Free! Episode 6
So it turns out that the Goldfish was some even more precious to Makoto than I had anticipated. It wasn’t foreshadowing, or symbolism, but was connected to Makoto’s fear to the ocean. There was an old fisherman that Makoto was good friends with and he had given him that goldfish. However the fisherman and many others died after their boat had sunk during a typhoon.
I am surprised to say that this wasn’t nearly as emotional as I was anticipating this episode to be. Instead while it did have the sad bits, I found it for most part hilarious to watch. It was mainly because Nagisa kept on picking on Rei while they were taking temporary shelter inside the abandoned resting center. However hands down, the highlight of the episode was the seeing how protective Haru was towards Makoto. He wasn’t cutting Rei any slack when Makoto had, and he also strictly told Rei to drop the subject about how Makoto had acted a bit strange in the ocean. He knew that this was a very sensitive topic for him, and it was already horrible enough that Makoto had to relive that moment due to Rei’s stupid actions. And that’s another thing, this episode gave us even more depth about Haru’s and Makoto’s bond. Honestly speaking, Makoto’s confession to Haru that he wanted to swim – and it’s clear that writer knew that’s how most of the fan base was going to interpret it and even had Nagisa remark how the two sound like a couple when they were about to enter the resting center.
Speaking of Nagisa, I was genuinely surprised he wasn’t aware of Makoto’s fear for the ocean until Makoto had told them about it. It really starts to make me even more curious about Nagisa’s character. I have that feeling that there’s another side of him that we yet to see. This is because I found it interesting that Rin knew about Makoto’s fear, so it makes me wonder about Nagisa’s relationship with the other three. For some reason, I am getting the vibes that person he is kind of the fourth-wheel in a sense, the only one who seems to be left out on things everyone else seems to know. Of course Rei is partially on the same boat as he hardly knows about these guys, but considering that the four of them were friends since childhood, I do wonder how Nagisa feels about his presence within the group. But at the same time, Nagisa could also be that natural carefree character that isn’t bounded down by the past or negativity and takes things head on with as much enthusiasm and be optimistic as he can, not just for his own sake but for those around him.
Finally last but not least, like I said like week; you have to give major props to Makoto for having the courage to face his biggest fear head on like a boss, especially just after that incident. Even better yet, he was the one to suggest that they swim back to their camp when the others were thinking about maybe waiting for a boat out of consideration for him.