E11: The Open Turn of Destiny!

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Damn, even Sousuke was concerned. 

Everyone was concerned about Haru in their own way, and it was interesting to get Nagisa and Rei’s perspective on the whole thing.  Of course, what stood out most was the scene at the end.

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Possibly the most emotion Haru has shown throughout both seasons.  Some people aren’t too pleased with him this episode, but this is the kind of shit that happens when you’re having an existential crisis.  Just ask Danisnotonfire:

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Now, I’m not going to say Haru wasn’t being a jerk, because he was.  I mean all of these people really care about him and want him to find his dreams and succeed.  Yet, all he’s doing is just scowling and running away.  And ironically, it’s throwing the entire team off for the relay, which seems to be his biggest priority at the moment. 

But, it’s a lot of pressure.  I remember my high school counselor telling me to start taking SATs and applying to these expensive out-of-state universities that I thought only hoity-toity people should attend.  He was extremely concerned about my education, and asked me about my career plans.  I was extremely concerned about way less important things, and I couldn’t even tell him what I planned to have for breakfast the next morning.  I didn’t want to think about what I was going to do with my life, because I didn’t know.  It was frustrating to hear my classmates going on and on about becoming doctors, lawyers, authors, artists, musicians, etc. And on top of that, all these people “expecting great things” out of me, but I didn’t want to be great or the bees’ knees, I just wanted normal knees. 

All jokes aside, I understand where Haru’s coming from.  Not everyone knows just like that what they want to do with their lives, and he’s only a high school student.  I graduated from college, found a job by sheer luck, and I still don’t know what I want to be (yeah, not too interested in my major).  So everyone telling him to inspire others with his swimming, to do something he doesn’t even know if he wants to do, to stop running, to go out and search for his dreams when all he’s ever known/wanted is swimming freestyle (and recently, relay), it’s not exactly something I’d want to hear either.  It’s fucking scary. /rant

Anyway, the point is, Haru needs to get himself together, especially since Makoto is leaving.  Hopefully his trip to Australia with Rin will help.  

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