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omg so i was chatting with dzana and told her all casually that i often feel like ಠ_ಠ
and she was like “is it because you wear glasses”
and i just what
and then she took a printscreen of what it looks like on her computer and
i can’t handle
Maybe I have my shipping googles too tight, but don´t you think that a hidden idea of Free! and High Speed! was for Haru to meet a person who will attract him almost the same way water does? Like Haru was always drawn to water, thinking about swimming, feeling water, craving it physically and emotionally, like he wouldn´t crave for a human being. But than there is Rin, and he thinks about Rin, wants to swim with him, be with him, and all the Haru/water and Haru/Rin paralels...
((omfg i was still so groggy when i opened up this ask I read High Speed! as High School Musical and… was so confused… for a second orz))
But no! I would actually say it’s not necessarily a case of shipping goggles being on too tight at all – the entire thematic narrative of both works revolves around water, and HS! clearly underlines the idea of Haruka substituting human contact with water (which he regards as its own sentient entity). When Rin enters his life, he senses a
disturbance in the forcea shift in this status quo, and becomes vexed over the idea of “Rin feeling the water better than he does” because he cannot fathom why Rin’s presence would get under his skin as much otherwise.
Based on HS! alone we could still pin this down as a standard rivalry-turned-companionship storyline, but Free! takes Rin’s importance up by a few notches to the point where water no longer offers Haruka the same solace as it used to, simply because it is void of Rin – Rin therefore has the ability to withhold and grant water, as also illustrated by the cheesy but awesome ED sequence, which means that the “sentient” nature of water is transferred upon Rin as a person, so to speak.
Basically, the whole Rin = water narrative is what Mizu also brought up a while back and I promised to write an extensive piece on it; I’ve been way too lazy/preoccupied with other stuff to finish it yet, but once I do I’ll expand on this further so I’ll keep it brief for now. So to answer your question in short: I think “for Haruka to meet a person who attracts him almost the same way water does” is a very plausible hidden narrative in the story, and that person invariably turns out to be Rin. Whether that attraction is platonic or romantic though, well… /slinks into the shadows trying not to become too biased by Harurin hell
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