The guys start a Swim Club in an effort to face Rin head on. But there seems to be something Rin is hiding from them.
RECAP: The boys get caught after sneaking into another school’s pool, but the event sparks the idea of starting up their own Swim team so they may see Rin again on an even playing field. The school forces them to recruit one more member for full club qualification and to fix up the on-grounds pool in order to officially form the club. Rin’s sister, Kou joins the club as manager and the guys properly clean up the pool. Later on, Makoto visits the old Iwatobi Swim Club and runs into their old Swim coach, where he finds out the truth behind why Haru quit competitive swimming.
The guys have the notion that by forming a Swim Team they will be able to see Rin again. I mean, you can’t blame them really. Their friend goes to a prestigious school where a top-class Swim Team is. So it is easy to assume that their friend who they know is serious about competitive swimming would join the club. To face him on the battlefield would be the more honorable thing to do.
Additionally, Kou joins the club as manager with full hopes and intent that if there is anyone that can bring her beloved brother back to the way he was, it would be Haru, Makoto, and Nagisa. I can’t wait to see more of her fantasizing reactions in the future.
Rin was none too happy about winning the race. Rather, he was not happy with Haru’s attitude to losing. We did, after all, see Haru zone out right before the finish. Remember, Haru doesn’t care about competitive swimming. All he cares about is simply being in the water; becoming one with the water, so to say. Rin must possibly feel that Haru let him win. This brings us to the next point…
After this little bit of the past was revealed, everything seems to make more sense now. Like I mentioned in the Episode 01 review, I speculated that Haru values friendship just as much as his love for swimming. This one moment of hurting his best friend was enough to get him to quit competitive swimming altogether. But with Rin willing to challenge him head-on, Haru has no choice but to face him by swimming competitively again; especially if he wants to mend their friendship.
However, one thing kind of bugs me on Rin’s side. What is it exactly that Rin sees in this picture? It isn’t him and the rest of the guys’ picture when they won the tournament as kids. He is either using this picture as a proxy or there is something more to the kids pictured who won the tournament before them. Time will tell for this slight detail.
Pretty sure this could have worked out too, right? lol