So, I was looking at the edited picture on Funimation’s website and saw this.
RIN, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE ABOUT TO SLAP HARU’S ASS.
Do not hate homosexuals, bisexuals, asexuals, ect
But do not hate heterosexuals.
Do not hate trans*gender, agender, non-binary people
But do not hate cissexuals.
Do not hate people of color
But do not hate white people.
Do not hate women
But do not hate men.
Do not hate Christians
But do not hate atheists.
Hatred only breeds more hatred. Is it that hard to understand?
This needs more attention than it’s gotten.
Long and a bit ranty.
To the people in the RinHaru tag telling Sousuke he needs to back the hell off, or go away so he doesn’t interfere with their ship? Calm down, and sit down.
To anyone else saying that he’s being a dick, an asshole, he needs to leave Haru alone? Calm down, and sit down.
I feel for Haru, I really do, and I think he may actually be a little intimidated by Sousuke. But Haru’s a big boy and he can take care of himself.
Although, I do think Sousuke’s words have already had a profound effect on him, and he may start to beat himself up over what he did with Rin. It’s hard to say at this point, as we’re only two episodes in.
But I want to take this back to Sousuke’s perspective, and speculate why he said what he did to Haru. Why he’s coming off as the overprotective best friend.
Sousuke hasn’t seen Rin in five years. The boy transferred schools to Iwatobi, and then left to go to school in Australia. Meanwhile, even when he came back to Iwatobi and started to go to Samezuka, Sousuke was still attending school in Tokyo.
And we find out within a few minutes of the episode that Sousuke’s been scouted for his swimming. Being a highly ranked Butterfly swimmer, we can tell Sousuke takes swimming very seriously. You could see the intense focus he has, even in the relay they had for the grand opening. And that wasn’t even an official event.
Now, remember that Sousuke hasn’t seen Rin in five years. And what did Rin want to do when he was younger? He wanted to follow his father’s dream to become an Olympic swimmer. Sousuke’s probably thinking that’s what Rin’s on a swim team for: to compete in tournaments and get scouted like he was.
Meanwhile, he’s heard about what happened with Iwatobi’s relay, and no doubt how the team was disqualified. This wasn’t at some small event, this was Regionals. This was going to lead to something BIG.
Why is this so important? Think about it.
We as the viewers all know why Rei gave his place in the relay to Rin. We all know how important it was that the boys swim in the relay together again. Was it a beautiful, heart-warming moment that kept us on the edge of our seats? Yes.
It wouldn’t have happened if Haru hadn’t reached out to Rin and Rei hadn’t acted so selflessly and given up his spot.
But from an objective standpoint, what they did was really really careless and stupid.
And since we know Sousuke takes his swimming seriously, that’s exactly what he notices. He notices how careless and stupid that decision was,
Which brings us back to his warning Haru away from Rin.
So why did he do it?
Like I said, the Rin Sousuke knew wanted to become an Olympic swimmer. Sousuke wants Rin to be scouted; wants him to be able to achieve that dream. And he knows that doing something so reckless like he did with Haru and the others is going to damage or destroy his chances of this ever happening for him.
I’m not saying that the way he went about it was the best way to handle the situation (because obviously it’s not), but I want to ask you something.
Have you ever blindly defended a friend from someone like Sousuke did? Because I have. Rationality doesn’t always win out when you’re feeling protective over someone.
Or you know, I could be completely off-base about this, and maybe Sousuke just wants to compete with Haru all on his own. Or maybe he wants Haru to take swimming more seriously because he knows Rin would LOVE if Haru was in the Olympics with him.
Either way, we’ve got 11 episodes to find out. Splash free, everybody.
Okay but Sousuke’s face.