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13th Mar '17 1:25:48 PM GlitteringFlowers
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->'''Voiced by:''' Chihiro Suzuki, Creator/RinaSato (young) (Japanese), Creator/EricVale, Creator/TiaBallard (young) (English)

An old middle school friend to Haru and Makoto. He reunites with them in ''Eternal Summer'' when Makoto begins teaching his little brother how to swim. He has more focus in ''Starting Days'', where he is shown to be an avid basketball player.

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->'''Voiced by:''' Chihiro Suzuki, Creator/ChihiroSuzuki, Creator/RinaSato (young) (Japanese), Creator/EricVale, Creator/TiaBallard (young) (English)

An old middle school friend to Haru and Makoto. He reunites with them in ''Eternal Summer'' when Makoto begins teaching his little brother Hayato how to swim. He has more focus in ''Starting Days'', where he is shown to be an avid basketball player.
22nd Feb '17 2:42:30 AM HebiKaze10
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* MaybeEverAfter / OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Heavily implied. He follows Makoto to to Tokyo and moves near him at the end of the second season.]]



* MaybeEverAfter / OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Heavily implied he's together with Haruka when they leave together to go to Tokyo at the end of the second season.]]
11th Feb '17 8:56:03 PM ImperialStars
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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The whole point of [[spoiler: ''Eternal Summer''. While everyone seems to be moving foward with their lives, it seems that Haru is only wishing for time to stand still so he never has to step out of High School. Not because he wants to [[GrowingUpSucks stay a teenager forever]], but because he wants to have his friends around always and keep on swimming the way he wants to, being free from outside pressure. As he realizes that his friends are all following their own dreams while he obviously has none, as it appears each time more inevitable that they will soon have to part ways, he completely closes off and lashes out whenever asked about his plans for the future.]]

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The whole point of [[spoiler: ''Eternal Summer''. While everyone seems to be moving foward forward with their lives, it seems that Haru is only wishing for time to stand still so he never has to step out of High School. Not because he wants to [[GrowingUpSucks stay a teenager forever]], but because he wants to have his friends around always and keep on swimming the way he wants to, being free from outside pressure. As he realizes that his friends are all following their own dreams while he obviously has none, as it appears each time more inevitable that they will soon have to part ways, he completely closes off and lashes out whenever asked about his plans for the future.]]
7th Feb '17 8:59:51 AM Wilderstorm
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* AloofBigBrother: Although Gou does worry about his well-being, he's never shown to be at all close to her.

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* AloofBigBrother: Although Gou does worry worries about his well-being, he's never shown to be at all close to her.well-being throughout Season 1, but he rarely interacts with her and is almost as dismissive of his sister as he is of his old friends.



* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and felt left out of their league. Rin concluded his efforts were clouded because the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations were what made him want to quit, but swimming against Haru in the first episode was what reignited his drive to swim.]]

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* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and felt left out of their league. Rin concluded his efforts were clouded because the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations were what made him want to quit, but swimming against Haru in the first episode was what reignited reignites his drive to swim.]]



* CheerfulChild: Used to be, but his behavior changed when [[spoiler: he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan was his breaking point.]]

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* CheerfulChild: Used to be, but his behavior changed when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan was his breaking point.]]



* DisappearedDad: It turns out that he [[spoiler: died in a typhoon during Rin and Gou's childhood.]]

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* DisappearedDad: It turns out that he [[spoiler: died [[spoiler:died in a typhoon during Rin and Gou's childhood.]]
7th Feb '17 8:56:33 AM Wilderstorm
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* TheAce: Of Samezuka's team in Eternal Summer, when he's the captain. He sets multiple records, is highly sought-after by universities, and

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* TheAce: Of Samezuka's team in Eternal Summer, when he's the captain. He sets multiple records, is highly sought-after by universities, and is only ever matched or beaten by Sousuke (in Butterfly, unofficially) or Haru (in Freestyle).
7th Feb '17 8:41:24 AM Wilderstorm
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* TheAce: Of Samezuka's team in Eternal Summer, when he's the captain. He sets multiple records, is highly sought-after by universities, and



** BigBrotherInstinct: In the drama CD, however, he does mention that Seijuurou shouldn't call other people's little sisters by their first name without first asking permission. He's talking about Gou, of course. When Seijuurou asks permission to call Gou by her first name (jokingly), Rin cuts him off with "NO."
*** Another drama CD scene reveals that he's paranoid over Gou going out every Sunday, thinking she has a boyfriend. When Nitori suggests that Seijuurou likes Gou, Rin immediately confronts the captain, who, says he went to see a movie with "the little sister". Turns out, Seijuurou meant he went to the movie with his own sister.
*** In the anime itself he does occasionally demonstrate concern/affection for Gou, such as walking her back to the hotel she's staying in after it turns out both their schools were training on the same island. Still, Sousuke notices that they're not as close as Gou would like and offhandedly tells Rin to spend more time with her.



* BenchedHero: [[spoiler:During TheStinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removed him from the Samezuka relay because his mind wasn't clear on winning with his team.]]

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* BenchedHero: [[spoiler:During TheStinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removed removes him from the Samezuka relay because his mind wasn't clear is too focused on beating Haru instead of winning with his own team.]]]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: More obviously in Eternal Summer; he's more [[AloofBigBrother aloof]] and troubled in Season 1, and avoids her nearly as much as he avoids the Iwatobi swimmers.
** In the drama CD based in Season 1, he does mention that Seijuurou shouldn't call other people's little sisters by their first name without first asking permission. Naturally, Rin is referring to Gou. When Seijuurou asks permission to call Gou by her first name (jokingly), [[MySisterIsOffLimits Rin cuts him off with "NO."]]
** Another drama CD scene reveals that he's paranoid over Gou going out every Sunday, thinking she has a boyfriend. When Nitori suggests that Seijuurou likes Gou, Rin immediately confronts the captain, who, says he went to see a movie with "the little sister". Turns out, Seijuurou meant he went to the movie with his own sister.
** In the anime itself he does occasionally demonstrate concern/affection for Gou, such as walking her back to the hotel she's staying in after it turns out both their schools were training on the same island. Still, Sousuke notices that they're not as close as Gou would like and offhandedly tells Rin to spend more time with her.
7th Feb '17 4:16:13 AM Wilderstorm
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Characters of ''Anime/{{Free}}''. Names are in western order. Characters and tropes specific to the movie should go [[Characters/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays here]].

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Characters of ''Anime/{{Free}}''. Names are in western order. Characters and tropes specific to the movie should go [[Characters/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays here]].
here]]. '''Some major spoilers in trope names, proceed with caution'''



* TheBigGuy: He's the best swimmer in Rin's team and also the tallest and most muscular. He's the only main character taller than Makoto and Seijuurou.
* [[spoiler:BrokenAce]]
* [[spoiler:CareerEndingInjury]]: [[spoiler:There's been lots of {{Foreshadowing}} in the way he uses his left shoulder, and in episode 8 of season 2, Kisumi reveals that Sousuke has a serious injury to his ''right'' shoulder. In episode 10, Sousuke reveals to Rin that he damaged it in his first year of high school due to pushing himself too hard with increasingly intense training. And because he never stopped training to address the problem, the joint has broken down to the point that it can't be fixed.]]

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* TheBigGuy: He's the best swimmer in Rin's team and also the tallest and most muscular. He's physically imposing, being impressively muscular and the only main character taller than Makoto and Seijuurou.
* [[spoiler:BrokenAce]]
BrokenAce: He's an incredibly talented, powerful swimmer who is nationally-ranked for Butterfly. He's also intimidating, has limited social skills with everyone but Rin, and [[spoiler:has a CareerEndingInjury to his shoulder]].
* [[spoiler:CareerEndingInjury]]: [[spoiler:There's been lots of CareerEndingInjury: [[spoiler:There is major {{Foreshadowing}} throughout the season in the way he uses his left shoulder, and in episode 8 of season 2, 8, Kisumi reveals that Sousuke has a serious injury to his ''right'' shoulder. In episode 10, Sousuke reveals to Rin that he damaged it in his first year of high school due to pushing himself too hard with increasingly intense training. And because he never stopped training to address the problem, the joint has broken down to the point that it can't be fixed.]]



* [[spoiler:DentedIron]]: [[spoiler:Overtraining led to a shoulder injury. Numbing the pain and ''continuing'' to train intensely caused permanent damage to the joint and will prevent him from ever swimming professionally.]]

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* [[spoiler:DentedIron]]: DentedIron: [[spoiler:Overtraining led to a shoulder injury. Numbing the pain and ''continuing'' to train intensely caused permanent damage to the joint and will prevent him from ever swimming professionally.]]



* [[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 a major advantage going into the freestyle leg of their relay at regionals.]]

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* [[spoiler:GameBreakingInjury]]: 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 a major advantage going into the freestyle leg of their relay at regionals.]]



* TeamDad: Almost everything about his behaviors reflect this in him. From his overprotectiveness of Rin (especially when [[spoiler: confronting Haru in ES episode 2]] ) to the way he acts around the other Samezuka swim team members. There are even long posts on tumblr about how he wears "dad outfits."

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* TeamDad: Almost everything about his behaviors reflect this in him. From his overprotectiveness of Rin (especially when [[spoiler: confronting [[spoiler:confronting Haru in ES episode 2]] ) 2]]) to the way he acts around the other Samezuka swim team members. There are even long posts on tumblr about how he wears "dad outfits."
15th Jan '17 10:53:33 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: He's the only one on the team with no swimming experience and chooses to take up ''butterfly?'' Butterfly is notorious for being the [[DifficultButAwesome hardest stroke to learn and master]]. It's always the last stroke taught to new swimmers, and it's insanely exhausting and requires very precise timing. Turns out it is the [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining only way he can swim]] for quite a while due to its highly technical aspect.
5th Jan '17 5:51:20 AM Wilderstorm
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* TheBigGuy: He's the best swimmer in Rin's team and also the tallest and most muscular. So far he's the only main character taller than Makoto, or even Seijuurou.

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* TheBigGuy: He's the best swimmer in Rin's team and also the tallest and most muscular. So far he's He's the only main character taller than Makoto, or even Makoto and Seijuurou.
5th Jan '17 5:22:53 AM Wilderstorm
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* {{Bishonen}}: They're all slim, tall (bar Nagisa and Nitori), and handsome, and could be more accurately described as "pretty" than "manly," which is par for the course for most swimmers.

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* {{Bishonen}}: They're all slim, tall (bar Nagisa and Nitori), and handsome, and could be more accurately described as "pretty" than "manly," "manly" (except for Seijuurou and Sousuke), which is par for the course for most swimmers.



** This may also apply to his relationship with Gou.

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** This may also apply to his His relationship with Gou.Gou has shades of this as well, especially when he tells Rin to spend more time with her and [[YouMustBeCold gives her his jacket]] after Nitori accidentally sprays her with a water gun in episode 14.



* [[spoiler: BrokenAce]]

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* [[spoiler: BrokenAce]][[spoiler:BrokenAce]]



* CharacterTics: Twisting his shoulder [[spoiler: because of his GameBreakingInjury.]]

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* CharacterTics: Twisting his shoulder [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because of his GameBreakingInjury.]]



* [[spoiler:DentedIron]]: [[spoiler:Overtraining led to a shoulder injury. ''Continuing'' to train intensely caused permanent damage to the joint and will prevent him from ever swimming professionally.]]

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* DefrostingIceKing: A non-romantic example as he develops from a closed-off and intimidating loner to a TeamDad for the Samezuka relay team. Eventually, he even warms up to the Iwatobi team, most obviously in ES 14.
* [[spoiler:DentedIron]]: [[spoiler:Overtraining led to a shoulder injury. ''Continuing'' Numbing the pain and ''continuing'' to train intensely caused permanent damage to the joint and will prevent him from ever swimming professionally.]]



* [[spoiler: ShowerOfAngst: Seen at the end of episode 9. ]]

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* [[spoiler: ShowerOfAngst: Seen at [[spoiler:At the end of episode 9. 9, after he aggravates his shoulder injury.]]



* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:Once he briefly parted ways with Rin during childhood, he went off to rigorously train himself so that one day he would compete with him. All that training, however, resulted in him damaging his right shoulder to the point that he'll never be able to swim professionally.]]

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* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:Once he briefly parted [[spoiler:After parting ways with Rin during childhood, in middle school, he went off to rigorously train himself so that one day he would compete with him. All that training, however, resulted in him damaging his right shoulder to the point that he'll never be able to swim professionally.]]



* WatchingTheSunset: [[spoiler: During the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, Sousuke is the only one whose sequence hints a BittersweetEnding. He's only seen watching the sunset all alone on a deserted quay, hinting that his swimming days are probably over, despite Rin's encouragements, and that he may have to go his own way and start a new life, on his own.]]

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* WatchingTheSunset: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, Sousuke is the only one whose sequence hints a BittersweetEnding. He's only seen watching the sunset all alone on a deserted quay, hinting that his swimming days are probably over, despite Rin's encouragements, and that he may have to go his own way and start a new life, on his own.]]
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