Tear-Jerker Scenes From Free!Eternal Summer That Will Surely be Remembered (Eternally) Part 1 of 2
First, I would like to point out that this post will mostly contain Rin and Sousuke’s story (back story and present). I will try my best to refrain from including ships and stuffs. This post is solely for the memories of Free! Eternal Summer. I know the story doesn’t entirely revolve around Sousuke and Rin, but I believe their story played a very crucial part. Towards the end there will be a lot from the other guys, esp. Haru and Makoto. So… Let’s begin!
Remember when Sousuke first appeared in front of Rin?
He was searching for Rin, and finally he found him (KyoAni wanted his face to look like he’s saying, “Found you” when he smiled at Rin). He decided to transfer to Samezuka for his last year in high school just to swim again once more with Rin.
Their reunion was one that only best of friends knows. They even have their own secret hand shake and throw downs, which was definitely cute.
What I really liked about this anime was how well they thoroughly thought through all the episodes. Look how they constantly dropping hints of Sousuke’s injured shoulder.
First, where Rin asked him why he transferred to Samezuka, and Sousuke was like having this dilemma of whether telling Rin the truth would be a good idea, but decided against it.
Then all the shoulder stretching, rolling and exercises.
Which were immediately noticed by the observant Free! Fans (I’m not one of them sadly).
Next thing, Sousuke may acted like a jerk on the first few episodes (sidenote: I never felt that way! I love him to the ends of the world), but that was because he cared so much for Rin and his dreams. If it makes him the bad guy in the story, so be it. What really mattered to him was for Rin to fulfill the big dreams he have. Whoever wants their friend to crush their potentials, right?
Who would dare blame a guy for protecting that one friend he shares his dream with. hmpf.
At the latter part of the season, you can feel Sousuke gradually losing the tensed atmosphere and becoming a kind and warm person. He really struggled hard just for him and Rin to stay together. He wants to find that something that Rin managed to find already. He wants some connections. He needs something to hold onto. He needs something or someone to open the closed doors he’d been staring into his whole life.
and who would open those doors for him? Of course…
None other than Rin!
That didn’t end there. After all the things he did he’s still lost and he’s barely holding on, which of course will drive any person to the brink of a cliff. But everything was only the beginning of his chase towards his dreams, his unknown goal at the moment. (No, he would never hurt Rin!)
But then it all came crashing down.