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Probably because he's been completely neglected from his family and has had absolutely no guidance on that front as to what to do.


Good point. He doesn't seem to have much of a home life, or even much of a family now that I think of it.


He has no family. His parents live in Tokyo and are barely mentioned in the series or light novels. The only person he seemed to be close to was his grandmother and she passed away when he was young. So yeah, he's completely without a family in Iwatobi. A biological family at least.


I think somebody in the previous episode said that they are "truly free spirits" which I thought was really spot on, and explained why Haru is so stuck on being free (not underestimating his teenager angst here, believe me i've had it till i was 25). If the only way his parents have been role models for him are by living their life so freely that they are not even tied down by their child, that says quite a lot in my opinion.
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goncix wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:


benjamindorsey wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:

Probably because he's been completely neglected from his family and has had absolutely no guidance on that front as to what to do.


Good point. He doesn't seem to have much of a home life, or even much of a family now that I think of it.


He has no family. His parents live in Tokyo and are barely mentioned in the series or light novels. The only person he seemed to be close to was his grandmother and she passed away when he was young. So yeah, he's completely without a family in Iwatobi. A biological family at least.


I think somebody in the previous episode said that they are "truly free spirits" which I thought was really spot on, and explained why Haru is so stuck on being free (not underestimating his teenager angst here, believe me i've had it till i was 25). If the only way his parents have been role models for him are by living their life so freely that they are not even tied down by their child, that says quite a lot in my opinion.


Maybe, but it must have affected him to not have any parental guidance through the critical years in his life. I mean, he has been living alone since middle school.
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caribbeanprncss wrote:


goncix wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:


benjamindorsey wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:

Probably because he's been completely neglected from his family and has had absolutely no guidance on that front as to what to do.


Good point. He doesn't seem to have much of a home life, or even much of a family now that I think of it.


He has no family. His parents live in Tokyo and are barely mentioned in the series or light novels. The only person he seemed to be close to was his grandmother and she passed away when he was young. So yeah, he's completely without a family in Iwatobi. A biological family at least.


I think somebody in the previous episode said that they are "truly free spirits" which I thought was really spot on, and explained why Haru is so stuck on being free (not underestimating his teenager angst here, believe me i've had it till i was 25). If the only way his parents have been role models for him are by living their life so freely that they are not even tied down by their child, that says quite a lot in my opinion.


Maybe, but it must have affected him to not have any parental guidance through the critical years in his life. I mean, he has been living alone since middle school.


While it is not made clear when Haru's mother moved, she was still with him in Middle school. At least 1st year middle school but...


“My father’s living away for work. My mother’s a part-timer at the supermarket.”
He hated being alone in the house since he was an elementary schooler, so after coming home from school, he went to the Swimming Club right away. After becoming a middle schooler, or more precisely after Makkou came, he didn’t do that anymore.


The above is from High Speed! (http://janeypeixes.tumblr.com/tagged/high-speed%21-2) Clear even while his mother was with him, Haru didn't necessarily get all the attention he wanted and probably why he is the way he is.
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tinnic wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:


goncix wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:


benjamindorsey wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:

Probably because he's been completely neglected from his family and has had absolutely no guidance on that front as to what to do.


Good point. He doesn't seem to have much of a home life, or even much of a family now that I think of it.


He has no family. His parents live in Tokyo and are barely mentioned in the series or light novels. The only person he seemed to be close to was his grandmother and she passed away when he was young. So yeah, he's completely without a family in Iwatobi. A biological family at least.


I think somebody in the previous episode said that they are "truly free spirits" which I thought was really spot on, and explained why Haru is so stuck on being free (not underestimating his teenager angst here, believe me i've had it till i was 25). If the only way his parents have been role models for him are by living their life so freely that they are not even tied down by their child, that says quite a lot in my opinion.


Maybe, but it must have affected him to not have any parental guidance through the critical years in his life. I mean, he has been living alone since middle school.


While it is not made clear when Haru's mother moved, she was still with him in Middle school. At least 1st year middle school but...


“My father’s living away for work. My mother’s a part-timer at the supermarket.”
He hated being alone in the house since he was an elementary schooler, so after coming home from school, he went to the Swimming Club right away. After becoming a middle schooler, or more precisely after Makkou came, he didn’t do that anymore.


The above is from High Speed! (http://janeypeixes.tumblr.com/tagged/high-speed%21-2) Clear even while his mother was with him, Haru didn't necessarily get all the attention he wanted and probably why he is the way he is.


No doubt about that. My point was an extra. If he thinks having no responsibilities is okay, he will certainly want to do that. Who wouldn't?

As a side point, I think if a point is made in the anime which is contradicted by High Speed, I think we should trust the anime while analyzing the anime. I don't remember if the reason Haru's parents aren't there was mentioned in the first season, but all we got this season was this "free spirits" comment. So I was going off from that ^^
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tinnic wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:


goncix wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:


benjamindorsey wrote:


caribbeanprncss wrote:

Probably because he's been completely neglected from his family and has had absolutely no guidance on that front as to what to do.


Good point. He doesn't seem to have much of a home life, or even much of a family now that I think of it.


He has no family. His parents live in Tokyo and are barely mentioned in the series or light novels. The only person he seemed to be close to was his grandmother and she passed away when he was young. So yeah, he's completely without a family in Iwatobi. A biological family at least.


I think somebody in the previous episode said that they are "truly free spirits" which I thought was really spot on, and explained why Haru is so stuck on being free (not underestimating his teenager angst here, believe me i've had it till i was 25). If the only way his parents have been role models for him are by living their life so freely that they are not even tied down by their child, that says quite a lot in my opinion.


Maybe, but it must have affected him to not have any parental guidance through the critical years in his life. I mean, he has been living alone since middle school.


While it is not made clear when Haru's mother moved, she was still with him in Middle school. At least 1st year middle school but...


“My father’s living away for work. My mother’s a part-timer at the supermarket.”
He hated being alone in the house since he was an elementary schooler, so after coming home from school, he went to the Swimming Club right away. After becoming a middle schooler, or more precisely after Makkou came, he didn’t do that anymore.


The above is from High Speed! (http://janeypeixes.tumblr.com/tagged/high-speed%21-2) Clear even while his mother was with him, Haru didn't necessarily get all the attention he wanted and probably why he is the way he is.


I know she was around for HS! but even then Haru already feels lonely, so technically he was pretty much alone at home until his mother came home. It seems, however, that his parents moved away before he started high school. I mean, it's a typical theme that high schoolers live alone in a lot of anime, but most of the time this is because they've lost one or both parents or for other situations. With Haru it just sounds like neglect. He never even mentions phone calls from his family with the exception of the last episode where he said his parents were coming for nationals which just took me completely by surprise.
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caribbeanprncss: I agree with everything you said....you nailed it!!!!



I actually like Haru more now than before. He's a teenager who has no idea what to do after high school...for me that's very realistic! he can be stubborn and a little bit lost, like any teenager.

I relate to him A LOT! I went through that stage so I can't blame him XD

I think Haru should communicate more with his friends because the reason why the others want him to become pro is because...well, Haru loves water so it would be the most obvious assumption to make but only Mako-chan understands him or so it seems.


Wake up Haru!! and don't be afraid of what the future might bring!

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Haru could always become a chef.
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Episode 11

Haruka quitting in the middle of his individual event has others extremely worried about his future. Everybody else who is graduating has their next step planned out with Makoto going to college in Tokyo, Rin training to go pro, and Sousuke going to work. As for Haru, his future is up in the air, and Rin isn't taking it well so he comes up with the plan to drag him to Australia to see just how Olympic swimmers train. So after the amazing episode last week, this one doesn't exactly measure up (though it's a tough task to follow), but it does hit all the right notes about how Haru is setting himself up for agony with his lack of commitment. Of course, being a chef is a possibility since he is great at cooking, but it hasn't occurred to him yet.
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Does anyone have the episode summaries for the next 2 episodes? Are there even any out yet?
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I honestly have no idea how writers plan to handle their trip to Australia in just one episode. There are too many things left to be clarified, too many apologies left to be made (yes, I'm talking to you, Haru) and frankly speaking, I have no idea how they're going to do it when there's little time left.
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