Does anyone else get super emotional because it always seems like Rei is way more aware of his love than Nagisa is?
Like, when I started watching Free! and Rei was introduced, my experience with yaoi and BL made me expect that Nagisa would be the confident and pushy one who forced the uptight and NO HOMO Rei to face up to the total shota-boner that he has for him.
Instead, the roles are totally flipped and it’s got Nagisa being almost adorably unaware of how much Rei has fallen for him. Like, in so much of the artwork, it shows Nagisa flipping out and being cute about stuff while Rei just sits back and watches him with the most incredibly animated look of love in his eyes. Like, he looks at Nagisa like he is made of sunshine and rainbows and buttercups and, most of the time, I’m not sure that Nagisa even notices.
I dunno, I just kind of love how we all thought Rei was going to be kind of stoic and megane and actually he is just a love sick puppy.