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  • Does anyone else get the feeling Haruka likes Rin more than friends? I get the feeling they do...

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    • You get the feeling too? OH MY GAWSH! I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE! Yay, I'm not alone!

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    • haha I got the feeling too!!! 



      I totally ship them together!

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    • Yes yes Yes XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Absolutely! 

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    • clearly u havent seen the drama CD:  

      Free! Iwatobi Swim Club Drama CD - Track 3: If He Was Your Boyfriend - Iwatobi Side

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUR31Hxmz8

      Although I do ship Rin and Haru 

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    • No he doesn't. Haru cares about all his friends. However, if you think that Haru would ever choose Rin or anyone over Makoto, I think you have a serious case of "shippers goggle". Makoto is the single most important person in Haru's life. Has been since the age of 4!

      Now let's be clear here, I am not saying Haru is IN LOVE with Makoto or anything like that but they are best friends of 13+ years. By contrast Rin is a swimming rival who Haru didn't even get to know very well until his final year of elementary school when Rin transferred to Haru's school for the last 2 months of school. Rin then went away and except for that one race, Rin didn't exactly stay in contact and came back a virtual stranger.

      Haru clearly harbours some guilt over winning against Rin without even trying. He clearly still cares for Rin as a person and probably does want to become friends again and yes, Rin does motivate Haru to swim and swim at his best. But its totally different to what Haru has with Makoto. Put Makoto on a scale against Rin or anyone and Makoto will win every single time.

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    • ^ On the scale of "Who's able to make Haru motivatied/feel something." Rin beats Makoto hands down.

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    • ^ Have you even noticed how flustered Haru gets during man to man talks with Makoto, that subtext for thier intimate (close) relationship can not be denied. I would certainly say that Makato can keep pace with rin on the scale of make haruko motivated/feel. if anything, Makoto dose the most for Haru on both fronts where as rin only serves to get him down most of the time.

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    • RinHaru was supposed to be canon from the start, even the OPs and EDs reference this. Idk why the anime became MakoHaru all of a sudden. (RinHaru shipper here btw)

      One important thing to notice is that in the ED animation, when Haru runs to the spring and sees Makoto, Nagisa and Rei, he just stops and gets surprised. But when he sees Rin reaching out his hand to him, he instantly jumps and his eyes shine like the times he's obsessed with water.

      In fact, the ED might also be a spoiler to the later episodes (figuratively, of course).

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    • I'm pretty sure he does not. It's all about friendship and swimming, that's it. There's a lot of fanservice, especially in the OP and ED, in the series the best you get is bromance, and I'm glad it is that way. Haruka seems pretty asexual, or "watersexual" as someone stated. xD Of course yaoi fans go all crazy over this and wish there was some boys' love, try to interpret and analyze every conversation and action.. Lots of wishful thinking. Just because the mains are all male and handsome doesn't mean there has to be shounen ai or yaoi. -_-

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    • i ship them hard~


      i don't care what people say cause i'm an extreme rinharu shipper XD

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    • Realistically, no.


      But Free!dom wise, YES 8'D

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    • ya know what is funny? when the first and second comment is from the same person/id. Looks like they tried hard to start a conversation with this topic.

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    • Chs soare wrote: RinHaru was supposed to be canon from the start, even the OPs and EDs reference this. Idk why the anime became MakoHaru all of a sudden. (RinHaru shipper here btw)

      One important thing to notice is that in the ED animation, when Haru runs to the spring and sees Makoto, Nagisa and Rei, he just stops and gets surprised. But when he sees Rin reaching out his hand to him, he instantly jumps and his eyes shine like the times he's obsessed with water.

      In fact, the ED might also be a spoiler to the later episodes (figuratively, of course).

      All of a sudden? That's not how original animes like these work. Most of the anime was probably written and fixed long before the first episode aired. Indeed the OP was a "summary" and hint to the entire series and wasn't anymore RinHaru then the series overall.

      The ED was a metaphor for Haru's return to competitive swimming. Competitive swimming is literally the only aspect of Haru's life were Rin holds a LOT of sway because they have been rivals for a long time in swimming and Rin motives Haru. Since it was Rin's antics what guilted Haru into quitting in the first place, it only made sense and Rin and his antics would prompt Haru to return to competitive swimming.

      But even that alternative universe "MakoHaru" is strong because below is the leaflet from the Volume 1 DVD. As you can see, even alt vers Haru is pretty all over alt vers Makoto.

      File:Tumblr msyuqggewn1sgqo59o1 500.jpg

      Both Makoto and Rin are important friends to Haru and in canon they are just friends and will only remain friends because Free! isn't BL and certainly not Yaoi. However, if you want to put them on a "scale of importance to Haru" - just remember that Makoto is Haru's best friend and has been for 13+ years, while Rin is his friendly-rival who was absent from his life for 4 years and even after episode 12 spends far more time with his (Rin's) own friends then Haru (some of the drama CD 2 tracks are set after the end of episode 12) while Haru literally plays house with Makoto and his siblings (drama CD track 13). I think you'll have to be pretty delusional not to realise its Makoto >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rin and everybody else (the other's are important to Haru too) in the world of Haruka Nanase.

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    • I thought I was the only one! hehe :3 i ship them

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    • I'm sorry, but romantically or otherwise, you can't beat a relationship as powerful as Haruka's and Makoto's. They own loads of matching items, have a near telepathic connection, and have been together for so long that Haruka says in an interview that he can't remember a time before Makoto. Furthermore, I'd contest that Rin is the only force driving Haruka to swim, considering the existence of an article in which it's stated that Makoto is the spark, and Rin is the breeze that pushes Haruka along. Both of them exert influence over Haruka, but Makoto is clearly Haruka's soulmate, romantic or platonic according to interpretation. Don't even try to say that the look in Haruka's eyes when he realised Makoto wasn't breathing was anything less than pure heartbreak at the thought of a life without Makoto. Haruka endured after Rin left because of Makoto's support. Rin's been gone for years, and Haruka demonstrated that he can live without Rin over those years. He got used to Rin's absence, and when he decided to swim the relay, it was for the team. But life without Makoto? Even getting up in the morning would be painful without Makoto to coax him out of the bath. You see, Haruka's been abandoned his entire life; by his parents, his grandmother (through no fault of her own), and by Rin. He's awkward and asocial, yet Makoto has always been there. Makoto is the only one who hasn't left. You can all ship RinHaru if you want, but it'll never be as beautiful as Haruka's and Makoto's relationship, no matter how you interpret the nature of that relationship.

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    • Of course!! I do think that Haru likes Rin much more than friends!! They have a powerful relationship, where they both motivate and influence each other in ways they don't fully realize themselves!! It was their dynamic relationship throughout the show that really pushed on the show itself!! Besides, I'm a hardcore RINXHARU shipper!! You can't deny the feeling of love~~

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    • I don't see why this thread has been invaded by raging MakoHaru fans, but yeah...

      I ship RinHaru because I think it makes much more sense than MakoHaru. Yes, Makoto is a great support, but realistically I think they're only friends. I'm not going to go into an extremely long, detailed summary of why, because that's just annoying for everyone *hinthint*, but seriously if you're going to use stuff like "he was terrified when he thought he was dead" as an excuse...I think Haru would pretty much feel that way if ANY of his friends were "dead"! For me Makoto and Haruka are basically brothers, and shipping them is just wrong. Rin and Haru, on the other hand, have something that strikes me much more as romantic, so that's why I ship them.

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    • To me it's more like Haru can endure if rin left (he did, even though he quit competitive swimming and whatnot) But if Makoto left, I'd imagine Haru'd just stop... em functioning? When rin left, Haru feels guilty because he feels like it's his fault that rin turns to the person that he is right now: "a person who doesn't enjoy swimming with his friends anymore, and see swimming only as a competition." That's why Haru feels the need to change him back. But I can only see their relationship up until that point. Makoto on the other hand, is the one who takes care of Haru on daily basis and he's the one who understands him the most without Haru making so much of an effort. If Makoto's gone and acts cold towards Haru, I can only see him breaking. Im not saying that Haru is in love with Makoto instead, but if Makoto left, it would hit Haru harder than when it's Rin. Makoto and Haru's relationship to me is more endearing than a  "you're-my-rival-and-that-rouses-me-to-have-you" relationship. 

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    • It's hilarious how this practically became a shipping war between RinHaru and MakoHaru......hahaha. I, personally, love both ships. :)

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    • i love those two together. i hope something happens in the second season!!

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    • RinxHaru is my OTP in that series, though it may seem that canon-wise MakoxHaru is much more realistic. In my case, I agree with the previous commentor that stated them to be brothers. People keep mentioning how Makoto is so supportive to him and takes care of him, but to me that really just feels motherly/brotherly to me than romantic. I can't really see them as more than friends, while I see a lot of chemistry born from Haru and Rin's former rivalry. Honestly, they're both very strong possibilities and I think it just comes from everyone's preference in relationships. Some people prefer the fluff that could come from MakoxHaru while others could enjoy the sexual tension that could come from RinxHaru. Either way, it comes down to whoever can prepare the best mackeral cause according to the drama CD, that's who Haru's gonna choose (even if it's Nagisa, lol).

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    • i do prefer harurin ( in that way, yes ), because the relationship is way more complex than for makoto, but makoharu is obvious too.Both relationships are shown in the anime, seriously, they're just the same for me. makoto is always confessing to haruka and haruka wants rin to be back. Rin have strong feelings for haruka too. In both relationships the feelings are totally mutual. Some episodes are focusing on makoharu and some on harurin. No need to make a war about it seriously, they are both true! and every arguments are good at the same level.

      yaoi or not, the anime clearly target fujoshis first, so it's made in a way that you can interpret everything and ship everybody together.

      now everybody chill out and make a threesome haha it will resolve everything!

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    • by the way, i'm not english so don't mind horrible grammar and spelling please,

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    • Lmao. Speaking w/o bias, readin w/o bias, and this is absolutely ridiculous. Take off your shipping goggles, scrub away the (anime)romance cliches and PAY ATTENTION. Both MakoHaru and RinHaru are wonderful pairings. Both MakoHaru and RinHaru are being violently butchered by their fandoms. Take a minute and analyse the characters as individuals, as their own personalities, before bunching them together at the first sight of a good argument or a cheesy headcanon.

      Also, core RinHaru isn't in the slighest about UST.

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    • I can't help thnking that Harurin is more romantic than Makoharu, because i have the feeling that haru thinks about Makoto as a friend, he's not in love with him, but I can see something that is special between Haruka and Rin, because when Rin was not realy friendly with Iwatobi club, Haruka was so sad.and Rin's mind was often thinking about Harka that's why I hope that it will be something between them in the 2nd season ^^

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    • Tinni, I agree with you there and why are there are many MakoHaru/HaruMako shippers here? I don't see why not. Rin is one of my favourite characters but shipping wise; I ship MakoRin and HaruMako yet dislike RinHaru/Haru {I respect those who ship it or don't}. Plus, realistic wise I don't think Haruka does like Rin that way. Don't forget that all /5/ of the boys have the "red string" together so it doesn't matter who likes who. Besides, the only canon ship in this whole series is Water x Haruka. 


      I get if the title of the threat had "HaruRin/RinHaru shippers" in which would have HaruMako/MakoHaru shippers here but meh. 

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    • ^ Second that! Water x Haru FTW!! xDD 

      no seriously I respect the ships Makoharu or Rinharu etc... the two of them has their own way of caring Haru romantically or not wether the other one's feeling is stronger than the other. Second season's been green lit so let's just wait bout it! :3

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    • I think that if Rin dreams about him, he is definitely more than friends!!!!!

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    • I think u guys haven't read this yet! 

      http://darkslover.tumblr.com/post/62185912153/haruka-hasnt-swum-free-since-he-was-12

      so I ship RinHaru

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    • 108.239.221.170 wrote:
      It's hilarious how this practically became a shipping war between RinHaru and MakoHaru......hahaha. I, personally, love both ships. :)


      I started off shipping just HaruMako, but now I love both :) In the anime it's obvious that they're never going to get together, but the homoerotic subtext is there for both pairings 

        • another thing: am I the only one who cares about the order of names in the ships? Honestly, I think Haru would be the seme in the relationship in HaruMako, so his name should go first. For RinHaru though, Rin would def be the seme 
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    • OtoyaandTamakilove wrote:
      I think that if Rin dreams about him, he is definitely more than friends!!!!!


      Rin also dreamt about his father and Makoto's fishes but there isnt any romance in there!


      Greyaise, you aren't the only one. I am very picky with the order of the shipping name. I always prefered Haru as seme. :D

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    • haru y rin que kawaiii

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    • Friendly rivals and precious friends. >w< Rin and Sosuke this season, Makoto can have Haruka. :'D

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    • its stupid how grossly someone can misread free!'s plot/subtext/themes/literally everything, js. i want to pull my hair out.

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    • BaucyKaaa wrote:
      Friendly rivals and precious friends. >w< Rin and Sosuke this season, Makoto can have Haruka. :'D

      but then nitori will be forever alone....

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    • Did you not watch the opening and ending sequences for Free! Eternal Summer? It's pretty damn obvious that the Seijiro look alike (I suspect his younger brother) is going to be Nitori's best friend once he's introduced.

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    • @ 24 XXX

      you meant nitori's new seme. 

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    • I love both siph but i must say that in "Free eternal summer" Makoharu is stronger than Rinharu. And fans are focusing more in "Sourin" 

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    • To be honest, I do ship them. Makato and Haru have that kind of brotherly romance going on. I mean, all of you are saying since he knew Makato for so long of course he'd have more feelings for him, but have you ever thought that Haru considered Makato as a "brother" of sorts since, well, they've been together for all these years? When you've grown up with someone and known them for a very long time, I take it more as "sibling" love, because you know each other so well and have basically been raised together. I can't hardly see Makato and Haru anything more than a brotherly love, because, well, they basically are brothers. For example, (this is just an example) in an interview Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) was talking about how it was awkward kissing Rupert Grint (Ron Weasly) because they had grown up togeher and they felt like siblings. The same is kind of like with Makato and Haru's situation. 

      I mean, lets put it like this: Picture yourself with someone you're really close to and know for a long time. Now can you picture yourself with a full relationship? Or are you basically like sisters/brothers/brothers + sisters? 

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    • I'm going to start by saying that I'm aware that Free will never be a BL or yaoi, so there's no such thing as "canon" ships on this show -- besides Haruxwater, of coutse. That being said, I hardcore fanon ship Rin/Haru. The way they were set up, how crushed Haru was when he didn't think he'd get to swim with Rin ever again, the way Rin watched Haru swim, how they're equals in the pool...it's just perfect for me. I understand how some people could prefer other ships, since I ship all types of things, but for me, Haru and Rin's dynamic is fun and sexy and powerful.

      Olympic boyfiends tbh. ♥

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    • I don't know why, but the whole Sousuke/Rin thing kinda makes me mad. . . Rin and Haru and meant to be together. And I completely agree with the whole 'Growing up together' with Haru and Makoto. Forming that kind of brotherly bond would surely be weird if they started something. I'd much rather see Makoto/Sousuke. Also, Nagisa/Rei and Ai/Momo. Besides, who else wanted Haru and Rin to kiss in the last episode of the first season? I did! I got so mad when everyone else showed up, but then when Haru told Rin the whole "I'll show you a sight you've never seen before," all I could think about was YESS! START FREAKING DATING! I love HaruRin or RinHaru, and I wouldn't want any other pairing.

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    • I ship RinHaru so Much! They remind me of an old married couple always rivialling or arguing with eachother XD also feels theres more to Rin and Haru than MakoHaru i can only see them as friends or brothers! Even though Haru and Makoto probably do consider eachothers as brothers since growing up and that ^__^ but RinHaru makes so much more sense and wouldn't want any other pairing! Anyone who is a RinHaru fan who do you prefer more? SemeRIN and UkeHARUKA or SemeHARUKA and UkeRIN? LOOL! I prefer SemeRIN and UkeHARUKA X'D!!!

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    • My personal OTP is Haru X Rin.

      I get the feeling that the Makoto x Haru is getting more and more fanservice/screentime. UGH!

      I heard that the japanese fangirls are all over Makoto x Haru...that's why. Darn!

      And then they are shoving this Sosuke character at Rin. bleh* (I really dislike Sosuke...haaaaah)

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    • makoharu is better after Eternal summer started airing.. 

      besides rin pisses me off,,, this season is like a rin-centered show... almost all ep are focused on this angelic rin and his new boyfriend... where the fuck is haruka?? he's a main character?? what have u done kyoani?

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    • tbh the only canon ship in this anime is Haru x Water

      Free isn't a BL (let alone yaoi) and although Haru is good friends with both Makoto and Rin, he hasn't shown any romantic interest in either of them. It's also kinda silly to compare Haru's relationships with them when they are so different

      To me, Haru and Makoto have a close brotherly bond, whereas Haru and Rin have an intense rivalry that's fuelled by their friendship.

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    • I hate Rin :) He's such a lil' shojo princess. I really hate him .. :) I hope he dies in the airplane

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    • To me Rin and Harus' relationship and Makoto and Harus' relationships are rather too different to be compared as better than the other.

      Though if I had to choose a pair to ship it would be Rin & Haru, no contest.

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    • Wow, I love Free! Eternal Summer episode 12

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    • Bro have you senn episode 12 of Eternal summer? OF COURSE THEY ARE!! xD

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    • Episode 13 at the end tho 

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    • Kind of wish Free! was a shounen ai, RinHaru would be canon without a shadow of a doubt. I truly think that both, Haru and Rin, see each other as little more than friends. There is evidence everywhere throughout the entire anime. 

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    • I personally ship these two.  Their behaviour just kind of seems a little different than when theyre around other characters.  

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    • ye

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    • I don't get why you idiots think Haru blushes or likes Makoto as more than a friend. He even looks annoyed with how fucking motherly and invasive he can be at times. If there is any love there it is all fucking one sided on Makoto's part. Haru only sees that goddamn idiot as a friend and only you idiotic Makoto worhsipping idiots see it as more. Fucking actually pay attention to Haru. He can get along just fine without Makoto and he fucking lives alone and takes care of his goddamn self When it comes to Rin, he fucking stares at his picture and fucking missed him and it has so much more than bullshit that MH shippers think. OMG. MH Is a discusting ship that I will never ever understand.

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    • Just a random Nagisa x Rei shipper coming through...lol Personally I believe that Rin is very special to Haru, but not romantically- more of an intense friendship rivalry. Tbh I don't think Haru will feel any sort of romantic love towards anyone besides water, and any feelings from Rin or Makoto will be unnoticed. He's aquasexual~~hehe

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    • 71.28.212.88 wrote:
      I don't get why you idiots think Haru blushes or likes Makoto as more than a friend. He even looks annoyed with how fucking motherly and invasive he can be at times. If there is any love there it is all fucking one sided on Makoto's part. Haru only sees that goddamn idiot as a friend and only you idiotic Makoto worhsipping idiots see it as more. Fucking actually pay attention to Haru. He can get along just fine without Makoto and he fucking lives alone and takes care of his goddamn self When it comes to Rin, he fucking stares at his picture and fucking missed him and it has so much more than bullshit that MH shippers think. OMG. MH Is a discusting ship that I will never ever understand.


      Lol, burst out laughing at this! First of all, calm your tits. No need to get all pissed! People ship who they want to ship. No need to get your panties in a knot, gosh. Also, Makoto is clearly sweet and caring. You only hate him because he 'gets in the way' of RinHaru, which is a horrid reason when Makoto is a very likeable person. Since when is caring over a close friend make you a 'goddamn idiot'? Never. Haru can be irritated by Makoto by sometimes, yes, but that is the case with nearly everyone else in Free!. It's Haruka's nature to get pissed easily. Besides, if Haru is closest to anyone, it is Makoto. I ship RinHaru as well, but I am disgusted (or should I say 'discusted'?) by how rude and ridiculous this comment was.

      No Free! pairing is disgusting. If you don't like it, deal with it and keep it to yourself. Both RinHaru and HaruMako (Haru is obviously meant to be seme in this pairing) could've ended up being canon. Also, if you're going to reply to this comment, don't waste your precious time. I just read it and burst out laughing. Go ahead, curse me out. I'll just watch you yap your mouth of and sit back with a soft drink.

      Have a wonderful day, and please grow a brain for the sake of those around you. You could really hurt someone's feelings.

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    • Ok, ok, ok. So many shippers getting butthurt. PERSONALLY, I ship RinHaru, so. I mean, I liked their pairing from the beginning. Yes, they are rivals in a way, but there's also something deep-rooted there, that you can see when Haru looks at Rin really wistfully (most of the time). Also, Rin decided to take Haru to Australia (season 2). When they're on the beach, Rin looks really fond, and also when they're at Rin's parents' house, again, there's the fond. Also, it seems that Matsuoka told his 'parents' about Haru, even going as far as describing Haru's EYE COLOUR. I'm not even gonna talk about the rest of that episode, and, anyway, have you seen when they were kids? Rin taught Haru to open up, and when he left for a couple of years, Haru sought salvation in water. Makoto knew what was going on. It's just that Haru never voiced his feelings about Rin, and neither did the red-head, but you can see it. IMO, I think there's something going on, but it's not even a shounen-ai, so it seems that friends is as far as RinHaru will go. I can dream.

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    • but like. makoharu would be like haru dating his mom. mako is mom friend.

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    • GUYS YOU NEED TO CHILL

      Oh and if you're like, best friends with someone for over 13 years, trust me, you would never develop a romantic relationship with them. FYI RinHaru is still my OTP for 2 years now.

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    • nothing will ever be canon anyway who cares 

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    • i care dude. kyoani did homoship before so i care

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    • No I dont think so -,- there just friends 

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    • Can't we just all agree that Reigisa is fucking awesome? 

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    • Reigasa is the fucking shit. I have not met a single fan who didn't ship them haha. Also, Rinharu all the way. There's no denying it.

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    • Relax guys, this isn't a shipping war. I may have my own personal preference towards which I ship more, but that doesn't mean I don't ignore canon facts. Remember none of the ships will become canon, no matter how much we want them to be. Stop fighting over Mako/Haru Rin/Haru and appreciate the characters as CHARACTERS. Obviously both Rin and Makoto are extremely important to Haruka, and no, I don't think one is more "important" than the other. Makoto is Haruka's best friend, and very close to him, but that does not mean his life revovles around him, or that he'd collapse if he left him [(as others implied) This is obviously shown when Haruka moves to Tokyo. Yes Makoto is still in Tokyo, but the director herself even states he doesn't see him as much as people seem to think he does. Haruka has his own life to live, it does NOT revolve around anyone but himself). Haruka is his own person, and he could most indefinitely live without both Makoto and Rin. However, they both mean a lot to him, and support and inspire him in many ways, equaling their importance to him. Stop fighting over which is better, and appreciate their equal importance in his life.  

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    • well that is true i wonder if rin love haru

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    • inever see this chow befour  but i just iwonder

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    • one two three love tree 

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    • free*

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    • I personally feel like Haru wasn't able to really function after Rin left

      HE FREAKING STOPPED SWIMMING FOR CHRIST SAKE

      Excuse that, but I think that makoto is more of abrotherly friend to him. I've been friedns with this girl(I'm a girl btw) for about 14 years and I can't imagine lif without them, but I'd never date them. We basically have the same relationship as Haru and Makoto. She's motherly and I'm quiet and like stfu idc. She's admitted to liking me in the past, but the feelings went away for her. I feel like Makoto has liked Haru, but he's finally realized that haru was either too focused on Rin/ Water and he just had to give up.

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    • that relation ship more than friend ship

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    • I'm not here to bash any ships but...

      I pick MakoHaru than RinHaru. I just think that the overall relationship is 'healthier' in a way. Throughout the show, both Haru and Makoto has shown a sense of caring for each other. Makoto is always with Haru and Harus is always around Makoto. They hardly have arguments and fights, and both are willing to do sacrifices for the other.

      In contrast, RinHaru seems a little damaged. Sure, the passion is there, but Rin is a little bit too hot-headed and emotional for Haru. Realistically, putting someone emotional and rough with someone stoic and 'shy' doesn't really work well. If Rin can control his typhoon-of-a-temper and be more understanding with Haru, I guess it could work, but so far, the person that Haru can have a stable relationship with would be Makoto. In fact, Haru seems a lot attached to Makoto. He sees a lot more hurt when Makoto told him that he'll be taking university in Tokyo than when Rin said he'll be going to Australia.

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    • Only 2 things:

      1. MakuHaru's Haru is the most OOC thing in this world. He's not shy, he's not delicate, he's not a princess, he doesn't need a person who babysit him and "read" his mind. 

      2. Oh yes, S1EP12 and S2EP12 are the most unhealthy episodes in this show, so freakin wild, right????? Nothing more unhealthy than transform the life of your significant other, helping them to reach their dreams.


      I just can't so I won't even try. 

      (And about the real meaning of this thread: RinHaru kinda upsets me because OOC, so i like it a lil bit, HaruRin all the way, even without the shipping glasses, they like each other so much)

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    • i don't get what are you type

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    • MakoHaru sounds a lot like unhealthy co-dependancy. Haruka is not a princess and Makoto is not a door-mat. Stop viewing everything with rose-tinted goggles. RinHaru is too violent and aggressive? Have you not seen how boys fight? Did you not have any brothers or guy friends at all? What did you expect? Pillow fights?

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    • Of course he doesn't like anyone more than a friend in canon. I also don't think it's possible to compare Rin and Makoto. As many people have pointed out, from a shipping point of view, both have valid reasons and scenes that would make them a cute couple. But really, Makoto is most important when it comes to a friend you can stick to, much like my real life best friend and me, whilst Rin is something different entirely. You can't compare the relationships, which is why none of the two are more important than the other. Rin is important when it comes to Haru's swimming, but Makoto is important in other things too.

      Both Rin and Makoto make him emotional, but there isnt either that is more important I don't think.

      But that is not the question is it? To answer the question: No he doesnt, though I did think so at first too. I used to think there was one-sided love from Makoto towards Haru, and from Sousuke towards Rin, and that Rin and Haru were more interested in water than either of them, and possibly more in each other but really they are just rivals. Sure, the whole series is gay af, but that's just anime. None of it is Canon, but that does not mean you cannot prefer anything.

      Me personally? I ship RinHaru, but I can see the connection between MakoHaru too. I prefer RinHaru by far. But nobody is asking me, so Ignore this last bit. It is just my personal preferance, and if you want to ship Haru with Rei or even with Kisumi then go ahead, I wont judge.

      In the end, the only thing Haru loves is Water and Mackrel.

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    • I'm not a big supporter in the yaoi department but I guess there are shreds of evidence and this is the anime fandom...

      I personally like to think of them all as straight people. Rin gets all pumped up to compete with Haru because they aren't normal "Oh do you want a popsicle,Haru?" friends,they're more like hardcore rivals(I guess that only applies to Rin but). And Makoto and Haru are neighbours and friends,so it's pretty normal for them to be close and know everything about each other.

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    • realistically no...but this anime was basically set for us to make our own ships...so we can ship whoever we wanna.

      I m personally more of a HaruxMakoto shipper...RinxHaru pairing seems to me like one of those relationships full of passion that d burn out quickly, their personalities just dont  rly mash that well.Also they both seem to need a more reational person to help them in life.

      While Mako&Haru seems more like a relationship that d actually have a real chance longterm. Very few ppl can  say they have a real best friend for 13+ years...they are basically soulmates in my eyes tho I agree they have less passionate moments.

      Simply put I see HaruxRin as a one night stand, while MakoroxHaru as a marriage material.

      But hnestly Haru s personality is so so soooo complicated that I rly think the most canon ship will always be Haru x water.....and honestly just purely without the plot just based on the personalities..the most healthy relationship should be between Rin x Makoto...

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    • OtoyaandTamakilove wrote:
      I think that if Rin dreams about him, he is definitely more than friends!!!!!

      so if i dream about my mom, we're more than friends?

      You retard.

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    • 96.60.31.217 wrote:
      71.28.212.88 wrote:
      I don't get why you idiots think Haru blushes or likes Makoto as more than a friend. He even looks annoyed with how fucking motherly and invasive he can be at times. If there is any love there it is all fucking one sided on Makoto's part. Haru only sees that goddamn idiot as a friend and only you idiotic Makoto worhsipping idiots see it as more. Fucking actually pay attention to Haru. He can get along just fine without Makoto and he fucking lives alone and takes care of his goddamn self When it comes to Rin, he fucking stares at his picture and fucking missed him and it has so much more than bullshit that MH shippers think. OMG. MH Is a discusting ship that I will never ever understand.

      Lol, burst out laughing at this! First of all, calm your tits. No need to get all pissed! People ship who they want to ship. No need to get your panties in a knot, gosh. Also, Makoto is clearly sweet and caring. You only hate him because he 'gets in the way' of RinHaru, which is a horrid reason when Makoto is a very likeable person. Since when is caring over a close friend make you a 'goddamn idiot'? Never. Haru can be irritated by Makoto by sometimes, yes, but that is the case with nearly everyone else in Free!. It's Haruka's nature to get pissed easily. Besides, if Haru is closest to anyone, it is Makoto. I ship RinHaru as well, but I am disgusted (or should I say 'discusted'?) by how rude and ridiculous this comment was.

      No Free! pairing is disgusting. If you don't like it, deal with it and keep it to yourself. Both RinHaru and HaruMako (Haru is obviously meant to be seme in this pairing) could've ended up being canon. Also, if you're going to reply to this comment, don't waste your precious time. I just read it and burst out laughing. Go ahead, curse me out. I'll just watch you yap your mouth of and sit back with a soft drink.

      Have a wonderful day, and please grow a brain for the sake of those around you. You could really hurt someone's feelings.

      God, Free fans make me wanna shoot up my nearest manga store

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    • 116.87.111.91 wrote:
      I'm not a big supporter in the yaoi department but I guess there are shreds of evidence and this is the anime fandom...

      I personally like to think of them all as straight people. Rin gets all pumped up to compete with Haru because they aren't normal "Oh do you want a popsicle,Haru?" friends,they're more like hardcore rivals(I guess that only applies to Rin but). And Makoto and Haru are neighbours and friends,so it's pretty normal for them to be close and know everything about each other.

      Claps* You captured my thoughts exactly. Thank you for existing.

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    • No,

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    • jesus christ why can't I ever escape the shippers!?!WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO ESCAPE THEM?!? seriously dude, FREE. ISN'T. GAY. I happen to have mild anger issues, and I also happen to love free, (I'm not a shipper as you can probably tell) and I sometimes want to just bash those dumb ass shippers heads into a wall and then go on a rampage. and I say this knowing that I will probably get some replies to this by certain "fujoshis" saying I am immature/insecure and blah blah (insert fujoshi defence/you are an insecure child/shipping is life/how dare you not ship rinharu rant here )

      but seriously. Stop over analysing. THEY ARE FRIENDS YOU DUMB SHITS. I mean, I don't give one fuck if you ship and all that bullshit, but please just stop saying free is gay when it is clearly not. I am so sick of searching up free! without getting unwanted yaoi fan art. The sad thing for me being that it will never go away. In conclusion, FUCK YOU. I believe I have expressed my hatred fluently.

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    • Yasssssss I ship them soooo hard it's my favorite ship in anime but also nalu and haruhi and tamaki but that's different like totaly I ship them so hard there perfect for each other best friends become boyfriends yassssss and ecspecily bc they have different personalities it's perfect like haru is the quiet take it easy and shill guys and rin like the bad boy trying to make wverythink ok but complicated

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    • Good god, can't you all just calm down? Everyone is just friends until it is clarified otherwise. Yes, you can ship what you want to ship, but you shouldn't bash someone else for not liking your personal preference. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it. It's as simple as that, if everyone were the same, it'd all be as exciting as watching paint dry. Just calm down and stay on your respective sides, there's no need to start a war, we should be happy, we're getting three new movies.

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    • 24.23.3.218 wrote: Does anyone else get the feeling Haruka likes Rin more than friends? I get the feeling they do...

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      BUT THEYRE NOT GAY ARE THEY IM SO TORN I WANTED THEM TO KIOSSSSSS

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    • 75.88.98.168 wrote: Good god, can't you all just calm down? Everyone is just friends until it is clarified otherwise. Yes, you can ship what you want to ship, but you shouldn't bash someone else for not liking your personal preference. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it. It's as simple as that, if everyone were the same, it'd all be as exciting as watching paint dry. Just calm down and stay on your respective sides, there's no need to start a war, we should be happy, we're getting three new movies.


      NO THEY NEED TO KISS RIN AND HARU NEED TO I NEED SOMEONE TO BE GAY AND ACTUALLY HAVE A HAPPY LOVE LOFE

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    • It is obvious that Rinharu is the best because Rin is the only one that Haru cares the most as he nearly stopped swimming just because Rin and Rin only cared about being in par with Haru, Rin also stopped Haru from being in a slump. Rivalry also can create love just like SasuNaru. MakoHaru is not as good as it is more of a one sided love on Mako's side as Makoto is very caring and Haru cares for Mako but whatever mako does doesn't trigger him.

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    • From a fan's shipping standpoint, they might have feelings for each other, but objectively speaking, no not really. Rin and Haru are rivals aside from being close friends. The itty bitty reactions they show while conversing with one another in a heated fashion can be caused by all sorts of reasons. The one clear thing the show told us is that they're friends. If the creators wanted crystal clear BL, they would have done it already.

      I mean, Free IS, first and foremost, a sports and slice of life anime. The storyline's focus is entirely elsewhere. It was never explicitly put in the BL genre either. But heaven knows there were yaoi undertones everywhere, specifically meant for the target audience's imagination. And for marketing purposes of course. The creators basically wanted the fanbase to use their imaginations and create ships of their own, but storywise, Free struck me as the type of anime that focused largely on super close friendship bordering on bromance, and portrayed life circumstances that required tough decisions. Too fucking real.

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    • In canon, it's all about friendships and rivalries.  That's it.  Everything else is subjective. The problem is that the innuendo is all right there, too, and fanart/fanfic adds fuel to the fire, making shippers further hunker down in their choices.  But it's still just headcanon, folks, unless the creator says otherwise. Why fight about it?  You can make a case for just about any ship in the Free! universe. Truly.  I've even read fic that makes a sizzling case for a RinHaruMakoto threesome. If you open your minds and hearts, you can love 'em all and be a happy fan.

      At any rate, Take Your Marks! will be out in a few weeks, pushing these characters into their futures and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. I doubt even a blatant ILY (which won't happen, btw) will change anyone's OTP or headcanon so the shipping wars will continue, I suppose.  Me?  I'm going to avoid conflict as much as possible while enjoying my multiple OTP headcanons.   

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    • Yikes lmao what is this thread. Opinions will always be opinions, and to all the rinharu people complaining about makoharu people "invading" the tags, grow up. You have your opinion and they have theirs, and they have every right to come in here and defend their ship and opinion, especially if this thread was tagged makoto tachibana.

      Now to the op who thinks that haru values rin more than his other friends, I don't think that this opinion is necessarily implied by the plot and Haru's moments with his other friends. It's very important to realize that free's original plot is about friendship and teamwork, and rei/nagisa/makoto embody that idea. It is even more unlikely that haru places makoto'a importance below rin's, especially with how he responded (broke down and stopped functioning, nevertheless even swim) to makoto leaving him in that firework scene and in starting days. makoto represents something integral in haru that he can't bear to live without (whether that's healthy or not is up to you to decide), which is only natural considering the deep understanding they share. If you still aren't convinced, I can be petty and drop in a few facts like how Haru's greatest fear is losing makoto to the sea despite already forming a deep bond with rin (written in some novelization), and how makoto was the one that convinced haru to swim again even after he thought there was no point in swimming after losing to rin. Makoto has been present for every integral point of Haru's life and guides him through it.

      However that being said, I'm not actually implying that haru treats makoto as his most precious thing in the world and would give rin up in a heartbeat. Rin and haru share an extremely strong relationship, and rin brings things out in haru that makoto could not, but it is also true vice versa. The op may have gotten the idea that haru values rin more than anybody else from the fact that season 1 focuses mainly on rinharu dynamic, but the subtle hints in season 2, and the glaring ones in the movies and novelizations may change your mind.

      - your friendly college kid

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    • 24.23.3.218 wrote:
      Does anyone else get the feeling Haruka likes Rin more than friends? I get the feeling they do...

      OMG YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! i was like ,reading all those theories about Haru and Makoto or Rin and Haru but what i think is that, it can happen with both cases, but Haru's relationship with Makoto is very "calm" and is very much a friendship, for example, many of the things that Rin tells Haru provoke a great emotional change in him, there are always the image of "eyes in the eyes" between these peronages, and this I think is what shows the "love" between them. In addition they also had a romantic scene in which the Rin said he felt admiration for Haru while they were in the Australia, particularly in the hotel room. In relation to Makoto, Haru takes him more like a best friend because even if Makoto says the most loving thing to Haru he never has a reaction of admiration that provokes great sentimental change, so I think, not only because the Rin said that he felt admiration for Haru or something, but also because the scenes in the anime themselves demonstrate something more in the relationship of the Rhine and the Haru, either by the very sentimental expressions or the filming of eyes in the eyes in which they demonstrate the reflexes as "desired" images or something to which they give great value, in my point of view.Besides, on google there are A LOT of cute images all about Rin and Haru :3  I die if they do not stay together!

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    • 176.79.101.64 wrote:
      24.23.3.218 wrote:
      Does anyone else get the feeling Haruka likes Rin more than friends? I get the feeling they do...
      OMG YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! i was like ,reading all those theories about Haru and Makoto or Rin and Haru but what i think is that, it can happen with both cases, but Haru's relationship with Makoto is very "calm" and is very much a friendship, for example, many of the things that Rin tells Haru provoke a great emotional change in him, there are always the image of "eyes in the eyes" between these peronages, and this I think is what shows the "love" between them. In addition they also had a romantic scene in which the Rin said he felt admiration for Haru while they were in Australia, particularly in the hotel room.

      In relation to Makoto, Haru takes him more like a best friend because, even if Makoto says the most loving thing to Haru, he never has a reaction of admiration that provokes great sentimental change, so I think, not only because the Rin said that he felt admiration for Haru or something, but also because the scenes in the anime themselves demonstrate something more in the relationship of the Rin and the Haru, either by the very sentimental expressions or the filming of eyes in the eyes in which they demonstrate the reflexes as "desired" images or something to which they give great value, in my point of view. Besides, on google there are A LOT of cute images all about Rin and Haru :3  I die if they do not stay together!


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    • oWHy THe FuCk does it sent out again?!?


      FUCK IT 

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