Interviewer:And how about the linchpin of the series, Haruka?
Utsumi:For Haruka…we really discussed a lot [about what path he would take].
Interviewer:I couldn’t tear my eyes away to the very end, wondering what sort of future this boy—who back in Season 1 said he couldn’t wait to be normal—would wind up choosing.
Utsumi:Yes, he did say that in Season 1 (haha). Haruka’s kind of a weird kid, so we discussed a lot about what sort of future he’d choose. It was easy to imagine the core Haruka as someone who’d stay in his hometown, swimming as he liked, and that was actually one idea we tossed around. But the notion of Haruka swimming on the international stage resonated the most strongly with me—albeit not the exact same path that Rin’s walking, mind you. Rin’s motivation is to become a swimmer at the international level and score times at all manner of tournaments and win a gold medal, but even if Haruka chooses that same swimming career as Rin, I feel he’ll do it for his own, Haruka-ish reasons. He wants to swim “in the place”, the whole world, and that’s why he chooses that path. So while being a professional swimmer isn’t something Haruka would ever choose on his own, with his friends pushing him from behind, and pulling him along, I feel it’s a very Haruka-ish decision that he ultimately made.
Interviewer:So Haruka decided how to live his own future with the support of a lot of people.
Utsumi:Indeed; it’s a path Haruka never would have chosen himself. But despite claims that he doesn’t care about winning or losing or scoring certain times, he’s always been attentive to Rin’s presence. So I believe there were signs, deep down, that he would choose this path for his future.
“I’ve realized it myself lately as well—how things are 50% sexier when Rin does them. […] Somehow, when Rin does it…it’s like…umm, I feel like I’m about to say something I probably shouldn’t here…”—Utsumi Hiroko, losing control of her Rin boner in Spoon (via fencer-x)
“When I helped out as an animator for “Nausicaa”, there’s something that Miya-san [Hayao Miyazaki] often told me. It seems to have come from a Chinese sage, but, “There are three conditions for accomplishing something. Those are: Being young, Being poor, and Being unknown.” And, “No matter what, make friends.” So I was taught.”—Hideaki Anno (via ranseur)
dying of wait for the chapter 4 translation. Please I am hooked :)
I’m about halfway through but Sunday-Tuesday is my busiest work time and I went away this weekend so I’m really behind. Tomorrow at 6pm or so, I’ll be free to do something fun and I’ll prioritize the summary. Part 4 is actually about half of the story itself and then Part 5 is like 2 pages so I’ll probably just try to finish it.
Just FYI: tumblr user yuuchanneru is working on a full translation of this chapter (and possibly more?), so y’all will have that to look forward to too.
I also really want to read the Tsukiyama and Chie fight over a pop idol chapter in the other novel so if I end up reading that, I’ll summarize it too. It’s just a busy time in my life right now… I’m worried I’m using anime fandom to avoid reality… but eh, don’t we all?
Remember that movie in which Jack Black was a teacher and building a rock band and when a little black chubby girl asked to be a singer he only said “sure! let me hear you” and the moment she started using her beautiful voice his lit up like all of his dreams came true, PLUS the same little girl was scared that people would make fun of her because she was fat and he started listing awesome singers with some weight on and included himself and told her that people wouldn’t laugh because she is awesome at what she does and that is all that matters PLUS that it’s ok to enjoy food?
Also, when a little boy asked to be the band’s stylist he just said “sure, go ahead fancy pants” like, there wasn’t a single second of questioning it, he went into “ok, that will be your position then” right away
That fucking movie is an hour and a half of Jack Black teaching kids to love themselves disregarding all of the stereotypes