Hi there! I’ve been thinking a lot about what will happen in Free! Eternal Summer since Wednesday is still a few days away and I can’t wait for Episode 2! While waiting, I’m going to share my predictions about Free!ES based on what I’ve seen on Episode 1. I’m not good at putting my thoughts into words but I shall try! This post was inspired from watching the Ending Theme 1268124 times. xD
WARNING: This will contain lots of spoilers. I haven’t read High Speed yet so some of these might not be correct. And English isn’t my first language so there might be a lot of grammatical error.
So okay! I think this season would probably be focused on competitions– winning and winning and losing, dreams, falling out of friendships, as well as forming new ones and rebuilding old ones but mostly about the change in the main protagonist, Haruka.
In the Ending theme, the boys were shown in an AU of what they want to be in the future—judging from the last bits of the video which is this…
Makoto: a fireman who helps people
..take a bath? xD
Nagisa: an astronaut in space with the aliens~ looks fun!
(Hey look it’s the Spaceship pillow child!Rin was hugging)
Rei: a beautiful scientist who wants to make beautiful things happen
Rin: a policeman who strips stops bad guys and bad things from happening
–with his sexy dance!
Haru was shown in two ways, a chef…
Mermaid wait wha-
Such fanservice! I know I might be reading too much into this but I think that this has some sort of an even deeper meaning than just plain fanservice. I’ve realized this after analyzing the first season’s OP-ED theme a few weeks prior to S2’s release. KyoAni has a habit of telling the whole story via an anime’s OP-ED (which is really awesome at how accurate it actually is).
We know that Haru likes to cook even tho everything he cooks is fish or fish or—so that explains it! But Haru is a mermaid too… Why? It’s because he’s like a fish who loves and needs water. According to folklore, mermaids are the fastest creature in the sea. So why show that now? Probably because it has something to do with what will happen… about being the fastest swimmer! Have you noticed that Ep1 Rin had been going on about Haruka having no drive about who’s fastest or improving his swim time? For example.
Notice how Haru reacted to Rin. And do you remember this?
This is the introduction of Free! Eternal Summer Ep1. This water has been tamed, very docile. It’s not enough for him anymore. He doesn’t know it himself but I think he’s yearning for a challenge… somewhere. Then KyoAni shows them this.
Look at that little blush? Maybe that little race fired something up in him.. finding the thing he’s been yearning for? Who knows.
Now we shall enter Sousuke.
Sousuke, like Rin, is also a Butterfly & Freestyle (in reference to the OP) swimmer and seems to be very very good at it. I think this will be a turning point for Haru? and maybe his will to go faster and be the fastest. But then…
The preview for Ep2. This looked like some sort of declaration of challenge. Maybe Sousuke decided to challenge Haruka? Settle a score? Or told Haruka something about Rin? Like maybe Rin can’t improve his time because of Haruka’s level? I don’t know. But they’ll end up racing one way or another. And then, Haruka
Look at frustrated Haruka. We’ve never seen him like this in S1. The thought of Haruka being competitive then losing resulting in this screenshot seems very likely. In my head, I think Haru really hates losing. I’m getting the feeling we’ll see a lot of aggressive, competitive Haruka this season. And soon, he realizes that he’s actually losing himself and his passion for water. Maybe he’ll want to stop. He’s changing. Just like how Rin was in S1. So this picture–
–might be Haruka losing sight of Haruka. After looking closer, the person reflected in Haru’s eyes is wearing a short swimwear. Only Haru and Nagisa wear shorts and I don’t think it’s Nagisa. So maybe it’s Haru looking at his own self alright.
With that, the five boys will have another dilemma. Haru is changing. Ofc, this affects everyone in the team since we all know that Haru really makes a big impact on everybody. Maybe they’ll have a fight, Rin and Haru fights caused by Sousuke(?) perhaps, and as usual they will be as stubborn as a turtle until everything ends up with their friendship hanging by the line (again).
Then, because of what’s happening, Nagisa tries his best to tie loose ends but he couldn’t, so he ends up feeling helpless about everything– feeling that the remaining thread will break and he’d be alone…. as if he’s alone in space and everything else floats in front of him but it’s hard to reach them. I can just see this happening and my heart aches for this baby since he’s the one who brought everyone together by forming the club. Despite Nagisa’s outgoingness, I think he’s the type who lacks confidence in himself and in order to not feel that lack of confidence, he needs people around him so he feels less alone.
And I’m guessing this is Makoto and Haru’s hands slowly drifting apart. In the AU, Makoto is shown as a fireman– very fitting for our angel! But what do firemen do? Put out the fire. In the future eps, I’m guessing Makoto will do a lot of that. Oh. Not literally putting out real fire but, the fire in friendships and arguments. He’ll try but he’ll sort of mess it up.
As for Rei, he was depicted as a scientist– megane and theories and all, of course! But I think this means that he’d also have that role in the actual plot– not as a scientist but as someone who invents solutions to solve problems (just like what he did last season). I think Rei and Makoto will have similar roles in this. Thus…
And so… This screenshot
–it really looks like Rei’s going after Rin. I dunno if he stops where he stands in this cap or if continues to follow Rin. If not, I’m sure that Rei will try to contact Rin (just like what he’s done before). I’m hoping for more RinRei friendship on screen plsplspls
For Rin, he was shown as a policeman. If you’ve watched the Ep1 of S2, you’d know that Rin has announced he’d like to go pro in swimming after graduation– but in the AU, he was shown as a policeman (doing le sexy dance)– that was probably a distraction. DISTRACTION FROM EVERYTHING. xD
OH. And since he’s a cop so he’s gonna do some chasing and bondage—I mean, catching, but yeah! I have a feeling he wants to catch Haru but Haru is now a different Haru (here it’s Iwatobi-chan, mermaid version!) I don’t know if this makes sense lol This is Haru reflected in Rin’s eyes, the Haru he sees.
On a more serious note
Rin clinging and crying so desperately intrigues me. I’m guessing everyone else too is intrigued by the reason but more intrigued about the person who he’s crying to. I can’t imagine Rei or Nagisa wearing those clothes. So that leaves, Makoto, Haru and Sousuke. But judging by the mysterious character’s built, he looks big. So it’s either Makoto or Sousuke. Though the color matches Sousuke best so I think it’s him.
If I follow the plot I’m thinking, maybe he’s blaming himself for Haru’s sudden change? Or he has something to do with it? That Haru’s starting to act the same way as him in the past? Coz I don’t think Rin will cry if he loses to Haru in a match anymore. He’s over that. Or…. maybe this screenshot is something entirely different! I’m excited to find out!
With that, let’s take a look at the ED’s pairings. (Haru’s left out from the Agent AU, he’s the mermaid princess)
Pair 1: Makoto & Nagisa.
Pair 2: Rei & Rin I’m still screaming about thisasbfaje
Something really might have happened between these guys.. Maybe they’re going to make it a mission to find out what’s happened lol Rei'sgoingtospyonRinagainthenbecomesbestfriendswithhim In the middle of those screenies was bby Sousuke (which I think is the one who started the dilemma) then the sequence was followed by Ai and the unknown boy– in short their tough competition, Samezuka. Then the sequence ends with Mermaid Haru. Well, anyway! I think we’ll see a lot of Makoto-Nagisa, Rei-Rin, Makoto-Rei and Nagisa-Rin interactions based on the ED. :D
Eye contact! (✿◠▽◠)(Θ‿ Θ✿)
Then we have this.
Rin clearly says his while Makoto and Haruka hasn’t thought about it. But the next day, during their cleanup, Haruka looks at the sky seemingly lost in thought..
This is probably a build up for Haruka’s drive to swim competitively in the future.
Well, anyway, these are just my thoughts on what might happen in the future episodes! I have no means of justifying everything aside from these screenshots and my brain. I’m thinking that my analysis might be too dramatic but I just can’t shake off this feeling of angstiness for this season… why brain why?? ಥ⌣ಥ
I’m not sure if I expressed my thoughts to you guys properly coz I can get very incoherent and just ramble on but I tried. My headcanons have a pretty linear direction since I don’t really like thinking hard but the anticipation is killing me so… yeah, I decided to work my brain hard this time. So that’s that! Whew! If you’re still reading this part, you have my utmost gratitude! Thank you so much for reading my random thoughts on Free! Eternal Summer! *bows*
In the end, we know it’ll end happily ever after! Everyone will be smiling and swimming together again, fulfilling their dreams, be gay and gayer! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
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