Free! Eternal Summer is the second season of the Free! Iwatobi Swim Club anime series. This season begins in spring, when the new school year is getting underway. The focus of the series is still on the Iwatobi High swimmers (Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei), their manager Gou, and Rin from Samezuka Academy.
Episode 10 sees Rei getting his best personal time in the butterfly but only making it to fifth in regionals. It’s also said that Nagisa’s time in the breaststroke also fell short for qualifying for nationals. So this time around, Nagisa’s race was completely ignored while Rei’s was shown from start to finish. Unfortunately, what happened to these particular characters in both the preliminaries and at regional show that these two aren’t as important of characters as Haruka and Makoto are.
We also get to see a flashback of Sousuke’s of when he and Rin were younger and how they became rivals at first because of swimming. However, the flashback shows how they truly became friends before Rin left for Iwatobi.
But the most important part of this episode is Sousuke finally having to admit to Rin that his shoulder is injured and has been for about two years due to overtraining, as well as how he lied about being scouted and having a university to go to. As expected, Rin doesn’t take any of this very well. But after some talking, Sousuke insists on swimming in the relay, with Rin arguing that he can’t because he’ll probably damage his shoulder. Sousuke insists, and is joined by Nitori and Momo.
We see the 400m medley relay finals, and the race is very close between Iwatobi and Samezuka. I don’t want to outright say who won, but I will say that if you read my writeup for Episode Nine and saw what I predicted, then you will know how this race turned out.
Overall, this ended up being a good episode and it progressed Sousuke’s storyline. I hadn’t guessed how he injured his shoulder, but I’d picked up on clues in recent episodes that Sousuke hadn’t been telling the truth to Rin about why he transferred to Samezuka.
At this point, there’s three episodes remaining of Free! Eternal Summer. There’s going to have to be at least one episode that takes place at nationals, which will probably either be Episode 12 or Episode 13. From what I saw in the preview, it appears that Episode 11 is going to be focusing on Haruka and the confusion he’s been going through concerning his future after high school. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this second season of Free! will conclude in a few more weeks.
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