i’m a trash shipper with too much time and photoshop in her hands
Anonymous said: Hi, I've always enjoyed reading your character analysis essays, so I'd like to ask what was your interpretation of the latest Free! ep?Most seem really happy with the shipping, yet I can't help but feel a bit disappointed. I'd thought that Makoto taking up the freestyle was a step forward, in which he starts to walk towards his own future (and not hold back because of Haru). But in the end he did it because of Haru, which feels like he's still in the slightly destructive obsessive love.
Well … okay. I have thoughts on the episode that are separate from what you posited, but I feel like I have to address what you said first.
A disclaimer: I am very, very much like Makoto when it comes to his relationships with those close to him, particularly when it comes to his love for Haruka. Like, the way he feels about/treats Haru? That’s how I feel/act/treat those that I develop strong feelings for. So believe me when I say that I can very, very well see how it could become harmful and toxic for him. Saying that, I can also say that it isn’t destructive for him right now, largely in part because Haru cares about him just as much. Having been in a toxic, one-sided relationship with a Makoto-like personality, I can say with 100% certainty that Makoto isn’t currently in one. He could be, it could get that way if both Haru and Makoto let it progress to that point, but he isn’t at that point right now. So let’s just quash that notion before we go further, hm?
But to build on it more … Makoto raced Haru not for Haru, specifically (especially because it was the opposite of what Haru wanted), but more for himself.
High☆Speed! (ハイ☆スピード!, Hai☆Supīdo!) is a novel written by Kōji Ōji and is the original concept of the anime Free!
- High Speed 1- complete.
- High Speed 2- incomplete.
I’m moving it under a read more because it’s lengthy and so you’ll always be able to view the updated version!
I dearly wish that people would view their bodies as they view flowers…
Skin patches? Birthmarks?
Scars? Stretch marks?
Freckles? Moles? Acne scars?
Missing a few pieces?
handsome as ever~
Feel like you just look weird?
you’re fantastic looking~
I think one of the things I love most about Makoto and Haru’s relationship is how seriously Haru takes Makoto’s fears, and always protects him silently without patronizing him for them.
Like even this end picture with the freaking worms. Makoto cannot handle the worms and Haru just takes over like it’s his freaking job.
And we see this the times Makoto is faced with an irrational fear of his. Instead of teasing his fear or showing any signs of annoyance, Haru takes all of his irrational fears seriously and allows Makoto to lead the way as to what makes him comfortable. Which is usually hanging off of Haru.
And I particularly love how Haru puts up with this in episode one, which is when he is the most distant and detached, and most irritable. Yet while he rejects Makoto and the others throughout the majority of the episode, he goes along with Makoto’s need to hold onto him in the dark.
And he is so serious about this that he becomes annoyed when Nagisa teases them for it
And then becomes even more openly protective of Makoto, opting to go in ahead of him so he won’t be afraid.
And what’s cutest is that Haru has assumed this role their whole lives. Makoto would grip onto Haru in his sleep
And Haru took all of Makot’s fears, those grounded in experience and those more irrational alike, very seriously since the first time Makoto was truly scared.
Typically we focus on what Makoto does for Haru, but I think how Haru accepts these “faults” of Makoto’s personality and protects them with silent diligence is also a precious aspect of their relationship.
I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)
- Men: Men are simple creatures.
- Men: Women are too complicated.
- Men: Boys will be boys.
- Men: Girls who dress slutty don't respect themselves.
- Men: Men are like lions; you can't dangle meat in front of their faces and expect them not to want to eat it.
- Men: Women are so emotional, always overreacting to little things.
- Men: Women aren't funny.
- Men: Women are so shallow.
- Men: Women never say what they mean.
- Women: I don't feel safe around men because of the abuses and assaults I've experienced throughout my life.
- Men: NOT ALL MEN!!!
- Men: These generalizations are harmful!
- Men: Don't fight hate with hate!
- Men: Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
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