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Old 2014-08-20, 12:11   Link #181
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Makoto is awesome as a coach. I can also imagine him being a lifeguard someday too.
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Old 2014-08-20, 12:12   Link #182
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I think Makoto should become a grade school teacher of some sort. It would be perfect for his Mother Hen personality. He's excellent with young kids.

I wonder if Haru feels a little abandoned and lonely due to his traveling parents? He seems to withdraw into himself whenever he feels he's losing someone. In the flashbacks, when Sousouke seemed to take Rin away, when the new character seemed to take Makoto away, in the present when Makoto talked about the future which will likely separate them -- all those times, Haru withdrew into himself. Even though Haru is a very solitary guy, I don't think he actually likes his solitude.
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Old 2014-08-20, 12:19   Link #183
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Makoto as kids coach, kinda sweet ^^
Seems like his pretty good at it too.
A new character makes an appearance.
Looks like Kisumi was Makoto's friend from middle school.
Guess Haruka doesn't like him that much..
Kiumi's little brother, Hayato, was lucky to have the kind-hearted Makoto as a teacher.
Guess he's gonna be a backstroke swimmer like Makoto ^^
Gou can't swim ROFL
Wonder why she doesn't learn..
The disappointment was obvious when Makoto was told it was a temporary thing.
He loves it & the kids love it. Shame...
Sousuke info got revealed.
No wonder he's having problems with slower swim time.
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Old 2014-08-20, 14:07   Link #184
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I think Makoto should become a grade school teacher of some sort. It would be perfect for his Mother Hen personality. He's excellent with young kids.

I wonder if Haru feels a little abandoned and lonely due to his traveling parents? He seems to withdraw into himself whenever he feels he's losing someone. In the flashbacks, when Sousouke seemed to take Rin away, when the new character seemed to take Makoto away, in the present when Makoto talked about the future which will likely separate them -- all those times, Haru withdrew into himself. Even though Haru is a very solitary guy, I don't think he actually likes his solitude.
I thought Haru's parents died. Or was that just his grandmother?

Anyway, cute episode. Other than Makoto possibly on the track to becoming a teacher and finding out Gou can't swim and confirming Sosuke's injury, nothing much happened. Only 5 episodes left too.
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Old 2014-08-20, 14:50   Link #185
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I thought Haru's parents died. Or was that just his grandmother?
It's been a long while since I watched the opening episodes of s1 and my memory may be fuzzy but I remember it as Haru's parents are on global business travel. Grandma is looking after him in their stead. I don't remember why Haru appears to living alone though. I could easily be mixing series however. It wouldn't be the first time.
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Old 2014-08-20, 15:14   Link #186
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Pretty enjoyable filler episode. Makoto is so good with kids. The introduction of Kisumi was a nice bonus as well; Haru and he seemed like good friends. :P
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Old 2014-08-20, 17:37   Link #187
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A great episode, and we see what direction Makoto will probably take after graduation. I've suspected for a long time that he would eventually head into becoming a swim teacher or coach. He's proven that he's good with kids and he has the patience of a saint. His mother hen personality also helps as well.

Haru on the other hand is just not that good of a teacher or socializing really. Hopefully next week he realizes that professional swimming is probably the best (and maybe only) field that is good for him. We'll see.

As for Kisumi, he was a good character, though his little brother stole the show with his adorable-ness.

However, we do get conformation that Sousuke has an injury involving his shoulder. We learn that from both Kisumi, as well as himself, when he gives the cryptic advice to Nitori about not pushing yourself to the point where you're no longer able to do the things you were once able to. Now how much this will come into play later, we'll have to see. Is this a debilitating problem? Is he doing irreparable damage to himself by swimming?
We'll have to see next time.
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Old 2014-08-20, 18:28   Link #188
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Kisumi was introduced in the Free! prequel novel, High Speed! vol 2. He played basketball in middle school, and is most likely still playing it in high school.


Next week's preview seems surprisingly serious.
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Old 2014-08-20, 20:07   Link #189
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In other words, they're the underdog. But the thing is, Samezuka is full of people who've worked hard. Since before high school. That's why they even chose their school.

Iwatobi got into competitive swimming a year ago.
Actually, didn't Iwatobi had a swimming team before the start of the series? But they ran out of money or participants, and the swim club was shut down? I could be remembering this wrong though.

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I wonder if Haru feels a little abandoned and lonely due to his traveling parents? He seems to withdraw into himself whenever he feels he's losing someone. In the flashbacks, when Sousouke seemed to take Rin away, when the new character seemed to take Makoto away, in the present when Makoto talked about the future which will likely separate them -- all those times, Haru withdrew into himself. Even though Haru is a very solitary guy, I don't think he actually likes his solitude.
I don't think it's just Haru. Previous episode we saw Makoto felt this way when he thought Rin was stealing Haru away from him.
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Old 2014-08-20, 21:01   Link #190
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Tachibana coach such a cute episode it seem that Makoto would make a great teacher
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Old 2014-08-21, 09:54   Link #191
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It's clear to me Makoto has found his calling. If he isn't good enough to get scouted, becoming a coach is the best option for him.
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Old 2014-08-21, 11:17   Link #192
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Ugh, the feels. Makoto and Hayato had me hnnnnnging all over the place. This was a really nice episode for Makoto, he would definitely make a good coach for kids, and we get to find out why he prefers the backstroke.

Sousuke's shoulder, I wonder if the people who scouted him know about that, and if that's going to cause problems for him later.
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Old 2014-08-21, 14:55   Link #193
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I wonder if he's still "scouted", or has in fact already been "fired" over it.
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Old 2014-08-21, 21:12   Link #194
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Makoto officially confirms his Best Husbando status. He needs to become a coach or a teacher...he's going to be a gooooooooooooooooooood daddy one day!

Kisumi was cute too, along with his brother. So, I guess Hayato grows up to become Makoto?

And Yanderesuke is being Yandersuke 'cause he hurt himself.
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Old 2014-08-21, 21:35   Link #195
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I'm actually a little unclear on whether Gou is incapable of swimming or simply chooses not to.
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Old 2014-08-22, 12:40   Link #196
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I'm actually a little unclear on whether Gou is incapable of swimming or simply chooses not to.
From what I remember, Gou chooses not to because she's not athletic (at all, just a bit of running makes her winded while her friend is fine). But I would expect her to know how to swim (she grew up with a father and big brother with swimming dreams, after all).
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Old 2014-08-27, 11:02   Link #197
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Episode 9:

I find the episdoe's balance to be good with the pacing.

It looks like both team have struggles though: Sousuke with his hurt shoulder and Haruka and his fears. Rin did really well though. I'm proud of that. He looks like a freaking shark when he is in the pools


We will probably get some flashbacks next time but that was an awesome episode.
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Old 2014-08-27, 11:58   Link #198
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Wow, Haruka being weighed in with those high expectations cost him so much. Now I'm pretty much worried about him in the relay, along with Sousuke.
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Old 2014-08-27, 12:14   Link #199
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Nitori finally showed he can swim for real.
Guess all the training payed off.
With Regionals just around the corner Iwatobi is training hard too.
Iwatobi & Samezuka in the same hotel ^^
A scout makes a personal appearance.
Haruka didn't look that thrilled about it.
Rin was well aware of the scouts & he was very serious about them.
Haruka was feeling cornered by all the pressure..
Guess other people's expectations were messing with his head.
Regionals were on a totally different level than Prefecturals.
Makoto didn't make it to the finals. Haru quit.
Rin was amazing!
Haruka got strangled by the water... he just couldn't take the pressure.
Rin confronted Haru and he snapped..
Damn, that's so not the Haru we're used to seeing.
Wonder what is his trauma & fear...
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Old 2014-08-27, 12:31   Link #200
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Because of the elevator, nightmare freakout, and apathy climax, I am compelled to quip "Get in the pool, Haru."

Could be some interesting comparisons coming up between Haru's mental block and Sosuke's physical problem and both apparently being willing to do it for the team but with some personal issues.
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