Anime Review: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club – 04

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This episodes big eye-catcher may have you acting like Gou-chan.

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RECAP:  The time has come and the weather has permitted the school outdoor pool is open to use.  Now the guys just need to properly teach Rei how to swim.  After several failed attempts, Rei asserts that he needs new gear to fit his “calculations” to match his “perfect form.”  At the sporting goods store, Haru runs into Rin, where they have a short talk.  Rin demands that Haru get in shape to race against him seriously, implying that his previous win doesn’t count.  Haru declines, at first, but is once again reeled in to feel trapped by Rin.  Because of that, the next day, he takes to teaching Rei to prepare him for what’s ahead.

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More hilarity ensues as we watch Rei learn how to swim this episode.  For some god awful reason, Rei always sinks like a rock, despite how he dislikes the analogy.  If anything, the one really neat thing about the first half of this episode is that it briefly teaches us what each of the swimming strokes are, if you didn’t already have an idea of what they were.  I know it definitely inspired me to want to swim… I mean like right now lol.

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Rin doesn’t truly feel like he won in that race against Haru.  After all, Haru hasn’t seriously swum in years, leaving his body to be not at top shape.  How that body of his isn’t top shape, I don’t know.  I wish I was that ripped.  Anyways because of that, Rin still clings to that loss when they were kids and still feels he needs to beat Haru.  On the contrary, Haru gives off the feeling that he doesn’t care, but deep inside he feels he lost a friend because he won; and even losing won’t bring his friend back.

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Because of that incident, Haru decides to finally help Rei learn how to swim.  He is intent on facing Rin at the Prefectural Tournament, so that he may finally be broken free from the shackles of guilt.  However, the lessons are still a bust as Rei is still unable to pickup Freestyle.

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To be free like a butterfly.  Haru’s words to swim “with your heart” are cryptic to Rei, but it is exactly how he feels; to become one with the water.  It is starting to become more apparent as to why the show is titled Free! beside the fact that it is a swim stroke.  Everyone seems to have some sort of problem that makes them feel trapped in some way.  Now, what could be holding Makoto and Nagisa back?

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Also, earlier on in the episode, Rin had a discussion with his kouhai about the difference between “hard work” and “talent.”  Even Haru and Gou had a similar type of conversation.  Rin is the embodiment of “hard work,” whereas Haru is “talent.”  Taking into account the Edison quote that Ama-chan-sensei recited, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration,” they tell both sides of the way it can be interpreted.  Hard work can mean everything to surpass those inspired with talent.  However, those with talent can also surpass those who work hard but are not inspired to reach farther.  With that said, Rin has the capacity to beat Haru.  But Haru can just as equally beat Rin because Rin’s only goal right now is to beat Haru.  That is why Gou-chan mentioned her brother’s dream to become an Olympic swimmer.  It was to remind us viewers of the goal Rin lost sight of, likely taking that “1% of inspiration” away from him.

Rating:  4/5

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Is this how ladies feel when they can’t decide what to wear?



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