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|kanji = 七瀬 遙
 
|kanji = 七瀬 遙
 
|romaji = Nanase Haruka
 
|romaji = Nanase Haruka
|aka = Haru <small>(by Makoto and Rin)</small> <br>
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|aka = Haru <small>(by Makoto and Rin)</small> <br/>
Haruka-senpai <small>(by Rei and Gou)</small><br>
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Haruka-senpai <small>(by Rei and Gou)</small><br/>
 
Haru-chan <small>(by Makoto and Nagisa)</small>
 
Haru-chan <small>(by Makoto and Nagisa)</small>
 
|gender = Male
 
|gender = Male
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|weight = 38 kg (84 lb) <small>(''High☆Speed!'')</small><br/>
 
|weight = 38 kg (84 lb) <small>(''High☆Speed!'')</small><br/>
 
63 kg (139 lb) <small>(''Free!'')</small>
 
63 kg (139 lb) <small>(''Free!'')</small>
|occupation = <br>
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|occupation = <br/>
University student<br>
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University student<br/>
 
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|education = [[Hidaka University]] <br>
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|education = [[Hidaka University]] <br/>
[[Image:Iwatobi Badge.png|20px|link=Iwatobi High School]] [[Iwatobi High School]] <small>(former)</small><br>[[Iwatobi Junior High School|Iwatobi Jr High School]] <small>(former)</small><br>
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[[Image:Iwatobi Badge.png|20px|link=Iwatobi High School]] [[Iwatobi High School]] <small>(former)</small><br/>[[Iwatobi Junior High School|Iwatobi Jr High School]] <small>(former)</small><br/>
[[Iwatobi Elementary School|Iwatobi Elementary]] <small>(former)</small><br>
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[[Iwatobi Elementary School|Iwatobi Elementary]] <small>(former)</small><br/>
 
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|clubs = [[Hidaka University Swim Club]]<br>
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|clubs = [[Hidaka University Swim Club]]<br/>
[[Iwatobi High School Swim Club|Iwatobi High School Swim Club]] <small>(former)</small><br>
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[[Iwatobi High School Swim Club|Iwatobi High School Swim Club]] <small>(former)</small><br/>
[[Iwatobi Junior High School Swim Club|Iwatobi Jr High School Swim Club]] <small>(former)</small><br>
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[[Iwatobi Junior High School Swim Club|Iwatobi Jr High School Swim Club]] <small>(former)</small><br/>
Iwatobi JHS Library committee<br>
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Iwatobi JHS Library committee<br/>
[[Image:ITSC RETURNS Logo.png|20px|link=Iwatobi Swimming Club]] [[Iwatobi Swimming Club]] <small>(former)</small><br>
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[[Image:ITSC RETURNS Logo.png|20px|link=Iwatobi Swimming Club]] [[Iwatobi Swimming Club]] <small>(former)</small><br/>
 
{{Clear}}
 
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|position = Vice-captain<br>
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|position = Vice-captain<br/>
 
<small>(Iwatobi High School Swim Club; former)</small>
 
<small>(Iwatobi High School Swim Club; former)</small>
|style = <br>
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|style = <br/>
[[Swimming (sport)#Swim Styles|Freestyle]]<br>
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[[Swimming (sport)#Swim Styles|Freestyle]]<br/>
 
{{Clear}}
 
{{Clear}}
|events = 50m free<br>
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|events = 50m free<br/>
100m free<br>
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100m free<br/>
200m free<br>
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200m free<br/>
 
4x100m medley relay
 
4x100m medley relay
|relatives = [[Mr and Mrs Nanase|Father]]<br>
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|relatives = [[Mr and Mrs Nanase|Father]]<br/>
Mother<br>
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Mother<br/>
 
Grandmother <small>(''deceased'')</small><ref name ="E1"/>
 
Grandmother <small>(''deceased'')</small><ref name ="E1"/>
|japanese = [[Nobunaga Shimazaki]]<br>
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|japanese = [[Nobunaga Shimazaki]]<br/>
 
[[Megumi Matsumoto]] <small>(child)</small>
 
[[Megumi Matsumoto]] <small>(child)</small>
|english = [[Todd Haberkorn]]<br>
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|english = [[Todd Haberkorn]]<br/>
 
[[Lara Woodhull]] <small>(child)</small>
 
[[Lara Woodhull]] <small>(child)</small>
 
|anime = [[S1E01 Reunion at the Starting Block!|Episode 1]]
 
|anime = [[S1E01 Reunion at the Starting Block!|Episode 1]]
 
|novel = [[HS1C01:_Swim|Chapter 1]]
 
|novel = [[HS1C01:_Swim|Chapter 1]]
 
|image gallery = no}}
 
|image gallery = no}}
'''Haruka Nanase''' (七瀬 遙 ''Nanase Haruka'') is the main protagonist of the anime series ''[[Free!]]'' and the light novel ''[[High☆Speed!]]''. He is a freestyle swimmer and was the vice-captain of the [[Iwatobi High School Swim Club]]. He is currently a freshman at [[Hidaka University]] where he also a member of the swim club.
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'''Haruka Nanase''' (七瀬 遙 ''Nanase Haruka'') is the main protagonist of the anime series ''[[Free!]]'' and the light novel [[High☆Speed!]]. He is a freestyle swimmer and was the vice-captain of the [[Iwatobi High School Swim Club]]. He is currently a freshman at [[Hidaka University]] where he also a member of the swim club.
   
 
==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
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Haruka's fixation with water sometimes makes him a comical figure as he will strip down to his jammer just about anywhere if there's available water nearby (including a fish tank). He even considers an encounter with a waterfall to be romantic. Despite being stoic, he ''is'' ticklish, as seen in the seventh FrFr short.
 
Haruka's fixation with water sometimes makes him a comical figure as he will strip down to his jammer just about anywhere if there's available water nearby (including a fish tank). He even considers an encounter with a waterfall to be romantic. Despite being stoic, he ''is'' ticklish, as seen in the seventh FrFr short.
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==History==
 
==History==
 
 
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Childhood=
 
Childhood=
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==Creation and Conception==
 
==Creation and Conception==
Hiroko Utsumi, the director of Seasons 1 and 2 of the ''[[Free!]]'' anime, describes Haruka as "equipped with 'coolness'." "One aspect of him is his love for water. He has a bit of an eccentric image; he has trouble interacting with people at a fundamental level. If he’s not interested in something, he won’t do it. Normally his facial expression is very unsociable, but he gets highly emotional when it comes to water. He’s a direct boy who has a strong obsession with the freedom that water gives him." She adds that the audience will get to see Haruka gradually change as he matures throughout the series, as seen in [[S1E09 Hesitant Loosen Up!|episode 9]].<ref name="TVGUIDE">Free! TV Animation Guidebook</ref><ref name="E9">Episode 9</ref>
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Hiroko Utsumi, the director of seasons 1 and 2 of the ''[[Free!]]'' anime, describes Haruka as "equipped with 'coolness'." "One aspect of him is his love for water. He has a bit of an eccentric image; he has trouble interacting with people at a fundamental level. If he’s not interested in something, he won’t do it. Normally his facial expression is very unsociable, but he gets highly emotional when it comes to water. He’s a direct boy who has a strong obsession with the freedom that water gives him." She adds that the audience will get to see Haruka gradually change as he matures throughout the series, as seen in [[S1E09 Hesitant Loosen Up!|episode nine]].<ref name="TVGUIDE">Free! TV Animation Guidebook</ref><ref name="E9">Episode 9</ref>
   
 
The animators had little trouble designing Haruka's character, paying special attention to his eyes, made blue to reflect his love of water. On close-ups of his eyes, the animators have made them detailed, using many frames to make them life-like. Character designer Futoshi Nishiya dresses Haruka with clothing for easy removal because whenever he sees water, he wants to swim in it. The designer also says that when he designed school uniforms for the [[Iwatobi High School]] students, they fit perfectly on everyone except Haruka, shocking the crew.
 
The animators had little trouble designing Haruka's character, paying special attention to his eyes, made blue to reflect his love of water. On close-ups of his eyes, the animators have made them detailed, using many frames to make them life-like. Character designer Futoshi Nishiya dresses Haruka with clothing for easy removal because whenever he sees water, he wants to swim in it. The designer also says that when he designed school uniforms for the [[Iwatobi High School]] students, they fit perfectly on everyone except Haruka, shocking the crew.
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*The name '''[https://www.behindthename.com/name/haruka Haruka] '''means "distant, remote" (遥).
 
*The name '''[https://www.behindthename.com/name/haruka Haruka] '''means "distant, remote" (遥).
 
** It can also mean "spring" (春) or "clear weather" (晴) ('''haru''') and "flower, blossom" (花) or "fragrance" (香) ('''ka''').
 
** It can also mean "spring" (春) or "clear weather" (晴) ('''haru''') and "flower, blossom" (花) or "fragrance" (香) ('''ka''').
 
 
* Haruka's surname '''Nanase '''means "seven" (七) ('''nana''') and "swift current, rapids" (瀬) ('''se''').
 
* Haruka's surname '''Nanase '''means "seven" (七) ('''nana''') and "swift current, rapids" (瀬) ('''se''').
 
* Haruka shares his first name and last name with a [https://hagure.fandom.com/wiki/Haruka_Nanase female character] from [https://hagure.fandom.com/wiki/Haruka_Nanase Hagure Yūsha no Esutetika]
 
* Haruka shares his first name and last name with a [https://hagure.fandom.com/wiki/Haruka_Nanase female character] from [https://hagure.fandom.com/wiki/Haruka_Nanase Hagure Yūsha no Esutetika]
 
 
*Like all members of the [[Iwatobi High School]] Swimming Club, Haruka has a typically feminine name.
 
*Like all members of the [[Iwatobi High School]] Swimming Club, Haruka has a typically feminine name.
 
*Haruka shares same birthday as the real-life U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, [[wikipedia:Michael Phelps|Michael Phelps]].
 
*Haruka shares same birthday as the real-life U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, [[wikipedia:Michael Phelps|Michael Phelps]].
 
*Haruka often bathes wearing his jammers. <ref name="E1">Episode 1</ref>
 
*Haruka often bathes wearing his jammers. <ref name="E1">Episode 1</ref>
 
*Haruka has excellent art skills, such as drawing and wood carving.<ref name="Episode 2">Episode 2</ref>
 
*Haruka has excellent art skills, such as drawing and wood carving.<ref name="Episode 2">Episode 2</ref>
*The year before, he submitted one of 987 entries in the [[Iwatobi Town]] mascot contest. His entry was named Tobimaru-kun and it wasn't very cute, according to [[Gou Matsuoka]].<ref>Episode 3 Preview</ref>
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*The year before, he submitted one of 987 entries in the [[Iwatobi Town]] mascot contest. His entry was named Tobimaru-kun and it wasn't very cute, according to [[Gou Matsuoka]].<ref>Episode 3 preview</ref>
 
*Haruka could be called "hydro-sexual" because he has expressed romantic feelings towards water when younger, though whether this continues into high school is unstated.<ref name="E6">Episode 6</ref>
 
*Haruka could be called "hydro-sexual" because he has expressed romantic feelings towards water when younger, though whether this continues into high school is unstated.<ref name="E6">Episode 6</ref>
*Haruka has said "''Tadaima''" (ただいま), meaning "''I'm home''", upon arriving at the [[Iwatobi Swimming Club|swimming club]] during elementary school.<ref>Episode 7 Preview</ref>
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*Haruka has said "''Tadaima''" (ただいま), meaning "''I'm home''", upon arriving at the [[Iwatobi Swimming Club|swimming club]] during elementary school.<ref>Episode 7 preview</ref>
 
*When asked which friend he would date if he were a girl, Haruka first chooses [[Makoto Tachibana]] saying it would be easiest, but quickly changes to [[Nagisa Hazuki]] when Nagisa promises to cook him mackerel for breakfast every morning.<ref name="DIARY1.3">Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 3</ref>
 
*When asked which friend he would date if he were a girl, Haruka first chooses [[Makoto Tachibana]] saying it would be easiest, but quickly changes to [[Nagisa Hazuki]] when Nagisa promises to cook him mackerel for breakfast every morning.<ref name="DIARY1.3">Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 3</ref>
 
*[[Rei Ryugazaki]] states that Haruka's decisions all center around mackerel.<ref name="DIARY1.3" />
 
*[[Rei Ryugazaki]] states that Haruka's decisions all center around mackerel.<ref name="DIARY1.3" />
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*Once in elementary school, Haruka sleep-laughed, which is one of the rare times he has laughed out loud, besides when being tickled.
 
*Once in elementary school, Haruka sleep-laughed, which is one of the rare times he has laughed out loud, besides when being tickled.
 
*Haruka motif animal is a dolphin.
 
*Haruka motif animal is a dolphin.
 
 
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Revision as of 09:28, August 2, 2020


I only swim freestyle.
— Haruka Nanase.
Haruka Nanase
Haru s3 pfp
Kanji 七瀬 遙
Rōmaji Nanase Haruka
Also known as Haru (by Makoto and Rin)

Haruka-senpai (by Rei and Gou)
Haru-chan (by Makoto and Nagisa)

Description
Gender Male
Sign Cancer
Birthday June 30th
Age 12 (High☆Speed!)

17(Free!)
19 (Dive to the Future)

Height 145 cm (4'9") (High☆Speed!)

175 cm (5'9") (Free!)
177 cm (5'10") (Dive to the Future)

Weight 38 kg (84 lb) (High☆Speed!)

63 kg (139 lb) (Free!)

Professional Status
Occupation

University student

Education Hidaka University

Iwatobi Badge Iwatobi High School (former)
Iwatobi Jr High School (former)
Iwatobi Elementary (former)

Clubs Hidaka University Swim Club

Iwatobi High School Swim Club (former)
Iwatobi Jr High School Swim Club (former)
Iwatobi JHS Library committee
ITSC RETURNS Logo Iwatobi Swimming Club (former)

Position Vice-captain

(Iwatobi High School Swim Club; former)

Swim Style

Freestyle

Events 50m free

100m free
200m free
4x100m medley relay

Personal Status
Relatives Father

Mother
Grandmother (deceased)[1]

Debut
Anime Episode 1
Light Novel Chapter 1
Voice Actors
Japanese Nobunaga Shimazaki

Megumi Matsumoto (child)

English Todd Haberkorn

Lara Woodhull (child)

Haruka Nanase (七瀬 遙 Nanase Haruka) is the main protagonist of the anime series Free! and the light novel High☆Speed!. He is a freestyle swimmer and was the vice-captain of the Iwatobi High School Swim Club. He is currently a freshman at Hidaka University where he also a member of the swim club.

Appearance

Haruka Full

Haruka is a muscular young man with short, straight black hair and blue eyes. He always maintains a serious expression and rarely expresses emotion. In high school, he often wears his jammers beneath his regular clothing in order to be ready to swim on a moment's notice. As pointed out by members of his swim team, all of his jammers are nearly identical (black with minor variations in the violet striping), yet he claims they all fit differently and he often has trouble selecting which one to wear in the morning.[2] The most developed muscles of his form are his tricep and abdominal muscles (upper arms and abdomen).[3]

His autumn and winter high school uniform consists of brown trousers, a long-sleeved white shirt with a green necktie, dark gray blazer, and blue sneakers. During the spring and summer, he wears gray trousers, a short-sleeved white shirt with a dark gray collar, a green dotted necktie, and blue sneakers. When not in school, Haru dresses in stylish, casual clothes suited for his age.

Personality

Haru in the store

Haruka about to enter a fish tank.

Haruka is a quiet but determined individual with a strong affinity for water. His greatest asset is his confidence in his decisions, once made. Despite his cool persona, which many perceive as uncaring, he is protective towards his friends, particularly those on his high school swim team: Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki and Rei Ryugazaki, but particularly Makoto, his best friend since childhood. This is seen twice during the team's seaside summer training -- first, when Makoto feels compelled to tell his team the truth about his fear of the ocean and Haruka, immediately sensing Makoto's discomfort, commands Rei to drop the question, though Makoto insists just the same and second, when Haruka actually rescues Makoto from nearly drowning earlier on.

Haruka also values his relationship with Rin Matsuoka, another childhood friend with whom he shares an intense athletic rivalry. During elementary school, while on break from schooling in Australia, Rin loses to Haruka in a private race and declares he's quitting swimming altogether. Though Rin's reasons are otherwise, Haruka believes it's his fault and, out of guilt, quits competitive swimming. When Rin returns for high schooling in Japan, an impromptu race restores both of their competitive spirits and both join their respective school teams. Later, at tournament, Rin is released from his school's relay team and runs off. Haruka seeks him out and reminds him that it was Rin who taught him that the most important thing about swimming is not winning, but teamwork with friends. Rin takes Rei's place in the relay race and although the Iwatobi team's win is rescinded, everyone's friendships are restored.[4] 

Haruka's fixation with water sometimes makes him a comical figure as he will strip down to his jammer just about anywhere if there's available water nearby (including a fish tank). He even considers an encounter with a waterfall to be romantic. Despite being stoic, he is ticklish, as seen in the seventh FrFr short.

History

Haruka has been friends with Makoto since early childhood, meeting him on a local playground in Iwatobi. As the playing children run to see a passing rabbit, Makoto trips and falls but is helped up by Haruka who sees his distress. Since that time, the proximity of their homes and complementary personalities grows their friendship. One day, Makoto asks Haruka to join the local swim club with him, but Haruka refuses saying, "it's too much trouble." When Makoto replies he won't join either, Haru asks why and Makoto says there's no point if Haruka isn't with him. Haruka eventually does join and others begin to see his incredible talent. [5]

While attending elementary school, Haruka teams up with Makoto, Nagisa and Rin to form a relay team that wins a tournament.

In Middle School, Haruka doesn't intend to join clubs because it will detract from his swimming time. On the first day of school, classmate Asahi Shiina approaches saying, "You look like the type of guy with no friends," getting off on the wrong foot with him, though he fails to realize it. Haruka doesn't want Asahi to call him "Haru" like Makoto, but says he can because he wants the boy to stop following him around.[6] Haruka is eventually drafted into the Iwatobi Junior High School Swim Club, along with Makoto, Asahi and Ikuya Kirishima. Later in the school year, when Makoto creates distance between them, Haruka is the one to reach out and initiate amends. He also makes a pinky promise with Ikuya that they will one day swim a race against one another. Their team, however, falls apart when Asahi moves away and Haru quits competitive swimming (causing Makoto to also quit), hurting Ikuya deeply.

Story

Main article: Haruka Nanase/Story

Skill

That Haru... Every time I swim against him, he gets faster. He's like a freaking monster!
Rin Matsuoka to Sosuke Yamazaki, on racing Haruka.

Current stats:

Stamina
4/5 HARUKA STATS
Body
3/5
Mental Strength
3/5
Water Repellency
6/5
Logic
1/5
Smile
1/5


Expected stats:

Stamina
5/5 HARUKA STATS
Body
5/5
Mental Strength
5/5
Water Repellency
8/5
Logic
2/5
Smile
5/5


Relationships

Main article: Haruka Nanase/Relationships

Music

Main article: Haruka Nanase/Music

Creation and Conception

Hiroko Utsumi, the director of seasons 1 and 2 of the Free! anime, describes Haruka as "equipped with 'coolness'." "One aspect of him is his love for water. He has a bit of an eccentric image; he has trouble interacting with people at a fundamental level. If he’s not interested in something, he won’t do it. Normally his facial expression is very unsociable, but he gets highly emotional when it comes to water. He’s a direct boy who has a strong obsession with the freedom that water gives him." She adds that the audience will get to see Haruka gradually change as he matures throughout the series, as seen in episode nine.[7][8]

The animators had little trouble designing Haruka's character, paying special attention to his eyes, made blue to reflect his love of water. On close-ups of his eyes, the animators have made them detailed, using many frames to make them life-like. Character designer Futoshi Nishiya dresses Haruka with clothing for easy removal because whenever he sees water, he wants to swim in it. The designer also says that when he designed school uniforms for the Iwatobi High School students, they fit perfectly on everyone except Haruka, shocking the crew.

The animators named Haruka a "waterdere," because water brings out his emotions, which nothing else can do. "Sometimes it's obvious that he loves water by how much his eyes sparkle when he sees it. Those kinds of actions and glances speak as much as words to help bring out that humanity in him," Utsumi explains in one interview.[7]

Trivia

  • The name Haruka means "distant, remote" (遥).
    • It can also mean "spring" (春) or "clear weather" (晴) (haru) and "flower, blossom" (花) or "fragrance" (香) (ka).
  • Haruka's surname Nanase means "seven" (七) (nana) and "swift current, rapids" (瀬) (se).
  • Haruka shares his first name and last name with a female character from Hagure Yūsha no Esutetika
  • Like all members of the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club, Haruka has a typically feminine name.
  • Haruka shares same birthday as the real-life U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, Michael Phelps.
  • Haruka often bathes wearing his jammers. [1]
  • Haruka has excellent art skills, such as drawing and wood carving.[9]
  • The year before, he submitted one of 987 entries in the Iwatobi Town mascot contest. His entry was named Tobimaru-kun and it wasn't very cute, according to Gou Matsuoka.[10]
  • Haruka could be called "hydro-sexual" because he has expressed romantic feelings towards water when younger, though whether this continues into high school is unstated.[11]
  • Haruka has said "Tadaima" (ただいま), meaning "I'm home", upon arriving at the swimming club during elementary school.[12]
  • When asked which friend he would date if he were a girl, Haruka first chooses Makoto Tachibana saying it would be easiest, but quickly changes to Nagisa Hazuki when Nagisa promises to cook him mackerel for breakfast every morning.[13]
  • Rei Ryugazaki states that Haruka's decisions all center around mackerel.[13]
  • Haruka and Makoto appear to have a game that consists of Makoto guessing what Haruka is thinking and is usually correct, stunning those around them.[14]
  • Haruka once wore a girl's swimsuit in elementary school when Nagisa borrowed his trunks because the blond's sister swapped out his swimsuit for a female one. Haruka claims that he had no recollection of this memory, but admits he does by the track's end.[15]
  • According to Free! TV ANIMATION GUIDE BOOK:
    • Haruka's best subjects are Home Economics and Art; his least favorite is English.
    • Haruka likes cooking and is good at it. He once baked a chocolate-mackerel cake for Makoto's birthday.[16]
  • Haruka bathes with a dolphin toy he received on his first day at Iwatobi Swim Club.
  • Haruka is ticklish and hates being touched.
  • Once in elementary school, Haruka sleep-laughed, which is one of the rare times he has laughed out loud, besides when being tickled.
  • Haruka motif animal is a dolphin.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 1
  2. Episode 4
  3. Episode 13
  4. Episode 12
  5. Episode 18
  6. High☆Speed! Volume 2, Chapter 1: Jump
  7. 7.0 7.1 Free! TV Animation Guidebook
  8. Episode 9
  9. Episode 2
  10. Episode 3 preview
  11. Episode 6
  12. Episode 7 preview
  13. 13.0 13.1 Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 3
  14. Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 5
  15. Iwatobi High School Swimming Club's Diary 1: Track 6
  16. Birthday Suprise-Free! Iwatobi

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