Free! Episode 9 Review

AND THE IWATOBI SWIM CLUB MAKES IT TO THE REGIONALS!! Rin’s expression when the rest of his old friends are swimming… the feels. I’m absolutely certain that Rin’s butterfly stroke is much more amazing than Rei’s.

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393The prefectural tournament wraps up pretty quickly after the relay race, switching quickly over to the squid festival that’s taking place in town. The boys decide to go to the water god shrine to pray for a good race. Nagisa and Rei spot Rin and try to keep Haru (but he finds out later on) and Rei tails Rin all the way back to the old Iwatobi Elementary School where we get some of Rin’s childhood flashbacks with the boys.

gou2After the festival, Rin asks the captain if he’s able to swim at the relay in the regionals (probably because of Haru) Is he so keen on beating his old friends? It’s the last bit of information that we hear when Gou tells the boys before the episode ends and it leaves us in suspense for next week’s story.

Fangirls, Mako and Haru belong together forever. There’s a wonderfully touching moment in the episode when Haru decides to stick with the team for the relay race in the regionals.

“I don’t need a reason to swim. I just need to swim the water. That’s what I’ve always believed. But… When I lost to him, everything became dark… but then I watched you guys swim.” – Haruka Nanase

Haru is becoming a really intriguing character. It’s the first time I’ve seen a character who’s so introverted and quiet, but who’s actually reflecting on so much on the inside. Even though he’s the main character, his character development doesn’t stem from interactions with others. Rather, it’s his intrapersonal struggle that leads him to new resolves. It’s only from his reactions to the events and what we see from  Makoto’s perspective that hint at Haru’s personality. He’s not just a wish-fulfilling character because he’s the main protagonist. What’s interesting about him is how much we learn of him through everything and everyone around him.

In the previews, there are shots of sukiyaki, Haru and Rin’s childhood, and practice at the pool (of course). Will there be a confrontation between Rin and the Iwatobi Swim Club? Stay tuned for the next episode!

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– Cloudy

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