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7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 28th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, things got heavy in a real hurry, didn't it? Probably the grimmest episode so far.

Haru completely melted down. In S1 Rin swam poorly. Haru can't even finish. I didn't think the expectations from strangers would get to him; did not think Haru would care about them. The expectations of his teammates and friends? That weighed on him. That is interesting and says a lot about Haru as a character: In most stories, on the big stage, the character gets a big boost from high hopes from his teammates and coaches. The encouragement is particularly effective if expectations were low to begin with or come from an unexpected quarter; see Nitori <-- Sousuke.

Iwatobi are an encouraging bunch, but Haru didn't need more encouragement. It just becomes extra pressure. I suppose this episode shows that even Haru's closest friends still don't understand him. They were telling him "I know you can do it" and "Get out there and blow them away" when what he needed to hear was "Just swim like you always do, enjoy it." Good coaches know how to motivate athletes; some need goading, some need pumping up, some need calming down, some need very little except a reminder that it's business as usual.

Sousuke... that's rough, the first time career-ending injuries have been brought up in this show. The shot of him sitting alone in the dark shower is a great one, from an artistic standpoint. He wants so bad to swim with Rin he swam through injury, probably aggravating it in the process. We'll see what he does. I think he'll drop out; if he doesn't, and Samezuka does poorly as a result, there will be a dramatic confrontation, the truth will come out, and Sosuke-Rin shippers will go nuts.

mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 29th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was definitely the wrong kind of motivation, which is why I related so much, because what some people mean as encouragement, I internalize as pressure, and it's ultimately paralyzing. I actually liked seeing him get outwardly angry though, because he's so stoic, and he needed that outburst to recenter himself. And it reminds people, hey, this is actually a person, not a machine. Just because he's quiet doesn't mean there's not a lot going on in that head.

And I can have sympathy for Sousuke's injury having just gone through shoulder surgery and months of PT with D, because even though he's not an athlete, he still hasn't tried to play golf again and doesn't know if he'll ever be able to. Samezuka needs some damn alternates, though. (I said, "You know, Rin kind of sucks as captain if he doesn't have alternates lined up for the relay", and D said, "You know it's not real, right?")
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 30th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right, the outburst was important. He handled it a lot better than Rin too. Rin was a serial firecracker in season 1. Now he's all fizzed out.

Maybe part of Rin's maturity is because Mikoshiba Elder made him captain; being trusted with a position of responsibility must have helped.
7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence