Courtesy of my dash, I’ve been spoiled somewhat by the posts of rinharu and makoharu and the general rants and raves in posts from the episode I had yet to see. Having finally saw it, and though I’m a makoharu shipper, I didn’t see any ‘homewrecking’ or any ‘KyoAni destroying my ships’ or anything indicative of that at all. The shipping pretty much put itself aside and I was able to put together my own analysis, and I am thoroughly pleased with episode 12 in a lot of it’s entirety.
In general, Haru’s development, and just touching bases on Rin and Haru’s relationship in general.
First off, I see why Haru would kinda jump on the “get in loser, we’re going to Australia” plane with Rin, because it’s kind of a fact that Haru has a habit of running away from overwhelming things for him. Makoto actually making an adult decision and moving on in life while Haru is almost literally stuck in the water about where he wants to go with his own. Yes, he just wants to swim with his friends, but in the back in his mind he knew it wasn’t going to last forever, and he was afraid of that. And I’ll add that being a bit coddled by Makoto and some of the other’s in life didn’t help much, but Haru needed to face reality, and he did his damn best to avoid it.
A vacation away from everyone and their influences was a good thing for Haru. Choice in vacation? Maybe extreme, but that’s all having to do with Rin and just the availability of it all. Much better than being a shut-in, that’s for sure, and I don’t doubt that Haru would stay in his bed the entire time, because he’s allowed to be immature and confused like that.
Haru and Makoto’s first fight though. Of course he’d be hurting from that, and I’m sure Haru knows that he was in the wrong for getting so upset at Makoto in the first place. And honestly, who ever really knows immediately ‘exactly’ what to do to remedy their first bad argument or how to apologize? Haru’s answer: Get away from it. I don’t blame him at all. Bad choice, but understandable.
Haru’s future weighing on his mind. He still hadn’t made a solid choice then. Yes he wants to swim, but not sure which path to take about it. We all know “why” Haru swims, but whether or not he’ll continue it as a career is up to his values.
Now about Rin. It crushes him to see Haru lose his way, because Haru is pretty much a role model for him and a lot of his motivation, as greatly foretold in the episode. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t come to your hero’s aid if they ever found themselves stuck in a rut, and I’m sure you’d remind them of who they are and how they got there in order to cheer up again. And that is exactly what Rin did.
Haru bombed a big race. “Haru can’t bomb! It’s not right! There’s no way! How? Why?" Because of pressure, and Rin didn’t figure that out until that confrontation between the two, and because Rin kind of put Haru on a pedestal, didn’t quite realize how lonely it was up there for him, because “perfect people, a.k.a. prodigies don’t have problems.” Rin had to apologize for getting mad at Haru for just being a human being, and to help Haru find his way, if not at least cheer him up somehow as his friend.
And the best way to do that, was to take Haru to Australia with him, where at least Rin can show Haru the brighter side of competition swimming. Just showing him it’s not all “times and records and performance,” or even simpler “winning or losing,” but that one could enjoy themselves too with the company of many other swimmers who love doing the same thing, almost regardless of it being a career. It’s “okay” to choose this option because you won’t truly be by yourself in it all. It’s not all bad, Haru. Yeah you’ll get pressured, but that’s life, but it’s not all bad once you push through it.
And Rin knows pressure, not just from his swimming career, but having to grow up in a completely different country the whole while. Having a crash course in English, keeping up in school, getting through culture shock, and above all the homesickness I think would be the worst. Of course Rin would empathize with Haru and his problems, having gone through them himself, and thankfully knows exactly what to do. Rin literally narrows down Haru’s open response answer to multiple choice on this big test, and I’m sure some of you have had some events or problems in your life that you wish you had this kind of advantage.
If Rin didn’t help Haru, or talk to him in some way, shape or form, from all of this, I honestly think that Haru would have never made up his mind, or worse, made a bad decision.
Returning to Haru, I’m so glad and proud that at the end of it all, Haru was able to come to a decision by himself. Not quite sure what that will be until we get to episode 13, but metaphorically speaking, Rin had dragged Haru out of the forest and back on the path, and even showed him a little bit of each side at the fork in the road as well as how to deal with some of the obstacles along the way. To make a further analogy, Makoto would tend to move some stones out of the way for Haru, while Rin would show Haru how to move them on his own. Ultimately, Haru has to pick a path to take, but at least it won’t be made blindly, and we all know that Haru will be supported all the way by everyone no matter what.
Haru is growing up. Character development.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the message and main point that I received from this episode, and what I believe should be taken into consideration as well by everyone else.
have a monkey in your dashboard
a guide for people who can’t tell the 90s from the early 2000s apart
- if people are dressed in neon, it’s the 90s
if people are dressed in space age metallics, it’s the 2000s
A jadskjhsad Max that shirt was made for you!
It costs 38$…………..*ugly crying*
I’ma get it for you, penguipus ( ﾉ｡◕‿◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
Friendly reminder that during the Commandos Era of the war, Bucky always carried a piece of Steve with him-
… on the left.
bucky’s left arm is the one he lost. the left side is also associated with anything sinister, bad, or unnatural. by putting one of the symbols of captain america on his left side, it shows that bucky is still good, still human, especially since captain america is practically the symbol of goodness. once he gets that taken away, however, and has it replaced by something metal, something unnatural…
good bye friends i am dead
harry potter series + a short summary
UGH this is fucking beautiful
This is well done.
well, this is now my favorite video ever
HOLY SHIT SO GOOD
Someone talk HBO into making this an official ad spot before the start of the next season holy shitballs.
I DIDN’T MEAN IT