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I feel like a fucking dweeb for mentioning this, but it’s been bothering me for the longest time. I’m sure it’s not intentional on Kyoani’s part, but sometimes it makes me cringe when I see Iwatobi.
This is what Iwatobi looked like when they first won the relay against Samezuka. Which is fine. I was happy for them, too.
This is what Samezuka looked like when they lost their first relay. They’re disappointed that they lost, but it doesn’t matter because it wasn’t the result that was important — it was the fact that they swam together for the first time. There are no hard feelings towards Iwatobi. Probably because Rin believes they’re his nakama.
Now comes the part that irks me.
This is how Iwatobi looked when they lost the second relay to Samezuka. Which… is sort of fine? I guess. They have the right to be disappointed. They worked really hard on the relay. But did they really have to show us a panel of them staring at Samezuka like that? They even look kind of resentful. (Which is probably over reading into their expressions, but jesus christ Kyoani, you painted your protagonist team in an odd light. An unintentional, bad choice of camera work? I sure hope so, because I don’t want to believe that the Iwatobi team is petty over winning and losing.)
I was willing to let that pass, and then I saw this.
Ok. I get that Iwatobi would be worried about Haru first and foremost. But. Isn’t Rin their friend, too? Why isn’t anyone even looking at him?
In his anger, Haru states that Makoto, Nagisa and Rei are the ones he is swimming for. It kind of hurt to hear him leave out Rin, but yeah, they just had a fight and Haru probably wasn’t thinking straight and I guess he didn’t know how much his words could have hurt Rin.
Then we have this part. Which was like WTF for me.
1. They didn’t even notice that Haru left Rin out?
2. They did notice, but it doesn’t matter because Rin is not part of their team?
That whole scene from episode 9 was really jarring for me — and then in episode 10 we have Rei and Nagisa remembering it with fondness as proof that Haru wants to swim with them.
I get that they’re happy over that fact, but really. Think of the context? Haru blurted that out after having a breakdown and an intense fight with Rin.
It kind of gives me the feeling that they don’t consider Rin to be their nakama at all.
I guess it’s just so weird to see, because Rin always thinks of Iwatobi as his nakama. So far, he’s never held it against Iwatobi when they beat him or his team. He just focuses on himself and/or his own team. He’s also actively reached out to them — teaching Rei how to swim, talking with Makoto about the future.
It might just be me being sensitive and nitpicking on details, but gah. I wish they had tried harder to portray Iwatobi more positively. Because as of right now, it seems that yeah Rin considers them to be his nakama, but the feeling isn’t quite mutual.
Can we please see them be supportive towards Rin as well? Please. They don’t need to shout out his name or anything, but “hey Rin, I’m glad you made it to the nationals”. Or even a simple, “good game” would be appreciated.
I guess I’m bitter, but because of all those weird portrayals of Iwatobi, it makes it difficult for me to be happy over their win. I mean, they knew about Sousuke’s shoulder. They saw him almost give up the race, but continue even though he was in pain. It might have been the last race in his swimming career? He’s not their nakama per se, but he’s Rin’s best friend. You know, Rin — your nakama?
Couldn’t they have at least glanced towards Samezuka. Acknowledge that it was a great race???
Ugh. If this is an unintentional mistake on Kyoani’s part, okay I will try to understand. But if it’s intentional and Rin thinks of Iwatobi as his nakama, but not vice-versa… … you’re sure not painting a pretty picture of Iwatobi, Kyoani. Try harder.