i am so pissed off at people making posts completely invalidating the whole fandom’s opinion on haru’s writing bc they were apparently so much more observant and caught all the magical hidden hints during S2 about haru going pro in the end.
i think what y’all aren’t getting is the fact that none of us are annoyed he’s going pro. we pretty much expected it. it’s the fact that nobody gave haru a second choice, nobody gave him guidance, or an alternative to swimming. he said he wasn’t sure and people either pushed him towards it or left him to “figure it out” himself. the only attempt to give haru more options was from nagisa, who told him he’s a great cook and artist and therefore gave him a way out had he not chosen swimming in the end.
initially i was glad that rin took haru with him. change in scenery, meeting new people, having different experiences broadened his horizons, which were horribly limited. it’s the time span and the way the gears apparently shifted in haru’s head that left me (and i suppose other people in the fandom as well) unsatisfied. this episode was flashback after flashback and very rin-pov.
the idea that the olympic pool was the reason haru decided to swim is dumb, yes. it wasn’t that. it was the fact that rin, as always, brought out haru’s competitive side when everybody else tried to keep it dormant. but it was also that australian swimmer. he seemed happy and relaxed with what he was doing, away from pushy scouts, bright flashing lights and the pressure to live up to everybody’s expectations.
all in all, yes, haru going pro was predictable and not as shocking. but the way it was delivered was indeed rushed and “choppy”.