Free! Iwatobi Swim Club GIF sets [Episode 03]

The third epidode of Free! is already out and I’ve made some gifs from it because I couldn’t help but giggle till the end watching Rei-chan’s acts. He is so adorable and how could you not ship Rei and Nagisa?  I ship them so hard 😄 I’ve posted them on tumblr but well why not?

These are my favourite scenes :

 

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Look! Nagisa’s waiting for Rei

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Aww~ Nagisa is so happy.. Look at his adorable face

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Rei is startled because maybe it’s the first time someone approached him like that

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aaah, Rei-chan! stop being so adorable x3 I love how Rei blushed because Nagisa called him Rei-chan :> He even glanced at Nagisa. So cuteeeee!!

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I love Nagisa’s personality

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Rei-chan is such a tsundere 😄

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Look at these two! They’re so adorable x3

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Rei : “Why does it have to be me?”

Nagisa : “The main reason is because you looked beautiful.”

Oh my…This part is precious. Look how surprised and blushed Rei is because of Nagisa. Rei always following theories and calculations before he jumps but the coach said he needs to stop doing it because he doesn’t make any progress. Nagisa is different, he told Rei that his pose while jumping is so beautiful and said that it’s not something everybody can do. Instead of asking him to stop doing calculations, Nagisa asked him to use it for swimming. I think it’s the first time someone told him that and maybe this is the reason why he finally agreed to join.

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PLOT TWIST : Rei-chan can’t swim 

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I didn’t expect this at all to be honest. I thought he’s a great swimmer just like what Makoto said. I laughed uncontrollably when Rei was sinking like a stone in swimming pool because wow, what a plot twist.

I told you that Free! is a very promising anime. Just don’t judge it before you watch it yourself.

Gif source : smiichan

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (Swimming Anime)

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Synopsis :

Free! is a new summer anime from Kyoto Animation (Kyoani). It revolves around 4 boys (Nagisa, Makoto, Haruka, and Rin) who actually were childhood friends and four of them joined swimming club when they were in elementary school but parted ways before graduating. Years later, when they’re already in high school they finally reunited again. One of them who went to Australia challenged Haruka to race, but Rin won. Haruka who loves swimming and doesn’t want to be defeated easily, recruit another student called Rei and build a new swimming club called Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.

My Opinion :

I’ve watched the first episode of Free! yesterday and to be honest, this anime is really promising. The artwork is tremendously amazing, I love every character in this anime. The plot is good, I imagine it’ll be like Prince of Tennis. One thing I really want to say is, all those  guys out there should need to stop saying “What a gay anime”, “It’s so gay”, “Girls need to stop fangirling over shirtless 2D characters”. Hellooo~ you really need to stop saying that because those animes you watch, most of them are over sexualizing women.

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Just because there are a lot of fanservice and shirtless scenes,  doesn’t mean Free! is not a great anime. What do you expect them to wear? A raincoat? Pajamas??? It’s a swimming anime for god’s sake. Do you expect them to swim in a pool of blood so it looks more hardcore??. 

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Actually it’s rather similar to Prince of Tennis, most of them are guys, about sports and competitions, the only thing that makes Free! is different from Prince of Tennis is what they’re wearing, so why would you hate it so much? It has a lot of fanservice, yes, I admit that. I think that doesn’t necessarily spoiled the entire thing. Do you think other anime doesn’t have fanservice? Ha! hahahahaha, if you said no, you were obviously lying. I can’t wait for the second episode! My favourite character from Free! is Makoto. He looks really kind and cute.

Why Do I Get so Attached to Fictional Characters?

When you start watching animes, TV series, movies, or reading books and mangas, there’s always one character in that story that you like the most and in the end, you end up getting too attached to that character. YES, EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED. That character doesn’t always have to be the main character, sometimes it’s the villain, sometimes it’s the supporting character. In most cases, you’re getting emotionally attached to the characters, not the actor/actress who played the character.

You might have notice that character in the beginning of the story, but as you get to know them better through couple episodes, you start develop feelings for them, you want to hug them, rub their backs, pat their heads and tell them that everything is going to be alright (except in the end the writer ended up making them jump from high buildings or they ended up in different years or universe. Yes, I’m talking about you Steven Moffat and RTD).   And then you started joining the fandom, making or reblogging those gifset until your blog is full of them. Sometimes you ship them with other characters. They become your OTP and you start writing or reading those unbelievably amazing fanfics.

The question is, why? Why do we get so attached to those fictional characters?

In my opinion, the first reason maybe the connection that we feel between those fictional characters and us. One thing we have to keep in mind is that a connection doesn’t always have to physical. The other factor is something in common. It could be the same pasts, personalities or just those quirky habits that both of you have in common. The urge to protect someone who’s so vulnerable can be something that can make you so attached to them, because sometimes those characters have gone through so many hardships so you want to protect them from those things that can destroy them or hurt their feelings. The last one maybe we see traits that those characters have and we want our future husband/wife to have them or we want to be treated the way those characters treat someone precious to them.  Personally, I think it is natural to get attached to those fictional characters because even though they are not real, the feelings we have for them, and those pangs in your heart when something bad happened to them are real. Yes, they are real. So it’s okay to get emotionally attached.

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To be honest, I don’t get too attached to fictional characters easily. Up until now, maybe it’s only Jack Frost from The Rise of the Guardians, Will Graham from Hannibal, Rory Williams from Doctor Who, Max Vandenburgh from The Book Thief, Mayuri Shiina from Steins;Gate and Alec Hardy from Broadchurch, But I only get emotionally attached to Jack Frost and Will Graham. Do you see what both of them have in common?

Great, because that’s me, the real me. The moment I saw Will Graham picking up stray dog in the middle of the night,  I knew I was gonna get emotionally attached to him. I was so goddamn right about it. He created a family from those stray dogs, it’s kind of sweet in my opinion, but there’s also a pang in my heart and it feels like someone stabbed me with a knife. Maybe because both of us are actually very lonely and we’re not good at dealing with people. Jack Frost is the same too, he has been alone for a long time, other people didn’t recognize him, he’s invincible. He’s very lonely and not sure about himself, about who he really is. That’s why I get emotionally attached to Will and Jack.

The reason why I get so attached to Rory Williams from Doctor Who is different. I see the traits in him that I long for. He’s the kind of person I’ve never met in my life. He looks like an ordinary person but his patience and loyalty moved me. Remember that time when Amy got stuck in other dimension and got old because she had to wait for 40 years? Remember what Rory said to old Amy when he found out that Amy’s getting old and he’s still young?

“I don’t care that you got old, I care that we didn’t grow old together.”

My final conclusion is that we can get so attached to fictional characters because of various reasons and it depends on how we see  and interpret those characters and of course it depends on how we see ourselves too.