Yokotani, Animage interview (via yama-z-aki)
From his point of view. He doesn’t think he can do it. But Rin’s commentary on his race versus Haru shows that Makoto is capable, but he made a technical error that cost him the race. Makoto’s point of view is pessimistic about his own capabilities… That’s thing that’ll hamper his progress more than anything else.
Reblogging this so people can see the ridiculous shit people are making up to defend Makoto’s loss, like ~oh he made a mistake~
He didn’t make a technical error; he did the absolutely only thing he could to win that race: which was to try to get a huge lead on Haru from the outset and keep outpacing him. Rin was correct: going all out wasn’t a good idea, but it was the only thing he could do. Because it’s not a long-distance race where he has the time to be ~slow and steady~. He had to come out of the gate guns blazing if he wanted to stand a chance. And he still failed.
If you love Makoto so much, why not actually learn about his swimming history (he’s got great stamina, as evidenced by pacing himself in the 1500-m freestyle) and realize that he didn’t make any avoidable errors—he made calculated ones. He just is not as good as Haru.
Fuck, you people are just putting the poor guy down even more by continuing to maintain that he could’ve won if he’d just done X or Y, as if he hadn’t already gone all out and exhausted all of his options. He couldn’t even make top marks in his own damn stroke (he came in sixth in backstroke overall, even if he won his heat).
Please, people, stop listening to these delusional nuts and just accept that Makoto doesn’t need professional swimming to retain the close relationship he has with Haru. Their relationship is stronger than that, and you’re embarrassing yourselves by continuing to grasp at straws and do ridiculous things like call the creators biased.