You know, I think just about everyone is thinking the ending of Free! would be that Haru joins Rin in Australia (and maybe train under the same coach). It certainly feels like that’s the direction Kyoani wants to take, kind of? But I don’t know, I kind of think it’s a little too straightforward and predictable, and I certainly think Kyoani has what it takes to do better.
Personally, my most ideal romantic setting for an ending would go something like this:
All the boys end up going different paths / different places in pursuit of the dreams that they have found (Yes, Haru discovers he wants to swim, but his dream may be similar to Rin’s but not the same). But now they understand their relationship better, and every time all of them pass by an ocean/sea, they would feel the same calmness and smile knowingly, aware that they are all connected by the water and swimming together no matter how far apart they are… … and look forward to the summer where all of them would meet back at Iwatobi with their dreams in tow, where their 最高の仲間 will be waiting….
…or something like that.
While I don’t think I would mind any ending because they all look set to be happy ones, to truly have this series enter my top 10 I would need an ending where I can’t cry hard enough.
p.s: Omake but meanwhile Rei and Nagisa get new members in the Swim Club! I don’t see them going separate ways after graduation because Nagisa will stalk Rei till the ends of the earth even if it means studying really hard to get into the same University as Rei. Yup. :D
So it only took me, like, two whole seasons of Free! to realise they like to screen it on Wednesday night because in Kanji Wednesday is literally “water” day…. (sure, it could be just a coincidence, but nah…)