Janice. 17. Malaysia. Mostly an animanga blog with a dash of Avatar. Not spoiler free but will tag. Semi-hiatus due to national exams. Bury me in sports animes when I die. Previously fyeahkurobas.
Everyone is freaking out about how ‘sudden’ Haru’s change of heart is and I think they’re failing to realize something pretty important. Haru swimming professionally is something that’s been discussed since the beginning of the season, so its obviously something he was thinking about.
He probably didn’t have this HUGE sour taste in his mouth for competitive swimming, it was likely just one or two things stressing him out that he couldn’t get out of his head. If he hated competitive swimming so much, he wouldn’t have done it since he was a child, and then again in highschool. Its obviously something he enjoys, the context of adulthood was just making the whole thing stressful for him.
And I know everyone is like “wtf shiny pool, thats what changed his mind?”
NO. IT WAS NOT THE POOL. IT WAS HARU BEING GIVEN A CALM OPTION TO SWIM NEXT TO PROFESSIONAL SWIMMERS. He made the conscious choice to do so, thereby eliminating his stress.
Then, seeing the really nice Australian swimmer, Haru was able to see someone who is genuinely happy in his career path and obviously loves to swim.
HARU’S REALISATION FADES FROM THE SWIMMER DIVING, NOT FROM LOOKING AT THE POOL.
PLEASE DO NOT REDUCE IT TO THAT.
SEEING OTHERS SWIM IS A VERY PROFOUND EXPERIENCE FOR HIM AND THAT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE WRITING.
Sometimes seeing something like that (if you have an emotional attachment to the action) really can make you snap into a certain mindset, especially when its the first time you’ve been able to look at a situation without the weight of stress. Furthermore, I don’t think Haru is so much ABSOLUTELY sure that he will be happy as much as a competitive swimmer as much as he now knows that it is POSSIBLE and he was able to see that the world like Rin does.
HIS PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN MAGICALLY FIXED, what has happened is that Haru now feels he has a chance. To me thats actually pretty profound…
Top image: The eagle that represents Haru, his future, and his freedom, seen throughout the series.
Bottom image: Doves that appear after Haru and Rin swim at the aquatic center in episode 12, season 2.
The difference between both images is striking.
In the top image, you see a lone eagle flying high on warm air currents. It’s free, but solitary.
In the bottom image, you see a pair of doves flying into the sunset. Doves are believed to mate for life, and they’re often used in symbolism to represent love, faithfulness, and devotion, as well as never being separated from the one you love.
They are used to set off the contrast between Haru before and Haru after, when Haru tells Rin that he found it — his dream — and it’s clearly with Rin in Australia, or wherever else the path takes them. Rin needs Haru to show him the way, but likewise, Haru needs Rin. Their fates, their paths, are intertwined and inseparable, and without one the other would be lost. They are meant to be by each other’s sides.
Doves aren’t a subtle symbol of this. They’re a glaringly obvious metaphor that’s hard to ignore.
Rin & Haru sharing the same bed (~‾⌣‾)~
One bed+two boys=boys arguing like 5 year olds
If you ever tell me that Haru doesn’t care about his friendship with Makoto I will fly out to you, punch you in the throat and shove this photoset right up your ass.
I brought you to Australia because there’s something I absolutely have to show you.
You know, I’ve never really told you about my time in Australia, have I?
WAHT THE FUCK WHAT THEF CK EPISODE 12 JUST SLAUGHTERED ME OH MY GOD LIKE GODDAMIT RINHARU THE WHOLE EPISODE FELT SO SURREAL LIKE IS THIS A DREAM???/// I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS FUCKING HAPPENED I AM SO DONE THIS OTP RUINED ME I LITERALLY HAD TO PAUSE IN BETWEEN TO STOP WHEEZING AND CRYING LIKE JFC THESE TWO DORKS MAKE ME SO EMOTIONAL I JUST CAN’T FORM COHERENT WORDS ANYMORE
"What's the purpose of your visit?"
Haru and English part 1