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23rd Sep '16 5:41:42 AM Wilderstorm
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* {{Foil}}: To Makoto. They both fill the roles of TheBigGuy and childhood friend of the team's freestyle swimmer. But where Makoto is timid and universally friendly, Sousuke is blunt and intimidating. Conflict is an alien concept to Makoto and Haruka, but Sousuke and Rin "fight all the time" ''because'' of how intensely they care about each other. [[spoiler:Makoto stops competing against Haru because their friendship isn't about challenging each other; Sousuke stops competing against Rin because he's physically broken]].

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* {{Foil}}: To Makoto. They both fill the roles of TheBigGuy and childhood friend of the team's freestyle swimmer. But where Makoto is timid and universally friendly, Sousuke is blunt and intimidating. Conflict is an alien concept to Makoto and Haruka, but Sousuke and Rin "fight all the time" ''because'' of their intense personalities and how intensely much they care about each other. [[spoiler:Makoto stops competing Makoto only competes against Haru once, and decides not to do it anymore because their friendship isn't about challenging each other; Sousuke stops competing against Rin and Rin's friendship thrives on competition, but Sousuke [[spoiler:''has'' to stop because he's physically broken]].
23rd Sep '16 5:38:13 AM Wilderstorm
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* VitriolicBestBuds: According to Rin, they "fight all the time", and their secret handshake involves fake punching each other. Sousuke also makes fun of Rin for being a {{Tsundere}} ("You complain, but you're going to do it for them, right?"), and Rin kicks him on a semi-regular basis.
22nd Sep '16 1:27:47 AM BleuStar365
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Almost every single major male character show zero interest in women and have very, uh, intense friendships, to put it lightly. [[spoiler: Though the ambiguous part for Makoto and Haruka is the most debatable.]]

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Almost every single major male character show zero interest in women and have very, uh, intense friendships, to put it lightly. [[spoiler: Though the ambiguous part for Makoto and Haruka as well as Nitori is the most debatable.]]
22nd Sep '16 1:25:26 AM BleuStar365
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** Even Haruka and Rin have their moments. For Rin, this was especially evident during his initial stay in Australia.
20th Sep '16 9:11:09 AM Wilderstorm
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* {{Foil}}: To Makoto. They both fill the roles of TheBigGuy and childhood friend of the team's freestyle swimmer. But where Makoto is timid and universally friendly, Sousuke is blunt and intimidating. Conflict is an alien concept to Makoto and Haruka, but Sousuke and Rin "fight all the time" ''because'' of how intensely they care about each other. [[spoiler:Makoto stops competing against Haru because their friendship isn't about challenging each other; Sousuke stops competing against Rin because he's physically broken]].
20th Sep '16 8:26:51 AM Wilderstorm
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* [[spoiler:GameBreakingInjury]]: [[spoiler:Sousuke is a national-top-ten ranked swimmer who leaves a prestigious high school legendary for its swim team to join Rin's team at Samezuka. His CareerEndingInjury acting up is the only reason he doesn't give Rin an advantage going into the freestyle leg of their relay at regionals.]]

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* [[spoiler:GameBreakingInjury]]: [[spoiler:Sousuke is a national-top-ten ranked swimmer who leaves a prestigious high school legendary for its swim team to join Rin's team at Samezuka. His CareerEndingInjury acting up just as he passes Rei is the only reason he doesn't give Rin an a major advantage going into the freestyle leg of their relay at regionals.]]
20th Sep '16 8:20:32 AM Wilderstorm
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* SelectiveObliviousness: Rin adamantly chooses to believe that [[spoiler:Sousuke can and should return to competitive swimming, despite a severe, movement-inhibiting injury that actual medical professionals have failed to fix for two years]].
20th Sep '16 5:46:50 AM Wilderstorm
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* ToughLove: Toward Nitori on two occasions.
** He goes out and night and finds Nitori upset on the stairs. Sousuke grouches at him for self-pity, but follows it up with the advice that Nitori has potential and shouldn't crush it before he even tries.
** When he catches Nitori swimming at night, Sousuke walks up to the side of the pool and informs Nitori that fatigue is ruining his form. Nitori tries to argue, and Sousuke says he'll coach for the rest of Nitori's practice ''after'' he takes a break. [[spoiler:All the more touching with TheReveal that Sousuke caused permanent damage to himself by overtraining, and he's trying to stop Nitori from making the same mistakes]].
20th Sep '16 5:03:15 AM Wilderstorm
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:For much of the season, he's seen stretching and rolling his left shoulder but never his right. He also never competes in individual events, despite the fact that he disliked the relay when he was younger and is nationally-ranked for butterfly. It turns out that he has a CareerEndingInjury to his right shoulder and all he wants is to swim the relay with Rin for as long as he can; butterfly puts immense strain on the shoulders, so he limits the amount of time he spends swimming it at top speed]].


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* YouMustBeCold: In Episode 14, he gives his jacket to Gou after Nitori accidentally sprays her with a water gun.
18th Sep '16 4:58:30 PM BleuStar365
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* VitriolicBestBuds: With Haruka (As of Eternal Summer), and Sousuke.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: With Haruka (As (as of Eternal Summer), Summer, evident in episode 12), and Sousuke.
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