King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.
lmao idk if anyone finished translating last night but this part looks interesting:
Q: “There were several events that pushed Haruka, but I think the biggest push was when Rin took him to Australia.”
A: “Of course it wasn’t just that; there were Sousuke’s strong words, Nagisa and Rei’s thoughts, and the feelings that had slowly been piling up in Makoto’s heart, all of those were important. But when all of those things became incredibly overbearing to Haruka, I think the fact that Rin held out his hand was an incredibly big moment. Until episode 9, Rin had been pushing his own feelings onto Haruka, but after the locker room scene, Rin realized Haruka’s true feelings and began to think about what he could do for Haruka’s sake. Therefore, Rin made the decision himself to take Haruka to Australia, beacause he wanted Haru to experience the world for himself, to feel various things himself.”
i think something got cut off at the end, but this is what’s in the image.
Interviewer: It’s true that in Episode 1 of ES, when Rin said, “You still think you’re the best in the water though, right?” Haruka’s expression changed a bit.
Utsumi: Plus, I feel that if all he wanted to do was swim, he wouldn’t have joined a swimming club in the first place. There was no reason for him to participate in tournaments, either—he could’ve just gone to a public pool and swum to his heart’s content. He’s always been sensitive to winning and losing, instinctually; he simply never realized it. That’s why, after encountering Rin, he started getting so competitive. I’ve felt that Haruka has had those instincts within him ever since first reading the original novel (“High Speed!”), so this was all a journey to help Haruka realize that himself, I feel.
Interviewer: [Regarding episode 14, to be released with DVD 7 in March 2015] Can you give us a hint about what we can expect from that episode?
Hatta: The main 8 will form a single team! […] The Samezuka and Iwatobi teams will be shuffled. It’s usually Iwatobi vs. Samezuka, right? But wouldn’t you like to see something different, seeing interactions between characters you’ve never seen before? Like Makoto and Momotarou, for example.
Yokotani: But it won’t be a swimming match! (haha)
Hatta: Right! (haha) Everyone will deepen their relationships through this episode, so please look forward to seeing just what sorts of conversations these characters will have with each other!
"Sousuke’s future wasn’t explicitly described, so I’d like viewers to watch episode 13 and draw their own conclusions. Sousuke’s spent the last two years bearing this pain, and the decision he ultimately came to was what we saw in episode 10, so he can’t just come out and say, “I’m going to try swimming again,” easily. Plus, I’m sure hearing Rin tell him, “Come back!” must have been really painful for him. After all, if he could do that, he would’ve done so already. He can’t—and that’s why he gave up. So for Sousuke, those words were probably more painful than anything else. But on the flip side, hearing that from Rin of all people…was probably something he’d been wishing for from the bottom of his heart."
"Actually, we originally planned to include Rin in the imagery scene when the four Iwatobi members were swimming their relay at nationals, but Rin had his own team, swimming the relay with them, so it felt wrong having him swim with the Iwatobi team, and we left that out. But, for me, both Season 1 and ES together have been a story about the five of them, so without Rin there, it just felt lonely. But we did get to show them all swimming happily together in the sakura blossom pool in the end, so that was a scene I really loved."
Hatta: And also, the scene in episode 12 where Haruka and Rin have to share a bed due to a hotel mix-up was based on something that actually happened on the Australia location trip. Yokotani-san had an up-close-and-personal encounter with that double bed (haha).
Yokotani: That’s right! …We got out key, stepped into the room, saw there was just one double bed, and it was like, “EEH?!” And while the [male] staff member I was sharing the room with said, “I don’t mind~” I was still, “Noooo no no no.” (haha) Then when we checked with the lobby, we realized that Director Utsumi, who was supposed to have a single room for herself, somehow had wound up with two beds in hers…
Hatta: So the hotel staff member just made a mistake (haha).
"Rin taking Haruka to Australia was Director Utsumi’s idea, and even now, I still remember the moment she told us about it. We had these organizational camps where we’d do nothing but discuss the story’s composition the whole time, and it was there that we’d flesh out the general idea of how the story would go. When we’d gotten most everything hashed out, we were still faced with the issue of how Haruka’s feelings would change—it was really difficult deciding what sort of big dramatic event we could bring into his situation, and a lot of ideas were tossed around. But then, in the middle of all of that, Director Utsumi just dropped the bomb: “Why not have him go to Australia?” (haha) And at first, I thought, “That’s totally impossible!” but then I realized that the impossibility of the situation actually made it pretty possible—and that was the moment where I finally saw everything from the beginning of ES’s story to its conclusion. [aside to Hatta] Do you remember that? When I said, “Wait, I feel like I’ve just seen it—I’d like to think about this on my own for a bit, so please leave me alone.”"
"When I tried to think about what on earth could move the heart of a boy like Haruka, who’s awkward and never really gets agitated over anything, I realized that it would have to be something out of the box, or it wouldn’t work. But maybe something as big as going to Australia would be sufficient to awaken something within him. Haruka has never really left his hometown, has lived there his whole life, so he’s probably never really seen what “the world” really is. And I felt that if Rin had just taken him to visit some famous pool in Tokyo, it wouldn’t have been enough to really shake Haruka—but Rin himself would probably choose to take him to the place where he’d grown up, Australia. For Rin, Australia was a place filled with a lot of harsh memories—but they weren’t all bad, and he saw and experienced a lot of things there, so he’d want Haruka to see those same things. And I feel he was the only one who could do that for Haruka; its as a very “Rin” approach to the issue."