THIS SCENE MEANT THE WORLD TO ME.
JUST LET ME TALK PLEASE I CAN’T DEAL WITH THIS.
For ages now Haru as said that he ‘only swims free’, this becoming his catchphrase in the first season, meaning it to be ‘freestyle’, because that is the only swim he does for tournaments. He only swims freestyle, because it’s his favourite is what he all thought, and he was stubborn when it came to other styles.
The trouble with him finding his dream, was absolutely HEARTBREAKING. It was horrible to watch, for all of us I assume, and the hurt that he felt during fighting with Makoto was terrible. Not to mention, it was his first fight.
BUT IN THIS SCENE,
HARU’S WORDS FINALLY MAKE SENSE.
He just wants to be free, and episode 9’s scene with the things wrapping around him and holding him shown him unable to be ‘free’, constricting him from swimming, because he knew that he had no idea why he was swimming. Except, for his friends.
Here, when Rin takes Haru to Australia and shows him all the sights to see, and finally brings him here, and is offered to swim against the national teams, Haru takes up the opportunity.
And when he stands up on the board, he pauses.
HE FEELS IT.
HE SEES THE CROWD, SEE’S THE PEOPLE CHEERING FOR HIM, AND SEES ALL THE HAPPY FACES WATCHING HIM — INCLUDING RIN’S.
HE FINALLY UNDERSTANDS.
And as he launches from the platform, HE FINALLY BECOMES FREE.
THE WINGS REPRESENT HIM TAKING OFF INTO HIS NEW FREEDOM, HIS NEW DREAM!
SO THE TERM ‘I only swim free’, MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME. HARU SWIMS AGAIN, AND ONLY DIVES INTO THE WATER TO SWIM BECAUSE HE’S FOUND HIS DREAM.
He’s found it.