Free! – 03
「理論のドルフィンキック!」 (Riron no Dorufinkikku!)
“Theoretical Dolphin Kick!”
Back from the abyss, Takaii is back to cover the show that would make some guys turn their head away in shame. But not I, because not only do I accept all those abs, triceps, and shoulders; I OPENLY EMBRACE THEM.
To start things off, I have to say that once you get used to all the strange quirks that the main cast have, it makes watching the show a whole lot easier. Like, I’ve come to terms with Haru and how swimming is like crack to him or how Mako and Gou are probably going to be the only “normal” characters throughout this whole thing. But what came as a pleasant surprise was the introduction of our final member, Ryuugazaki Rei.
Something about him being this very precise and calculating person on the outside combined with that super-deredere personality on the inside is something that I don’t think I’ve seen in a long time — and I LOVE IT. At first glance, you see this ripped guy who could be a genius at anything he chooses — always talking to himself about angles and formulas before attempting something in order to achieve perfect execution. But not only do the rules of the real world literally cause his pride to drop but get within a foot of him and all the deredere starts flowing out. From his extreme poses to all the blushing he does, I couldn’t help but love everything about his character. But tack on the fact that he can’t swim in a swimming anime and is too headstrong to admit it and you get to see amazing things like a perfectly sculpted genius belly flop straight into the pool. Tell me, where else in the world will you get to see a buff dude embarrass himself like that?!
That said, with all the major players in place and general introductions out of the way, I’m excited for what the weeks ahead have in store for us. Besides that “trivial” hump of teaching Rei how to not faceplant every time he tries to enter the water, I’m really hoping the whole rival thing between Haru and Rin gets pushed to the side in favor of really building up the relationships between all our main characters. Basically I’m hoping that Gou, Nagisa, and Rei get a bit more of the focus. And by that I mean I’d love it if we got to learn more about Gou! Because as much as I love watching her fangirl whenever muscles appear, I’d appreciate it if she was more than just the oogly-eyed girl.
Anyways, before I end this post I’d like to give a shout out to Enzo for being gracious enough to cover this show for not one but two weeks. It was extra work for him and I just wanted to make sure that he got the credit he deserves.
P.S. I WANT ALL OF THOSE MUSCLES MAN. THE ABS, THE SHOULDERS, THOSE TRICEPS. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO BUILD TRICEPS LIKE THAT? THIS SHOW SHOULD BE RENAMED “WORKOUT MOTIVATION”. If you want to get an idea of what I look like, go check out my Anime Expo post. I’m in one those pictures somewhere — like maybe the first one.
P.P.S. Just curious, which character do you think represents you most? If anything I’d say I’m a mix between Gou and Haru. I usually keep to myself unless I get motivated but like Gou I just can’t stop fangirling.