rinrei is real (x)
reblogging this once again because
"Rei gave his relay spot to Rin, he worked very hard in the spirit of For the Team."
"Rei worked very hard in the spirit of For The Team”
"For the Team" = Rin
I knew all these but to see it written in canon material… RinRei is SO FVCKING REAL I’M CRYING ;v;
I’m pretty sure I made a post about this long before season 2 started, but I’m too lazy to go dig it up now so I’ll say it again:
Rei has always, naturally embodied the spirit of “For The Team”. He was very excited at the prospect of swimming in the same lane as his friends when the medley relay was first brought up - he even mentioned he had been watching Olympic videos and found relays to be beautiful. To Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa, relays became such an important thing because Rin taught them through his own idealistic, romantic vision. And even in their high school years, they still carried that feeling with them.
But Rei? Rei felt the same way about relays on his own, because he saw how amazing it is to become one with your teammates, way before he had actually experienced it in the flesh. It may not be to the same extent, but he and Rin shared that vision before they even knew each other. And when Rin forgot that special feeling, it was Rei who gave him - gave all of his teammates, really - the chance to live that again, regardless of how painful it was for him.
More than just swimming together, it is that kind of chivalry that really stands for the concept of “For The Team” - to make a (huge) sacrifice for the sake of your friends. And these two? They had a bond before they could even get acquainted. They were friends all along.