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Free! - I'm Not Good With Words by behindinfinity Free! - I'm Not Good With Words by behindinfinity
When we were little, Makoto had two pet goldfish. They were given to him by an old fisherman whom he befriended.

One summer, Makoto lost this friend due to a big storm that sank the fisherman’s boat. Some time after, Makoto found his goldfish lifeless in their bowl despite his best efforts.

This probably hit him harder than it would others because of his role as an eldest brother, and as someone who is used to taking care of other people — myself included.

We’re in high school now, but he still makes time to put out flowers for the grave he made for his goldfish.

Makoto smiles for everyone and is always ready to lend a hand, but-

Even though he wouldn’t ask for it, I’m certain he needs someone to support him too sometimes.

I’m sorry, Makoto.

I’m not good with words, but I hope I can make you understand that you don’t have to handle everything alone.

Aah, right in the feel bads. I got a little carried away with the description due to reading High Speed!, the light novel prequel to Free!

:bulletblue: There's an additional frame for this photo series in my Tumblr post :pointr:…

For these pictures, we touch on the darker and sadder side of our beloved swimming anime. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there actually is more to it than the fanservice (and even that was handled in a humorous, sometimes almost satirical way). Apart from the great humor and beautiful animation, this anime had an unexpected amount of heart; something that my friends and I really came to love about it. We started watching because we thought we'd just laugh over the gratuitous fanservice, but we ended up having our hearts stolen by these endearing characters, and the strong messages on friendship which made us appreciate our own bonds more.

Sorry for stirring up sad emoceans! To make up for it, here is my journal post with our photo outtakes from this shoot:
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H

series: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Haruka Nanase
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Makoto Tachibana
:camera: photo by Kat ~neko-panigiri, lighting direction by Erving ~Huzafan

Free! cosplay photos:

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iluvlink12 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This screams yaoi <3 ^_^ AWESOME COSPLAY
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VioVi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww ;_;
angeline-black Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You guys are such great cosplayers! You keep amazing me over and over again! :glomp:
MoonchildVenix Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
The main reason I find myself branching out from what I'm used to watching anime-wise, is because I see these wonderful depictions of the characters in the cosplays you and your friends do. (Outtake journals are also way up there XD.)

I gave Free! a look when it was first released and sorta went "Meh, Fanservice much" and left it at that... but after seeing you guys enjoy it so much I thought I'd give it another shot...

... I watched the entire series in a day...

It's definitely one I'll keep coming back to!

NOW! On to the actual deviation :P I love how you guys take lines and scenes from animes and mangas and bring them to life! This gave me a little sad smile. Sad because I know a fair few people who have trouble with words when they seem to be needed most (myself included) but still smiling because the whole sentiment is absolutely beautiful and describes a true friendship.. one that doesn't need words!

Beautiful work, Jin and Miguel!
theblackdash Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
gigglesthehedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Yey it's so beautifulCan we go NAO 
Pentragon1990 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your expressions are very fitting, makaoto really looks sad here ... make me wants to hug him. You captured the feeling very well!
HikariNinjaX Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Miguel´s pout is just too cute! And I just noticed Jin is wearing blue shoes, nice detail =)
Would you please tell me where you read the light novel? I wish to read it too
SassyShotaPrincess7 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The feels!!!!! This photo is so perfect!!!!! You are such a perfect Haru! And Miguel is a perfect Makoto! XD
strawberry4750 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awie T^T It's really beautiful. You guys have a special talent to capture what this series was really about. I am in love with all your work, keep it up! Gah! My poor freels. :'(
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your description contains some stuff that  pretty much hit the nail on the head of every expectation everyone essentially had on this beloved swimming anime.

Yes, youve stirred my emoceans here ;; A;; a lot things here  just ...beautiful~ ♡
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013   General Artist
"That swimming anime" turned out to be more like "EMOTIONS AND BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP anime"
feshnie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That description ;A; I am tearing up. Great work!
*weeps into the ocean*
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