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I’m kind of mad at all the people that are reducing ep 12 to shit writing…

aobasluttygaki:

Everyone is freaking out about how ‘sudden’ Haru’s change of heart is and I think they’re failing to realize something pretty important. Haru swimming professionally is something that’s been discussed since the beginning of the season, so its obviously something he was thinking about.

He probably didn’t have this HUGE sour taste in his mouth for competitive swimming, it was likely just one or two things stressing him out that he couldn’t get out of his head. If he hated competitive swimming so much, he wouldn’t have done it since he was a child, and then again in highschool. Its obviously something he enjoys, the context of adulthood was just making the whole thing stressful for him.

And I know everyone is like “wtf shiny pool, thats what changed his mind?”

NO. IT WAS NOT THE POOL. IT WAS HARU BEING GIVEN A CALM OPTION TO SWIM NEXT TO PROFESSIONAL SWIMMERS. He made the conscious choice to do so, thereby eliminating his stress.

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Then, seeing the really nice Australian swimmer, Haru was able to see someone who is genuinely happy in his career path and obviously loves to swim.

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HARU’S REALISATION FADES FROM THE SWIMMER DIVING, NOT FROM LOOKING AT THE POOL.

PLEASE DO NOT REDUCE IT TO THAT.

SEEING OTHERS SWIM IS A VERY PROFOUND EXPERIENCE FOR HIM AND THAT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE WRITING.


Sometimes seeing something like  that really does make you just snap into a certain mindset if you have an emotional attachment to the action. Furthermore, I don’t think Haru is so much ABSOLUTELY sure that he will be happy as much as a competitive swimmer as much as he now knows that it is POSSIBLE and he was able to see that the world like Rin does.

HIS PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN MAGICALLY FIXED, what has happened is that Haru now feels he has a chance. To me thats actually pretty profound…

Oh thank god this episode was cute to help soothe what the like, last three episodes did to my heart. Haru frustrated by language barriers and being insecure in a foreign country was too cute. Also Rin needlessly freaking about sharing a bed, cute dummy. Read more because I’m going to ruminate on my feelings of the end of the episode since I’ve seen people have mixed feelings and that makes me think about how I feel about it.

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