I'm kind of mad at all the people that are reducing ep 12 to shit writing...

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.







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…

Pillow Talk
  • Pillow Talk
  • Rin & Haru
Pillow talk: Rin x Haru

R:    Hey, Haru?
R:    I told you I’ve always admired you, right?
R:    You might not remembered it, but I still remember, the day I first met you.
R:    To be honest, it had never occurred to me that I could lose to someone. But any frustration I felt vanished when I thought, “There’s someone more amazing than me. I want to be able to swim like him.”
R:    That’s why it’s hard for me when you’re not always there ahead of me, showing me what path I should take. Without you, I have nothing to aim for, you know?
H:    I remember it, too. That tournament…
R:    Do you remember the freestyle race we swam during that tournament this spring? When we tied and set a new tournament record together?
H:    Yeah.
R:    I was testing you then. I wanted to see if that was really the farthest you could go. And when I sensed you coming up from behind me, I knew for sure. That you were definitely going to enter the same world as me.
R:    Hey Haru, during that race, did you feel something, too?


besides the fact that they’re at a foreign country, doesn’t it look like Haru feels lost without Rin?

And also.. the way Rin looks as he responds// it’s kind of as if he feels Haru’s claim has two meanings. 

1. for leaving him alone there 

2. for leaving him alone when he left for Australia and ‘changed’ 

and that’s really important 


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Haru: How do they know that?
Rin: Uh, well...

The pool scene at the end of episode 12 was literally the most important scene of the episode. Rin presented Haru with two paths,

the path away from competitive swimming


and the path towards it


and is the first person to ask Haru was is it he wants to do


and Haru is the one that takes the step forward to swim beside the National Team, the first time he’s taken a step forward(figuratively and literally) towards his future.



You might not remember it, but I still remember the day I first met you. To be honest, it had never occurred to me that I could lose to someone. But any frustration I felt vanished when I thought, “There’s someone more amazing than me.” “I want to be able to swim like him.” That’s why it’s hard for me when you’re not always there ahead of me, showing me what path I should take. Without you, I have nothing to aim for, you know?

i am so pissed off at people making posts completely invalidating the whole fandom’s opinion on haru’s writing bc they were apparently so much more observant and caught all the magical hidden hints during S2 about haru going pro in the end.

i think what y’all aren’t getting is the fact that none of us are annoyed he’s going pro. we pretty much expected it. it’s the fact that nobody gave haru a second choice, nobody gave him guidance, or an alternative to swimming. he said he wasn’t sure and people either pushed him towards it or left him to “figure it out” himself. the only attempt to give haru more options was from nagisa, who told him he’s a great cook and artist and therefore gave him a way out had he not chosen swimming in the end.

initially i was glad that rin took haru with him. change in scenery, meeting new people, having different experiences broadened his horizons, which were horribly limited. it’s the time span and the way the gears apparently shifted in haru’s head that left me (and i suppose other people in the fandom as well) unsatisfied. this episode was flashback after flashback and very rin-pov. 

the idea that the olympic pool was the reason haru decided to swim is dumb, yes. it wasn’t that. it was the fact that rin, as always, brought out haru’s competitive side when everybody else tried to keep it dormant. but it was also that australian swimmer. he seemed happy and relaxed with what he was doing, away from pushy scouts, bright flashing lights and the pressure to live up to everybody’s expectations. 

all in all, yes, haru going pro was predictable and not as shocking. but the way it was delivered was indeed rushed and “choppy”. 

anonymous said:

what didn't you like about this ep?

Basically, instead of creating an original ending, Kyoani went with exactly what everyone expected them to do.

Throughout the season, Haru has shown nothing but anxiety, resistance, and anger towards even the THOUGHT of swimming professionally. And now, just because he saw a pool in Australia, he somehow has the passion to follow this career path? A career path he has been fighting ever day for the whole fucking summer??? He sees these professional swimmers — people he’s literally had NIGHTMARES about becoming because he didn’t want to become the industry’s toy— and he isn’t scared anymore?

Wtf?? That’s horrible writing. Yeah, it’s character development from fear to excitement about the future, but it would’ve been more moving if Haru DIDNT end up doing what everyone expected him to do.

I wanted to see Haru continue to refuse to be pressured into something he DOES. NOT. WANT. I wanted him to find his own way, find an original dream where he could be free for himself. What lesson does becoming a professional swimmer teach? Follow what everyone wants you to do? Go with your natural talents, even if it’s terrifying and you don’t want to do it?

They repeated the symbol of the free bird throughout this episode, but since when do birds let themselves be forced into a cages that everyone wants them to be in? If Haru was really gonna embody the bird symbol, he would have went against the tides and not been chained down by others’ expectations. He would have been loyal to his own feelings and decided to do whatever he thought would make him feel most at peace.

Not to mention that the ending is unrealistic. Let me tell you, you don’t just magically realize your dream like that. You don’t suddenly want to follow a career path that you fear and hate just because you see some professionals in that field.

That ending was such fucking bullshit because it taught that you should let yourself be forced into a future you don’t want and that eventually all your problems will wondrously be solved. Fat fucking chance. That’s not how it works in real life and I hoped that they would’ve conveyed that. Unfortunately, they didn’t and I am extremely disappointed.