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Old 2013-07-24, 17:21   Link #961
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...did anything else happen in the episode?

Oh yeah, this happened, too:
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Anyway, I also think that the "Rei can't swim lolol" gag was overdone. I mean, really, come on. -_-) Also, if they have a kickboard why didn't they use it? Maybe it's old-fashioned but that's how I, and most people I know, learned to swim...

At least we had butt shots? (even if mostly as a gag...)

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I also think part of the problem is focusing on Haru VS Rin to the exclusion of the others. While you could say that was the backbone of High Speed, I feel like the breadth of interaction was a lot better, with Rin also reacting to Makoto and Nagisa on an individual level as opposed to just dismissing them as "Haru-related clumps" like he does in Free!
Yeah, seriously. The four of them were supposed to be friends, no? It would be nice if Rin at least acknowledged Makoto and Nagisa as his ex-friends or something. It's like there are two different stories here, one a Haru vs Rin that would work with or without the rest of the characters, and one about the swimming club...

But then, it doesn't help that I couldn't care less about Rin if I tried. :/

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Or maybe I'm just cranky because my favorite character--and the character I genuinely think is the most interesting, especially when you take High Speed into consideration--has been regulated to "straight man" background character from the very beginning.
Hey, at least your favorite character is not getting turned into a joke. ^^;; I love dorky megane characters but not like this. -_-)

But my biggest problem is that this show gives me nostalgia liek whoa. ;__; I miss swimming so much...
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Old 2013-07-24, 17:30   Link #962
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I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen boys trying out swimsuits in anime. That scene was really funny. Rei turned out to be a lot more hilarious than I thought he would be. I figured he'd be the serious guy of the gang, and he kind of is, but the show isn't afraid to ridicule him. It's a good thing as long as they don't turn his character into a complete joke, which I don't think they have it although they're close.
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Old 2013-07-24, 17:43   Link #963
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Yeah, seriously. The four of them were supposed to be friends, no? It would be nice if Rin at least acknowledged Makoto and Nagisa as his ex-friends or something. It's like there are two different stories here, one a Haru vs Rin that would work with or without the rest of the characters, and one about the swimming club...

But then, it doesn't help that I couldn't care less about Rin if I tried. :/
It's really sad, actually, because most of my favorite scenes with Rin from High Speed! are his interactions with Nagisa and Makoto, not so much with Haruka. (Though there's some interesting stuff there too--more interesting than what we get from Free! at least.)

Actually, what pisses me off the most is the only one we ever get to see swim at length is Haruka.

Spoiler for High Speed general talk about swimming styles and characterization:

I hope they're saving those revelations for later or something, because I'd much rather see the way those two swim in action than another shot of Haruka's ~amazing~ ~~~***freestyle***~~~ for the fifteen time.
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Old 2013-07-24, 18:26   Link #964
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I'm sure they chose to make Rin obsessed with Haru for, well, obvious reasons, but it's a annoying how he seems to regard the other two as non-entities that Haruka should leave behind (and that Nagisa and Makoto don't seem to be particularly upset about it). I'd hope for a scene where Nagisa and/or Makoto kick Rin's ass at swimming or something, but yeah, that's not gonna happen.

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I hope they're saving those revelations for later or something, because I'd much rather see the way those two swim in action than another shot of Haruka's ~amazing~ ~~~***freestyle***~~~ for the fifteen time.
I think we'll see the others swim when they actually start practicing for the competition. So far it's been "introducing the characters" and "setting up the club" and "teaching Rei how to swim" ( ) plus additional Rin x Haru UST. They'll have to start actually swimming soon, plus I'm sure we'll get to see the whole relay at the end with some helpful commentary by the onlookers.
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Old 2013-07-24, 18:37   Link #965
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I liked the fact that Rin has somehow admitted his self-made issues, as it's kinda tiring to see him keep antagonizing his old friends. And i'm also glad that Gou has finally gotten tired from blushing over half naked men, since such joke has gotten repetitive as of late.
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Old 2013-07-24, 20:14   Link #966
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You know no matter how many times I hear the Opening theme I can't help but to think how it's just sounds like something you'd find in a shounen action show.

Anyway it was an alright episode and even get a lesson on the basics of swimming. Also It seemed like Rin and Haru had a "moment" there with that "You will swim for me!" line or am I just thinking about it too much.
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Old 2013-07-24, 21:51   Link #967
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Now that is impressive Rei swimming but no going no where
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Old 2013-07-25, 03:41   Link #968
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Old 2013-07-25, 05:15   Link #969
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Man, Nagisa is such a chick. Up 'till now I could sort of handle his gay character, but the way he dragged Rei around was a bit too much.

Ama-sensei's last remark about Rei having zero talent was so politically incorrect, especially for anime or Japanese entertainment. I was giggling like a little girl at how awesome that was.

So I guess Haruka didn't lose on purpose. Seems more believable that way, so I'm fine with it. My guess is, Haruka still won't be able to beat Rin for the relay, but I bet he'll make it awfully close. As for Rei's butterfly, I wonder how fast he'll master that.
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Old 2013-07-25, 08:49   Link #970
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i actually think Haruka will win their final showdown. or it'll be a draw or something (yeah, like that happens in swimming... but i believe it actually did in the olympics) since this is a case of talent vs training, and now that talent is training, haru will have the edge.
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Old 2013-07-25, 09:23   Link #971
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From the preview it looks like the swim coach/pizza guy recognises Ama-chan, probably from her "swimsuit" days...
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Old 2013-07-25, 09:25   Link #972
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Rei was totally (⌒▽⌒) with his stretching.
He seriously needs to learn how to swim ^^"
I kinda felt sorry for him... well, all is well that ends well.
At least the swim club is up and running 。◕‿◕。
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Old 2013-07-25, 10:48   Link #973
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Now that is impressive Rei swimming but no going no where
That impressed me as well. I still haven't figured out how he managed to do that. Stationary swimming under those conditions seems to defy the laws of motion.
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Old 2013-07-25, 11:10   Link #974
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Goddamn I love Rei...

He is just too awesome and fabulous: "I MUST LOOK BEAUTIFUL IN MY SWIMMING'

Meanwhile Haru just buys the same swimsuit he always wears and doesn't give two shits. Though he did help out Rei.


Rin is still a douchebag, though now we finally know what his problem is.
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Old 2013-07-25, 11:10   Link #975
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Are they even allowed to try on swimming trunks in those shops? Seems pretty unhygienic.
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Old 2013-07-25, 11:14   Link #976
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Are they even allowed to try on swimming trunks in those shops? Seems pretty unhygienic.
Yea like any other kind of clothing you're allowed to try on bathing suits before you buy. Just keep that in mind next time you go shopping for some...
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Old 2013-07-25, 11:50   Link #977
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Are they even allowed to try on swimming trunks in those shops? Seems pretty unhygienic.
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Yea like any other kind of clothing you're allowed to try on bathing suits before you buy. Just keep that in mind next time you go shopping for some...
Can't speak for men's swimwear, but we women are expected to wear underpants while trying on swimwear.
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Old 2013-07-25, 13:33   Link #978
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What really killed me was the scene where they all had "dead eyes" after Haruka failed in his first attempt to coach Rei on how to swim.

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Old 2013-07-25, 15:16   Link #979
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Can't speak for men's swimwear, but we women are expected to wear underpants while trying on swimwear.
I'm not sticking my dangly bits into something that might have contacted someone else's dangly bits without the at-least-psychological shielding of a thin layer of cotton.

I thought that Rei's inability to swim ran for a little too long (though they had to show it for the three strokes that he can't do), but the improbable mechanics of him slowly drifting directly to the bottom was pretty funny.
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Old 2013-07-25, 21:13   Link #980
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Can't speak for men's swimwear, but we women are expected to wear underpants while trying on swimwear.
But nobody's monitoring the fitting room to make sure it happens.
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