I think the reason people are mad is that many related to Haru being pushed towards a future he didn't really want (at the time). The stress, the people telling him that he can do it, find a dream, continue swimming, do whatever! was what many teens (that watch Free) could probably connect to, so the fact that Haru ended up doing what Rin and everyone else wanted FOR him just rubbed them the wrong way, rather than him deciding on his own without input from outside sources. But that's just me
Yeah, a lot of people did seem to identify with Haru (going to go out on a limb and hypothesize that they’re mostly really young people who are dealing with high school/college graduation themselves, which explains a lot—maturity-wise :/)
But we’d been told the whole series that he wanted the same thing Rin did, not to go Olympic, but to swim competitively—for himself, because that’s what he loves. He just hates admitting it, because sometimes it seems like he doesn’t like admitting he has those kinds of strong emotions within him. Which I like—it makes him an interesting character. He doesn’t like admitting—to himself or others—that there is a part of himself that gets ruffled and irritated and fired up by competition, and he hates it when people think they know him.
But he hates it in large part because a lot of the time it’s true, at least in part. In HS2, he was irritated at Kisumi for remarking how close he and Makoto seemed, way closer than friends generally are—because it reminded him of how dependent they were on one another’s existence. Haru being irritated by it, thinking that Kisumi didn’t understand their relationship at all, didn’t make it any less true that he and Makoto had a bond that wasn’t always healthy for them both to rely on (to the extent that they did).
Others see things in him that he doesn’t like, or doesn’t realize it’s okay to like/be comfortable with/take advantage of. So Haru moving past that, finally accepting the parts about himself he didn’t like before? Seeing the things he was afraid of as something he could actually embrace and enjoy? That’s growth. That’s good.
Those people who feel that way need to stop being so angry at Haru and be happy for him. And then maybe think about how that could apply to their own lives.
Reblog if you have read fan fiction better than some published books
Help me prove a point
Sometimes, if I’m on the train and i don’t have a book but want to read one, I go on AO3 on my phone and barge into other fandoms that I’m not in (or am not familiar with) and search out the fan fics there with the most kudos and read them. Its literally like reading a published book.
"A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street" ~ George Carlin
This man was a pure genius.
The comic works just as well if you ignore the class labels - the white man rides straight to the top, the white woman can MAYBE make it if she climbs the treacherous rope, and the POC is going to have to learn to fly.
FEMALE ASIAN-AMERICAN WATSON, FEMALE MORIARTY, TRANSWOMAN MRS. HUDSON
WHY IS ELEMENTARY NOT TUMBLR’S FAVORITE SHOW
Because unfortunately while Tumblr tries to talk a good game about diversity and inclusiveness, fandom is in actuality sort of shit about liking things where they can’t just be writing about two white dudes touching dicks?
Buy Bo Burnham’s “Egghead” poetry book or you will regret your entire life probably.
Someone buy me this book.
this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy
"We're in Australia. Stuff like this is probably normal here."
A sentence I never thought I would read
THEDREAMHIVE SAID: I FEEL LIKE, SINCE THERE ARE ONLY FEW EPIS AVAILABLE TO TELL THE STORY, THEY TRIED TO USE A PLOT DEVICE TO SPEED UP THE CONFLICT. I UNDERSTAND WHY IT LOOKS STRANGE FOR THE VIEWERS. BUT NOW I WANT TO TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA, TOO, HAHA!
Ah, yes, and it’s doesn’t ruin the plot or anything. It’s not even the weirdest thing that has happpened in the story, heh. Whatever gets them there. And visiting the place you’ll work in (or the college you’ll go to or etc) is actually one of the usual strategies to help people figure out what they want so… it works for me.
But I still say someone should take me there :3