In another post, someone said Makoto and Haruka’s relationship is a mirror to Sosuke and Rin’s and that they handle each other problems differently. I feel like Sosuke and Makoto are similar - but Makoto realizing his emotions. Makoto knows that he is feeling jealousy. Sosuke says ‘I don’t know.’
Because of that, I believe that is why Makoto challenged Haruka and Sosuke wanted to swim in a relay with Rin. Makoto wanted to feel the thrill and fire between Rin and Haruka’s races while Sosuke wanted to feel the passion and love in a relay.
During both Makoto&Haruka’s race - Makoto was reaching out but he couldn’t see or feel anything. Like he was being left alone. Sosuke, while his relay, he lost his momentum and was looking at the same empty space filled with water that Makoto saw.
Makoto knows how to sort out his feelings as Sosuke does not. Makoto knows his envy, his love, how he knows one day - Haruka will leave him. Sosuke still hasn’t accepted that .
During Nagisa&Haruka’s conversation about Haruka’s future and Rei&Haruka’s conversation about Freedom - they have started Haruka’s mind of that he might do competitive swimming. Rin on the other hand, knows he wants to.
And then the two reasons why Makoto and Haruka swim.
“I want to swim with you.” “I swim because I want to.”
Haruka didn’t say things like friends or relays or sentimental matters. He swims. In these past episode, Makoto and Haruka’s relationship has been strained. They care for each other and they still do - but they just have some problems. I feel like Haruka is just done with Makoto. He doesn’t want to leave Makoto, but Makoto knows for Haruka’s good - that Haruka should leave him. And Haruka hates that.
assdfghjl I just have a lot of emotions about them and it’s really hard to explain.