rei’s expense. Rei deserved better than that. He became an integral part of that group and was relegated to fifth-wheel status once again. Besides his sacrifice, there really was no need for him to even be present in this episode. If there is a second season next summer I wouldn’t be surprised if his character was not included.

    I don’t think Rin’s character has changed all that much from when he was a kid. When he was crying as he was confronted by Haru and gang all I could think about was how insecure, self-centered, and spoiled he seemed. He never grew or matured. I thought after last episode that he was starting to, but instead he went off into another tantrum.

    So what happened? He didn’t get his way (due to his own shortcomings, btw) so he tanked his race, threw a tantrum, his friends who loved him bailed him out at their expense, he got to experience racing with them and winning at Rei’s expense, then he was accepted back onto his old team (no hard feelings). So he ended up getting everything he wanted without any cost to himself (no growth) but at great cost to those around him, especially Rei. Oh yeah – and he was a Class A-1 jerk to everybody he felt he didn’t have to respect.

    It all leaves me very underwhelmed.

    • Irenesharda

      Some are calling it a tantrum, others like me, call it an emotional breakdown and a cry for help. I think many who are upset over the switch of Rin and Rei never really liked Rin in the first place. However I never really saw him as a jerk. Sure he did jerk-y things, but I always saw through that to why he was really doing it. I understand him and what he was going through and that him being a jerk was to hide how low his self-worth was as an athlete and a person.
      Rei really shone through as he understood how his team felt about Rin, and that at this one moment it was more important to pull Rin from the precipice of the abyss and to let him swim with them this once, then it was for them to win the race. Rei would have another chance to swim with them. The same couldn’t be said for Rin. So while Rei didn’t swim, he showed how much this team means to him, all 5 members of it. The team was the true star to this episode and Rei was just a much a part of it for giving up his spot, as the others were for actually swimming.

      • Flaiboy

        Rin being a jerk to hide his low self-worth still makes him a jerk. The “why” isn’t that important to me. Lots of others go through trials more difficult than Rin and manage to respect those around them. Did Rin ever offer any sort of apology to his friends that we know of? From what we saw it looks as if they just accepted his change of attitude and ignored everything else. It’s like the elephant in the room: no one wants to state the obvious for fear of upsetting the one who did the offending.

        I don’t think Rei was as large of part of the team in this episode as you think. If “the team” was the true star then why wasn’t Rei’s hard work and dedication to learn to swim to be part of the team honored? If Rin really wanted to swim with his friends (if it’s TRULY that important, so important that he cannot be free without it) why doesn’t he switch schools and practice with them and look forward to competing next year? Why does there have to be immediate gratification?

        Ask anyone who competes: someone who gives up their spot to race does not feel as much a part of the team as those who actually compete. They did not physically go through the same experience and that is what forms a team mindset, not observing. Rei knows that; he was in Track and Field. You could see the inner conflict on his face. He was not OK in giving up his spot, but because he’s a good kid he felt he had to. Saying that Rei was just as much a part of it for giving up his spot is what people say to avoid the harsh reality of pain: in this situation someone had to sacrifice and it turned out to be Rei. A rosy ending was not possible.

        • Irenesharda

          I gracefully have to disagree with you, to me the “why” is way more important than simply the actions. Especially if you want to help that person rather than punish them. Rin was caught, chained by his own pride, low self-worth, and shame. He couldn’t just change schools, he couldn’t show anyone how weak he thought he was.
          That was why the ending breakdown was so powerful. Everything around him was collapsing on him, everything was shattering and he felt lost and worthless at this point. When Haru tries to get to him, he lashes out first with frustration, then violence, and finally when that all goes away, all he can do is cry, all his angry barriers broken. Rin was on a path of self-destruction and I fear where it would have carried him. No one wants to mention suicide, and I don’t know if he would have gone THAT far, but it was definitely a possibility considering how low and worthless and alone he felt. We all forget he IS a teenager, and emotions are high at that age.

          This series had long ago pushed the sports and competition angle to the back-burner. The race and winning it has never been what was important as they’ve mentioned several times in the show. It’s been about the idea of the team, the needs of the individual members, and the lasting relationship between friends. As for Rei, he has been tirelessly trying to fit in and to become his own member on this team. He has been wondering all this time why Rin has always been a strong figure in the minds of the other three, at first he though that he could fully replace Rin on the team. However, at that moment when he sees how Rin’s emotional pain is affecting all of his own team members he realizes that he cannot really replace Rin. Rin has never stopped being a member of the team despite his animosity. Rei was ADDED to the team, he didn’t replace anyone. Rei understood Rin and understood that Rin was a member of the team. You don’t let another team member fall. So, Rei made a selfless act, for the good of the team.

          • Flaiboy

            I think you and I will probably end up talking in circles, so I’m cool with disagreeing. Having dealt with loved ones in my wife’s family who felt that the “whys” in their lives gave them a license to treat others poorly, I’ve been through some emotionally tough experiences. Forcing someone in denial about their hurtful actions to face reality is not punishment; it is an act of love that changes people for the better. Understanding the “why” only gets you so far in reconciliation. After you’ve been subjected to hurt time and time again you begin to hold that person responsible for their actions.

            Real life is brutal; anime is fantasy. If we really felt the “why” is way more important than actions we wouldn’t be concerned when others treat us poorly. Obviously Haru and friends are made of sterner stuff than we mere mortals. How much abuse could you take from someone who used to be a friend before you try to address his actions?

            RIN: I just want to swim in a relay with you guys!
            HARU: Cool! We do, too! But dude . . . you treated us like crap; what is that all about?
            RIN: I’m so sorry dudes! I was so angry with myself for not measuring up to my dreams so I kinda took it out on those around me by abusing them and I try and try but I can never seem to pull out of this deep funk and for some reason all my teeth have transformed into shark teeth and I can’t turn them back and hey, can someone go and check on Ai cuz I think I’ve really hurt the little guy and and and . . .and I’m such a loser! Will I ever be able to make it up to you?! Will you guys ever be able to forgive me?!?
            HARU: Sure! Let’s go race!

            I wish real life were that simple. #B^)

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      While I don’t have a problem with Rin’s resolution, as I will explain soon, I felt exactly the same way you did about the “wet, quivering eyes” and when they entered the water when I first watched it. For some reason, however, I ended up accepting it as decent watching it a second time. I’m still not sure exactly why, but if I had to guess I was a bit lenient on this one because I didn’t expect this anime to do as well as it has.

      I don’t think it’s as much of an asspull as it is just how things developed to become with Rin and Rei talking it out so Rei understands how he feels. Yes, I don’t like how he’s sidelined in this final episode, but I definitely don’t think he’s insignificant. He’s the one who knew how Rin truly feels after talking to him and finding out how they are alike. Rei felt sorry for his condition because it’s like seeing a twisted version of himself who made the wrong choices in life so he sacrificed one match for him to move on. Now that the past is behind them, they can look to the future as shown in the last few bits. None of them are bound to anything anymore. They are essentially, like the title says, Free!

      I mean, that’s what friends are for though right? Sure, at the beginning Rin is just unreasonably angry on the outside, but eventually, Haruka and everyone else saw through that. Rin couldn’t help himself out of it so Haruka and the others had to reach out a hand to help him. I wouldn’t say it didn’t cost him anything. The amount of frustration, heartbreak, and disappointment with all that’s happened to him is probably good enough. He felt the energy from being with the team again after being in the relay with them which in turn made him want to continue swimming in a new team in Samezuka and to have his own dream. I wouldn’t say he grew evenly throughout or that it’s the best growth, but he definitely did grow.

      I am a bit underwhelmed at how this finale ended up turning out which is why I didn’t favorite (star) the episode. It wasn’t as… climactic as I would have liked and the resolution isn’t necessarily the strongest. Still, by the time I finished watching it a second time, I feel that the season is complete enough for me to say that it’s at least decent. It’s hard to wrap things up conclusively while still leaving it open to a second season like it does here so I gave it some points for that. It’s not the most satisfying ending like the one for DxD, but it’s not bad.

      • Flaiboy

        But it didn’t cost him anything: all those hardships you mentioned were mostly self-inflicted. So generally even though I enjoyed seeing the good things that happened to him as a result of him being able to swim with his friends, the cost of it was born by those around him; they had to suffer through Rin’s acting out until he reached a point where he could be honest with them . . . so they could bail him out.

        That’s what friends are for? I don’t know about you, but if I had a friend who treated me so poorly for such a long period of time, it would take more than tears to put it right. There would have to be a real heart-to-heart, and maybe more than one, before I could trust that person again. I mean, Haru and friends may feel as if they understand Rin, but I’m positive Rin hasn’t even begun to understand what he put his friends through, especially Haru. So for tears and a confession to suddenly make everything right enough to cause a team member to give up his spot? I don’t buy it.

        I expect more from a series that seemed to pride itself on realism. I thought it was cool early on that the producers didn’t take a group of kids who haven’t trained for very long and turn them into instant winners. I guess they were saving it for the final episode. It was disappointing to see the team suddenly gain championship status, all due to emotional impact if we are to believe what they presented.

        Having said all this, I really enjoyed watching this show. My daughter and I watched it together and we laughed our way through from beginning to end. As it progressed I began to take it more seriously than I intended, yet I wouldn’t have kept it up had the show stopped being fun.

        It’s just this last episode that has my speedos in a bundle!

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Well, I don’t know if you can call that person a friend if he treated you poorly for such a long period of time. Though, I don’t understand the context so perhaps it is justified. Nonetheless, since Haru does understand Rin, he can choose to be the one to pull him out of the mess Rin’s thrown himself in and he does. It’s not like Rin didn’t grow out of it in episode 11. He finally says how he really feels for the first time to anyone.

          After doing so, he’s put through yet another hardship right away which destroys his previous foundation for moving on. I don’t think everyone could have just waved that off as nothing and moved on with their lives. Rin is already noted to be weak emotionally so it’s no surprise that he throws another tantrum. Because Haruka values Rin greatly as a friend, he wants to pull him out of it and he does. Friends make sacrifices for each other and sometimes it works out, other times it doesn’t. This is just the time where Haru’s relationship pulled through over Rin’s disparaging attitude that would have put off a lot of people.

          I don’t think the tears made everything “right” or anything like that. It’s just that, again, their friendship pulled out ahead. I definitely agree with you on the fact that Rin doesn’t notice exactly how much of a pain in the ass he’s been which is a major terrible part. There’s no part even implying that he undergoes such a realization. I also can’t argue that Rei deserves better because he definitely does. I forgot to touch upon this, but the fact that they got first place is… really cliche. They haven’t practiced as their old team at all and they got first. Eh… I guess some people would find it an exciting climax.

          • Flaiboy

            Interesting how opposites attract, huh? Haru and Rin . . . who would have thought it?

          • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

            The bromance is strong, and so are the MUSCLESSSSS.

  • zztop

    And thus the collective anguished cries and screams of despair of millions of fangirls worldwide were heard as Free!’s final endcard flashed across both TV and PC screen alike…
    Thank you so very much, entrav, for your detailed reviews and musings of this wonderful summer series, and fingers crossed that Kyoani does a Season 2!!
    Perhaps the upcoming Rio/Tokyo Olympics might provide Kyoani writers with some inspiration of sorts?
    Looking forward to your reviews of Autumn’s series, and take care!!

    • zztop

      PS. A link to a little something I made:
      http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=38762227
      Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

      • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

        :O You made that? That’s awesome! The angriest shark vs the most FABULOUS butterfly. :D

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thank you for reading my reviews! Haha, if they get inspired because of the Olympics, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a time-skip or something to move things along faster.

  • miutron

    absolutely loved this series, not only has it got manservice which made me giddy with giggles, it’s got that awesome gag of Rei sinking like a rock, and even when he does swim, Rin calls him pathetic LOL. Poor guy needs a break. I think maybe he’s the butterfly because he evolved to like swimming, but he’s not naturally a good swimmer like everyone else. And he’s obsessed with beauty! And you’re right, I’m totally happy with how things ended and would be fine not seeing them next summer…. unless they’ve grown older, gone to college, more triceps, some facial hair..giggles. HEHE..

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      THE TRICEPS. THE BICEPS. THE DELTOIIIDSSS. Oh gawd, they’re gone. T_T

    • Irenesharda

      I never thought about that, though I would think that a butterfly would float rather than sink like a rock, but Rei’s love of beauty and problems with swimming could go along with his animal swimming.

      I wouldn’t mind seeing them again senior year or something, or even college where they all go to the same college together. Though that may put a problem of having Gou in there since Gou would still be in high school, but then again, so would Rei and Nagisa since those two are younger than Haru, Rin, and Makato. So, we might have to do it where perhaps they all in college together. Though, I would be fine with them not changing much in looks other than getting taller and broader (I’m not big on male facial hair :P) . They would be in a college swim team, which would be a whole other arena.

      • Flaiboy

        Gou has to be included in whatever they do. I wouldn’t mind if she wanted to follow in the footsteps of Coach Sasabe and model swimsuits to work her way through, erm . . . high school.

  • Miss_Madness

    I don’t get why people say he just had tantrum, that was an emotional breakdown if I ever saw one. Which I’ve honestly been expected for a while because he really kept things bottled up a bit too much. Thankfully it wasn’t bad end for him because I’m pretty he’d be already be in depression town at that point and not just taking steps in that direction.

    But I actually came into say you are awesome for reviewing this, I love your take on it. Now I’m making sure to peek in every week to see what new review you’ll have up.

    • Irenesharda

      That’s what I’ve been saying. It was obvious that this was more that a simple temper tantrum. Those self-deprecating lines were enough to show that. He was close to break down, and if they had done something, he would have isolated himself so much that it might have lead to depression or worse.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      His previous behavior are pretty much tantrums, but since this one appears to be quite similar, people associated the two and put them alongside each other. The context is completely different though so it’s not necessarily a “tantrum.” I just use the word to mean that he’s just displaying uncontrollable rage and not necessarily that it’s unjustified or childish. At least not in this case. I guess it’s kind of the wrong word to use.

      Thanks for reading my reviews! It’s been quite an unexpected ride for this series.

  • clover69m

    lols, just felt like pointing out that the yellow color-haired dude’s swimming style actually symbolizes a penguin, not a seal, lols. Oh, and Rin is not a shark. He’s a MALE shark :3

  • chara-hime sama

    i’m amused of what happened in the finale and all the conflicts about Rin are all gone,his crying face looks incredibly cute,and i thought that he might want to transfer to the same school as those four but i guess that’s not going to happen but nonetheless it’s a good outcome because in the end they’re happy swimming together.Actually,i’m looking forward for the season 2 in the summer,i’m actually hungry for more than the bromance part,i’m expecting a new rival who fell in love with Haru’s swimming style and in the middle of actually knowing Haru,the guy fell in love not just to his style but the person himself,i would want to know what Haru would react if it concerns love on the matter of the same sex.and what would the reaction of the other four would be,especially Rin..kyaaa..but then again,i want KyoAni to stay true to their words of making a new season for this anime..thank you ^_^..looking forward for a new adventure.