30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 07

I had to debate a little bit with this prompt. Tuxedo Mask was my first crush. Then Vash – but he’s my ultimate favorite character  and I didn’t want to use him twice..then there was Shinya Kogami from Psycho-pass who is just overall super cool and a badass. BUT in the end, I decided to go with Makoto Tachibana from Free! because he’s definitely my biggest crush right now. Besides Makoto being incredibly hot handome; there are many other reasons as to why I’ve grown to love his character on this show. Also this post is just a few days shy of his birthday (11/17). LOL! Happy Belated Makoto!!

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Of the entire cast of Free! Makoto’s the more warm, friendly, reliable voice of reason who often worries about everyone. But I think that stems from the fact that he’s the older brother to twins. it’s clear that his family is important to him which is probably why I like him so much-I share the same sentiment in family values.

Also that leads into the next loveable trait: he’s great with kids! And his teaching experience in season 2 allows him to come to the conclusion what he wants to do with his future in life – be a swimming teacher. His gentle demeanor makes it easy for him to connect to kids and his tendencies to be a worrywort come in handy as he’s able to read moods fairly easily.  On top of being good with kids – he’s also got a soft spot for cats! As a fellow cat-lover it’s hard to overlook how cute Makoto is with the neighborhood cat.

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I just had to include this because he’s way too adorable as a kid!

(Spoiler Section from the Light Novels)
There are some things about Makoto that aren’t expressed wellin the both seasons of the anime as well as the movie – which I think is a huge discrepancy in his character and his character development. Aside from what we’ve seen from Makoto in the show – the lighthearted gentle giant – Makoto actually deals with a lot of internal struggles in the light novel. Although his best friend is Haru and they grew up together as neighbors; they actually went through some pretty traumatic experiences together as kids – Haru has a near death experience and Makoto has already had a long-held fear of the ocean. It was probably Haru’s accident that caused Makoto to be the way he is in the Free! series – incredibly overprotective of him. In the light novel Makoto seems to be very insecure and dependent on Haru. So much so that Makoto struggles in differentiating his own identity without Haru by his side. In the light novel he tries out doing other sports and avoids Haru as he tries to figure himself out.

There’s one scene that really stuck on to me in the light novel. Makoto’s Mom calls Haru because Makoto hasn’t come home. Haru starts to feel panicked because it’s really unlike Makoto to be out alone to begin with especially to the point his Mother is concerned. Haru runs around trying to find Makoto and inadvertently finds himself at the coastline -he’s thinking it can’t be possible for Makoto to be here because he’s afraid of the ocean – but there he finds Makoto standing close to the edge so he calls out to him. Haru asks Makoto, “what are you doing here?” and Makoto’s response is, “I was thinking about going..someplace you weren’t around.” Haru freaks out wondering what Makoto meant -where was he trying to go, what had he been trying to do, what would’ve happened if Haru arrived later. Haru continues with, “Why?” Makoto  replies with, “I wanted to see if I’d be okay without you…would you be okay without me Haru?” Haru says, “I wouldn’t come looking for you if that were the case.”

Talk about heartbreaking scene! Although, there’s controversy on the scene itself. It alludes to self-harm on Makoto’s part; but on the other hand he could literally just wanted to put space between him and Haru – but to be at the place you’re most afraid of seems sketchy; the context alludes to that. But on Haru’s part he might be afraid of losing Makoto’s friendship due to the separation that Makoto had put between them, because Makoto could’ve made the decision to part ways with Haru if he chose to. Haru and Makoto’s friendship is a lot deeper than what we see in the anime – which makes me a bit sad to not see it.
(End spoiler section)

Last gif before I go to lighten the mood after that spoiler section:

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That’s all for this post! Till tomorrow!

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25 thoughts on “30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 07

  1. Ma. Venus Gamboa says:

    *struggling to collect my liquefied emotions* I just melted. I like Makoto’s character too! He’s so adorable! I haven’t finished the 2nd season (which is still on my watch list) so there might be important aspects of his character that I don’t know.

    I’d like to read the light novel version though. Can you get it online?

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    I had to think about this for a moment. Before seeing the pretty recent Macross Delta anime, I would have to say it would be Asuna from Sword Art Online. A great character, strong woman, beautiful, great leader, and also very vulnerable at the same time, that about sums up the main reasons for having a crush on her. However, Mirage Farina Jenius, from Macross Delta is my current crush. I really liked her pretty much straight from the beginning. She has humour, is strong willed, very beautiful, but also has a certain shyness to her that I really like. Not only that, she is a great pilot, and has the greatest piece of Mecha at her disposal that was ever created in the Macross anime: the Valkyrie VF 31 c fighter. One only has to look at a picture of that to see why it is so cool. Great post! Good luck with the rest of the 30 day challenge, looking forward to the next post πŸ˜€

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      • Cat says:

        Blushing boys are the death of me, so he’s such a bae. Nagisa and Rei are too, ofc, since they’re such adorable cutiepies aaah 😻
        His muscles are sinful, plus him being bashful about it aaaah 😳

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  3. MJ Cobra says:

    Wow! This is so sweet. I had avoided Free! for awhile because I don’t like fanservice, but I’m so glad I watched it. ❀ ❀ The characters are all so likeable and sweet, and the story showcases real-world struggles we go through (the loss of a great friend, trying to figure out what to do after high school, etc.). The friendships were so genuine and precious too. Makado wasn't my favorite character, but I did like him (I mean, how could you dislike anyone from Free! ?). After reading that scene from the light novel, I like him even more! Such a complex relationship. I wish it got animated. 😦

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  4. shoujothoughts says:

    “Besides Makoto being incredibly -hot- handome” made me burst out laughing. Okay, so I was super curious about your anime crush, to be honest. Likes cats, likes kids? Let’s be bros, man.

    Anyway, those spoilers from the light novels? That scene by the ocean? That “someplace you weren’t around” in that context really did allude to something dark. I was always told that Free! was a bunch of bishies who swim and that there was no actual plot. Was this told to me in error?

    How long of a time span does Free! cover? Is it just a year, a few months, into college…?

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    • heyitszel says:

      lol I try not to fan girl about makoto too much lolol! I’m glad that sentence made u lol!

      Free! Is definitely something that varies from everyone’s point of view. I initially thought that it was about a bunch of bishies for fan service and no plot. But I actually got attached to the characters. By no means is free! Perfect or compelling because to be honest some of the melodrama was over the top and I laughed at it for trying to be dramatic. For entertainment purposes free! was great for me and the first anime in which I seriously experienced what fangirling really meant. LMAO.

      So with that said I can’t tell you if it was told to you in error because free! is something you’ll either come to love or hate, I just happened to be in the spectrum of love. But I do understand where ppl come from when they express their dislike of it. It really comes down to personal preference.

      The light novels cover their middle school days which the movie “high speed” is based on. However, the movie like free!, glosses over the complexity of the relationships that were conveyed in the light novels. Free! Takes place with makoto and haru in 2nd year of high school and free! Eternal summer is their final year in h.s. leading up to what they want to do after graduation and what their future plans are. I think that eternal summer was the better season because the story had much more weight to it than the first season. The Free! Series Is supposed to be a spin off of the light novel; which they probably tried to make it a slice of life type anime that was full of bishies.

      But from the few chapters I’ve read and that one particular spoiler; these characters had way more depth than what the anime presented – we only got the surface and no context. lol I actually wrote more in this section but I deleted it because I was getting overly excited about it and was going to talk about why Makoto is the way he is and why he treats haru the way he does but it was becoming too long and like a novel. And this response is already long lmao!! But if you’d like to know more I’m more than willing to discuss lol

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