Now that I watched Free!, the popular anime of this group of teenagers who love swimming more than anything, and who are gay for the others in a really obvious way, I feel the need to say something.
In my very honest opinion, this anime is more than shirtless gay dudes. Yeah, I’m not gonna deny I enjoyed every single moment they were half-naked on screen (this is like 99% of the time? 😏). I love all of them, from the sweetheart Makoto to the poker-face lord Sousuke, from the loveable nerd Rei (😍) to the very relatable fangirl Gou/Kou (😕 I still don’t know which one is the right 😅).
I surprisingly found not only a big amount of fanservice but also some good representation of dealing with mental illnesses. None of them is free from depression, anxiety or even fear of rejection.
Haru? Isn’t it obvious he’s depressed? And what about his anxiety attack in season 2 while swimming? He just stops and stays still in the middle of the pool because he felt like water was trying to trap him. Wow, that hit close to home huh?
Makoto and Nagisa? Damn, they’re the perfect example of those who hide (and deny) their feelings and either put the others over themselves or act like they’re sunshine and rainbows.
Rei? Oh boy, he’s just so relatable!! …it hurts to see he’s the most underestimated and irrelevant in the fandom. He’s dealing with various fears I tend to deny I have. Feeling rejected, out of place, not fitting anywhere and having to improve yourself to show the world you matter. Craving attention from those you think care about you.
Rin? Jeez, he’s the definition of “I act like a dick but on the inside I’m the most broken person you will ever meet”. He commits mistakes. He trips with every stone in his way and instead of showing he’s hurt, he pretends it’s nothing and fuels his anger. Also, his fear of being lonely??? Sir, you’re arrested for making me realise this struggle I too have.
Sousuke? Basically the same. Not wanting to be lonely, craving the acceptance of people… Depression…
So long story short: I came here to have a good time drooling over hot swimmers and now I’m feeling so personally attacked… I hate this (not really ✨).
-Haruka is often seen as the mom of the entire NMS gang, often scolding the kids and even Kyouya if they didn’t eat well. (Dae)
- He knows how to cook a
lot of different things, since in medical school all he had time for was
instant ramen, meager sandwiches, and toast. Afterwards, he learned to cook a
lot of different things and make up recipes.
- If you ask, he’ll give you
character band-aids. Yuu-senpai often asks Haruka-sensei for bunny ones, which
he is always happy to provide.
- Before he formally
confessed to Kohai-chan, Haruka would always triple check to make sure she was
okay before letting her out of the infirmary. Temperature? No burns marks from
that coffee pot? He thought it was his way of showing how much he cared.
- Haruka really likes
lollipops. It’s a holdover from his old desk job when he worked as a doctor’s
secretary while in medical school. He would take them out of the basket then, but now, he always has at
least three on him.
- After being at Ikemen
Academy for a while, he began to know what students and teachers needed most
and tried to keep it in stock. This involved headache medicine for
Kyouya-sensei, extra bandages for Wakatoshi, and burn ointment for Reiji and