I feel that this week’s episode addressed a really important issue. The whole season is obviously addressing young people choosing what to do with their future, but this episode really showed just how much of a struggle it is for those who don’t know what they want to do, and the issues the pressure that is put on us when we’re being made to decide, when we’re expected to do great things, can bring about.
I think it was a particularly important issue to address within this series, because it’s an anime focused around swimming. Because this episode, the most talented swimmer who loves nothing more than to swim, was so absorbed in that pressure that it began to drown him, and that’s exactly how it feels when you’re under pressure.
You feel like you’re drowning.
It honestly nearly brought me to tears.