I’m only a little more than halfway done with the first season of Free!, but...
I think I might be Free! trash already for the following reasons:
-For me, Free! has a didactic purpose. As someone who recently took up swimming, I am trying to observe the swimming techniques of the characters and let them influence my own swimming. For instance, I want to try the butterfly stroke, but not until I watch more Free! episodes.
-I think about Makoto every time I do the backstroke.
-I push myself a ton in swimming and truly feel motivated in swimming, inspired by how the Free! characters also push themselves.
-And on a totally unrelated note, I am constantly thinking about who I want to ship from this series. :D