DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THEY’RE SETTING UP HERE THOUGH
THIS SHOW IS NOW IN A POSITION TO UNDO LITERALLY EVERYTHING NAGISA HAS WORKED TO ACHIEVE
Nagisa is the one who is continually making new suggestions as to how they can attract new members - they still don’t have any.
Nagisa recruited Rei to join the swim team - now Rei might be leaving.
Nagisa is the only one on their team who swims the breaststroke, AND he’s always managed to either maintain or increasethe lead Makoto usually starts them off with - now Nitori is determined to beat him at it.
NAGISA HAS ALWAYS FELT THE NEED TO PUT 10X MORE ENTHUSIASM AND WORK INTO EVERYTHING HE DOES BECAUSE HE’S NOT “SPECIAL” - HE’S NOT ESPECIALLY TALL OR FAST OR STRONG OR SMART, HIS ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM IS ALL HE HAS - SO IF HE DOESN’T KEEP WORKING HARD, HE’LL FEEL LIKE HE HAS NOTHING LEFT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEAM.
now, especially considering that he has older sisters who “treat him like he’s a toy”, and also that Haru and Makoto are now 3rd years and this is their last chance to make it to nationals, NAGISA IS PROBABLY SCARED TO DEATH OF BECOMING USELESS. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THIS SEASON IS GOING WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING.
LETS TALK ABOUT REI RYUGAZAKI FOR ONE SECOND LIKE LETS TALK ABOUT HOW HE WENT FROM THIS TO THISIN TWO FUCKING YEARS. HE WENT FROM THE FUCKING NERD WHO COULDN’T EVEN STAY AFLOAT TO THE GODDAMN CAPTAIN OF A FUCKING SWIM TEAM REI RYUGAZAKI DESERVES LOVE AND COMPLIMENTS AND RECOGNITION FOR BEING THE HARDEST GODDAMN WORKER ON THE FUCKING IWATOBI SWIM TEAM PRAISE REI RYUGAZAKI LONG LIVE REI RYUGAZAKI YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL BABE
THIS MOMENT IS SO IMPORTANT TO REI HE FINALLY FEELS THAT HE CAN BE IN THE SAME TEAM AS HIS SENPAI, THE ONE WHO GOT HIM INTO SWIMMING IN THE FIRST PLACE, BY SHOWING HIM HOW BEAUTIFUL THE SPORT COULD BE, AND HE’S BEEN TRYING HIS HARDEST AND STUDYING ALL THE BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY IN ORDER TO BE OF USE TO THE TEAM, AND NOW HE KNOWS HOW TO DO ALL THE STROKES AND HE IS JUST BEAMING WITH PRIDE; RADIATING HAPPINESS AND FEELING AMAZING BECAUSE HE WENT PAST HIS GOAL OF LEARNING HOW TO SWIM AND EVEN IF THE TEAM LOVED AND RESPECTED HIM, HE WANTED TO SURPRISE THEM AND MAKE THEM ALL HAPPY BUT THE HAPPIEST ONE MUST BE HIM RIGHT NOW rei ryugasaki did not disappoint in this episode I’m so happy for this beautiful butterfly
Ok but guys this whole scene actually makes the events of free! even more painful. Makoto struggles through the whole movie to understand his own feelings, he wants to understand himself and his reasons for swimming, and then we have this scene where Makoto finally finds his answer… he loves swimming, and he wants to share that with Haru, he wants to swim by his side, and Haru tells Makoto that it’s a given they’ll swim together… always. Until years later where Makoto starts to realize Haru is drifting away to a place he can no longer reach… and he can’t do anything but let that little boy he grew up with, go.