So this scene bothered me the moment I saw it in the first episode of Free! but I couldn’t figure out why. Makoto wasn’t missing any of his parents and it didn’t seem like he was missing any siblings either—but then anyway it’s not like they’d bury a member of their family in the ground of their backyard. Then I figured it could be a pet or something, maybe a cat? I supposed that had to be it, but the image still bothered me, because when telling a story, you don’t put in things that are unimportant.
Now that I’ve read summaries of the chapters of the novel that are available so far … I have a pretty good guess as to what it could be. But please understand that I could totally be wrong and overreacting. (spoilers ahead!) It’s the goldfish—the goldfish that Makoto buried in his backyard. And that rather frightens me.
Why does it frighten me? Because those flowers are fresh. He was what, 12yrs old at the time? And how he’s around 15-16? For him to still be putting flowers out for a pair of dead goldfish make me very concerned for his mental/emotional state regarding his whole fear of the water. He seems to be handling things better (such as he didn’t flip out when Rei didn’t resurface the first time or when Haru got a cold) so I’m hoping he was able to recover somewhat, but this doesn’t seem like a good sign to me.
I don’t know—I could easily be blowing this out of proportion but it’s something I haven’t been able to stop wondering about. I’m finding myself more and more anxious for the next episode, because judging by the preview clips (Kou looking scared/shocked at a map of islands and whirlpools, all of them swimming at the beach, Makoto’s sad and forlorn expression) it could end up being a darker episode than usual.
From what I understand, we really have no idea whether or not the events of the novel are part of the animeverse, but if it is, I can see this being like Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles where everything is silly and lighthearted, but then suddenly BAM! Tokyo happens and your heart is torn out and you’re sobbing like a baby.
Oh well, guess we’ll have to wait and see once the new episode is out, right?