I generally go by Coyote!
Free! was my first sports anime. You know when you see an anime's coming out and you're pretty sure it's gonna be so ridiculously bad it'll be funny (at least for an episode or two)? Well, I saw Free! and thought hah an anime about half naked boys splashing around in a pool *snort* thta'll probably just be ridiculously flat and fanservicey. Why not. And then I saw it and I was just so??? Wow. W O W After that, I was more open to checking out other sports anime (and ended finding I really liked them.... though not as much as Free! >u>
God I just?? Well in no particular other than what's the easiest to articulate, Free! is an amazingly beautiful anime. The scenery? Beautiful. The characters? Beautiful. That sparkle in Haru's eyes when he sees something he really likes? REALLY BEAUTIFUL. The next would be the relatability? Haruka's my age and so I could just kind of see my life in the show (though I'm not a swimmer. I don't do sports at all lol just more. The overall feeling??). In that way, seeing the characters face and tackle different challenges in their life sort of made me feel like I could do the same? Next on the list would be the character relationships and interactions. Character interaction is always my main interest in any media, and for me, Free! just hit all the right notes in what I wanna see. We got to see all different kinds of friendship and each character was important to the others in different ways that I feel was very realistic.
*describes the entirety of Free! season 1* jkjk haha Seriously though, mmm... I know Rin's "I'll never swim with you again" had my heart stop and left me speechless while Splash Free played joyfully in the background. Also in season 2 when Haru just stopped swimming during the race??? Or when he punched the locker?!?!?!?! But yeah no that s1 scene just. Wow. "This means I'll never swim with you again. Never."
Oh my god Haruka Nanase is like... me?? I love him like so much. A lot of things I've heard him criticized for as a character are things I just... really relate to. Like he's lazy? Kind of stubborn? Pretty socially awkward? He only ever really has the best intentions tho. He's kind of easily annoyed, and tends to find other people & relationships kind of troublesome, but he also cares for his friends. He's an artist? He's constantly told how talented he is and pushed towards going professional, but it's like the one thing he has. One thing that means the world to him and makes him happy, and he's terrified of losing everything it means for him if he's forced to do it. He also ends up doing said thing professionally because in the end he realizes that is who he is and it is his life, and he'd be far more miserable not doing it. He's also the swoopy haired anime boy I've always wanted to be, so there's that. But yeah, he just means... so much to me as a character. I just kind of wish some people didn't treat him like he's some boring character w/ no personality just because he's more reserved. His feelings and motivations are just as strong and important as any other character's.
W O W I WONDER??? Haha it's Free! obviously. I make it sound like I've never seen another sports anime in my entire life, but I'm just that into Free!. I spent a good few months where I'd draw absolutely nothing but Haru. I'd play drawing games on iscribble (where the challenge is to draw based on a topic within a time limit), and I'd just be like "How do I make this about Haru???" I also specialize in swoopy haired anime boys, so art-wise that's right up my alley.Oh heck wait I didn't read the whole question. What do I find it hard to make content for? Mmm I don't really draw buff guys or spiky hair much, so any characters with those characteristics present a challenge for me. I also have a difficult time drawing for YowaPeda. I liked watching the show a lot, but I didn't really fall in love with the characters enough to really want to draw them and such.
Well y'all already know I'm in absolute love with Haru so Free! is definitely top of the list here. "Oh no I hate seeing art of my fictional boyfriend" c'mon. Free!'s also the only sports anime I've read a noteable amount of fanfic for. Oh heck Yuri on Ice would be on the list now wouldn't it??? Love me some Viktuuri art. Not sure about the fic because I started reading when the series was ongoing and haven't really read since. I appreciate good Haikyuu!! content though! For reference, on Tumblr, I have 1,164 pages of posts in my Free! tag; 185 pages of yuri!!! on ice (which came out 6 months ago); 187 pages of Haikyuu!!, and like 3 pages of YowaPeda >.>;
dirkxcaliborn You can also hmu on Discord if that's your thing! I'm Coyoteclaw11#3439